Self tape realness...
Yes, this stunner came up when checking up on a self-tape I had just uploaded and, now I need to write a whole show just about who this woman is.
This character was pretty interesting to read for (fingers crossed!), and here's to more such roles. The submissions and callbacks are happening so here's to posting about a booking soon!
In the meantime, I have been lucky enough to continue work with The Playground Experiment. This fab group allows emerging and established playwrights and screenwriters to test out new material, and allows actors to keep their chops up and work with these playwrights and screenwriters in a fun and welcoming environment. I have done two evenings with them thus far, and have two more coming up. Check out Virtual Volume 123 pn their YouTube Channel 7pm, this Monday 8/10. Come on over!
I'm also continuing work on an original piece with stupidly talented alums of The Actors' Studio. These ladies are so smart and hilarious. And the stuff we are discovering going through and creating family trees - Shonda Rhimes would have enough material for four new shows, and we have just barely begun.
The church gig is taking a break for August, but I at least got to go out singing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." (Of course, this was posted a few days after Jenifer Holiday sang it at John Lewis's funeral, so, of course, I wanted to apologize for not being her or Mahalia Jackson, but, so far, folks have dug it :p)
Madison Avenue Baptist Church has been having hard conversations for many many years, and, like many organizations looking to either continue or finally have these conversations, they started a "Roundtable On Race". They have invited folks of color from the church to share their stories and then there is further discussion. After telling a bit of my story to the pastor, she was all over my sharing, so, here's my video from the Roundtable On Race with Madison Avenue Baptist Church.
As for other work, feel free to check out the latest bits on my Facebook satire series Reince Priebus Tried...And other tales from the White House. It is hard to keep up with ALL the headlines, (My God, how do the journalists and editors do it?) but when I can, I write about it. Check it out!
And with that, I believe I am finally caught up.
ONE LAST THING!
I have taken to calling our adolescent kitten Flerken, "DJ Cool Flerk", and my son drew a portrait. Enjoy!
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