Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BRAVO TO OUR CHEE CHEE!

Clarence Leonard Jr. as Chee Chee
Applause goes to Clarence Leonard Jr.!  He played the role of gay freelance photographer, Chee Chee, in "A Wound In Time".  He was just cast in a film by someone who saw him in the play on closing night!  Congrats to a very talented, and more importantly, nice young man!

He is not the first to find Orisha blessings after appearing in the play.  In its first production in 2010 at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the leading man and woman fell in love and are now engaged.  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A REALIZED OBLIGATION...

My previous post spoke about the rarity of the Artiste.  But there are those who have the potential to be an Artiste and need only to have them realize it and have it nurtured.  Thus, it is my responsibility to let potential Artistes that I encounter know that they have a choice... 

The Artiste need not be an endangered species.

Friday, November 23, 2012

IN MEMORY OF THE ARTISTE!

Oh, how I long to have been around during the days of the Harlem Renaissance, or old enough during the days of beatniks, and Bohemia in Nueva York!  For those were the days of the Artistes.  Folks from various artistic genres doing their art for LOVE!  No pressures of waiting for the "big break" or of being "discovered".  Just the sheer joy of creating.  The words "starving artist" sounds cliche but it is all so true.   There are still folks who do go homeless for their "art", sleep in crowded apartments for their "art", rehearse in cold kitchens or basements for their "art", and pan handle for their "art".  These dedicated souls are not as numerous as years ago.  Unfortunately, it is the Artiste who knows it is all about the "work" and not their selfish wants.  It is the Artiste who suffers without complaint and cares little, if not less, about notoriety for their creation.  For that is not their motivation.  The romanticist in me, yearns for the glory days that I've heard and read so much about. That I have even witnessed, albeit for a short time.  What I have witnessed in my return to the theatre as actor, playwright, producer, and director, sadly, is the Artiste as something rare.

WAITING FOR THE DUST TO SETTLE... WITHDRAWAL!

It was a bumpy but joyous ride to Off Broadway, with added drama courtesy of Hurricane Sandy.  So many, including theatres, have yet to recover from the aftermath.  But I am happy that most folks have gotten their power and lives back.  It usually takes a while for me to  recover from the withdrawal symptoms once a show is over.  It has only been a few days but I am anxious to resume writing my 2 new plays, as well as get things rolling for the re-mount Off Broadway of  my Creole drama in February.  Can't wait to get back on the stage with my muses and friends.  There are also plans to alternate both shows with staggered performances throughout the year.

So I will laze around until the malaise of closing a show, and Thanksgiving passes...  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

MY! MY! MY WHAT A CLOSING!!!

Alzie Rejouis and Stacey Griffin tearing up the stage "literally"
Our wonderful man on congas, Edgar Maldonado
What can I say?  After everyone slowly recovers from the malaise from hurricane Sandy, I can at least say "A Wound In Time" went out with a BAM!!!!  What a lovely turnout for the final performance.  I so appreciate each and everyone who came out during this hectic holiday week.  It meant so much to the cast and I.  Your kind words well remain in my heart forever...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CREATING COMPELLING ROLES FOR WOMEN!!!

As closing night of my mystery thriller, "A Wound In Time", approaches I can't help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.  True, I did the "impossible" again.  Mounting a production without financial support, and holding bill collectors at bay until the deed is done.  My guerrilla tactics are necessary in order for a person of little resource, such as myself, to bring a dream to fruition.  But even more than that is that I gave women an opportunity to stretch in roles that were complex and emotional.  But even more than THAT, these women took the reigns and allowed me to see what I had written on paper, in the flesh!  I thank them! 

Photos credited to Lee Wexler.

Weez Tomlinson

Star Davis

Irma Cadiz

Alzie Rejouis

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

HAPPY PREVIEW!!!

Tonight we finally go up.  It has been a major challenge for all after dealing with the chaos and inconvenience caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Many of my cast members have been without electricity for over a week, and/or have had to travel for hours due to the storm.  I so appreciate them for what they have endured and their total commitment to this production.  As you know the saying, "The show must go on"! 

 It is Election Day and all should vote.  But after casting your ballot it is hoped that you'll stop by and see a wonderful show!  For every ticket sold a dollar will be donated to hurricane victims.