This is not a drill! We nearly got swept up by the vicious tornado that passed through Indiana last week! We were on location, ready to begin filming a fight scene for The Pale Man in downtown Muncie, Indiana when tornado sirens began sounding and severe weather alerts began warning us to take shelter immediately. For respect to the safety of the cast and crew as well as the $15,000 camera among other equipment on set, we had to scrap the night's shoot and postpone. This is beyond inconvenient as I've booked another show this week for Robert Frosty and have yet another corporate gig swinging in the balance in addition to rehearsals for our shows at Elgin Fringe Festival and the Family Fringe event preceding it. This will surely prove to be a most trying two weeks ahead of me but if I know anything about myself, it's that in the pressure of time, I always rise to meet the challenge! That, and there will be plenty of time to sleep and eat in my 30s!
I have to say, this is something I have not done before. Tonight, I'll be hopping in between four different, back-to-back rehearsals to offer my expertise in fight direction and movement. Luckily, three are located in the same building and all four are located in Ravenswood and so I should have no problem popping into one and out of another. It will be quite amusing to transition from one show's vicious, dark, pathological violence to another's tongue-in-cheek, slapstick-style fight sequences, back to another racially charged, explosive fight, and to a martial arts-style kata phrase.
An article came out today that particularly resonated with one of the shows I'm working on so I shared it with the cast and director and opened the doors for discussion. It's about consent and theatrical responsibility - topics with which I'm very involved, working as an actor and fight director. Give the article a read and let me know what you think:
It's a good problem to have! I've been so busy this past month and a half, I haven't had any time to make blog updates! As my excuse, I'm currently working on five projects! I'm acting in three of them, directing one of them, producing two of them, and I am designing fights for all five! Because I'm fortunate enough to be working on artistically fulfilling endeavors that energize me and although I know my limits when it comes to time management, the most challenging part of being this busy remains the scheduling itself. I have to make every effort to ensure I'm able to dedicate enough time to each project such that I'm supremely confident in the work I'm doing and that safety is held in the highest regard during each process. I accomplish this using the long-faithful practice of keeping a pocket planner, a testament to the tried and true method of pen and paper! That's right, I use a physical calendar to keep all my appointments in order!
I get razzed every now and again about writing in my little black appointment booklet and I receive a fair portion of unsolicited guidance advising me to "live my life" instead of perpetuating my prolific portfolio but to that I say, "There will be plenty of time to act like a 20-year-old in my 30s! Now let me get back to work, you dastardly distractor! I'm trying to keep this economy alive!"
Learn more about why this blog occasionally becomes optional by clicking the links below!
Kings and Thrones and Sh*t
Sex, a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs
CAPITALI$M: A Cabaret Through Time and Space
Short Attention Span Theatre Fest V: Killer Instinct
The Pale Man