On Saturday night had the first table read for the play "Asylum" and it went over rather well. The writing is very strong an clear. The following day we had our first official reherasal at the director's apartment between myself and the young actress who is playing my daughter. We had a good discussion about the play, characters and the nuances in the relationship between the father and daughter. Very informative. I look forward to the next few weeks of rehearsals. Much to learn.
I had alot of fun tonight doing NY Madness. Got the chance to do a really neat little p[lay titled "The Answer" written by Greg Paul. With less than two hours of rehearsals we did a pretty good job. It was also fun to see a lot of old colleagues. Nice creative atomsphere. can't wait to do it again.
Just got cast in a special reaing of "The Flight of The Ibis" written by Alan Roland and
directed by opera director Beth Greenbrg. The play is to be presented on November 17th at
Saint Peter's Sanctuary in Citicorp building.
I had a lot of fun tonight at the HOLAFestival reading of Tony Ruiz's piece Yolandonomics. A fun read and afterwards got to meet the great verteran Latino actor Mateo Gomez.
Second public reading of Mentiras Bellas revealed much for me. The re-write that were done during this scenod production improved the text, but this second reading also revealed that there is still much work to do on the material. The material is very, very promising and the response is positive. It's gonna be a long, but productive development process, but I think this particular play is worth it.
First and only rehearsal for reading of Mentiras Bellas (Beautiful Lies) was close to five hours long - it went by in a blink. I kid you not. Good work was done on each scene. The re-writes and adjusted scene structure has enhanced the tension in the piece. A new scene is needed, which I wrote on the train tonight. I don't know whether we'll insert it for the actual reading or perhaps save it for the next time. But really good work was done by all the actors today. I feel confident in the play and I'm very proud of the work that's been done.
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.
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.