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Closing Today

THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Kathy Mola
Produced by Deirdre Root

Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life is coming apart. She receives phone calls from her missing daughter, has a breakdown while delivering a speech, and believes she has a brain tumor. When she visits "the other place," a cottage on Cape Cod that the family once owned, the pieces start to fall into place. Fact blurs with fiction, past and present collide, and the truth about Juliana comes to the surface. This play premiered off-Broadway in 2011 before running on Broadway, where it received a nomination for the 2013 Tony Award.

The Cast of The Other Place

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Juliana
           Amy Askins
Ian
           Jamie McQuinn
The woman
           Kayla Graham
The man
           Mark Sharp

The Promocast for THE OTHER PLACE


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Steven Bochco, December 16, 1943 – April 1, 2018
When I watched the pilot episode of Hill Street Blues when it first aired in 1981, I remember thinking, Yeah, this is NEVER going to make it. It's too damn good.

Television is often called, with some justification, "The Vast Wasteland." Not all television programing bears evidence to that nomenclature. From Hill Street Blues to L.A. Law to N.Y.P.D. Blue, and other shows, Steven Bochco made great TV.

Rest in peace Mr. Bochco.

~~~ 0 ~~~

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I've booked a U.D. Law gig for this coming Monday evening at the Montgomery County Courts. This is a mock trial setting and a case I have acted in, I believe, three times before, certainly twice, but I think three times. Just some brush-up, memory refresher is all that's needed. I had hoped that I still had my notes from last time, that would have simplified things even more, but I don't seem to have them. At least it's not completely new information to commit to memory.


ADDING TO THE UNIVERSE OF MY NOVELS AND THEIR PROTAGONIST:
The Writer icon

Once again, I've been building on the universe of the protagonist of the series of novels I claim I will write. Mostly it's been things like working in The American Music Awards, The Emmys, The Golden Globes, The Grammys, and The Oscars. I'll be incorporating a few more awards in, too: The MTV Music Video Awards, The People's Choice Awards, and The SAG Awards, as well as likely others.

Just so you know, even though there's no reason for you to have an interest, by early 1992, my protagonist will be nominated for 31 American Music Awards, four Golden Globes, 49 Grammys, four Emmys, and two Oscars. Yes, I do, in fact, know how many of these, and which ones, he wins in his universe, but I'm not revealing that information here. He does okay.

With, I believe perhaps one specific exception, I did not arbitrarily decide to preempt the actual win of an award by an actual artist out here in the real world. I set up a lottery system for myself, and in some cases, weighed the outcome in favor of his loss. Five folded pieces of paper that have "win" written on them, five with "lose," and one with "tie." I put them into a bowl, scrambled them around then pulled a piece out -- whatever it said is what happens in the universe of the novels. So, as he would have to, he will take Album of the Year, or Best Male Vocalist, or Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Television Series, yadda yadda, away from a real-world artist. As will with the projects, castmates, production people, and artistic collaborators of his universe take awards from projects and artists from the real world.

There were some times when I pulled some of the "win" paper slips out of the bowl, to put the odds in favor of the loss, because he, or his television series, or his musical album, or his movie, is up against something monumental from the real world, but in those cases I didn't want to absolutely deny him the chance to be the victor. In a few cases he was the victor. There were a few times when I felt it would be good for him to get the nomination for something, but I just wasn't able to allow him to win -- or. more accurately, even in this alternate universe, I couldn't let the specific real-world artist or work lose.

There is at least one place where I absolutely wanted the win, for story-driven reasons. But, again, there were a few awards I just could not take away from the actual winner out here, be it an actor, a TV series, a movie, an album, a song, or whatever, simply because the is something of import to pop culture, or, more importantly, culture in general, that I just couldn't allow it even in the universe I am creating.

To be honest, on occasion, I'd see who actually won a particular award in a particular year and I'd think, Oh, screw THAT!, and though I did not succumb to my urge to push a loss on that real winner, I didn't weigh the chance toward a loss for my guy or his project -- and I was always satisfied when chance took the win from that particular real-world winner.

There were cases where I knew I wanted there to be a nomination, for certain, and there were some when I left it up to chance with a lottery, similar what's described above. There were also cases when I didn't want a nomination, usually because I see it as a driving element in a specific spot or in the overall story arch.

I've also been working abit more on the chart success of my protagonists albums. The only work I am conscious of displacing are particular albums that were actually the number one album on a particular date. My choice to steal the spot from them has been less sophisticated; it's been the case of making a yes-or-no decision. I think, back when I was first working out the chart successes I flipped a coin a few times, but mostly it's been, yeah, I'm okay taking that number-one spot. Or, it's been a case where I wasn't okay with it and I had my protagonist's album coast at number two until that real-world work fell from #1. I really haven't been doing that chart peal stuff this time (not all of his records go number one) -- this time it's been decision about extended the albums run on the Top 200.


      
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fb post, Mar 26, 2018 -- " haven't written a song in a decade. I should change that."
K.L. on Bass
I'm using the bass-fretting icon because it's the closes one to appropriate that I have. A few days back, I realized I have the need to replace a song in the story arch. If you've read anything else I've written about this project, you may remember that all the songs referenced in this story arch are real, original songs, most written by me, some written by my old songwriting partner and me, some by him, alone, and some by others. Well, there are cross-overs from the real-world, too. My guy, especially early in his career, covers a lot of other artists, some of them only from his world, but many that you've had the chance to have heard of, for instance, The Beatles and Steely Dan.

Any way, it's become necessary to replace what's supposed to be a song from his early music career, written by an older recording artist from that universe. Monday of last week, I thought to myself, You know, you haven't written a song in more than a decade. You should get on this.

Some background: around 1980 or 1981, I was working as a janitor at a company called Mail-Away. One day while I was sweeping an area from which the workers were on break, I wrote a little pop-rock ditty in my head. It's basic three-chord rock-&-roll, and I heard it all and both composed the melody and wrote the lyrics while I was sweeping. I truly heard the whole arrangement, even the whole production, in my head. And, if it had ever gotten out there into the world, it might have actually seen some chart action of some kind -- who knows, perhaps even some great chart action.

Tuesday of last week, I did the same thing at work, minus the sweeping of the floor. I composed a song in my head. This one has more than three chords (I'll have to actually sit down and figure out the chord progression) and three sections (verse, bridge, chorus). Again, it''s a nice little pop-rocker, with, I think (hope), some reasonably clever pop song lyrics. I've been hearing it in my head for the last week and I am pleased with it. I do need to actually sit down with my bass, or, better yet, one of my cheap little keyboards, and actually identify that chord progression.

My bass: I don't think I've had it in my hand for a couple years now. That's some kind of pathetic. I should give that frikkin' icon up there a little bit of legitimacy, shouldn't I?


A CATHOLIC AND A KNIGHT:
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A Catholic -- I bought a ticket to see comedian Jim Gaffigan at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio, next to Dayton, this coming July 27. Gaffigan calls this the "Fixer Upper Tour," and I imagine there could eventually be a comedy special, from the tour, on Netflix, or Comedy Central, or some such streaming service or cable channel. I saw him in concert in October of 2008 at The Nutter Center, also here locally, and that tour ended up on TV -- Jim Gaffigan: King Baby.

Gaffigan is one of my favorite stand-up comics. And he works clean, for the most part; not that that is the criteria I need in a stand-up. I absolutely love Patton Oswalt, and he most certainly does not work clean. Neither does Sarah Silverman -- if I ever have the chance to see either of these funny folk live, I'll do it. But, for now, it's Mr. Gaffigan, and he'll do just fine.

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A Knight -- The last time I saw Ringo Starr in concert, back on July 2, 2016, he was only Ringo, Rock-&-Roll Royalty; now, he's also, literally, a Knight of the Order of the British Empire -- Sir Richard Starkey. I have a ticket for him and his "All Starr Band" for their Fraze show on September 11. This'll be the third time I've seen Ringo and His All Starr Band, every time at the Fraze.

There's really nobody new in Ringo's band, so I'm guessing the song line-up will be mostly as it was at the other two shows I attended. It'll still be fun to see Ringo again.

My seats for both Jim Gaffigan in July and Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band in September. Pretty good seats in both cases. Gaffigan, Plaza B, Row GG, seat 12; Starr, Orchestra A, Row A, seat 5.
seating chart of the Fraze Pavilion showing the Jim Gaffigan seat as Plaza B, Row GG, seat 12, 7 rows from stage, just right of center -- Ringo Starr seat as Orchestra Row A set 5, 10 rows and an isles space back, to the right as facing the stage.



THE OTHER PLACE logo.
I feel like I should make some sort of statement about The Other Place, but really don't have much to write. My only connections to the production, besides that it was mounted at my home theatre, was the sound design and the production of the promocast. I wasn't there this final weekend, except for two brief times on closing Sunday -- just as the show was beginning, to change the marquee to designate the next show up; then, later, after my Easter dinner with family, to strike the monitor camera and related equipment from the booth.

I did sit in the audience once each of the first two weekends and know first-hand that performances were up to Guild standards. The reports I have heard are that the audiences in general liked the show. Though there were some tweaks to sound levels needed after the emergency computer replacement, the soundwork for the show was successful.

So -- another example of: "Good Theatre, Done Well."



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BUNGLEBLUNDERGAFFATION:
Boo Face in blue and "BOO!"
AUDITION ICON

I was quite excited to gear myself up for an upcoming audition that was recently announced. It's a role I've been interested in doing for a few years, now, the role of Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. Local theatre company Dare To Defy is mounting JCS this summer, and though there were going to be some certain schedule conflicts, I was seriously considering altering my plans to go after this role. I strongly believe I am a good fit.

HOWEVER.....

...I did not look closely enough at first glance. When I went back to recheck the contingent rehearsal schedule I noticed some text I missed the first time: "If you are between the ages of 14-20...."

It's a youth production, and I am most certainly not "between the ages of 14-20." So-oh-well! It's not like there isn't other stagework on the nearby horizon for which I can audition.


      
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On a related note, I recently came upon a casting call for a short film that had a role for which I am typed. The instructions said to send an email to set an appointment for a screentest. I did, and I attached a résumé. I don't know which production teammate's email I sent to, but whoever it was, that person did not bother to get back with me: a clear indication that this is a production I should not be upset about not being involved with.


Tax Time skull and bones ICON

Oh, yeah,
this is coming up again.

So, I'll get my wonderful pittance of a tax break this year at the expense of the stability and the structural integrity of the nation and the post 2018 elections tax time, when the fleecing of most of the citizens -- including me -- takes full effect.



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Carl Kassell, April 2, 1934 - April 17, 2018
The celestial answering service just got a new message.

Rest in peace Carl.

~~~ 0 ~~~

BAKERSFIELD MIST logo.
I've not really done any work on this, yet, but will start later today.

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The sound design will be pretty simple, so I'm not worried, it's not impossible that I would take a significant amount of the sound design, such as it is, out today. I can't say that such will happen, but it's not impossible.

I also will need to cover one performance as sound tech.

By-the-way, Producer Rick Flynn has taken on sound tech for the run, save that one show he can't make. He will gladly abdicate the position if another sound operator can be found. So, spread the word if you're in the neighborhood....

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I have not completely formulated exactly what I will be doing for the promocast, but I have a good idea. This, too, will be simple.


SPECIAL EVENT AT DTG:
Theatre of Sound in concert at The Dayton Theatre Guild.
Michael and Sandy Bashaw will once again, as last summer, perform in concert in the DTG space with Theatre of Sound.

Also in the band are John Taylor and Erich Reith.

Three shows over the second weekend in June: the 8th & 9th at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, June 10 at 3:00 pm.

Tickets are on sale now for $22.00 each.
on line at: www.daytontheatreguild.org/tickets
or call 937-278-5993.

I attended last year and was very impressed. I highly recommend this!



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A bit of progress has been made on the sound design. I've curated the pre-show. My original idea was to alternate contrasting music representing the two characters. Essentially I kept that but with modification.

For the Maude character I had picked a particular variety of music that more or less borderlined on kitschy, although, honestly that was the concept, but, I ended up mostly picking songs that were pretty removed from any sort of kitsch.

Over the weekend I decided I wanted to add something by a specific artist, probably one of about three better known hits by that person. So I went to iTunes to grab a few songs by the artist. Then I thought I might as well get a nice greatest hits collection for myself -- why I don't actually have a strong collection of work by this artist is another question, I suppose. So I bought one of those "Essential" collections.

As I was trolling through the thirty songs on the album, it hit me: I should only use this artist exclusively for Maude. So I nixed the other songs and selected eleven songs from my new collection.

On the side for the Lionel character, it was always clearly going to be classical music. So it's eleven classical pieces. I then took one each of the eleven by that one rock artist and one each of the classic instrumentals and edited them together to create eleven mp3 music files, each with a rock song and a classical piece. When the Show Cue Systems pre-show shoots out the random plays, a 50-50 split between the Maude and the Lionel music is guaranteed.

I've also gathered all the raw sound files together to build the sound effect files for the show. There aren't a whole lot of cues in the show, but they all need to be customized builds. I have some elements for one specific cue for which I'm also going to have record another element -- so I'll do a little Foley work for this one. I've also curated, and in one instance, edited, the small amount of production music.

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Perhaps some reading this know that for the DTG promocast I am now having the actors perform specifically for the camera rather than shooting a rehearsal. Usually what I've been doing is picking several moments and having the actors perform those, then editing the moments together to create a trailer. This time I'm going to shoot one portion from start to finish, and that'll be it. I may shoot the non-verbal moment that happens right before the dialogue on thise pages, but I'm not sure I'll use it, and if I do, it'll be truncated. Of course, as has been the practice, this will be a three-camera shoot.


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A Streetcar Named Desire at Beavercreek Community Theatre -- Saturday evening I saw a very fine production of this classic Tennessee Williams play. Honestly, the only reason I went, having seen this show now umpteen times, is because I know so many people connected to it that I had to go and support them. I am glad I did. If you're in the neighborhood next weekend, you should check it out.

At Wit's End at Human Race Theatre Company -- This coming Friday I will see this one-woman comedy, which HRTC is mounting at The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center, starring Jennifer Joplin. I am much looking forward to this.

There are a few other shows up or about to go up in the area that I'd like to get to, as well. It's got to do with time and money; you know: dame ol' song.

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Unfortunately I allowed HRTC's production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs to close before I got there to see it.

I simply let it slip my mind and when I remembered and went to the site to buy a ticket -- it was gone.

Too bad. I understand it was a good production.



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INTO TECH REHEARSALS:
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Yesterday was Tech Sunday, officially kicking off Tech Week. This was pretty easy one. There was no dry tech or cue-to-cue, since there are very few sound or light cues in the show. Director Doug Lloyd decided to just do a short paper tech then the first full tech run.

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I had to play sound tech yesterday, since Rick Flynn, who is the sound tech, as well as producer, for the show, was busy with his final performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at Beavercreek Community Theatre.

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I mostly finished up the sound design Saturday evening. I elected not to Foley that one sound effect, I built the sound from my SFX library, instead. However, I was not completely satisfied with the effect as it was. I'll be doing Foley work, after all. I have tied four empty rootbeer bottles on strings and will record those bumping together today as well as finishing the edit of the promocast to final cut.

I also built the several others that are needed. One of those needed to be rebuild because I found at yesterday's run that some of the elements distorted over the theatre speakers.

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Saturday, I assembled as much of the edit for the promocast as I could, so all that is left is to plug in the principal footage, shot yesterday. Last night I plugged the cast portrait photo that I had taken earlier in the day, right after I shot the footage. Essentially, I've already edited together the opening splash and the closing credits for the DV movie. So now I plug the principal footage in. The movie should be on-line before this evening.

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Friday night I went to The Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center to see Jennifer Joplin portray Erma Bombeck in the Human Race Theatre Company's production of the one-woman comedy, Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, by Allison Engel & Margaret Engel.

It's a funny script and Jennifer is wonderful in the role.

It runs through May 20, so if you're in the area you should try and see it. Although, I think it's close to, if not already, sold out.



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I Voted Tiday - How About You?







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In my kitchen last night, doing Foley work for the "beer-bottle wind chimes."
So, I said yesterday that I was going to do some Foley work to get a particular sound, that being the sound of "beer-bottle wind chimes." I tied some ICB rootbeer bottles on some string and then dangled them in front of a mocrophone to record on my digital 8-track recorder. The sound I got was much more what I was looking for than the sound file I created by mixing some similar library sounds together. However, though the Foley sound had the right quality, it was too frenetic; it made it sound like a strong wind was blowing rather than a breeze. I decided to re-record it for a clamer effect. Unfortunately, nearby my home, a large tree-trimming machine was fired up and there was no way that the mic wasn't going to pick that up. I had to wait until evening, after rehearsal to re-record the sound. By-the-way, I don't technically have anything closely approximating a sound studio at home, hence the problem because of the machinery outside, but my kitchen is relatively isolated, so I usually get a pretty clean recording -- when the surrounding neighborhood environment cooperates, that is.

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Meanwhile, the final cut of the promocast is done and on-line. Editing the principal footage wasn't as straight-forward as I had expected. There is a lot of "adult language" is the script. The F-bomb is dropped quite a bit, including the section that I choose. I told Rachel Oprea, whose character is responsible for said language, to not concern herself with cleaning it up for the shoot, that I would take care of that -- the deadly "We'll fix it in post" philosophy. My plan was to extract those words by cutting from one shot angle to another during each line with such, jumping those words with the cuts. Mostly I could, but in a few cases, the cadence and rhythm of Rachels delivery made the cuts too awkward. In a few instances I had to just cut the whole line. But, it does work in the end, and though it took longer than I expected to edit the footage, it still didn't take all that long.

Click here to watch the promocast.



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The appointment is set for my audition at the Generals for the 2018/2019 season at Human Race Theatre Company.


Opening Today

BAKERSFIELD MISTE by Stephen Sachs, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Click here for the promocast of the show

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The soundwork is done. At least, I'm calling it so. There is a sound element that is slightly distorted, but I have decided to live with it. The beer bottle wind chimes, by-the-way, work quite well.


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Coming up in a couple weeks is the first production meeting for the sophomore show of The Guild's 18/19 season, This Random World, by Steven Dietz. Margie Strader is directing and I have signed on as AD for the production. I was Margie's AD for Steven Levenson's The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, in the autumn of 2016, and I am more than happy to work with her again. Like last time, I am also designing the sound.



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The large focus has been on finding two contrasting one-minute monologues for my appointment at the 2018/2019 Human Race Theatre Company Generals, which is next Saturday afternoon. I'm trying to pick two things that are at least somewhat dramatically relevant to shows up in the season that it seems I might have a shot at being considered for. As is usually the case, I'm looking first at roles I've played, because, frankly, conquering a good performance of one or two of those will be easier, more expedient. I'm looking at other stage auditions, too.


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After I'm done with my audition next Saturday at The Human Race, I'll do a table read of a new play for a class session of the Ohio Playwrights Circle.


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Tonight I am in the booth, covering as sound operator.


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Margot Kidder, October 17, 1948 - May 13, 2018
An article about Ms. Kidder's passing called her portrayal in the 1978 Superman "the definitive Lois Lane." As much as I loved the version of Lois Teri Hatcher gave us on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, I have to agree that the Lois to remember above all others belongs to Margot Kidder.

Admirable also were her battles with mental health issues, over which she prevailed, and, too, her activism, which she engaged in more and more as she grew older.

Another person with which I think I would have liked to have been close friends.

Rest in peace Margot.

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Tom Wolfe, March 2, 1931 - May 14, 2018
I saw Tom Wolfe on CSPAN once, talking at a book convention, and he spoke about how once you've written your first novel, which whether it's autobiographic or not, is autobiographic at least in the sense that you've pulled from your world. Now, with novel number two, you have less material. Everyone says, "write what you know," which is true. So how can you, since you already wrote that book. The answer is simple: Learn more so you know more. Take a trip. Do whatever it takes to expand your experiences so you have more and new knowledge to write from. This is, of course, my own words, but it's the gist of what he said.

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Yesterday I did my audition at the Generals for the 2018/2019 season at Human Race Theatre Company. As far as I can tell it was a pretty decent audition, at least I don't feel like I blew it. I dropped part of a line, and knew it the moment I did, but, what-a-ya-gonna-do? And I still feel good about it.

I did a cut of a Joe Keller monologue from All My Sons. It's the monologue that I worked on in the last acting class I did at The Race last fall, with Jennifer Joplin at the helm. I had to edit it down a bit more to make it fit the one-minute maximum. I also did something I got from an acquaintance of mine who used work in television, Robert (Bob) Earll, who just passed away a few months back.

I had the option of doing a two-minute monologue from a play in the HRTC season that I am interested in, but, the one I'm most interested in, Banned from Baseball, is new and not published yet, so I was not going to be able to get hold of the script. So I went with the two, contrasting one-minute monologues. I figured Joe Keller would be close enough in type with several of the characters in this play, at least in attitude and personality, that Joe was a good choice.

The Bob Earll monologue was the comedic one, and I think a pretty fun piece, plus I know that there's no way the auditors, Kevin Moore and Tara Lail, heard this one. They likely hadn't heard the Keller, either, but the Earll one, I know I brought in uniquely. And, they, too thought it was a fun piece.


Ohio Playwrights Circle
The table read of the new play for a class session of the Ohio Playwrights Circle that was going to happen yesterday has been postponed. There's no word on when it's rescheduled to, but that info should come soon.


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I'm doing a small amount of preproduction. Director David Shough sent me the audition specs to get them posted, which they are. There are a few prop needs we are going to get a head start on, as well being mindful of getting the production crew together. There's some sound design that we need to be aware of ahead of time, too.



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I have just secured an audition that I am pretty excited about. I'll be shooting a DIY video audition this weekend. If cast in this production, I'll have to alter some of my planned involvement in some other projects, but, in this case, I would be just fine with that situation. I'd also have to cancel some vacation time I currently have scheduled for earlier in the summer because I'll need to use that vacation when the project starts. As well, I'll have to bow out of attendance at an event I am looking forward to being at, but, again, under this circumstance, were it to develop.....


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Tuesday we had our early production meeting for This Random World, by Steven Dietz. It was Director Margie Strader, most of the rest of the production team, and myself as AD (mostly) and also as sound designer.

In many ways it was a simple meet-and-greet, but there was some preliminary production stuff discussed, and some foundation for the creative approach to the show was laid.



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Closing Today

BAKERSFIELD MIST by Stephen Sachs, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Doug Lloyd
Produced by Rick Flynn

Maude Gutman, an unemployed bartender, lives in a trailer park and has purchased a painting for $3.00 at a thrift store that she believes to be an unknown painting by the great Jackson Pollock. She hires an art expert to verify the painting. Lionel Percy, a stuffy New York arts expert and a self-described connoisseur, goes to Bakersfield, California, to render his verdict as to whether Maude has a Pollock or a fake. This smash-hit comedy premiered in London in 2016 and has already had several productions across the United States.

The Cast of Bakersfield Mist

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Maude Gutman
           Rachel Oprea
Lionel Percy
           Chuck Larkowski

The Promocast for BAKERSFIELD MIST


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In Memorium of Our Fallen -- photo of horse drawn carraige carrying a coffin drapped in the A,erican Flag through Arlington National Cemetary


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MY AUDITION VIA VIDEO SUBMISSION:
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At Glen Helen Nature Preserve on Sunday, learning lines for the audition, in one of my favorite "offices."

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My wardrobe for the shoot.
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Still frame from the audition video.

Late afternoon Monday I shot my DIY video audition for the project I've been contacted about. I got the side last Wednesday, which gave me plenty of time to get off-book before principal photography. I did a lot of my prep for this in the outdoors. I finished off my work memorizing Sunday at the Glen Helen Nature Preserve/John Bryan State Park forest. Then, on my way in to Dayton Theatre Guild to shoot on Monday, I stopped at Oakes Quarry Park to run the lines a bit. It was, however, pretty frikkin' hot and muggy, so I didn't stay long. I mostly ran the lines and rehearsed a lot more after I got to the theatre.

Since the theatre was dark, Monday, having just closed Bakersfield Mist, and with Theatre of Sound having not yet loaded in for their concerts June 8-10, I took the opportunity to use the Mirkin Main Stage to shoot the audition. I was assisted by fellow Dayton actor and theatre person (and fellow DTG board member) Scott Madden, who read the other character's lines, just off-camera.

Of course, one of the wise rules about auditioning is to dress the part. That really doesn't mean to go in costume, that's usually too much, unless the casting call specifically states that particular clothing or costuming is wanted -- which is rare. But one should go in attire that suggest the character being auditioned for. More importantly to NOT wear attire that does not suggest the character. If I'm auditioning for a lawyer, I'll go in dress slacks and a dress shirt, (and dress shoes); I might even wear a suit jacket -- but, I will not audition for a lawyer wearing jeans and a Steely Dan T-shirt with sandals on my feet.

I came a tad closer to a costume for this one. This, in fact, is for a lawyer, and I wore a dress shirt, a suit jacket, and a tie. But, since I was sitting at a desk for the shoot, I didn't bother to put on the dress slacks or dress shoes for the actual shooting of the scene. Hey, I was seated at a desk. If news anchors can do it, I can do it! And I can tell you, news anchors do, in fact, do this -- I've seen them.

I did do a brief, full-body shot segment for the top of the audition movie, and did wear the whole dress suit for that. But for most of it, I was as you can see in the relevant pics I've posted here.

Scott and I did twelve takes. My original idea was to give the director two different reads, but I changed my mind, because the contrasts were not as distinct as I wanted. I went with the one take that I liked best, overall. I edited the movie to final cut yesterday. I was off work anyway because my car was in the shop, so it was good timing. I sent the movie off last night. The producers will likely send it to the director today.

As for my assessment of my performance in the movie, I find the acting good enough. I am, however, not sure that I have the correct presence for the role, for the specific character I am up for, which happens to be a real person. But, several seasoned actors have said this to me in the past, and I have also read it in show biz trades, that it's up to the director (and/or producer(s)) to decide who's right for the role. So, I submit it and give it up to the theatre goddess. I do admit that I very much want to cancel my mid-summer vacation plans to use that time later in the year as a cast member in this project.

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Glen Helen on Sunday.
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Then, John Bryan on Sunday.
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Oakes Quarry Park, where I ran my lines Monday before heading to DTG.
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Setting up the shoot.
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Rehearsing the audition.
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Myself and Scott Madden, who read, off-screen, for me.



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Sunday evening I attended this year's Big Lens Film Festival featuring work by film students from the Wright State University Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures. There were seven shorts featured and all were good work.

The most impressive thing to me was that Olga Wagner was the DP for five of the seven movies. I met Olga a few years back when she volunteered to help with set construction for a couple shows at DTG. I usually run into her whenever I attend film dayton's monthly Film Connections meetings. She was also crew on the Mitch Centers' WSU student film I appeared in, The Tooth Man Cometh. One of those five films she was cinematographer for this weekend was her own film, for which she is writer/director, Rashid. Again, good work. Olga has plans to make a feature-length film, soon. I told her that if there's a middle-aged, bald, white guy in the script.....



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WILLY IN THE CAN:
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Last night I attended the final dress rehearsal of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] at The Human Race Theatre Company, or, as the kids call the HTRC Final Dress, Pay What You Can Night (aka: "Can Night"). The production is directed by Aaron Vega and stars, in alphabetical order, Bruce Cromer Jordan Laroya, and Shuan Patrick Tubbs. It's preview performance is tonight and Opening Night is tomorrow.

I had never seen this show before, though there have been productions mounted here and there in the area since I've been back in the theatre world. It's a fun script and last night was quite fun and quite funny! It runs though June 17.



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BACK ON THE RACE STAGE:
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So, that audition I did via DIY video audition last week -- I'm now in a position to reveal more details. It was a callback off of my audition for the Generals for the 2018/2019 season at The Human Race Theatre Company. The callback was for the first show of the season, Banned from Baseball, by Patricia O'Hara. As you will know if you read the May 30 post above, I shot the video on Memorial Day, at The Guild, with the help of Scott Madden, who read off-camera for me.

As I wrote on the 30th, while I wasn't horrified by results of the shoot, with what I cut into the locked edit, I wasn't too sure I conveyed the right presence for the character. I didn't see me being cast in the role, which, by-the-way, is that of John Dowd, who was special counsel to Major League Baseball during the investigations of Pete Rose for gambling on professional baseball -- the major subject of this play.

I also wrote that "several seasoned actors have said this to me in the past, and I have also read it in show biz trades, that it's up to the director (and/or producer(s)) to decide who's right for the role." And here's the proof that such is true: yesterday I was offered the role, which, as you might guess, I accepted.

Dowd, by-the-way, was previously an attorney for the DOJ, and has also defended various high-profile clients in nationally high-profile cases. Until this past March, he was one of the attorneys representing the current occupant of the Oval Office in the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. And overall, the research I've done thus far does not suggest that Dowd is exactly a likable guy.

Banned... will be directed by Margarett Perry, who usually directs one play each season at HRTC. A few years back, she directed the dramatic reading and workshopping of Michael Slade's Gingerbread Children, that which I was one of the actors/readers. The irony is that I had occasion to contact Margarett on a different matter not but a few days before I did my general audition for the season. During the conversation I made a quip that "who knows, at some point you might be tricked into thinking I'm right to cast." Now, I did not know at that time that she was the director for Banned..., really, I didn't. It was the show that specifically identified as being interested in, because it's a new play and also because thee seemed to be several characters for which I am the right type. I also, by-the-way, wrote on the audition form that I would be interested in any other roles in other plays in which they thought I would be a good candidate. But, as far as Margarett and Banned from Baseball is concerned, I hear by swear on this stack of Samuel French plays that when I conversed with her a few weeks back I did not know she was directing that specific play!

This will be my fourth production at the HRTC, and the third that gives me points toward my Equity membership candidacy. I will have 21 points when the show wraps. Also coming into play will be a few other things I wrote about in recent posts about this: I had some vacation scheduled earlier in the summer -- for one thing, I was thinking seriously about going to Chicago for the Fourth of July. Now I'm holding all my vacation to use during the rehearsal and the performance weeks so I won't be working a 40-hour week at the the rent-payer, especially while in the rehearsal period, which is at least 30 hours a week, and usually more, in itself. Plus, I need some time outside of rehearsal to do script analysis and character work.

On a related note: I hope I get the script soon enough that I can walk into the table read at or close to off-book. Not that I won't keep my script in my hand for a while, mostly to make notations in the script, remind about blocking until I have it down, and to not slow a rehearsal down with memory stalls.

On sacrifices, I also have to give up my ticket to see Ringo Starr on September 11. There's a Banned from Baseball performance that night. Oh well. And, I have to bow out as AD for Marjorie Strader in our second show of the season at DTG, This Random World. Due to Banned... I would not be able to attend any rehearsals of ...Random... until the week before its Tech Week, save for Mondays, which will be the Equity day off, nor would I be able to give it its due attention, so there seems no point to stay on as AD.
But, still, despite the things I have to give up and bow out of..... YaY!



THE CAST OF THE LITTLE FOXES:
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CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Addie
           Gail Andrews Turner
Cal
           *to be announced
Birdie Hubbard
           Libby Holley Scancarello
Oscar Hubbard
           Saul Caplan
Leo Hubbard
           Maximillian Santucci
Regina Giddens
           Cheryl Mellen
Horace Giddens
           Don Campbell
Alexandra Giddens
           Hanna Stickel
William Marshall
           Jeff Sams
Benjamin Hubbard
           Dave Nickel



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Today my mother would have celebrated her 101st birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM
My Mom, June Storer, at my college graduation, 1994
June Storer
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Opening Today

Theatre of Sound in concert at The Dayton Theatre Guild.
Michael Bashaw, Sandy Bashaw, John Taylor, and Erich Reith


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THE ROOMMATE at steppenwolf
ROADTRIP!
MINI VACATION
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fb post text So, yeah, since I am off work for the holiday on Wednesday, July 4, I decided to schedule Mon-Tue, July 2-3, as vacation days and give myself five days off so I could go spend a few days in Chicago. One destination would have been back to the Art Institute of Chicago, which I visited once before but only allotted myself a couple hours to be there -- that was not enough time. Next time I go I will give myself pretty much a while day there. But when I got cast in Banned from Baseball, as some of you have read in previous posts here, I rescheduled all my vacation leave to cover works during the rehearsal and the performance period of Banned... so I don't have to do 40-hour work weeks at the the rent-payer during that time. But, then, I thought, Well, you know, you can drop up there over a weekend; that's what you did last time.

I started contemplating this mini-vacation, then I posted the facebook post about it that's in the screenshot here. That was yesterday. I didn't know what show would go see; I hadn't checked the Chicago theatre scene, and though I get emails from steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, and The Goodman I couldn't remember what the latest news from any of them was, and all the emails were deleted.

That was Thursday. Yesterday, I got one of those emails from steppenwolf. "Email offer to The Roommate" the subject line said. The body of the email said, "Email Offer: $35 tickets to performances June 21-July 8," and "A Chicago premiere by Jen Silverman, Directed by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad," it continued. Then "A comical mismatch of two roommates leads to a surprising and touching friendship. Think The Odd Couple meets Breaking Bad."

July 7 seems like a good day to see a comedy at steppenwolf. So, I went on-line, used the discount code and bought me a ticket for the 7:30 show. I'll drive over and up on Friday, the 6th, stay at a cheap hotel in Merrillville, Indiana, then drive into Chicago the next morning. It's what I did last time I went. This will actually be kind of a clone of that day. I'll park in a garage close to steppenwolf, then I plan to walk to the Chicago Zoo from there. It's only about 20-30 minutes. Since I won't get to gym over the weekend, the walk will be a good thing.

I'm hoping to have lunch or dinner with one of my Chicago friends. but that is not confirmed yet. The plan is to just traverse around Lincoln Park on foot. I might just come back into the city on Sunday and spend the day at the arts institute; thing is, I will have a long drive back home, so that might not really give me the time in the institute I want. The other alternative might be to flip it around, to do the art institute on Saturday before the show and the zoo on Sunday. But then the car is not staying parked as much. All though -- I could ride the L from by steppenwolf to the institute, then back. Or, I could go back on another weekend and hit the institute. Hmmmmm. Things to ponder.
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More close at hand, I'll see the Young at Heart Players' production of WELL by Lisa Kron, tonight at The Dayton Playhouse.

Tomorrow I'll attend the final Theatre of Sound concert being hosted by my theatre, The Dayton Theatre Guild



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Closing Today

Theatre of Sound in concert at The Dayton Theatre Guild.
THEATRE OF SOUND -- Sound Sculptures Concert

Michael Bashaw, Sandy Bashaw, John Taylor, and Erich Reith

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I'll be dropping in to see the final Theatre of Sound concert today.


Last night I saw the Young at Heart Players' production of WELL by Lisa Kron, at The Dayton Playhouse. It's a rather intersting script with the play and the players self-aware that they are in a play and that there is an audience. By script design, the actors in supporting roles even at times break character and speak as themselves, actors cast in the roles, being referred to and responding to their actual names. The two lead actors, playing daughter and mother, never break character, but all those on stage break the fourth wall and address the audience, and even comment on and critique the script they are performing.

The production features Anne Pesch and Barbara Jorgensen in the leads -- Anne as daughter, and playwright, Lisa, and Barbara as her mother, Ann. The supporting roles are filled by Bryana Bentley, Justin Lampkins, Kerry Simpson, and Steve Strawser. The cast gave a nice performance of an interesting script. As is usually the case, it was directed by Young at Heart Players founder, Fran Pesch.



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Theatre of Sound in concert at The Dayton Theatre Guild.
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Sunday I attended the final of the three concerts by Theatre of Sound that we hosted over the weekend at DTG. The Theatre of Sound is a derivative of the Dayton local musical quintet, Puzzle of Light, with four of the members performing in this off-shoot:

  • Michael Bashaw on flutes, harmonica, vocals, percussion, and sound sculptures
  • Sandy Bashaw on guitar, vocals, and sound sculptures
  • John Taylor on drums, keyboards, bass gutiar, percussion, and sound sculptures
  • Erich Reith on percussion and sound sculptures

The "sound sculptures" they play are all of those vibraphone-looking objects in the photos here, as well as other items, such as the series of ascending cymbal-like disks, frame-right in the top picture, the series of ascending bowl looking objects, frame-left in the same photo, and the large sculpture, in the pic below, with all the strings attached to it, as well as other unique sound sculpture instruments not pictured here. Michael Bashaw created them all, by the way.

So, the "Theatre of Sound" is a blending of a more common -- or usual -- musical sound and an avant-garde musical sound. What the audiences got was an experience of sometimes jazz, sometimes folk, sometimes world music, all with the edge of the sound sculpture experimentation. It's really quite a unique experience and all the players on stage are excellent at their craft. These concerts are a wonderful musical experience.

This was the second time we've hosted Theatre of Sound; I hope we do again. If we do, and if you've not attended and are near by, you should. If you have, you should come back.



Thu, June 14, 2018
-- FLAG DAY

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The workds "HAPPY 241st BIRTHDAY" over a phioti if the American Flag whipping in the wind with ablus sky behind it

I have also heard some rumors that someone either closely or loosely connected with this blog, this website, The Dayton Theatre Guild, and most, or perhaps all, of the theatre and movie productions I've been involved with, also celebrates a birthday today, but that this person is considerably younger than the American flag.




MINI VACATION
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I've come to decision, as the fb screenshots on the right display, that I am going to fill as many weekends this summer as I can with some little, weekend getaway, mini-vacations.

We already know I'm heading to Chicago for a weekend next month to see The Roommate at steppenwolf, and that the plan is spend the earlier part of the day at the Chicago Zoo (aka: The Lincoln Park Zoo). I'm taking some shorter jaunts, too. In fact I've got plans for most every weekend this summer, especially this first part, that, in part, includes the Columbus Zoo, probably the Columbus Museum of Art, and I've made a reservation for a weekend in a cabin in the forest in Hocking Hills, Ohio, a couple hours south-east from my abode. There are a few other places I am thinking of heading to and I'm keeping myself open for other options to get spontaneous with.

I will, of course, attend FutureFest 2018 next month, and though I was going to anyway, it still can be considered part of this weekend getaway, mini-vacations project, despite that I'll be coming home each night to sleep. Some of the treks will only be one day events, such as the Columbus trips. I'm thinking about the Indianapolis Zoo, too; not sure if that'll be a one-day thing or if I'll grab a motel room -- guess it depends on when I do it and what my bank account looks like.

Sometime after Banned from Baseball wraps at the Human Race Theatre Company, I intend to go back to Chicago for several days to do that whole day at the Art Institute of Chicago that I wrote about before -- and, yes, I'll probably catch a theatre production, while I'm there; but that'll be in the fall.



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Happy Birthday Harry -- with a black and white photo of Harry in a hat
Harry Nilsson
June 15, 1941-Jan 15, 1994



BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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Okay, so, yeah, it's only June 15. Rehearsals don't start until August 13, eight-and-a-half weeks from today. There's some time. There's plenty of time.

Still I'm impatiently waiting for the arrival of my script. I want it now so I can start working on my lines. I'd love to have it before I'm at the cabin in a few weeks. Ah, hell I want it way sooner than that!

*06/17/2018 addendum: under the heading of "Hold On Ta Yer Danged Horses, Feller!" comes this news -- the script arrived in the postal mail later in day on June 15.



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BUSINESS & PREP:
BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
PROFESSIONAL GIG ICON
THE BUSINESS OF ACTING ICON
In case you missed the addendum to Friday's post about this topic, the Banned from Baseball script, of which I was so impatiently waiting the arrival, was delivered in the postal mail later that day, after I had posted the original border-line whiny entry; it was in my mailbox when I got home from the rent-payer. All the associated paperwork also came in the mail and I have attended to it all:

• Wardrobe measurements have been taken
• Actor's bio has been written
Headshot -- at least a temporary selection -- has been chosen
• Photography and publicity waivers and releases have been signed
• Personal information form has been filled out
W9 has been completed
• Direct deposit form has been completed
EMC form has been filled out and signed
• The Performer Agreement contract has been filled out and signed
•• It'll all be in the mail today or tomorrow
   -- except the bio and headshot, which were emailed Friday evening.

Now it's time to break out the newly-purchased supply of blank index cards and start making my flashcards and start the trudge toward off-book, as well as time for all the other aspects of script study and some dramaturge work on my character, John Dowd.

I only have one scene, but it's a good scene and I have an opportunity to contribute greatly to the story. I think of Wilford Brimley's work in Absence of Malice as Assistant U.S. Attorney General James A. Wells. He had one scene, but it was a powerful scene and his performance is memorable, so much so that it is one of the things people remember best from the movie. I have a chance to make something of a similar impact in Banned from Baseball -- there's my challenge. The scene is written strongly enough for that to happen; the rest is up to me, in collaboration with Director Margarett Perry, of course, and in collaboration with my scene mates.

Having just the one scene, and having two months before rehearsals begin, AND having the script in my possession, means that there's no good reason not to come in off-book, as well as well versed on John Dowd and on the historical aspects of this story.

As a side bar, I look forward to the day when working an Equity show is enough of a commonplace occurrence for me that I don't bother to denote the details of the hiring process. But, for now......



AND THE SOUND WORK HAS BEGUN:
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THE LITTLE FOXES logo.
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What can be called preproduction has begun for the sound design for both The Little Foxes and This Random World.

Some of it is some pretty cool and exciting stuff, but I am keeping mum for the time being. But, some music selections will be made for both shows in the near future.

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Lunchtime, Friday, at the rent-payer, looking at the Little Foxes script for sound cues.
Also, for The Little Foxes, I will need to have the sound design up and running early. Tech Week for that one starts on August 12, and where I can and will be there for that Tech Sunday, rehearsals for Banned from Baseball begin on Monday, August 13. I will miss the rest of tech for The Little Foxes. Thusly, I will be teching the sound the previous week so that there will be opportunities for me to make adjustments and corrections.



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Happy Birthday Paul



BUSINESS & PREP, CONTINUED:
BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
PROFESSIONAL GIG ICON
THE BUSINESS OF ACTING ICON

DONE

------Wardrobe measurements, Photography and publicity waivers and releases, Personal information form, W9, Direct deposit form, EMC form, Performer Agreement contract------ Done and in the mail.

The creation of flashcards starts today.



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In Celebration - JUNETEENTH



CASTING IS NOW COMPLETE:
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Actor Steve Easterling has joined the cast in the role of Cal. Here is the complete list of cast:
CHARACTER
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Addie
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Cal
           Steve Easterling
Birdie Hubbard
           Libby Holley Scancarello
Oscar Hubbard
           Saul Caplan
Leo Hubbard
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Regina Giddens
           Cheryl Mellen
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           Don Campbell
Alexandra Giddens
           Hanna Stickel
William Marshall
           Jeff Sams
Benjamin Hubbard
           Dave Nickel



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FLASHCARDS AND DRAMATURGY:
BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON

Though I started making my line-study flashcards on Monday, as I'd planned, I did not finish them off; I started it, then did subsequent sessions during some lunch hours at the rent-payer, but outside of those moments, I've been focused on other ventures. Despite that rehearsals don't start for two months, and despite that I can't, in a rational way, believe I am falling behind on this, I still feel like I did when I was ten and I hadn't done my homework assignment.

I still have plans to do some dramaturgy, not only on John Dowd, but also on the investigation and related historical background.


HEADSHOTS, ETC.:
THE BUSINESS OF ACTING ICON

So, yes, I did send a headshot to HRTC for use at the website and in the printed program for Banned from Baseball, but....

My headshots are not well-defined as "recent." My plan was to get a new set this week. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make an appointment with my preferred photographer until next week, I've already been told it's okay to send an updated one to HRTC when I have it, that "we have loads of time," so I'm not concerned about the delay.

My original plan had been to pose for about half the photos with a beard, then come back the next day shaved, but I don't have time right now to grow a thick enough beard. I will get some beard shots at some point before the end of the year, sometime later when I have the time and opportunity to sport a thicker one. It's always good to have the right headshot for however I look at any given time.

Meanwhile, it's also occurred to me that I haven't updated my page at Now Casting for quite a while. Mentioning Now Casting, I got an email a few weeks back from someone about some voice work. This person had pulled my name from Now Casting. She asked me to respond if I was interested. I did respond, asking a few fundamental questions, such as the production date or dates and time, location, and salary. I never received a follow-up.

I'm also on a push to gather together my actor's film work to make a reel to post at my YouTube channel. I've needed a reel for a while. I don't yet have a whole lot of sizzling footage to put in one, but I should have one up, nonetheless. There are a few industrials and TV commercials I don't have access to, so my work in those isn't available for the reel, but I'm going to gather together what I can.


LOOK, MA! MY NAME'S ON THE SCREEN!:

CREDIT SCROLL AT THE END OF A MOVIE, WITH THE FOLLOWING CAST NAMES -- Mike Stone, Aaron Epstein, Jim Siegel, Jessica Winters, Eric Sunray, Chelsea Cameron, Connie Epstein, K.L.Storer, Ryanaustin Dennis, Josh Gilstrap, Erin Lann, A.J. Rickert-Epstein, Laura Volkman, Zach Hess, Mariee Maloney, Karli Eirich

On Set icon

It's always nice to see my name in a credit scroll at the end of a film. This one is from a film I worked on in 2010, a short-subject student film titled Leavings & Left Alones, which can be viewed on Vimeo by clicking here.

I had never been told about the disposition of the final cut so I wasn't sure if I even made it into said final cut. In the recent effort to put together the reel, mentioned above, I went on a search to find the director to enquire about this film and about getting footage. I both found the director, Olivia Otten, and the film (as linked to, above).

Like I told a friend about the film, "if you blink, you'll miss me." I'm on screen for a very short time during a funeral scene, where I play the presiding preist. My scene was shot at Sesquicentennial Chapel at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio.

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Screenshots, from Leavings & Left Alones, of me as the priest at a funeral. Shot in the Sesquicentennial Chapel at Miami U.



THE GREAT DIALOGUE CLEARANCE SPREE OF JUNE, 2018:
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At the start of every summer I say that I am going to get a jump on requesting clearance to use dialogue from our DTG season's plays in the promocasts for each one of them. Every summer I've said that, and every summer I have not done it.

Well I have done it this summer. Yesterday I emailed six of our seven playwrights, or their representatives, for the 18/19 season and requested the use of their words in the promotional videos. The remaining one I had to mail a postal letter to because I have found no on-line avenue to contact this one or her reps.

In two cases I was able to contact the playwrights themselves, for the others, it has been their agents or the play publisher, whichever is designated to handle the matter.

THIS RANDOM WORLD logo.
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Two playwrights, Steven Dietz and Luke Yankee, have already granted permission. Actually, Luke Yankee granted permission to me, himself; Steven Dietz granted it via his agent.

Luke didn't surprise me, as DTG has a bit of a relationship with him, fostered last year when he was so intrigued by our theatre that he came to one of our performances of his play, The Last Lifeboat. I had contacted him about clearance for dialogue for that one and that led to his interest in our house. When I approach the playwrights, or their reps, I include links to recent promocasts to show them examples. Luke looked the ones I'd sent then browsed more of our YouTube channel and was impressed with the plays we do. I believe he said something along the lines that our seasons look like those at an Equity house not a community theatre. He also thought we were doing such interesting plays, ones that even some professional theatres aren't' doing. "I have to go check out this theatre," he told himself. He likes DTG quite a lot and sings our praises; so, I was not all surprised when his response was "Yes, of course, whatever you need!"

With Steven Dietz, I have no frame of reference to know whether his yes was to be expected or not. However, I was quite pleased when his agent replied with "Steven has approved this, thanks for asking us." To be honest, I expect more resistance when I have to seek clearance from the agents. I am always afraid they may be more inclined to a protectionist stance than the playwrights, themselves, will likely be. I don't think I've ever had a playwright out-and-out say, no. A couple have deferred to their agents or the play publisher, but none I have contacted directly have said no. In fairness, though, one agent did respond to me once with a refusal that was credited to the playwright.

The thing that hasn't happened is anyone wanting royalties for use; I'm assuming that's because we are a non-professional theatre.

Well, for 2018/2019: two down, five to go.



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HERE WE GO!:
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The infamous flashcards
THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
I finished making my line-study flashcards, as my main method of line memorization. I have ninety-three lines in my one scene. None of them are anywhere in the neighborhood of being monologue-length, so if I'm not off-book by first rehearsal in mid-August then I'll need to seriously consider never acting again. And, really, if they were all monologues, I still would have little excuse to not be off-book by then.


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NEW HEADSHOTS:
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Photo by Nick Falzerano      
THE BUSINESS OF ACTING ICON

Yesterday afternoon I did a short photo shoot with Nick Falzerano, the proprietor of Nicholas Studios, to get myself from badly-needed headshot updates; my most recent previous headshots are now Mumblemumble years old.

The impetus behind getting the new photos, as any return readers might know, is because of the forthcoming Human Race Theatre Company production of Patricia's O'Hara's new play, Banned from Baseball. But, I've needed new headshots for quite a while, anyway.

It was an outdoor shoot because, at the moment, Nicholas Studios has construction work happening, so a studio session wasn't tenable, and so I arranged for this to be a temp session. As the appointment day approached I was more and more worried about the weather since rain, or at least overcast skies, looked like a real possibility. But, we had blue skies and sunshine. The only problem is that I forgot that my eyeglasses do that auto-tint thing in the sun, so in any photos where I had my glasses on, it looks like I'm a cool dude in his shades -- and though I wouldn't mind having his masterful stage presence, I wasn't going for a Jack Nicolson vibe. Fortunately, we will be doing another one in the fall, in the studio. Also, fortunately, I posed for many shots without my glasses on, those shots which I will be able to use more broadly as headshots.

I will be shortly scrutinizing those that are usable to pick the one to send to HRTC for BfB.

I must also say that even if many, like the one above, could only be used for very targeted roles, I still think it's a cool photo.

Here are three headshots from this new session that I definitely will be able to use as such:
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COMING SOON!
ROADTRIP!
MINI VACATION
coming soon

Last Sunday (the 24th) I went on the first of my planned summer 2018 series of weekend getaway, mini-vacations. This weekend, I'm doing another one. Whereas last weekend was only one day, this weekend it's the whole weekend. I leave in the mid-afternoon, today.

I took a lot of photographs last Sunday so the delay in posting about it has to do with getting those pics properly processed. Last weekend's jaunt, by-the-way, was directly related to the "Diary of Artful Things" theme of this blog. This weekend will be, not by nature of the actual vacation destination, but because I'll spend some time memorizing my lines for Banned from Baseball, also in line with the overarching, general blog theme.

As soon as I have the pics from last week done, I'll post an entry about that venture. The rub is that I'll do some of the work on these images during this weekend's sojourn. Of course, I'll be taking a lot of photos this weekend, too. The bottom line: timely posts about any of these mini-vacations simply are not going to happen.

I have another one the next weekend, too, as well as the weekend after that -- and likely the weekend after that.





THE GREAT DIALOGUE CLEARANCE SPREE OF JUNE, 2018, PART 2:
DTG Promocast Production logo
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SHADOW BOX logo.
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I have received clearance to use dialogue from two more 18/19 DTG shows in the promocasts for each: Michael Cristofer's The Shadow Box, and Jethro Compton's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

Both permissions came via the play publisher Samuel French, though I had actually been in direct contact with Jethro Compton. Mr. Compton, however, wasn't sure about the process of gratning me the right, though he was fone with my using dialogue on the video. He deferred me to SF. To be honest, I am quite sure that he had the right to grant me permission, as I am 99.9999999999999% sure such rights are retained in his control, but it didn't hurt anything to acquiesce to him.

Current tally: four down, three to go.




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