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|Sunday, May 23rd, 2004|
I know not all of you are big fans of organized relgions... but as I sat in church today, watching 3 adopted babies being baptised by my minister (an amazing woman), and learned that the three had been adopted by 2 women, and that my 300 plus congregation welcomed and embraced them, while also raising funds to bring another womans children out of Africa, which she had fled from persecution..... As I watched the 80 or so kids sitting with thier parents laughing and supplying sound effects to my take on the David and Goliath story.... and as I looked at a 90 year old wiping away a tear as I ended with the message that God doesn't show up in thunder and lightning, but rather just in each of us doing the right thing....well I just looked at this amazing communal worship and thought, "Yep, this is what God had in mind".
Its so not about the building you are in when you worship.
|Saturday, May 22nd, 2004|
"the angelus tolls the knell of day".....
A fine day overall. Fiddler was not bad at all, which is saying a lot since I HATE THE SHOW. But it was good hearted people working hard to put it out there, so bless them all.
Now spending a quiet night at home, nothing but reruns on the Tube, I am mostly caught up on my movie viewing, so I am just preparing to preach tomorrow, and looking forward to a book I am reading by David Gemmel, who I have just recently found, and to whom I am now addicted.
Leaving for Seattle at the end of the week, I have never been there, and while my time will mostly be spent swordfighting, I do hope to see some of the city.
So thats all from here, will spend some time online, so if you awake saturday night and want to chat, IM me.
Hello fans. The show last night, was interesting...Albee is really tough to digest, and I was worried what a community theater might do with it, but it was actually pretty good. The audience was laughing a lot, thining it was a comedy....oh well, thats Albee. Had a late dinner with some of the cast members, which is always fun, that post-show late-night chat.
Off to see Fiddler today. Isn't it odd what can be turned into a musical? The Diaspora,Titnaic sinking, a brain embolism, a guy stuck in a cave....but they all work. i suppose if musicals are defined by the classic "emotions so intenese that the character breaks into song", then tragedy works as well as love. Although personally, i rarely break into song for tragedy, but sing whenever my hearts in love.
I haven't sung much lately (:))!
|Friday, May 21st, 2004|
OK enough of the sorrow unveiling. Tonight I am going to see A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee way out in lovely Fitchburg, a small community theater. Its a gem of a space, though too far for me to do much with. I got a call about a production of Bat Boy, but i am just too packed at this point to squeeze it in. Too bad its a great show.
Going to see Fiddler tomorrow, a show i hate (not as much as I hate Oliver, but close!). But when your an actor, you go see your friends stuff, its a rule. I may also go see a musical revue, if I can squuze it in. Preaching on Sunday (I am? Yes I am!, then need to get ready for a week of auditions, seminars and flying to Seattle.
|Thursday, May 20th, 2004|
Feel an odd yearning, like a piece is missing from my soul. Just all this bottled up passion I suppose, with no place for me to focus it. I long to be consumed in someones fire, but so often that fire departs so quickly........and I don't mean just physically, though there is that, I mean my spirit......
Clearly , too much time on my hands. Good night, gentles.
Great recording session at WGBH. An episode of Globetrekkers. They send people all over the world, to give you a tour of places to visit. A little touristy but fun. Today the episode coverd Marakesh and Dubai.
I want to go to Dubai, if things in that part of the world ever calm down. The markets, mosques, people, carnivals and architeture look fantastic. But at this rate, it will be late in my life before I feel safe to travel there. Sigh.If you get to see th episode, its a good one, you will want to go as well. And if you do watch it, and want to go in on one of the homes in The Palm, call me.
But its a lovely day, I am caffinated, worked for 2 hours and get paid more than some people make in a week, so no whining from the irish boy.
Oh, and had a great email chat with the lovely and talented thelimelight last night. A pleasure to find gems like her out here in cyberland.
|Wednesday, May 19th, 2004|
Ah, teens, I do love them so. One of the hardest parts of mentoring is to watch them make the same mistakes you made at thier age, and while giving them sound advice, being unable to make them do anything different. As Stephen Schwartz says..
" For you cannot close the acorn, once the oak begins to grow,
And I cannot close my heart to what it fears but needs to know,
That the hardest part of love,
Is the letting go........."
But in spite of the pain of watching them stumble, I will still stand here for them, any time they need me. And sometimes when they don't want me.
I am called to stand in the gap in the wall, and protect them as best I can. You other teachers, parents and mentors know exactly what I mean....... Current Mood: hopeful
|Tuesday, May 18th, 2004|
|I knew it couldn't last....
So my free week is now ending on Thursday morning, when the bright people at WGBH are having me in to do some voice over work for a show. And thats really OK, I always love it there, and 2 hours in the recording booth beats most other things people do to make a living....
Ok its day 2 of accidental exile, and I am doing .......nothing! but just to feel somewhat productive, I do plan on preparing audition sheets for next week,and organizing the summer kids workshops,and thinking 9but not too much) about the June auditions. What man in his right mind directs 2 shows at the same time? Who ever said I was in my right mind?
And cheers to all of you I have discovered out here over the last few days. this is rather addictive, no?
|Monday, May 17th, 2004|
Ok for all of you that were concerned, I am showered, dressed, and caffinated as only cafe Americano can caffinate.
But I am still doing.....nothing! Current Mood: Cool
|Oh the shame.....
After spinning like a top for the first part of the year, i find myself faced with a week of........nothing. My recording session got moved, my lecture is put off till next week, my show closed, and new auditions aren't till next week. So I have quiet time, suddenly and unexpected, but its Ok, I'll take it. just need to indulge myself a bit, organize for a wild summer, catch up on reading, and work my butt off getting ready to go to fight classes with college kids.
Hmmmmmmmmm, almost 2pm, and I haven't even dressed yet!
|Sunday, May 16th, 2004|
Well I really enjoyed Troy. It has gotten mediocre reviews, but I was quite taken with it. I love mythology anyway, all good actors should, and found the handling of a long, long war in just 2 1/2 hours pretty successful. I would have like to have a bit more character development for Odysseus, especially since it was Sean Bean (who's portrayal of MacBeth last year in London just left me blown away). Fight scenes were great, the computer reverbed ones were a bit annoying but the real sword work was excellent, kudos to Richard Ryan, sword master.
Off for some stage combat work in a few weeks, looking forward to it. I also have to teach a "stage knife" class soon, which will be fun. Nothing like arming actors!
Wonderful closing, great response, many plaudits. I always get a bit of a chuckle out of this time, a week ago I was the mean harsh, cruel, unfeeling overdemanding director. Now I am a genius. next week, I'll be the guy that you want to audtion for.
"And goes round and round and round in the circle game".
|Saturday, May 15th, 2004|
Its sad when a show closes. It has been a fantastic one, among the best i have been involved with. And naturally another one looms just days away, but its always a bit of a sad parting. I suppose unless your an actor that won't make much sense to you, but if your soul lives on the boards, you know exactly what I mean.
Ah well.I will have time to see Troy at least, and catch up on movies and friends I have missed. Current Mood: grateful
|Friday, May 14th, 2004|
"You're at the daily grind and you suddenly come to find that you're going up!
Who gives a sausage then for the orders of mortal men when you're going up"
Nothing like a show opening. the energy, power, excitement. That great base line hum of electricity that goes with performing in from of an audience. Addictive, delightful and just plain fun. Current Mood: awake
|Thursday, May 13th, 2004|
Its grand when things go the way you hope for! My current project is up and running, my health is good after a nasty bout of trouble, and I feel as though things are humming along nicely, thank you.I am fighting the irish tendancy to now worry that things will now go worng, just to balance out the universe.
Luckily, I run my universe.
|Wednesday, May 12th, 2004|
There is nothing as fine as dedicating yourself to something heart and soul. The joy of passion, real tingle all over passion, for your calling is great. Even when things go really really wrong 9they did for me today), it is still a balm to know that you are pursuing your chosen dream, and the worst day there is bettr than the best day stuck in someone elses desire for you.
Preachy today, ain't I? Current Mood: artistic
|Sunday, May 9th, 2004|
|Ah the dark.....
There always comes a point in a project when things are at thier toughest, a nexus of many different factors suddenly confronting one another. but i firmly believe that no matter how chaotic this point is, there is always a point beyond, a real physical point, where in a true sense things right themselves. But it doesn't make the chaos any easier, no matter how many times we go through it.
This entry wasn't about love, but as I read it, could have been.
|Thursday, May 6th, 2004|
Sorry for the poignant original entry, hey its me to be Heathcliffish, standing on a rocky promintory, swept by wind and rain....Anyw ay a much better frame of mind is now in place. I have to decide how much to say out here in cyberland, its a great release, but I am rather high profile for too much of me to peek out...dilemma, dilemma. Oh well, Troy opens next week, and that will be great fun......
|Wednesday, May 5th, 2004|
Well, this just looked like too much fun to pass up. i will try to keep my comments misty and generic, because I prefer that no one really know who I am, (inser smoke and mirrors here). but i will try and drop in and make the occaisonal comment. Todays is that sometimes people that you trust and thought were trustworthy, turn out to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors themsselves, which is rather sad. but I always have a tendency to be more intense than most people, and surprisingly reclusive until I think its safe to be intense. But at that point most people get scared off. Oh well.