Friday, August 29, 2003

Extra Work:
Shall We Dance
'Ambassador Talent is looking for extras for the Miramax Feature Film Shall We Dance starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, shooting in Chicago Sept. 3-7th. Please call 312-409-4429 for more information. These positions are paid.'
'Ambassador Talent is looking for extras for ER. These positions are paid. For more information call 312-409-4429.'

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Les Mis in NY closed:
In a flurry of red, white and blue balloons, streamers and confetti, Broadway bid goodbye Sunday to 'Les Miserables.' It was an emotional final performance for the musical, which closed after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances, second only to 'Cats,' Broadway's longest-running show
(from CBS News).

Many theatres here have done this:
If you're looking for the recipe to a sure-fire little-theatre hit, here it is. Find a movie that has a certain cult following, the cultier the better, and then adapt it for the stage. If you can make it a musical, you'll be laughing, because the songs will help underscore the essential absurdity of the phenomenon.
Don't worry too much about slickness or professionalism - your audience will be largely composed of young people who seldom go to the theatre, and never to a musical, and have no standard against which to measure performance. What they seek is authenticity, fidelity to the spirit of the cult. Deliver that, and you're well on your way to establishing a hit
(from The Globe and Mail).

Sunday, August 24, 2003

In Defense of Willful Directors - the director's role examined in The New York Times:
Willful directors can either enliven or distort. Enliven, if they accept the gulf between a playwright's time and immediate intentions on the one hand and the sensibilities of today on the other, and set up a critical dialogue between past and present, text and audience. Distort, if they just lay a simple-minded, ideologically monolithic interpretation on a multi-faceted play. The temptation to distort is particularly powerful in a climate that discourages the new, like commercially cautious Broadway or the West End today. Or when the creators, like so many modernist composers, have drifted from the audience. Easier to feed the theatrical and operatic maw by tossing it proven hits, but spicing them up to slake the yearning for novelty.


Friday, August 22, 2003

Casting people are cool, and they really do want us to get the job (and if we're little, they can refrain from dashing Santa to bits; more on Santa's existence here).

The article is Canada focused, but seems to apply to Chicago too: 'With virtually every one of our companies - big and small - facing a distressing number of empty seats, it make sense to ask why the under-35s aren't more devoted playgoers. I think it comes down to two things: For most of them, conventional theatre costs too much and means too little. It's not that they hate the art form. Far from it. All you have to do is hang out at the Fringe or Summerworks to encounter hundreds of people who wouldn't be caught dead at Stratford, Shaw or CanStage.' (from The Toronto Star).

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Brad Winters was murdered: 'The body of Brad Winters, artistic director of the Terrapin Theatre Co. of Chicago, was found Tuesday afternoon in his apartment on the 500 block of West Belden Avenue, police said. Officers had been sent to the man's home after he failed to show up for work at Northwestern University' (from Chicago Tribune).

Tuesday, August 19, 2003


2 Shorts in 3 Cities

You can see me play two extremes in two shorts in three cities:

  1. a north shore kid coming to the city to score some coke in Where I'm From
  2. Refus, a disgusting and unhygienic country bumpkin, in Stay Dead

Where I'm From is screening in Chicago, IL, Stay Dead is screening in Grosse Point, MI and then they both screen in Pittsburgh, PA; if you are in those towns, you can come see them (if you can't make the screenings, you can watch on-line):

Stay Dead
Thursday, August 21, 2003, 7 PM
Grosse Point, MI
Invite Only: contact me for tickets (312-493-2075)
(From - "Jack, Russell and Lara are on their way to St. Louis, when they pull into a small Illinois town. In search of gas they follow the brainless Billie Lou back to her farm, where they will have to fight for their lives. The Zombies are coming. Prepare yourself.")
Where I'm From
Saturday, August 30, 2003, 9 PM
North Beach Chicago
1551 N. Sheffield (just south of North and Sheffield), Chicago, IL (Yahoo Map)
call 312-266-7842 for more info
(a crime drama)
$10 cover (includes free bowling) must be 21 or over
Where I'm From and Stay Dead
Thursday, September 4, 2003, 6:30 PM
The Rex Theatre
1602 E. Carson St. (between 16th St. and 17th St.), Pittsburgh, PA (Yahoo Map)
call 412-381-6811 for more info

You can also watch Stay Dead on-line at any time:

Stay Dead


Monday, August 18, 2003

Schmoozarama 2003: Thursday, August 21, 2003 6 PM-12 AM - Meet new friends, revisit with old ones. Expand your network. Interact! Tickets are $30.00 in advance; $35.00 at the door and includes Open Bar until 9:00PM and appetizers (organized by Screen Magazine).

'[I]n the last few years, several companies have begun issuing play collections on DVD, often with name directors and stellar casts. What distinguishes these collections is that, unlike a stereotypical Hollywood adaptation, there is as much respect for the original work as there is for the film's end result' (from The New York Times).

Sunday, August 17, 2003


Saturday, August 16, 2003


Monday, August 11, 2003


Thursday, August 07, 2003

Sounds good to me: Nicolas Cage plans filming The Weatherman here this winter, directed by Gore Verbinski (from ReelChicago).

Schwarzenegger Announces Calif. Gov. Bid - 'Arnold Schwarzenegger ended the suspense Wednesday and jumped into the race for California governor, instantly becoming the best-known of the declared candidates seeking to replace Democrat Gray Davis in a recall' (from Associated Press, via Yahoo News).

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Joffrey Ballet Non-Dance Opportunity: 'This October The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago will be performing Romeo & Juliet, choreography by John Cranko music by Serge Prokoviev. We are looking for the following people to perform supernumerary roles in the Ballet:
13 Male Soldiers:
Approximately 6 feet tall, between the ages of 20 and 50.
Must be physically strong and agile.
Must have stage experience & be able to take direction.
Ballet training not necessary, but applicants must be able to count or follow music.
May have facial hair.
5 Women Peasants:
Approximately 5'2" to 5'7" in height, must be over 20 years of age.
Must have stage experience & be able to take direction.
Some basic Dance training requested. Applicants must be able to count or follow music.
5 Men Peasants:
Approximately 5'7" to 6'in height, must be over 20 years of age.
Must have stage experience & be able to take direction.
Some basic Dance training requested. Applicants must be able to count or follow music.
May have facial hair.
Auditions/ Placement/ Measurements & Costume Fittings Saturday, September 20th, 2003 @ Joffrey Rehearsal Studios: 218 South Wabash, 7th Floor (Yahoo Map).
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm - Soldiers (men approximately 6')
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm - Peasant Men (men 5'7"-6')
  • 3:00pm-5:00pm - Peasant Women (women 5'2"-5'7")
APPLICANTS MUST BE AVAILABLE for the following rehearsal & performance dates. (A more specific schedule will be handed out on Saturday September 20th at the audition)
  • Saturday, September 27th: Rehearsals & Costume Fittings in afternoon
  • Friday, October 3rd: Rehearsals in the evening
  • Saturday, October 4th: Stage rehearsals with Full Company in afternoon
  • Monday, October 6th: *Tentative* Stage Rehearsals for Soldiers only in afternoon
  • Tuesday, October 7th: Dress Rehearsals on Stage from 12-7
  • Wednesday, October 8th: Dress Rehearsals from 1-4, 7:30pm opening night
  • Thursday, October 9th: 12noon call for a 1:00pm Performance
  • Friday, October 10th: 6:30pm call for a 7:30pm Performance
  • Saturday, October 11th: 1:00pm call for a 2:00pm Performance
    6:30pm call for a 7:30pm Performance
  • Sunday, October 12th: 1:00pm call for a 2:00pm Performance
  • Friday, October 17th: 6:30pm call for a 7:30pm Performance
  • Saturday, October 18th: 1:00pm call for a 2:00pm Performance
    6:30pm call for a 7:30pm Performance
  • Sunday, October 19th: 1:00pm call for a 2:00pm Performance
All Supernumeraries will be compensated $10 for each rehearsal and each performance. (applicants will not be compensated for Saturday September 27th).

For questions or further information please contact:
Adam Sklute Artistic Coordinator
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
312-739-0120 extension: 42 or 312-360-1720 extension: 12
e-mail address:'
This is all I know about this job; caveat actor.

For any friends seeking a day job:
'Soldier Field has decided to have open interviews for the following positions this coming Saturday Aug 9th stop in between 9am and 4pm
If you are scheduled for Aug 20th you can change your plans and come in this Sat.
Bartenders, Waitresses, Cocktail Waitresses, Beer Girls (miller/bud type girls), Portable (food/beverage) attendants, Restaurant and Club hostesses, Suite Assistants, Retail positions, Porters, Concession attendants, Concession supervisors, Cashiers, and Cash room clerks.
Directions: 550 Waldron Rd Chicago (Yahoo Map)- Go north on Lake shore drive (north of McCormick Place) on south end of Soldier field is a small construction rd called Walron turn Right.'
I do not know much about this job; caveat actor.


Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Flash mobs have arrived in Chicago - 'An inexplicable, not-so-random gathering of somewhat related people in a physical location to participate in peaceful activities for a brief time period then quickly dissipate.' There is a Chicago Flash Mobs e-mail group at, and a Chicago Flash Mobs text messaging group at (from Light Red).

Monday, August 04, 2003

Part-Time Seasonal Opportunity With The Chicago Bulls:
  • 'Opportunity: The Chicago Bulls are looking to hire members for the 2003-2004 IncrediBulls Squad.
  • Mission: Members of the IncrediBulls warm up fans during pre-game, challenge fans throughout the game and create high energy and excitement in the stands and on the court. Will also have potential opportunities to travel and perform throughout the country.
  • Qualifications: We are looking for team players, 21+ who are athletic, energetic, sports-minded, extremely out-going, able to interact with fans of all ages-gymnastic and movement ability a plus. Potential team members must be highly motivated, positive, enthusiastic, and outgoing. The team will be entertaining the fans in the stands and on the court with contests, karaoke, gadgets and props like the backpack hoop hat, jumbo free throw, the famous t-shirt shooter and more.
  • How to Apply: Interested parties can fill out an application and have a guaranteed interview on Saturday, August 16, 2003, between 9am-11:00am at the United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago (Yahoo Map). This opportunity is open to Men And Women 21 And Over. All applications must be completed in-person on that day. Individuals who are selected as finalists will participate in an interactive audition at 1:00pm the same day. This interactive audition will consist of group exercises and an individual routine. Applicants should come prepared with a 3 minute routine (any g-rated, non-hazardous topic is fine) that will demonstrate your talents or show why you would be an excellent IncrediBull.
  • Other Info: Each team member will be required to sign a contract with the Sports Magic Team. This is a Non-Union, paid position. Contract runs from September 1 through August 31. All team members will be eligible for expense-paid local and out-of-town events throughout the year with the Sports Magic Team, depending upon event needs/location.
Call 800-646-1110 X11 For More Info. Do Not Call The Chicago Bulls Office.' I do not know much about this job; caveat actor.

Sunday, August 03, 2003

'Do you have a humorous experience while on an audition? On stage? On the set? Backstage? Tell us your story in 250 words. Email it and your headshot to or mail to Leonard Jacobs, Associate News Editor, Back Stage, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. If you make us laugh, we'll publish your vignette and your photo' (from, via Tonya Beckman Ross' blog).