Settling In

As many of you know, I moved to Manhattan to pursue my acting career two weeks ago.  Since then, a lot has happened.  I’ll do my best to chronicle things here.

As of March 16th:

  • Moved into a simply gorgeous apartment in the Upper West side, 3 blocks away from Central park.
  • Met up with my cousins whom I haven’t seen in years.  One of the huge bonuses of heading out to the East Coast was that the bulk of my extended family resides here.  I’m looking forward to finally being able to establish a more personal relationship with all of them.
  • Had a ridiculous amount of people come out of the woodwork to help me out.  Having coffee with Howard Kaye (Julliard graduate, actor in “SILENCE”) over the next few days – turns out he and another remarkable actor (Sean McDermott, also in “SILENCE” – see www.seanmcdermott.com for more info) live the next building down.  I can’t thank my friend Jim Frey enough for putting us in touch.  You can find out more about SILENCE at http://www.silencethemusicalnyc.com/
  • Spent way too much time at IKEA.
  • Saw the rough cut of “Already Dead”, a short film by Charles McDowell that I had the pleasure to star in.  Will update on this as it comes.
  • Bought dance shoes for the first time in years.  I’m hoping to get my movement chops up at “Steps”, an incredible as well as affordable dance studio about 30 blocks south of where I live.
  • Been asked to join Rhapsody Collective, a devised theatre/collaboration group that my good friend Andi Alhadeff turned me on to.  Of course I said yes.  The details are still in the works, but I’m thrilled to have a chance to create with such a wonderful group.
  • Locked an audition slot with The Survivalists, a new theatre company co-founded by my friend Emily Code.  Had a chance to meet the rest of the founders at a fundraiser last Thursday (Steve Spera, Betsy Bell, and James Addison).  They’re an incredible group of people.  The show is “3×3, or 9 after 9″, a new play by Michael Christopher, Shane Breaux and Kevin Brewer.  Directed by Steve Spera, it’s about the same 9 minutes of time playing out in the same apartment building, and you only find out snippets of what’s going one room at a time.  It all comes together by the last apartment – phenomenal script.   You can read more about them at http://thesurvivalists.org/   I audition on the 21st, will keep you in the loop.
  • Locked a reading for Christine J. Schmidt’s new play, “The Whale Watchers”.  Phenomenal young actor and playwright creating incredible work.  Also on the 21st.  I’ll have my work cut out for me the next 5 days.  You can read her short stories at http://schmidtystories.tumblr.com

A huge thanks to my family and friends.  I’m truly blessed to be here.  Time to work.