Lest you imagine my absence has been a matter of rest:
ITEM! On October 16th Wife Megan and I performed aerial silks at a Halloween-themed circus show at Streb S.L.A.M. It was my debut on the aerial silks and - now that I think of it - my return to circus performance after an absence of some years. More on this in its own post (promise [promise]), but suffice it to say that I survived and learned a lot in the process. And: enjoyed it!
ITEM! On October 17th I performed in a staged reading of Margo Hammond's The New Me, playing a private detective, which is one of my favorite things in the whole world. (Good role to love, too, since a fella' can play that general type through many different stages of his life.) It went well I thought, and I really enjoyed exploring the guy's subtle self-interests in the midst of performing his job.
ITEM! On October 29th I and my better 50% traveled to Chicago. It was my first time there since 2001 when I toured through it with the partial-German-language farce I starred in (not bragging; educational theatre). It was a great trip that really inspired me in unexpected ways, not the least of which was attending the late show at The Second City and being reminded of the value of sketch comedy in constructing commedia dell'arte.
ITEM! November 1st brought me to only my second participation in a meeting of The Pack. At said meeting I had a scene from Hereafter read, and received feedback on it. It was very interesting, and ultimately encouraging for continuing work on the script. Seems like the answer to making it cohesive may be in streamlining the number of ideas represented in it.
ITEM! On November 8th there was a developmental reading for a small, private audience, of James B. Nicola's Closure. In it I read several male characters, and it tested my mastery of dialects, and found it as lacking as it always has been. Some are naturals at accents, but I need to work at it to achieve consistency, and switching rapidly (occasionally having whole scenes with myself) between them was dizzying. It was fun to try, though, and good to notice that as the script went along, I got better.
ITEM! On November 13th I participated in a table reading of The Widow Ranter, adapted by Adrienne Thompson and directed by the acclaimed Karen Carpenter (no, not that one). In it I played the boisterous, large old Colonel Ranter, eschewing type left right and center amidst a table of over a dozen actors. Interesting to see all the energy and dynamic shifts with that many friends and strangers with a performance bent in one place.
ITEM! For the first time with the revised cast, on November 21st The Puppeteers held a developmental meeting in Scranton. It went well, and rapidly, and of course a great deal of time and work on my part has gone into the show's development 'blog. It's an amazing - and very much ongoing - process, creating an original comedy from scratch. We've had two more developmental meetings since, and begin the rehearsal process in earnest on December 27th.
ITEM! I finally participated in NaNoWriMo! And I failed! Well, inasmuch as I didn't fulfill the word goal of 50,000 by deadline. I did, however, get a great deal of writing done on an actual novel, no matter how questionable its worth. It was very much fun and very much difficult, as my update-only post for November attests.
ITEM! For the first time since I was 23 (by which I mean last year, amirite?) I performed in a musical on December 2nd. Sharon Fogarty's one-act comic musical, Speaking to the Dead, had me playing a game-show host who falls for his ghost-whispering costar in many more ways than one. Actually, initially I wasn't to sing, but at one rehearsal I gave a line a sing-songy quality and BAM: a few lines of song for yours truly. It truly was a hoot. And such a pleasure to finally work with Ms. Fogarty after many near-misses at Manhattan Theatre Source.
So, you know: That. It's been a busy two months, and likely to be nothing but busy through the holidays and on into January. The Puppeteers opens January 19th, and that weekend is the only one in which I'll be guaranteed to be in town watching it. If you have the means and desire to make your way to wintery Scranton, I commend you and recommend it -- it's going to be A LOT of fun.
Merriest and happiest, one and all.