I found the very real love for this penguin savior was the hook of the piece.Read More
On October 7, 2015, I performed with Liars' League NYC, this time reading The Ballad of Crackhead Clint, by Thomas Kearnes (audio here). It's a tremendous story, set in 1980s east Texas and told from the point-of-view of a gay man with strong opinions - though perhaps not the strongest sense of self. I savored a lot about the performance, from the opportunity to delve into Texan dialect (not visited since a production of A Lie of the Mind, lo these many years hence) to an exploration of a tenuous balance between healthy ego and delusion.
On August 5th, 2015, I performed once again with Liars' League, reading two short stories:
Both stories had to do with losing someone you love, but the second one ended with potentially regaining a connection to your first love. Which is always lovely.
I will make an appearance as both writer and performer at the brilliant Astoria Bookshop July 17 at 7:00 pm in a return to the equally brilliant No, You Tell It! (I gotcher Facebook invitation righ'cheer....) This incarnation of the NYTI series features alumni of the program, and has me paired up with my former day-job colleague, Marcos Stafne. He'll be performing my second-person narrative of a particularly rough winter commute, and I'll be performing his story about another former colleague of his - Fantasia, the 20-foot, 300-pound albino python.
"It was - in fact - my first opportunity to directly apply some of my sense-memory of Josephine's birth to a performance, which was also gratifying (albeit in a rather dark context)..."Read More
"Allow me to entice you by mentioning that our rehearsal process involved discussions of psychological horror and Polanski films. Yes. That kind of tale...."Read More
I had a great time last Saturday at the Brooklyn Lit Crawl, with special thanks once again to Mr. Andrew Lloyd-Jones of Liars' League NYC fame for keeping me connected with the performative literary scene. This time around, the crowd was more specific to literary interests of course, the atmosphere and I generally more relaxed, and it was sans amplification, which made the whole thing have an entirely other flavor that I very much appreciated. You can't step into the same river twice, as they say...
May 18, 5:00 pm - Liar's League NYC @ Brooklyn Lit Crawl in Cobble Hill
Jeff reprised his reading of Don DeLillo by C. D. Rose. He did not, however, avoid drinking beforehand.
Thanks and thanks again to all who joined me for last Monday's No, You Tell It! It was every bit as thrilling and daunting and rewarding as I had imagined it might be. I strongly encourage you to attend one if you haven't yet - it's a good ol' time, but also one of those good ol' times that effortlessly enriches those involved. In fact, most of my friends should not only attend but PARTICIPATE. I'm looking at YOU, [INSERT NAME HERE]...
Finally, if'n you weren't able to attend, I offer you options for a vicarious experience:
- Here is Nicholas Maistros delivering the goods on the piece I wrote, Lost Track.
- Here then am I, doing my best to stay the hell out of the way of Nicholas' beautiful story, Collecting.
On April 22nd - a Monday night, no less - I'll be appearing in a session of the superb switched-up storytelling program No, YOU Tell It! The concept behind this program is really wonderful. Two pairs of performer/writers match up to workshop a personal narrative with the whole group, revise, and then work with a director before presenting the piece. And the twist, is that the writer performs his or her partner's story, and vice versa. While the writer of the story sits there on stage with them.
Scary stuff - believe me.
Exploring the theme of "outdated" led me down a lot of different paths, including some dating stories from my single life (I'll let you decide if the medium deterred me from that subject matter). What I've ended up writing about is a sort of retrospective of my work with my commedia dell'arte troupe, Zuppa del Giorno, and an exploration of what it means to be a dad now. It's hopefully funny. It's definitely honest.
No, YOU Tell It! - Outdated
Monday, April 22nd @ 7:00 p.m.
Jimmy's No. 43
43 E. 7th Street (btwn. 2nd & 3rd)
NO TICKET REQUIRED, BUT SEATING IS LIMITED.
PLUS THE BAR GETS BUSY.
This time, however, the reading is open to all and is being held at The Dramatists Guild:
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Frederick Loewe Room
1501 Broadway, Suite 710
New York, NY 10036
I love playing detectives. Join me, won't you...?
Garrett is a nice role, from what I've read - I wish I could play him out in his entire arc. He's a disenfranchised doctoral candidate in astronomy, stuck back at his tiny home town after a terrible research mishap that cost his family plenty. In the scene we get to play tonight, he antagonizes a young researcher who's come in search of some petrified trees his uncle recently discovered on his land. It's fun, and tactical, and pithy. He's kind of a prick. Like I said: Fun.
@ The Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam Street between 6th & Varick) at 7:00 pm.
Ben Curtis ... North
Liz Douglas ... Marina
John Gardner ... Ace/Dean
Shira Levin ... Screen Directions
Michael Gnat ... Pappy/Pastor Bob/Policeman
Ian Scott McGregor ... J.J./Griffin
Heidi Schreck ... Gretchen
Jeff Wills ... Heath
Amy Wilson ... Sarah
Pearl Studios, Room L
519 8th Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY
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The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company presents SACRED GROUND by Christina Gorman, directed by Shelley Butler, at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (31 West 27th Street, Floor 2).
Former socialite Genevieve Barrows spends her days gardening in the church cemetery at the graves of abandoned newborns, while her church pastor and the local police sergeant keep a protective eye on her as she doggedly pursues her daily task. When a guileless young woman invades the trio’s turf, her presence threatens to upend their uneasy alliance. Inexplicably drawn to the cemetery, these four unlikely sentinels clash over grief, law, secrecy and redemption. Featuring Sarah Lord*, Angela Vitale*, Jeff Wills* and Noel Wilson. Presented in conjunction with the Actors Equity Association of North America.It's a good play, and a nice chance to re-team with Christina Gorman, with whom I worked on As Far As We Know. Tickets available here.
|Nat Cassidy; evil genius.|