Fun shots below from Fury Theatre's very successful fundraiser, Bottom Shelf Theatre!
The Dining Room has ended (5th best selling show of all time at Oil Lamp Theater!) and now I have something fun to show you - the short student film from last year I starred in has finally been released! Check out "Meanwhile Drive" written/directed by Abdullah Azizi, below. Now also on my Film Shorts page.
Also, I just finished editing together my voiceover demo! Check it out on my Voiceover page or hit the play button below.
My next project (as I keep reminding everyone ;) ) is my wedding, but I will have a brief interlude as an emcee for Fury Theatre's March 15th fundraiser, "Bottom Shelf Theatre: Reasons Why We Drink". It's a fun night of staged readings of the worst plays we could find, and tickets include unlimited booze and apps from 7-9pm for only $30 in advance. Check it out!
Readings & a return to OLT
I've been slacking on updates lately as I get caught up on life. So here's a quick run down on the latest.
Curse on Mordrake is a hit!
We've got a great show on our hands! The Curse on Mordrake House is officially open and we nearly sold out our first two performances at the 2016 Chicago Fringe. 3 more shows to go, and now we've got a stellar review to go with it. Come check us out before we run out of time or seats!
Sunday Sept 4 at 10pm
Monday Sept 5 at 5:30pm (Labor Day!)
Friday Sept 9 at 7pm
Buy tickets at ChicagoFringe.org
Review: Claire Zajdel, Fringebiscuit.co.uk
"The Barebones Theatre Company stuns in their Chicago Fringe production of The Curse on Mordrake House, a supernatural horror about a Summer Walker’s (gypsy) curse on the children of Sir Mordrake, an apathetic, self-important aristocrat. All three of his children fall victim to macabre supernatural forces in The company’s dynamic energy and tight acting make this an exciting and unmissable theatrical experience.
Set in 19th century rural England, playwright Dan Jackson nods to the Bard by writing in elevated iambic pentameter. Jackson’s verse is both enthralling and insightful, setting rich and complex groundwork for chilling yet truthful theatre. The no set and a few props, Barebones lives up to its name, leaving the storytelling up to the precise writing and complicated characters.
Raphael Schwartzman’s direction is eerie and intricate, setting each creature and demon in this twisted world apart by its physicality and speech pattern. Quinn Leary captivates as a slimy underworldly demon, while Amanda Lynn Meyer brings sincerity with her sympathetic yet aggressive monster known as a bogart. The entire cast is more than applaudable in a thriller that sparks an otherworldly discussion of morality is both extraordinary and specifically human.
The Curse on Mordrake House is playing at The Gift Theatre Sept. 4 @ 10pm, Sept. 5 @ 5:30pm, and Sept. 9 @ 7pm. "
We have a venue & show times!!
Great news - The Curse on Mordrake House has finally been assigned a venue and official show times for our Chicago Fringe Festival debut! *throws confetti*
Check out all the details on the Current Projects page! We'll be performing at the Gift theatre, primarily over the first weekend, with a final show on Friday, 9/9 at 7pm. $10 Tickets can be purchased at the door or online starting in August at ChicagoFringe.org. Don't forget, if you plan to see the show, you must make a one-time purchase of a Fringe Festival Button for $5 in order to gain entry to the festival. These can be purchased online or at the door also!
You can also check out the show website and subscribe to the newsletter for updates at curseonmordrake.weebly.com (PS I designed the site using Weebly!) and consider a donation to help out with production costs at www.gofundme.com/curseonmordrake and earn some sweet rewards.
Check out our teaser video and rehearsal photos below!
Apologies for the lack up updates - there's been a lot going on!
Here are the big highlights:
And in personal news.....
Jonah and I have signed a new lease in Chicago in the West Edgewater neighborhood, AND we recently had to replace one of our cars. So the two of us with our two Honda's, Hank and Rhonda, will be moving in the next month before Jonah leaves for Normal, Illinois to perform in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival through mid August. Meanwhile, I have a wedding to plan..... sleep is for the weak!!!!
Iron Horses Can't be Broken is officially on iTunes, and we're already got some great early reviews! Check it out and subscribe to get in on the meaty audio-drama podcast action. The "official" launch will be after the 3rd episode, when Burning Brigid Media really starts pushing. They're really fun, and a perfect 20 minute adventure for the daily commute. Episode 2 is now available on iTunes and at burningbrigid.com. I appear throughout this episode!
Meanwhile, I'm getting ready for my second day of shooting for Emily, a short film by Abdullah Azizi, an MFA student at Columbia College. I play the title character in this film, which explores Emily's desire to get out and change her life, even if it starts with just a little conscious optimism and a couple small steps out the door. I'll definitely share when the film is complete!
I had a couple more auditions today, and several more scheduled in the coming weeks, on top of The Dreamchild Neverists rehearsals over at Dream Theatre Company. The show is really starting to take shape - the main set construction is done, several of the puppets are near completion, and we're having way too much fun rehearsing this thing. Our General C.C. Possum might be the cutest thing on stage come March. Tickets should be available soon!
Thanks for checking in, and I hope to have more news after the results of these next auditions!!
New Show, Commercial and more!
Back from vacation and back into the swing of things!
I was just cast as Shoshanna (and others) in The Dreamchild Neverists, Dream Theatre Company's most ambitious show yet. Runs Mar 24-April 17, and this one is going to be a huge undertaking (and totally worth it). Fun fact - one of my characters is a pink vampire poodle, AKA "Vampoodle"! We'll be dealing in a fantastical world full of strange characters and we'll be creating all kinds of delightful feats of puppetry, projection, and theatrical magic to bring them to life. More details and ticket information will be available soon, check back at the Current Projects page.
Meanwhile, my second spot for Innovative Express Care from last summer is now public! Check out the video here or on my Media - Commercials page. We had a little too much fun shooting different variations of my reaction shot in this - hope you enjoy! ;)
The audio drama Iron Horses Can't Be Broken is nearly for launch! The first episodes are being made available in February, and I can't wait to hear our hard work come to fruition. In the meantime, checkout Burning Brigid Media's page and my cast interview. I think listeners are going to love this very original steampunk western adventure story.
And finally, in an effort to continue building my strength and circus skills, I'll be taking a Circus Fitness course every Friday at the Actor's Gymnasium, next week through the end of March! I loved the Circus Arts Level 1 class I took, but it made me realize I definitely need to build up my strength in order to readily expand my circus skills.
Ready to make 2016 mine, see you at the theatre!
Yesterday I wrapped my part on Iron Horses Can't Be Broken with Burning Brigid Media. It's a little bittersweet, as it's been a truly delightful group to work with. Everyone was a total pro, and I was utterly impressed by the level of talent that came together to make this 11 episode audio-drama a reality. It's going to be a thrilling ride and I can't wait to share the podcast with everyone once it's live! Voiceover is definitely something I want to start doing a lot more of, if I can. It's totally convinced me that it's time to invest in a good home studio mic!
Audience Annihilated 3: The Trouble With Angels closed last weekend as well (to awesome final Halloween loving audiences) so now I can focus 100% of my efforts on my next project, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. You may be familiar with the Frank Capra film, but this rendition of the holiday favorite is performed in 1946 by a Manhattan radio station as a live radio play! The viewers become the live studio audience and will be prompted to laugh, cry, and applaud along as the actors create the characters and live sound effects on stage. There are even a couple "live commercial breaks" and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa for all audience members. I am Sally Applewhite, Miss Ohio 1943, fresh off the set of her latest Hollywood film, playing the role of Mary Hatch in the radio play. The entire cast, aside from my role, are returning from last year's acclaimed production. I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into the Sally Applewhite role and help continue this Oil Lamp Theater tradition - which is already selling tickets like gangbusters! OLT now features reserved seating, so I highly recommend getting tickets early so you get your pick of seats. Tickets can be purchased at OilLampTheater.org Use my special "Friends & Family" discount code "life" to get $5 off tickets!
Hope to see you at the theater, friends! <3
Review, Doritos, and more #SelfieGuy!
Awesome opening weekend of Audience Annihilated 3: The Trouble with Angels -and we're HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by NewCity Stage! It's so much fun terrifying audiences - I only hope I can get the fake blood out of my clothes :) See below the break for the full text review.
Other recent developments:
Colee Wong, friend and former coworker, asked Amanda and her fiancé Jonah to appear in her team's entry into the Doritos Commercial Contest. We were tickled to appear as a young couple falling in love over our shared passion for Doritos. It was a ton of fun of fun to shoot, and thanks to Leo, our DP, and Max, who filled in as the sound engineer. Now we have a bunch of leftover Doritos to eat...
Also, Amanda's 1st appearance in the #SelfieGuy series is now on the Media - Film Shorts page. She'll be shooting another #SelfieGuy video in November, and will appear in at least on more after that. This is a fun goofy group, and I hope to work with these guys more in the future.
More news to come!
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