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Well, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been light on the posting lately. Or if you’re a long time reader, it’s just par for the course for my slacker ass!! But, I’ve been worn out for most of the week, because after my long days of work, I zip on out to rehearsals for…

That’s right, almost 3 years of not appearing on stage (seriously, not since ‘Rudolph The Red-Hosed reindeer’ in December 2005) have gone by, and I’m back! I’m playing Jason Chenier in the Baltimore premiere of the Tony-winning play “Take Me Out”. It’s been a fun rehearsal process, and I’m eager for us to open tomorrow night, so that I can both share my work with the community, AND get my life back. Rehearsal every night is killer! But I’m mostly pleased with the show, and my performance in it. Oh and I get naked in it, as does most of the cast.

So if your interested in seeing it, head to Fells Point Corner Theatre to get information on performances & tickets.

Oh and that picture above is our poster. I love how retarded I look in it. It’s like I’m in a promo photo for either ‘Nunsense’ or ‘Angels in The Outfield’ and they cropped my dumb head right into the center. Awesome!!

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

St. Paul’s Cathedral

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Slackerosity prevails!! A week and a half after I got back from London (AKA best Vacation ever) I had travel plans to visit my parents in Florida for a week. Another great getaway, but it seems like my life has been kinda dangling for the past month, between a week away, a week home, then a week away again. But it was totally worth it, obviously, and it may sound it, but I’m not complaining.

As usual, the blog suffered while I was out having a good time.

Get used to it though, as I’ve busied myself up with a full plate this fall. Along with work following it’s regular course of being pretty busy in every month except July & December, I’m taking Sociology online this semester, and that course starts this week. And since I’m notoriously good at balancing work and school (HA!), I’m finally returning to the community theatre stage here in Baltimore!

I haven’t been onstage (December 2005) since before I started the blog (June 2006), and only auditioned once about a year and a half ago to get back into it (didn’t get cast, not bitter tho). So now I’m appearing as Jason Chenier in the Baltimore premiere of ‘Take Me Out’. I’m pretty excited, I think my character is perfect for me, and I love the script. I’m stoked to be back into one of my hobbies, and hopefully the short rehearsal process will lend itself to me doing a decent job of juggling all the balls in my life. Heh… balls.

So that’s the catching up with toonsntunes portion of the blog today. Hopefully I’ll post regularly in the coming months. But you know… if I don’t… there’s plenty of other bloggers who do. Just stay away from Perez Hilton.

“You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville, in clubs and on Broadway.”
— Danny Kaye


Hey metro MD/DC readers… if you’re still reveling in all the ‘X’ excitement, be sure to head down to Omega in DC this weekend. The excellent VJ Tre (who taught me all I know about VJ’ing) has put together an excellent CD Release party for Kylie’s new effort. Lot’s of Kylie videos with plenty of rare and never before seen vids will be enjoyed. Plus all kinds of great giveaways all night long. And it’s in a bar, so you can get your drink on!! Check the thumbnail above to go to the flier for more details!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Well… I got the news on Tuesday. After a week of waiting for word, they read with some more people and decided to go with someone else. In short, I didn’t get the part. I was really disappointed, but I imagine there’s a reason for everything, and whatever. I’m still disappointed. Jury’s still out on whether I’ll go and see it or not. I really like the play and would like to see a production, so hopefully I can get over my grudge by then.
C’est la vie…

Well, I made callbacks, which means I didn’t suck!! Unfortunately, they’re set for Monday, January 22nd. Which means I have to tape the return of ‘Heroes’. Damn!!

Callbacks are like a second audition. They’re done for all sorts of reasons. The 2 reasons I could think of for a callback for me are: There’s someone else up for the role I want and they need to see more of both of us, to decide who would be a better fit. Or, they’re already set on me, and want to see how I do with other people they’re not sure about, to see who I’ll work with, or if they need to find someone other than me. Either way, I just hope I do a good job , and I’m pleased to have gotten this far. Hooray!

Well the audition went pretty well, in my opinion. I read 3 scenes from the play with 2 other actors who were auditioning for other roles. The one girl I read with was pretty good, but I don’t think the one guy I read with was very familiar with the text. Can’t blame him though, because some of the scripts for plays out there can be hard to get your hands on. But I made the director laugh with some of my lines, and was pretty pleased with my audition, even if I am a little rusty. She mentioned that callbacks would be tomorrow night, but that they would probably be more geared toward the main couple in the show. So I’m hoping to know by weekend whether or not I made it in. It didn’t seem like anyone else there was trying out for the role I wanted, so if I get it by default, instead of artistic merit, I’m OK with that!

I’ll need it tonight. I’m going on my first audition in almost 2 years. Fell’s Point Corner Theatre is presenting “Burn This” by Lanford Wilson this March-April. I read the play in college and knew that there was a great role for me in this if I ever got the chance. I initially was going to pass up the oppurtunity, but some travel plans for March have changed, so now I’m available (if I even get cast).
I haven’t been in a show since December 2005, and I’ve been itching to get back on stage. 2005 was a busy year for me as far as theatre goes, I was always working on a show, slowly burning myself out, and by the end of the year I needed a break. Halfway through 2006 I was ready to get onstage again, but I wasn’t going to just do a show to do a show, I was going to wait for something that I really wanted to go out for.
So I’ve been keeping an eye out for local theatre schedules and audition notices, but the right role in the right show hadn’t come along yet. Until this one. I read the play in college and just re-read it last night, and it’s a really stirring story, simple, yet rivetting. I’m going out for the part of Larry, a supporting character, who’s the gay roommate of the main character, Anna. He gets some great lines, but still comes across as one of the anchors of the play.
So at 7:00 tonight, I’ll be running down to Fells Point to go on my first audition in years. I miss the days of pre-casting, but then again, some of the best things come from hard work. At least it’s cold reads, and not monologues, because I sure have forgotten every monologue I’ve ever memorized. So wish me luck (but don’t say “Good Luck” cuz that’s bad luck you know) as I try and shake things up. Whoo-hoo!!

hey kids,

I have been a terrible slacker as far as my blogmasterly ways lately. Shame on me!! Between computer problems at home and work, plus one of the most intense tech weeks I have ever been involved in, the blog has been almost totally off my mental radar. But I’m back, and hopefully will be more attentive for the time being.

At least until my birthday when I hope to be drunk as much as I can for the beginning of November.

Anyway, if you didn’t know already I was the official “Show Bitch” for Angels in America which just opened at Spotlighters Theatre in Baltimore. Show Bitch was the title we agreed upon by the end of the week. I was initially a sound designer, in charge of real-life sound effects; but over a week of many uncontrollable circumstances, I also got to help with some costumes, painting, light design, props and PA tasks such as “Robbie, please go pick up beer, it’s gonna be another late night” or “Can you get me something to eat?” and my favorite “The stage manager [my BFF] needs to calm down and you’re the only one who can help her with that. You have until 7:50 to get that done.” So basically, whenever anyone needed help, I was there to help. Either with my help, or in spite of it, the show turned out tremendously, and you should all go check it out. Also, my new buddy ModFab has promised me 3 separate blow jobs for all my help. Oh my!

Other than that, I’m re-introducing myself to normal life, and getting ready for my birthday. (November 4th, if you’re keeping track!)

So, sorry about the delays… but I’m back for the time being…. whether you like it or not!