I have to give a big hand to the folks at The Cast Station for being so pleasant and efficient amidst a myriad of unexpected technical challenges today during an on-camera audition they hosted at the Vagabond School of the Arts. I also owe another big hand to all the talents for patiently and professionally working through the sudden changes today! Because I was called back to re-audition due to recording issues caused by nearby construction and in sight of my leading a fight rehearsal for He-Manlet in the same building that evening, today quickly turned into an all-day affair at 4001 N Ravenswood. But with all the talented people I get to spend time with and the fun things I get to do, I cannot complain for one second!
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!"
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Kings and Thrones and Sh*t
Sex, a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs
CAPITALI$M: A Cabaret Through Time and Space
Short Attention Span Theatre Fest V: Killer Instinct
The Pale Man
Today, my good friend and co-conspirator Luke Van Marter are meeting to put the finishing touches on our latest writing project, CAPITALI$M: A Fighting Cabaret Musical which is scheduled to make its world premiere at the 3rd annual Elgin Fringe Festival this September! In the history of our company, Robert Frosty, It's absolutely our most ambitious project to date! As all our work does, this show combines the elements of stage combat, comedic sketch writing, and our penchant for absurdity but CAPITALI$M takes it a few steps further. It has all these "Robert Frosty essentials" but it will also be our first full length musical that consists of a narrative story with central characters that are supported by comedic sketches! We are always looking to go bigger and better and this production will be no exception. We have become known for our high-production value sketch comedy & fight design and this production will provide yet another opportunity to foray into new territory! We still have a lot of creative work and logistics ahead of us but I am very excited by where we're headed!
I have recently been hired to attend and perform at a formal lunch club's celebration of Bastille Day in Baltimore! The job calls for me to dress in a character of the time period and introduce a short video they're playing about this historical cataclysm. Because part of this task was to write fifteen minutes worth of my own material as this character, I couldn't help but turn to my trusty degree in Comedy Writing & Performance to complete this mission! In writing for this event, I portrayed the character accurately according to historical information on the subject but I also definitely made it my own!
I'm coordinating with my good friend and renowned Renaissance man, Rob Parise to help me with costuming. He has a great knowledge and vast collection of period clothing from across the centuries that he's graciously letting me borrow for this event! My aunt and uncle on the East Coast are also helping me by crafting a pike - a very common weapon for the working class rebellion of this time. As my flight leaves this Monday to get into Baltimore, I'm really excited to see everything come together! All I have to do is refine the script before memorizing it, finalize costumes with Rob, and take care of my Broadsword SPR before I hop on the plane!
Has it already been three years?! My weapon certifications are expiring and it's time to renew! I've been in touch with my friend and SAFD Certified Teacher Mr. David Yondorf who has graciously agreed to arrange a Skills Proficiency Renewal class this Sunday, July 10th for myself and a few colleagues in order to re-up our broadsword certifications. Of the eight SAFD recognized stage weapons, broadsword is one of the three that I'm certified in but do NOT currently hold a recommended pass in. I always strive for excellence and believe in challenging myself to become better. The day you stop learning is the day you die so in this renewal cycle I will be pushing myself harder than ever to fully embrace my knowledge and skill with this weapon. I do not yet know who will be adjudicating our tests but I'm really excited to be working with a colleague I've gotten to know through workshops and performances, Britain Willcock!