07 March 2013
1: I was the first to arrive for Indiana Repertory Theatre's Season Auditions, so I was seen about an hour and a half later. After my two contrasting, the Associate Artistic Director asked how long the drive was. I ran into Paul Wallace there, so we headed off to get lunch at a nearby Steak 'n Shake and catch up on things.
2: Watched Incredible Story Studios - Star Struck, which I think was a gift from April that I'd had for a while. I sat through it and then gave it back to her.
4: Watched The Fountain with Justin & Peter.
6: I auditioned before my appointment for a short film (at that time titled The Truth About Lying) that was supposed to film in Wicker Park not long before I'd be moving north. I read for the role of Eric 1, a sci-fi nerd; the director asked for something "different" on the 2nd read and liked the end of what I presented.
12: I participated in New World Arts' 24/7 Play Festival - that is to say, 7 short plays completely produced within 24 hours. So I showed up around 9am and rehearsed most of the day for the 2 showings that night. We were first in the lineup, which meant breathing easy after finishing and getting to truly enjoy all the other plays. Our show was called Paging Dr. Love and had some great, comedic moments.
15: I auditioned for a couple musicals at Cardinal Stage Company - The Sound of Music & Little Shop of Horrors - which meant a little different selection of material than usual for me. I was asked what other songs I had considered, what roles I was interested in and then to sing some of "Suddenly Seymour" (which I then wished I was little more familiar with).
20: Finished reading The Merchant of Venice.
21: On the way up to St. Paul, stopped in Chicago for my scene in (what was still titled then) The Truth About Lying. I had been cast as Eric 2, a similar but slightly less vocal role. But they paid a little more than they had said in the audition notice. Lots of fun in the five-hour shoot. I then hustled over to try to make Lookingglass Theatre's Season Auditions. I arrived before the end time listed, but at first the Producing Artistic Director said they were done for the day. But he relented and even gave me some time to collect myself (I had a rather harried time getting there during rush hour) before launching into the one monologue. He asked who my character was talking to, suggested a new headshot and chronological resume, then asked where Riverside was and what was my most recent credit.
22: Intro to the full company of Othello and then the read-through. The leads had already been rehearsing for a week or something, but it was the first day for most of us. I started the day with 0 lines and had 1 by the end - a sailor delivering a message had not been previously assigned. Yay!
23: Rehearsal for Othello. I was barely on time, not being very familiar with parking in the area. We blocked I.i-II.iii
26: Chris emailed me a draft of Fall of Gotham, which I read immediately and got back to him with the roles I preferred.
27: A few days off before the next rehearsal, where we blocked V.ii, blocked and added fight choreography to V.i and then worked on some odds & ends: II.ii-iii; how to portray a soldier in the period we have set the play in, salutes, etc. Then an hour off to eat before running the whole show!
29: I had intended to crash Guthrie Theater's Season Generals (as I have crashed countless other Equity auditions in Chicago, and a few in New York). So I arrived about an hour and half before they began, and not until a half-hour later was notified that no non-union actors would be seen, regardless if there were open slots. I was able to leave a resume/headshot, and was told that the Associate Artistic Director and Artistic Administration Coordinator would be attending Othello. Even with my bicycle having broken down en route, this left me plenty of time to get to Othello rehearsal, where we worked more on blocking I.i-II.i.
30: At rehearsal, worked on II.ii-iii.