Posts Tagged ‘Theatre’

Hamlet 2: The Christ of Art

September 11, 2008
What art is made of.

What would you do for your art?

Dana Marschz is pronounced Marsch-z (the “z” an additional emphasis beyond the “sch”) and is one of a number of things that makes the main character of Hamlet 2 that much more awkward and potentially tragic. As he even whines, “My life is a parody of a tragedy”. In fact the position Dana finds himself in is a pretty common tale for those that come to Los Angeles looking to become an actor. Their pride is stripped from them completely and they become emotionally erratic and completely insecure individuals…sometimes they never regain that composure because they don’t know how to refocus their creative and scarred sides into something healthy.

And so we follow Dana on his personal odyssey as he seeks to regain his inner strength and voice by creating an original work for a group of high school students. And quite an odyssey it is. Pam Brady (a South Park writer alum and Team America: World Police scribe) along with Andrew Fleming (the director of a nice little gem Dick and other lesser films) have created a concoction and character that’s so awkward that it’s hilarious, but then it stops being funny and becomes so very, incredibly awkward that it becomes honest. It’s like staring at a freshly opened wound.

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At Your Local Movie Theatre?…Noooo! Live Theatre!!! Theatre Unleashed!!!

June 8, 2008

What We Should Have Said

For those of you wondering why…oh dear God why hasn’t Phil been writing about all of his favorite movies like Kung-Fu Panda (which I promise I will this week) or writing his second reaction to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or even making it to the theatre to see such high class fare like Sex and the City *cough*. And why I haven’t written about my being Artistic Director of a theatre company in Los Angeles called Theatre Unleashed! Well, the explanation is below. If you’re in Los Angeles, swing by and give it a gander.

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Crunch Time! The Mad Juana Shows her Strings…

November 12, 2007

A Bunraku puppetMy lack of writing again falls upon the fact that I have two and a half weeks until the opening of my next show, and this just after spending the last four months rehearsing and performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which while I have to admit isn’t my favorite Shakespeare, became one of my favorite shows performed in awhile; the way in which it was presented tickled my personlaity (the trailer I cut for that can be found on an earlier blog here.)

Now, to say that I play the Marquis of Denia in the newest show at Write Act Repertory Theatre Company presenting the mad Queen of Spain, Juana, as not so mad, but manipulated, is an almost truth. To say that I will present a performance might be more appropriate. I’ve been lucky in the past to work as an actor in many different capacities. I’ve performed as Charlie Chaplin in staged presentations that I’ve written and directed to much laughter, and tinkered with mask performing which is simply put another form of pantomime only you allow the posture of your body and style of movement to accentuate the emotion on the mask, at times allowing the tilt of the still face to bring forth another emotion, called a “swing”. This time though I will be working with life sized puppets. Bunraku is the style with which we will performing. At a site called japanzone.com they describe Baunraku as this: (more…)

Gender Role Reversal in Theatre, ugh

October 8, 2007

shakespear in loveI’ve recently been taking more of an interest in the world of theatre beyond the scope of my acting. This has included an attempt at writing a play and being part of another show in which puppets will be used to portray the characters. It should be a humbling experience to not be the object of attention, but to control the object of attention instead, to some how use the puppet as an extension of my performance. This is all well and good because the nude scene that is required will be less embarrassing for me and more so for the puppet. The fact that I’m in Los Angeles doing this and not New York City is probably a mistake, but it’s keeping my skills sharp. Which is what a lot of actors here in LA need to do, and while I don’t think scene work is bad, it’s a lot better for an actor to bite into a role that they can fully develop. There are dozens upon dozens of local 99-seat theatres in LA working with actors that just want to be noticed and there are a bevy of artistic directors that want to be taken seriously. In a city where film and television is the medium of choice it makes it that much more difficult to get recognized.

Taking all of these detractors into account theatres will try anything to get attention. One of the things I hate the most in this scurry for minor fame is the ease and lack of creativity it takes to mount a production in which all of the male characters…will be played by female characters. (more…)

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opening and Trailer

September 21, 2007

Finally,

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens. Here’s a commercial spot I put together for promotional purposes. Don’t worry, I don’t give anything away…

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