And robin shall restore amends
Having the time of my life playing Puck in an outdoor staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Smith Street Stage. Glad to say I probably sweated off a few pounds sprinting around in the Brooklyn heat.
A few audience members had some very nice things to say about the show, and we were thrilled to be included on a number of critic's pick lists for summer Shakespeare.
how now spirit? wither wander you?
Playing Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Smith Street Stage. This is Smith Street's ninth summer doing Free Shakespeare in Carroll Park, this year with an added week of performances at the Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund in downtown Brooklyn.
Performances in Carroll Park run June 20 - July 1. All performances are free, and seating is first come, first served.
Performances at The Actors Fund run July 11 - 15. All performances require a ticket, and seating is reserved.
over hill, over dale
I was wandering everywhere this month, rehearsing for Wildflowers at The Tank, taking class once again, and preparing to enter the ring with Smith Street Stage for the seventh summer running. Can't divulge any secrets as to what I'll be up to this summer yet ;-)
But here's a picture of me as the epitome of crumpled privilege in Old Names for Wildflowers.
old names for wildflowers
Began rehearsals this month on a new play by Corbin Went, Old Names for Wildflowers, which will have its world premiere at The Tank in May. This is a piece I'm very excited to take to the next level, having performed in its inaugural reading a year ago. To be frank I'd had a hard time until shaking the eerie poetry of its dialogue, so the obvious solution seemed to be signing on to perform the thing 12 times.
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Seriously. Why would you not?
commercials and craic
After finishing Bill Coelius' Working Actor Solution this month (seriously, check him out here, one of the best teachers I've worked with), I took a week to travel to Killarney, Ireland, to act as travel photographer for my girlfriend, Amara, while she competed in Irish dance at the all-Ireland event.
Apart from the obligatory Guinness and craic (a unique Irish word for fun and enjoyment) the greatest pleasure in getting to visit Ireland was in getting to slow down a jot and take time for the things that do the body good. Upon return to the United States, I've developed two new habits: taking time once a week to take a walk outside, and sitting down once a day to enjoy a cup of tea.
brad fleischer scene study showcase
I began 2018 with a scene night with my classmates for industry guests. Many many thanks and gratitudes to the numerous friends and family who showed up to support myself and my friendly acting cohorts. This was a really unforgettable evening.
back in the classroom / brad fleischer, bill coelius & UCB
I set myself the challenge this year of taking class as much as I could. Even when it was driving me insane, breaking the bank, causing me to stress-eat , the yooj...
In 2017 I stayed in class through more than half the year, working on characters and scenes from Our Town, The Pillowman, Boom, and Kill Floor. I also completed the 101 course at Upright Citizens Brigade, culminating in my first show at the UCB East Theatre in the East Village, and completed Bill Coelius' Commercial Acting curriculum.
I'm really looking forward to starting 2018 on the right foot.
But for right now, I'd like to get some sleep.
lucid body / lucid body house
This month I let loose a bit -- Lucid Body work with Fay Simpson, workshopping text from A Midsummer Night's Dream with Joby Earle, pedestrian movement with Beth Ann Hopkins...
Yeah, sometimes it got weird. I liked it. Sue me.
Three Seconds / Barn Arts Collective
I had the pleasure of workshopping the world premiere of a new play by Corbin Went in Bass Harbor, ME. We explored a sweeping new drama in the remote wilds of New England. We had campfires. It was awesome.
But seriously, it was in a barn. Wi-fi at this place was like a miracle.
TAKE 3 TALENT
Pleased as punch to announce that this month I signed with Traci Lynn Luthy of Take 3 Talent for commercial representation
New york innovative theatre awards
I joined Smith Street Stage the night of their big win for Outstanding Revival for their 2016 production of The Tempest. The IT Awards commentator did a double take at the step and repeat when they passed the mic over and this specky ginger said he played Caliban.
Among the other IT Award nominations for The Tempest were the cast for Outstanding Ensemble and Clara Strauch for Outstanding Original Composition.