I started the Year 2011 off with a bang. Actually, it was an internal move as my artist wife Risa (www.createdbyrisa.com) and I moved from floor five to a larger studio/home/loft space on the first floor of the Tilsner Artist Co-Op. I actually hated myself, missing right away two film projects that I had to say "no" to as well as a music video by a friend. I literally pouted when I had to say "no" not just once, but twice to the feature-film "Monday." But then, on the last day of shooting, got called to be a political pundit! And then, I hit the floor running and averaged, well...too many projects if you look at the old resume for the first half of this year. Too many.
And now I am about to embark on another theatrical work, playing Bellomy in "The Fantasticks" at Theatre in the Round. Interesting, this long-running theatre actually saw me grace the stage in its 24th season...it is now their 59th! I actually was in three productions of "The Fantasticks" back in my younger days -- 1969, 1973, 1975 -- playing Mortimer, the young man who does dramatic death scenes. Some 120+ performances spanning Colorado, Minnesota and Ohio. I was a pretty good die-r...but would never attempt the stunts I did waaaay back when. Now I'll get to sing and dance as The Girl's Father.
I had hoped for the part of the Old Actor Henry who recites Shakespeare...sometimes badly. And I do use the Henry lines in one of my numerous monologues, my 1-minute dramatic humorist monologue. But I also dreaded the thought that I really can't grow a proper beard and would probably have to cut my hair quite short or even shave my head (or wear a bald plate). The part of Bellomy is quite fun, has lots of singing and comedic dancing moments. I actually have to work a bit being semi-serious! The show will be playing weekends in July at Theatre in the Round, Seven Corners, by the University of Minnesota West Bank campus.
Acting, believe me, is work. Again, it is fun work if you do enjoy it! (Hey, I told my wife that the other day, when I sat as a mature make-up model for a young student at FACES MN, that was work. And doing a photo shoot the other day, four characters and getting 370 images, that was tremendously hard labor -- especially when the best came when I stopped posing and actually put on the red clown nose and moved!)
I'll be back more often with the blog. My schedule is light. What do I have in the next couple of months...rehearse and perform the play, five movie projects, or did I just get a sixth. One more re-shoot of a film. I'm doing a model pose for a liquor commercial tomorrow. Dressing up as Dr. Frankenstein's Igor for a special-effects projection project mid-month. And I'm even getting paid for some of these endeavors!
Work! Fun Work!
This BLOG will be my personal exploration into the World of Performance Art. Follow me as I return to an Adventure started in the sixties to be An Actor!