I said I’d post more frequent updates, didn’t I? Well, at least this time only three months have passed since the last post, compared to six months the time before.
The Hovey Summer Shorts were great fun. I got the rare opportunity to do a dramatic (rather than comedic) piece as well as a comedy that gave me the opportunity to create some "bits" that weren’t in the script. (Unbeknownst to me, the writer of the comedy was in the audience for one of the performances. Fortunately, he liked the bits I added. Or at least he was polite enough to say so.)
I have a busy fall. Next up for me is She Loves Me at the Woodland Theatre Company, a show from the composer and lyricist who did Fiddler on the Roof and based on the same source material as You’ve Got Mail. I’m looking forward to reuniting with director Doug Hodge, who did such a great job with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum last year. She Loves Me has four performances over Columbus Day weekend. After that, I’ll be appearing in the Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of one of my favorite shows, The Pirates of Penzance. I was lucky enough to have seen the Broadway production of Pirates with Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt, Estelle Parsons, George Rose, and Tony Azito and I’ve been in love with it ever since. As a sophomore in college, I played the Pirate King and stole as much from Kevin Kline’s performance as I could. In the Fiddlehead production I’ll be playing the Sergeant of Police, who sits out the first act but has two great numbers in the second. I’m looking forward to acting once again with my friend Maya Murphy, who I met doing FishNet-NetWorks.Net back in 2009.
I learned a lot from the reading of Right Ho, Jeeves in June. Most importantly, I learned that it was too long. Most of the material worked, but you can’t have a light British comedy of manners that runs over two hours. You just can’t. So I have to cut and cut and try it again. My cast and director were great and I hope to work with all of them again.
I’ve also made a big decision this summer: I’m going to quit my day job. I’ve been running my own information technology consulting company for the last 11+ years, and I’ve decided that it’s time for a change. I need to spend my time on more creative endeavors. I have a couple of ideas for what comes next that I’m not quite yet ready to share. Stay tuned!