NYC [Pandemic Edition]

After a week and half of me stressing out totally over going to New York City in the current world situation … we went to New York. The idea of loosing the money on the theater tickets and hotel was just too much to bear. So we headed out last Thursday.

The nearly empty plane should have been a sign. Seriously. There were ten people on this 70 seat plane.
Empty Plane

We arrived in New York City to the news that Broadway had closed down and we were not going to get to see any theater. Well, shit. We Uber-ed into the city, checked in the hotel and got settled.

You gotta love this beautiful view from our room. Ha, ha.
Hotel View

We decided to walk around some before dinner. The city seemed busy, but not overly so. Here are the ice skaters at Rockefeller Center. Not nearly as many as there usually are.
Rockefeller Center

I love this They Live themed billboard at the corner of 7th and 48th in Times Square.
Awesome Billboard

We had an incredible dinner a OBAO on 9th in Hell’s Kitchen. Yum.
Pho Bo at OBAO

After dinner we walked around the Theater District and I tortured myself by going by the now darkened theaters of the shows we were supposed to see. Seriously crushed to not be able to see Hangmen.
Hangmen at The Golden
Book of Mormon at the O'Neill

We went back to the hotel, but I was craving donuts. So, I went back out and got some at the Dunkin’ across 8th. Jelly Filled and Chocolate Covered with Sprinkles!

We also found out on Thursday that all the museums had shut down as well. There went our backup plan. Dammit. So, we Uber-ed into Brooklyn and had an early lunch at Junior’s. It’s my kind of place!
Junior's in Booklyn

We caught a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. I now know I would give my left nut to have an Alamo Drafthouse close by. Such a cool movie theater chain.
Alamon Drafthouse in Brooklyn

Since we were close to the Brooklyn Bridge, we decided to walk that way back into Manhattan. It was a really beautiful day to be out and about!
Brooklyn Bridge
Pandemic Tourists
Brooklyn Bridge

And then we just kept on walking. We navigated up into the West Village and had drinks at The Stonewall Inn. Then we went around the corner and found my old friend, Ian. I hadn’t seen him in years, so it was great to show up unannounced and surprise him. For the record, this picture is not a good example of social distancing.
Old Friends

Then we continued our walk up to 44th and had pizza at John’s Pizzaria. I guess that was the one good thing about Broadway being shut down. We were actually able to get a table there with no wait. Once back at the hotel, I decided to go out one last time to see Time Square. I might have stopped at the Junior’s Bakery on 45th and gotten a slice of Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. Yum (again)!

We were supposed to be in the city until Sunday but had decided to change our flight to Saturday just to get out of the city early (and away from any carriers). Delta let us switch with no added fees and we were able to upgrade to first class for cheap. So fancy!
First Class Drinks!

We did end up loosing to money on the hotel for Saturday night. Oh well. We made the best of it but the trip was a bit of a bust. Had we know one day earlier that Broadway was going to go dark, we would have cancelled the trip. Double oh well.

We were very proactive in regards to our safety with lots of hand washing and sanitizing and touching as little as possible … especially our faces. As a precaution, we are self-quarantining for the next 14 days since we were out and about in (what I suspect is) a fairly active contagion zone.

Hopefully, this mess will pass through quickly and with as little death and disruption as possible. Everyone stay safe (and stay socially distant)!

NYC [Pandemic Edition]

Monday Blah’s

So, we finished up Stardust yesterday at the theater. We had sold out houses all weekend and it’s nice to know people seemed to really like the show. Though I can’t say I will miss it too much as I am super ready to get my weekend nights back.

Meanwhile, the freelance gig is taking a few years off my life. I had a stress headache all day on Friday and into Saturday. Ugh.

The weekend went by too fast and now the work week is underway. Let’s see if we survive it.

Monday Blah’s

Blah, Blah, Blah

So, I found out Friday morning that I didn’t get cast in the show I auditioned for last Monday. It’s a little disappointing but ultimately works out for the best because it means I don’t have to go to a rehearsal tonight (or tomorrow or Wednesday) after seven days of doing a show locally. Plus, it means I can plan a trip to see Dr. Phibes and Co. in July. Yay!

We opened Stardust this past weekend. All singing! All dancing!

Top Hat and Cane = Me Singing About Mules, Pigs, Fish, and Stars.

I wish our fans where blue instead of pink to match our accessories (and the ladies). Don’t those sock garters look SEXY?

This is a cool photo of us singing a medley that has harmonies I still don’t know very well.

On Saturday, I treated myself with a trip to the record store where I found a copy of The Heart ThrobsCleopatra Grip on vinyl. It’s a Czech pressing which I find interesting. How did a vinyl pressing of a 1990 record from England released in an Eastern Bloc country make it to the mountains of WNC nearly 30 years later?! Regardless, I am stoked as I love this album. It was a mainstay in my post high school soundtrack.
The Heart Throbs’ Cleopatra Grip

I also made Jell-O shots on Saturday. These are made with Grape Jell-O and Sugarland‘s Peanut Butter and Jelly Moonshine. Time to throw a faux frat house party!
Jell-O Shots!

And … this is the best thing that happened all weekend. Breakfast at Clyde’s!

Blah, Blah, Blah

What’s Going On

Even though the boyfriend has been out of town for a week now, things here have been quite busy.

Even though it was a rainy weekend, I managed to be social with five friends over the three days. I did get a mega nap in on Saturday afternoon. I need more mega naps.

I got sucked into doing a show for a friend and we are currently in tech week for that. So, only two more rehearsals and we open. It’s a 1940’s nightclub show. So, there is no plot. It’s just the cast singing different songs. I have a solo (complete with top hat and cane) and sing on three other group numbers. Backstage has been a bit crazy this week with 22 people sharing one dressing room. Calgon, take me away!

You might be able to find me …
Stardust at HART Theatre

Meanwhile, I auditioned Monday at ACT for their production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole. At this point, I am not thinking I am going to get cast (which is fine) and am currently awaiting my rejection letter so I can get some things planned for July.

What’s Going On

Some Theater History [Updated]

Yesterday, someone hit up the “Some Theater History” post from way back in 2010. That got me thinking that I needed to update that list since there were now eight years worth of shows that needed to be added. New stuff is in italics and I have added years to many of the acting and tech credits as well.

This is probably boring as shit to most people, but at least it’ll be good to help me remember this stuff when I am old and demented. Hell … the way my memory is now, there are probably a few missing entries already.

Rumors: A Farce (1999)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2001)
Rope (2003)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Baber of Fleet Street (2004)
Closer (2005)
Little Shop of Horrors (2005)
The Full Monty: The Musical (2006)
Cabaret (2007)
Floyd Collins (2008)
Rabbit Hole (2009)
Seussical (2010)
– Deathtrap (2011)
– The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2011)
– The Pillowman (2012)
– The Light in the Piazza (2012)

– Avenue Q (2013)
– Other Desert Cities (2014)
– Urinetown: The Musical (2014)
– Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2016)

Camelot (Ensemble), 1989
Witness for the Prosecution (Carter), 1990
Annie (Ensemble), 1992
A Christmas Carol (Ensemble), 1992
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Bazzard), 1993
Only Human (Pete Garrett), 1993
Charley’s Aunt (Charley Wykeham), 1993
Oklahoma! (Ensemble), 1993
The Rainmaker (Sheriff Thomas), 1994
Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie Davenport), 1994
Diamond Studs (Robert Ford/Ensemble), 1995
The Secret Garden (Ensemble), 1995
Lettice and Loveage (Surly Man), 1996
Carousel (Ensemble), 1996
Into the Woods (Jack), 1997
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Brother), 1997
Treasure Island (Ensemble), 1998
The Diviners (C.C. Showers), 1998
Lend Me A Tenor (Bellhop), 1998
South Pacific (Ensemble), 1998
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 1998
The Elephant Man (Ensemble), 1999
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Ensemble), 1999
The Complete History of America (Abridged), 1999
A Little Night Music (Henrick), 1999
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), 2000
Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood (Logan), 2000
Children of Eden (Ensemble), 2000
The Three Musketeers (Ensemble), 2001
Titanic: The Musical (J. Bruce Ismay), 2001
The Fantasticks (Bellomy), 2002
Cryano (Ragueneau), 2002
Guys & Dolls (Benny Southstreet), 2002
Parade (Leo Frank), 2002
Social Security (David Kahn), 2003
Oh Coward! (Ensemble), 2003
Wit (Jason Posner, M.D.), 2003
Coyote on a Fence (Bobby Reyburn), 2004
From the HART (Ensemble), 2004
Antigone in New York (Policeman), 2005
Glengarry Glen Ross (Williamson), 2005
Ragtime: The Musical (Ensemble), 2005
Orpheus Descending (Dog), 2006
Art (Yvan), 2007
Showstoppers (Ensemble), 2007
Minor Demons (Deke Winters), 2008
Bat Boy: The Musical (Dr. Parker), 2008
HONK! (Drake), 2009
The Producers (Roger Debris), 2009
Early One Evening at the Bar & Grille (Shep), 2010
The Little Foxes (Horace Giddens), 2010
– Death and the Maiden (Gerardo), 2015
– Company (Alan), 2015
– The Fox on the Fairway (Richard “Dickie” Bell), 2015
– 12 Angry Men (Juror #4), 2016

– Into the Woods (The Baker), 2016
– God of Carnage (Alan Raleigh), 2017

– Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Gordon), 2019
– Stardust (Ensemble), 2019

Foxfire (Sound Operator), 1992
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Lighting Operator), 1993
The Diary of Anne Frank (Stage Manager), 1993
Ordinary People (Stage Manager), 1994
The Crucible (Stage Manager), 1994
Steel Magnolias (Sound Operator), 1995
A Streetcar Named Desire (Sound Operator), 1995
Ragtime (Lighting Operator), 1996
Picnic (Lighting Operator), 1996
The Gin Game (Sound Operator), 1996
Raney (Tech Director), 1997
The Sisters Rosensweig (Lighting Operator), 1997
Blithe Spirit (Stage Manager), 1997
Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon (Stage Manager), 1998
Hedda Gabler (Lighting Operator), 1998
An Inspector Calls (Lighting Operator), 1998
The Sound of Music (Lighting Operator), 2000
The Women (Lighting Operator), 2000
Painting Churches (Lighting Operator), 2002
Working (Mulitmedia Operator), 2004
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Stage Crew), 2004
The Vagina Monologues (Lighting Designer), 2006
Grace & Glorie (Stage Manager, et al), 2006
Walking Across Egypt (Lighting Operator), 2009
Falsettoland (Lighting Operator), 2013
– Love, Loss and What I Wore (Lighting Designer & Operator), 2016

Some Theater History [Updated]

Monday Blah’s

I woke up late this morning and that discombobulated the whole day. Ugh.

And it’s not like the weekend was super busy to make me exhausted so that I slept through the alarm. It was actually pretty lazy. I mostly just a lot of sat around and watched stuff.

Here are Some Things that Happened Over the Weekend:
– Saw Red at the theater.
– Drank some Lagunitas Brown Shugga’. It’s a damn fine beer.
– Started watching Penny Dreadful. So far, so good.
– Walked around the Lake.
– Took a nap!
– Watched Hell Fest. Mindless but fun.
– Watched The Strangers: Prey at Night. Annoyingly stupid at points.
– Did a very, very small amount of freelance work.
– Watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Amazing animation!
– Bought four hex bolts and Blueberry Cobbler Cheddar Cheese.
– Watched Crooked House. A fairly descent who-dunnit.

Thank goodness we had some sun on Saturday. Any break in the monotony of the dreary, rainy weather that has become the standard here is like a life line. We went from Dreary, Rainy Friday to Sunny Saturday to Cold, Gross, Rainy Sunday. Today was also cold and gross. Quadruple Ugh. I am over it!

Isn’t talking about the weather exciting?

Meanwhile … here is something pretty for you to purchase.

Waxworks Records has released CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score. It’s a 3-LP colored vinyl edition of the complete soundtrack to William Friedkin’s controversial 1980 movie. The package is designed by Aesthetic Apparatus and looks amazing. Get it!
CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score
CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score

Word on the street is that Arrow Video is going to be releasing Cruising on Blu-ray sometime in the near future. I am pretty pumped about that! Check out the trailer …

Monday Blah’s

DRS [Dead Man’s Cell Phone Edition]

This past weekend, I finished up the first show I have done in two years. Dead Man’s Cell Phone (by Sarah Ruhl) went off pretty well and the cast had a lot of fun.

So, here another round of … Dressing Room Selfies! With only two men in the show that were on stage a different times, the dressing room was a pretty empty place. Apparently, the major takeaway from these is that I was either sleepy or cold on any given night. Enjoy!

And, whenever the photographer gets around to sharing the photos of the show, I will post those as well.

DRS [Dead Man’s Cell Phone Edition]

And … We Opened

Dead Man’s Cell Phone opened Friday night. We had great houses for the first weekend and have been held over for this coming weekend. I warned all my friends that the show was weird (because it is). Even though we got a lot of nice compliments, I don’t think anyone really liked the show because of said weirdness. Oh, well.

Dead Man's Cell Phone Cast
This is a fun group of people! I am also “all smiles” because I had just eaten a Pimento Cheese & Bacon Panini. Yum!

Some Other Random Happenings:
– Took Kat & Greg to Biltmore.
– Bought the Indie Exclusive Blue Vinyl of The Twilight Sad‘s new album.
– Took a nap.
– Finally watched (and napped through) Kong: Skull Island. Meh.
– Had a potato Soup and Cornbread lunch with Carrot Cake for dessert!
– Went to the dentist for a cleaning.

Such fun!

And … We Opened

Opening Night … Plus IWBLTATT

So, the week has been consumed by work and dress rehearsals. We open Dead Man’s Cell Phone tonight! Come on down and see us!

Pictures of the production will be posted soon.

Meanwhile …

The Twilight Sad‘s new album IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME is finally out after nearly six months of anticipation (and three singles). It’s every bit as good as I was hoping it would be. Get thee to your local record store (or use your favorite digital service or online service) to get it!

It Won/t Be Like This All the Time

Opening Night … Plus IWBLTATT


The weekend was a bit busy and this week is proving to be so as well. I am in tech week for a show at the local theater. It’s my first show in two years! And word on the street is that we have sold out for opening night. Fun! Hopefully I will have some photos a little later on this week … and something a little more interesting to say. Now it’s time to go iron some shirts for dress rehearsal. Such fun.

Meanwhile … watch and enjoy!


Flashback [Avenue Q Edition]

The Boyfriend and I went this past weekend to Asheville Community Theatre‘s production of Avenue Q. I really think it is one of the most genius musical ever written and it was fun to see it live again. It got me thinking about the production I directed at our local theater exactly five years ago (September 20 – October 6, 2013).

I didn’t post anything about the show back when we did it. I was in a bit of a funk about this blog and got very bad about posting things. Bad of me, I know.

I have never been a fan of saying “best cast/best show I have ever worked on.” All shows are different and to say “this one’s the best” seems to be dismissive of other shows/casts you have worked on/with. That being said … Chuck (the Music Director) and I managed to assemble the perfect cast. Everyone matched perfectly with their characters and worked really hard at mastering the puppeteering. They made directing the show so easy.

There was some stress about the set. The Executive Director of the theater got freaked out about the infamous “pussy” line about three weeks out from opening and we had a row about if it should stay in the show or not. Thankfully, I prevailed (somehow) and it did end up staying in the show. And, I got yelled at by the him because I blasted the editor of the local paper because they didn’t give us any coverage going into opening weekend. But, those are the things you deal with when putting on a show.

We had THE BEST TIME EVER doing this show. I cried during the finale of the final performance because it was over. I could have watched these fine people work their magic on that stage for so many more weeks.

Here’s the cast and crew …
Avenue Q presented by HART Theatre

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So, I survived the Thursday Physical. I was fully expecting to get bad news but, apparently, I am doing pretty well as I near 47. The doc was pleased with my weight loss and my blood pressure/cholesterol/blood sugar and all that jazz were in acceptable ranges. My balls checked out as well. Yay! I was informed that at 50, I will start getting prostate checks and colonoscopies. It’s such fun getting older.

Saturday was pretty damn busy. We went to Asheville to one the many Halloween stores. I actually bought my costume for this year … though I am still feeling a bit freaked out about the cost of it.

Robin Costume
Appropriate … no?

Afterwards, we hit up Blue Ridge Pride since one our friends bands was playing the main stage.

Modern Strangers rocked the crowd.
Modern Strangers at Blue Ridge Pride 2018

Meanwhile, the obligatory religious nuts told everyone they were going to hell.
Blue Ridge Pride 2018

It’s interesting to see how big this pride festival has gotten. I went one of the first years this was organized (back in 2006) and it was pretty underwhelming. The festival was so small it was in an empty storefront at the Westgate Shopping Center. This year it was huge with three stages, a ton of vendors and a lot of homos and homo supporters hanging out and having a great time. It’s cool to see Pride going strong here in the mountains.

After putting in that appearance at Pride, we rushed back to Cullowhee to catch the WCU School of Stage and Screen‘s production of Cabaret. The show was pretty good and the orchestra (under the direction of Kristen Hedberg) really rocked. I must confess I was worried about being hyper-critical since I directed a production of Cabaret 11 years ago.
Cabaret at WCU

Yesterday, I was stupidly lazy … though PT and I did manage a walk around Lake J. I did also manage to finally watch Robert Altman’s Images (a really sweet film). And … I ate too much bacon. And … I also snagged blackberry cobbler from my dad. Now I just need to do 2 more hours a day on the treadmill to work all that off.

And in sad news, we found out yesterday that Reta Scribner passed away on Saturday (after not being in great health for quite a while). She did a crap ton of shows with us at the theater (starting in 1994) and was seriously one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.

Here we are at a New Year’s Eve party back in 2008.
Reta Scribner

So long, Reta. You will be missed!

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