Been behind with updating the ol’ website, but that’s a good thing because being busy is good. Or so they tell me. Whoever they are.
In April and May I played Tom- a slovenly actor type whose characterization may or may not have been inspired by my wife’s nine season binge watch of Friends. No Tom was not based on Joey. He just wasn’t. Whose to say how inspiration works?
The play was a rousing success- well reviewed, laughed at (in a good way), and I got to wear a hell a lot of orange which has always been a dream of mine. It was excellent working with the ever capable director Rachel Klein of “Around the World in 80 Days” fame. The cast was similarly talented and for the first time in a long time- a group of people with whom I will miss working. I mean that in a good way for the folks I just got done working with- no offense to casts of yore…although, it sounds cranky. I am cranky. Why am I writing this at 4 am? I digress. Anyway, “Love Me” was easily my best experience from swinging through an Actors Access audition on the fly and seeing where it led. Thanks to Jason S. Grossman and Amber Gallery for the opportunity, a funny script, and a sure hand.
NEXT UP: Mike in Chelsea Rep’s production of “A Lie of the Mind.” This will be my third (fourth?) collaboration with John Grabowski and The Acting Studio, New York. It’s always a pleasure going back. We have a common vocabulary and John is always able to guide me to my best work. It’s been a while (maybe never) since I have been in the kind of production that changes the air in the room, draws people in, and engages them deeply and viscerally. Some of the best performances I have ever seen were crafted under the auspices of The Acting Studio, New York in association with Chelsea Repertory Company and I am excited to see where this leads. Rehearsals are humming along nicely.