I came back here and was like, "What? I have not updated since MAY?!" That's crazy! But only because I have indeed been busy, with many things!
*I literally just got off the Zoom with The Playground Experiment's Volume 146. They are such a wonderful group and who I can't wait to work with IN PERSON. There is also stellar material and fabulous actors to watch and with whom to work. Rock on, PGE!
*This past Sunday I was part of a concert put together by Song A Week host Tamora Wilson. The Songs We Write celebrated original music written primarily by members of the Song A Week community started by James Tristan Redding, who now leads thew group from Nashville where he is finally making his money as a songwriter. BinderSuze was there singing music by James among others
*Last weekend was a first IN PERSON read through of a play I've been working on with three other ladies which went really well. Nothing like sitting there and going "We have a SHOW!" Keep checking back for a snazzy title and potential dates.
*The ever fabulous Karen Kolhaas, with whom I have taken a couple of classes, asked me to be an actor in one of her directing classes. (And I believe I have a new monologue to work from the play Lynn Nottage's play Sweat because of it.)
*Writer Rachel Kunstadt asked me to be part of a first table read of her new musical. It was so great to sit in a room with live people again and test out new material
*I got to carry and manipulate a giant butterfly puppet (an Eastern Blue) for The Great Pollinator Ramble up in Catskill with Processional Arts. It was a HOT day, but it was wonderful to see and be one of the many large butterflies and bees around town for this event which was promoting an art exhibit in town.
*I will start Standardized Patient work in September! I auditioned and got the gig in mid-June, and will have my second training session this week. Helping doctors communicate with patients better, I'm all in for that.
*I will also start business role-play work in September after a training session this week. Getting to dust off my improv skills to help business people communicate with staff and coworkers is yet another thing I am here for.
*I continue to "work out" with various groups I met during the pandemic, reading through plays and musicals. I even got to MEET some of them IN PERSON (Gasp!) for a reading of Falsetto's (I read "the doctor") and had a ball.
*Fingers crossed for a possible TV role (if I book it, you bet I'll post it here!)
In the meantime, between submissions and callbacks, I am also gladly catching up with friends, doing summer family things, and continuing a second round of the #100DaysofDrumming challenge. Oh and watching the Red Sox WIN...a lot. (9 games ahead of the Yanks!) I hope you all are getting out (safely) and seeing friend and family, and enjoying the SUMMAH as they say in my native New England.
And if you could use this Merry Mezzo Mama for your project, slide on over to that CONTACT page!
Peace ☮️ ✌🏽
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