NYU: Festival of New Works

Today I'll be performing in a reading of Jeremy Greenberg's screenplay, Song of Zion, at NYU. The script tells the story of a young Hasidic man who discovers punk culture and comes into conflict with his community and its expectations of him. I'll be playing the young man's older, estranged homosexual brother, who finds him once he's growing away from their family and religion and urges him to turn back. Conservative, I can do. Properly pronouncing Hebrew . . . we'll just have to see . . .

NYU: Film Department

Tomorrow morning I'll be working once again at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television with the directing students as part of their intensive summer class. This time it will be working on one scene with Gary Shimokawa directing, in order to demonstrate to the students how everything should go on a shoot. The script, it seems, is from Monk, so there's some fun to be had there. Actually, it's pretty challenging to imagine my own "Monk" after how ingrained Shalhoub's interpretation has become for me. No doubt mine will incorporate quite a bit more onychophagia...

NYU: Film Department

Tomorrow morning I'll be working at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television with the directing students as part of their "Sights & Sounds Studio" class once again. I'm thrilled to discover that Denny Lawrence has structured the day, so I know exactly what scenes to memorize and in what order I'll be expected to perform them. Plus, one is the ol' reliable extract from Glengarry Glen Ross, which is always fun: "Something to pay them back. Someone should hurt them." Ah, Mamet! You old so-and-so...

NYU: F%^&@d Up

Tomorrow night I'll be playing a dad again (we are looking at my next two decades' worth of roles, here) in Olivia Peterson's full-length play-in-progress, F*cked Up (punctuation substituted by me). I play the father of the central character, who is a young woman with an alternate persona at her side whom only she can perceive. I get to flex a southern American accent in this piece, which is great fun for me and reminds me of some of my early professional experiences. As with most of these Tisch gigs, it is limited in attendance to those enrolled in the class, so you won't be able to hear my Dixie dialect if you're not a student and, for that, I am most sorry.

NYU: Graduate Playwriting

What, again? Yes: Again. And with the same playwright, same story, no less:
"I'll be playing an extremely aggressive character trying to get a rather disturbing idea put into action."
The playwright has done some revisions, possibly extensive. I'm looking forward to working on the script again. It's not often that I play a hardened character such as this and, as we all know, half the fun in that is finding the cracks.

NYU: Graduate Playwriting

Tonight I'll be working once again with the NYU playwrights as part of their regular Tuesday night class. It's been rather a long time since I've done this, so I'm looking forward to seeing who's around (and who actually remembers me). I'll be playing an extremely aggressive character trying to get a rather disturbing idea put into action. I will, in fact, be playing at least twenty years older than I perhaps ought, due to being (I believe) a last-minute replacement. I like that about these venues; in the work-a-day acting world you have to aim for what people can see you as, but here the play is free.

NYU: Film Department

This Wednesday I will return to Tisch's hallowed halls for another student project, this one filming all in one day. This constructed scene actually takes a comic turn, but hangs on to the poisoning element of my previous gig at NYU. Only this time, I am the poisoned one, and by "poisoned," I of course mean "unwittingly coerced into consuming excessive amounts of laxative." I'll avoid mentioning what particular sense memories I may or may not be using for this scene...

NYU: Film Department

The Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television is certainly keeping me busy lately. Today I'll be back again for the first of a two-part filming of a student project. The second part is to be filmed on October 9th. The assigment is to make something out of an arbitrary section of dialogue, and this director has cast me as a poisonous murderer, with a conscience. Some of these gigs are more fun than others...

Update: The director of these pieces, Jonathan Hurwitz, has posted them online in two chapters:

NYU: Film Department

Thursday and Friday mornings I'll be working at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television with Denny Lawrence's directing students as part of their "Sights & Sounds Studio" class again. It's early in the year for them, and I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing, but in the past the work has involved memorizing a script and performing it on camera in a variety of different ways for a variety of student directors. Great fun, and a good way to stretch around a bit as a film actor.

NYU: The Maltese Falcon


Denny Lawrence comes through with interesting work once again, this time with more of a performance twist than an educational one. On Friday I'll be filmed as Sam Spade (personal fantasy of mine, now fulfilled) in an excerpt from The Maltese Falcon as a part of Michael Bow's final project for Denny's Sight & Sound class. It should be a good time, and good reel material; Monday's rehearsal was a blast. It seems I missed my era, at least insofar as popular film genres go . . .

Steinberg Lab Readings @ Theatre Row


This Monday, May 11th, I'll be appearing in several short readings as a part of an evening at Theatre Row. These excerpts developed out of readings through NYU's undergraduate play-writing program, the Steinberg Lab, in which I've been participating off-and-on through the school year. The program will begin 7:00 pm in The Clurman Theatre, and reservations are strongly recommended, as every friend and family member of the whole class is likely to be in attendance. You can make reservations by emailing the program here: bfashowcase {at} gmail dot com. It is destined to be a perfect venue for the short-attention-span-blighted such as myself. Boom! Drama! Boom! Comedy! Boom! Lyrical! Come out and have opinions!

NYU: Steinberg Lab

Once again, I return to NYU to collaborate with their undergraduate playwrights, Adrienne Thompson and Janice Goldberg. Last week's session was not quite what I imagined (see the Aviary, 4/25/09, for some details) and that was exciting. This week I'll generally know what I'm in for, which allows me to be slightly better prepared and hopefully more helpful to the developing works, and workers. The whole effort culminates in public readings on the 11th, on Theatre Row. Stay tuned for details on that . . .

NYU: Steinberg Lab

I will once again be returning (with even more redundancy) to act for the undergraduate playwriting lab at NYU. This Monday, midday, the play we'll be putting on its feet (or, rather, on chair legs) will be Rebecca Ellis's DIZZY, a quirky drama of the complicated confusion that can arise when female puberty meets male mid-life crisis. I'll be playing a young aspiring priest, the new teacher at an all-girls Catholic school. But I'm not the one you have to watch out for . . .

NYU: Steinburg Lab

This Monday, in addition to acting in an industrial, I will be participating in my first table reading of the new school year down at NYU. The reading is to help a playwright in their Steinberg Lab develop his (or her?) dramatic work, entitled The User Guide, and I will be playing the Guide, a somewhat mysterious figure who lives beneath the floorboards and reminds one of a butler. Michael Caine, I summon thee...

NYU: Film Department

This afternoon I'll be working a few hours at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television with Denny Lawrence's directing students. It's only their third week of college, and we'll be running a mock first-read for them to teach how to communicate with actors, and what questions you can expect from them. Since you can't come to see me in this endeavor, I'll spill the surprise: I will be asking what color underwear they think my character wears.