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I dig jazz and single-malt scotch.  I write plays; I direct them too. I love STAR WARS more than is healthy. I walk my dogs every day, unless it's raining or terribly cold.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Doug Williams Movie Guy


This is Doug Williams at the premier of his new collection of short films THINGS PEOPLE DON'T TALK ABOUT. Isn't he a cutie? Anyway...

The premier was held in Stonington at a wonderful 50 seat viewing studio last week. The invited audience was comprised of friends, family, and cast members.

Doug's movie really made the grade. Doug is 17 years old, but he carries himself like someone of far greater age. he is committed and focussed on becoming a better filmaker, and this was clear from the outset in the content and style of his film.

This collection was alternately funny, touching, serious, and moving.

Doug has gotten support from the community, both for acting talent and technical prowess. Sonalyst Studios leant a hand in this film's creation, as did many residents of the Stonington Boro, and Doug's high school program.

Kudo's to Doug and to all of the people who made the film possible. Mr. Williams is a talent to watch.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Orpheus Project: a bit of bliss thru the underworld


Kate Downie and Jermey Shelton at the moment of Eurydice's death by the snake bite on her wedding day.

Wow-a-kazowa.

The Orpheus Project was AWESOME.

I mean it.

A W E S O M E .

We got together a little afternoon last Saturday and rehearsed the whole piece together. Just that one time. A collection of artists. Some from New York, some from Providence, so from Ledyard, Mystic, and New London, all coming together at The Dragon's Egg and presenting a take on love and loss organized around the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.



This is one take on the myth -- Persephone and Eurydice in a movement/discussion over the rules regarding Eurydice's walk to out of the underworld. (This piece was mind-blowing)



Mary Tuomanen and a couple of sock puppets brought an upbeat shift on the walk out of the underworld.

Next year there will be another project pulled together from various sources and artists. I can't wait.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

LIVE FROM NEW YORK: Tonys tonight @ 8 on CBS



The Tony Awards will be broadcast tonight starting at 8:00 PM on CBS. Are you gonna watch?

Go to the American Theatre Wing web site and check out everything from this year's nominees to a poster archive of past winners. www.tonyawards.com

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Connecticut Open House Day: Saturday June 10

Connecticut Open House Day
Saturday, June 10, 2006


Connect with Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures! Join the party as art galleries, museums, theaters, historic properties, and tourism attractions across the state open their doors to Connecticut residents on Saturday, June 10, 2006.

Connecticut Open House Day is a one-day statewide celebration of Connecticut’s exceptional world of art, history, film and tourism. All types of venues throughout Connecticut open their doors to residents to encourage them to discover—and rediscover—all of the unique cultural and tourism assets and attractions.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Orpheus and Eurydice: DON'T LOOK BACK! Rehearsal




Last night I was busy with a rehearsal with my friend Kate who is putting together a 5-minute contribution to the ORPEUS AND EURYDICE PROJECT: Don't Look Back that will be held at The Dragon's Egg later this month.

Kate is doing a five-minute slice of the Zimmerman Orpheus/Eurydice bit from her Metamotphoses.



Our version features Jeremy Shelton as Orpheus, Kate Downie as Eurydice, and Jake Kaiser as Hades.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Plays @ The O'Neill Theater Center this summer

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford has announced the eight plays that will developed as part of this summer's conference. They are:
• “Bird in the Hand” by Jorge Ignacio CortiƱas, 8 p.m. July 5 and 7. A comedy about a young Cuban man tied in knots by romantic complications, the specter of SATs and the fading flamingos in Miami.

• “Air Conditioning” by Tommy Smith, 8 p.m. July 6 and 5 p.m. July 8. A darkly comic look at the dangers of meeting up with old friends when the rich are rich and the poor are desperate.

•“1001” by Jason Grote, 8 p.m. July 12 and 14. “Arabian Nights” meets “Manhattan” as a love story unfolds inside a troubling political fantasy.

•“The Little Flower of East Orange” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, 8 p.m. July 13 and 5 p.m. July 15.In a New York City hospital a woman, identity unknown, goes in and out of consciousness. In prison, her son tries to figure out how she got there.

•“The K of D” by Laura Schellhardt, 8 p.m. July 19 and 21. The truth is, Charlotte's brother kissed her on the lips before he died. The legend is, now everything she kisses also dies.

•“False Creeds” by Darren Canady, 8 p.m. July 20 and 5 p.m. July 22. While uncovering the source of his supernatural visions, a tormented young African-American man discovers his own family's connection to one of American history's most horrific events.

•“The Exchange” by Ursula Rani Sarma, 8 p.m. July 28 and 3 p.m. July 30. In a small post office in the west of Ireland, one man struggles to let go of the past and, with the help of his daughters, to move into the future. “The Exchange” Comes to the O'Neill as part of an exchange with the Abbey Theatre in Ireland.

There will also be a Theater for Youth Project, “The Tale” by Tommy Smith, 7 p.m. July 16. A musical comedy that's a zany look at the lives of the gods on Mount Olympus. Written for grades 5-9.

Tickets will be on sale beginning June 15. Call 443-1238.