Had a pretty good first meet and greet audition for Robert L. Hecker's Ghost Dancer for the Mint Theatre. Some very good writing on the pages I had to read. Always a pleasure and makes the reading/audition process a joy when the writing is really strong.
Had a triple audition Monday - a new play "The Waiting Room" written by Samm
Art-Williams. Not the best audition I've ever had, but hopefully nobody but me
noticed. Later in the day I had two other auditions/meetings with two separate
agencies. Now the waiting game begins. Oh the actor's life for me.
Last night I went over to The Bank Street Theatre, the new home of the LAByrinth Theatre Company to see The Barn series presentation of Cusi Cram's Fuente Ovejuna, subtitled: A disloyal adaptation from the play by Lupe de Vega. It was a terrific presentation of a classic melodrama of the golden age - big, bold and theatrical language that soared to the rafters. The conceit that made this old chestnut seem fresh was the bold move of making it a play within a play type of story - a troupe of amateur actors are rehearsing a production of the play and as they struggle to connect to the themes of the play, they also struggle with their own personal issues as actors, but as human beings living under stressful political times. The performances across the board were bold in their choices and superb in their execution. So good was the staging and performances that one quickly forgot that there were scripts in the actors hands and music stands in front of them.
Fun first audition for the Peccadillo Theatre company's production of Kaufman and Hart's classic farce The Man Who Came To Dinner. Read of the role of Banjo, who is inspired by Harpo Marx.
Just coming home from my first evening with the LAByrinth Writer's Group, led by Webb Wilcoxen (The Fairy Tale Project & Billy Sleepyhead). Much good and promising work heard tonight by Mums Grant, Florencia Lozano, Maggie Burke and James Martin. A nice safe environment was established early on. Excellent and insightful feedback was given to each of the writer's. I hope to bring some of mine own pages to the next meeting.
Mel Nieves is a New York City born and raise award-winning actor/playwright. He is also a proud member of LAByrinth Theatre Company. His most recent work includes, Mando Alvardo's Sangre, presented as part of City Park Foundation SummerStages, Matthew Harrington's Don Pedro de La Cebolla at the Interart Theatre and independent feature film The Children of Hip Hop, written & directed by Antonio Dela Cruz.