Friday, July 30, 2010

Memorizing Lines=In the Moment

My good friend, Virginia Kull (look for her on HBO's Boardwalk Empire), gave me some great advice. That whole "be in the moment" thing can seem so elusive. What is the key to being in the moment when your every move is being watched by an audience or a camera?

I asked Virginia about this, and she told me to "uber-memorize the lines." Know them better than you think you need to know them. Roz Coleman (the on-set coach for HBO's In Treatment) told our on-camera acting class that you should know the lines so well that they come "trippingly off the tongue."

I kept these two phrases in my head as I prepared for my current show, Something Outrageous. You would find me walking to the subway, saying the lines as fast as I possibly could under my breath, going over and over the parts where my mind would "blank out". And it worked!

I feel so much more freedom performing these monologues. I realized that lines are an actor's task; thoughts are a person's task. When your lines come trippingly off the tongue, they seem to come from the same part of your brain as normal speech. So you are no longer an actor, but rather a person having a conversation. You are in the moment.

Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom! Thanks, Virginia and Roz.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Show Details: Something Outrageous

When: July 24 & July 31, 7:30pm
Cost: $25, which includes open bar!
Where: 45th Street Theatre, 354 W45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue)

Tickets available on or with cash at the door.
45-minute to 1-hour show.

I Got the Part: Julius Caesar

I have been offered the role of Metellus Cimber in The Queens Players' Julius Caesar, to go on at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City in August and September.

More details coming soon.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I Got the Part: Something Outrageous

I was cast in the play Something Outrageous to be performed at either the 45th Street Theatre or The Producer's Club in midtown Manhattan on July 24 and July 31. The play is a combination of monologues and improv, and deals with romantic relationships.

Come out and see it! More details coming soon.