Happy Monday, all!
We don't get to say that very often, but I have to say that last Monday was a pleasure working on the set of the short film "Blindsight" written and directed by Amy Guggenheim. Not only was playing Opal, a restaurant owner trying to keep things together, a great challenge, but we had an excellent cast rounded out by Miguel Coias and Stephanie Mendez, as well as a killer crew, which was early all female, queer and non-binary. When working with an emotionally heightened script, it is so helpful to have a professional AND pleasant and fun atmosphere on set.
This Monday, I'll be back on Zoom tonight with The Playground Experiment. Support new work and catch us all at 7pm HERE. I'm thrilled to be with this cast tonight, reading the work of Erin Moughan, dealing with a rather sticky subject for women. Come check us out and seeeeeee!
In the meantime, I have been busy with New York Medical College doing Standardized Patient work, have another short film lined up for April and may 🤞🏽 have a reading in March. And yes, I've been playing Wordle. If YOU would like to hire this merry mezzo mama, go on the last page and click that CONTACT button! I am AEA, Non-SAG, and fully vaxxed AND boosted! Til next time, PEACE ✌🏽
I finished out 2021 getting cast in this fab mystery podcast and can finally post about it! Head over to WHAT HAPPENED IN SKINNER and give it a listen.
TOMORROW, I start rehearsals for a short film called Blindsight which will shoot in a couple of weeks. So excited to get back into rehearsal and back on set.
My church gig is still virtual (we're so close to reopening for in person services - keep your fingers crossed for March, people), and I've been having a blast with my Shakespeare workout group, The Upstart Crows. We've been going through all the Bard's plays, doing one a week, starting last year. Tuesday, we close them out with Hamlet. While I indeed miss in person performing and reading, it's groups like the crows and The Playground Experiment that have helped me keep my chops up as well as keep me sane during this fraught time. These people are not only stupidly talented but a shear joy to read/work with.
In the meantime, I hope you are all finding some joy and if you need this Merry Mixed Mezzo, just hit that contact button!
When not pandemibaking...
I have finally started a website! I just got these beautiful new headshots done by L Morgan Lee of BLUEphotography, and at last have a place to display them.
I've also been getting this self-tape thing DOWN. Madison Avenue Baptist Church, with whom I've been the alto for going on twelve years, like most churches, has gone virtual, so we are making videos of solos and hymns for the time being. (Someday, I'll release an outtake reel.)
There've been other opportunities, as well, for practicing this process: virtual choir and concert videos.
I've been lucky enough to work with Prospect Theatre Company and, thus, was asked to be part of their lovely video featuring Peter Mills' tune "Two Buoys". (I come in with the alto part and drums>)
Next, a dear friend - a jazz musician and choir director, presently living in Italy - started up Singers Without Borders and asked me to be part of this uplifting number: How Can I Keep From Singing?
Lastly, The Rigano Songbook asked 42(!) of their closest friends to help out with this wonderful song about an all too relevant and growing segment of our lives as we try to communicate with proper social distancing: Screen To Screen
The Rigano has a concert planned for 3/13...and then the world shut down. But far be it for them to not have a show. Yes, the Ides of March Extravaganza is now the Ides of APRIL and will be in virtual form. When those videos go up, I'll be sure to share here.
In the meantime, contact me here if you would like me to be part of YOUR virtual - and/or, eventually, LIVE - project.
Alexandra de Suze is a singer, actor, drummer who also writes a bit and occasionally makes silly videos