I truly cannot remember the last time I devoted so much time to memorizing lines and doing it without distraction and interruption. The plan for Antigone is to be off book for the first rehearsal. I was doubtful at first when I saw how much I will have to say, but now, after many hours of study, I’m downright optimistic. This is going to be sooooo cool.
I see now that in the early years of my career, when memorization came so, so easily and I didn’t have to study hard, that is just what happened. I didn’t study hard. I learned the lines and hit the marks and did a serviceable job. Now I’m older, a little wiser and a lot less of a quick study. The result is a slow, disciplined study of the lines, the scene, the story the character. In short, all the things an actor is supposed to do. It’s a little embarrassing to admit this but it’s the truth. Of course one thing I never did as a young actor starting out is show up to a first rehearsal off book. I may be further down the line, but I’m breaking new ground.
FYI the Antigone performance schedule is as follows:
Friday June 12 2015, 10:30 PM
Tuesday June 16 2015, 10:00 PM
Saturday June 20 2015, 1:00 PM
Thursday June 25 2015, 8:30 PM
Friday June 26 2015, 5:30 PM
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online here
What a week. I’ve been invited to play Creon in Antigone at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I’ll get to play with that wonderful young actress Brittany McGregor. On top of that, had an audition today for a production at that wonderful theatre in Pasadena, A Noise Within. I read for the role of Creon in Antigone, yes, Antigone! It was a privilege to read for this excellent company. My fingers are firmly crossed. Tickets for Antigone at the Hollywood Fringe Fest can be purchased here.
A life in show business is just that, “A Life”, with all the ups and downs involved. Things are on the way back up for me just at the moment. This reading of Cyrano is a wonderful way to jump back into my acting career. It is so great to see so many of the original cast from our 1996 show. We are a great bunch of actors telling a great story together. Too bad it’s only only going to play one performance. Heck, maybe we can get a few investors and put on a full tilt production.
Here are some wonderful pictures from our last rehearsal:
On May 8th, I will be reading the title role in what promises to be a dynamite staged reading of Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.This is a heart-rending story full of Blood, Love, Rhetoric and Swordfighting. Back in the Nineties, I was nominated for an LA Weekly award for best actor for this performance as Cyrano. The cast from that production is getting back together for one more show. Tickets are free but you have to reserve them ahead of time. This event will “sell” out so if you want to attend, get your tickets now.
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