Okay so this is officially my first new post in a very, very long ass time. I am not a posting type of a guy (unless it's on facebook and such) anyway these last few years have been pretty good in my artistic life. Still getting back on my feet after a very tough year of recuperating from illness., but things have settled down down and I am on a routine. On the artistic side I've been very productive these last few years what with having plays presented in San Diego, New York, Rochester, Chicago and being selected to be a part of the Actor's Studio Playwright & Director Unit, truly a great honor. And through this connection I got hired to write two short films. So now I'm officially a screenwriter. Which is pretty cool. Recently I had my seventh play presented at the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival and I'm currently juggling half a dozen scripts at different stages of development. On the acting front I made my prime time cable debut on HBO's The Leftovers. Looking forward to the second half of 2015.
Well the blur of July and a Summer to forget has gone away and now the hope of Fall has come and gone with the arrival of August. Health battles continue, but also some light keeps creeping in with arrival of some artistic work and possibilties - Meetings with a manager, the WRITE OUTFRONT event and another birthday coming up. All good things in nthe shadow of some not so good things, but these few positives do lift my spirits somewhat.
Well its been a tough couple of months. I was hit by a surprise hospital stay which will soon turn into surgery. In between I've been trying to maintain my focus an not let this medical problem side track me. I recently complete working on a stage reading adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" at The Players Club, which was an experience onto itself. The play was a very, very well written adaptation, but the experience of being at the players club was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments for me. The building is a wealth of theatrical history. At the moment I'm finishing up final re-writes on a new play of mine titled "In Da Boogie Down", which will be developed at the LAByrinth's Summer Intensive at Connecticut College. Until next time. Peace
Just got cast in "Don Pedro De La Cebolla" for Royal family Productions. I get to play a Spanish lawyer named Don Miguel San Isidoro.
I had a very productive audition for the film "The Wailing". Got to work with a good friend of mine who was reading for another role in the film. It was fun and made the audition process very relaxing.
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.
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.