How has it been a week already since the first staged reading of Insert Name: A DNA Journey? It does not seem possible.
We had a full house and got excellent feedback and, yes, this show shall return.
In the meantime, I was chosen to be part of The Playground Experiment's Volume 152 this past Monday, playing Claudia in David Ceci's musical in progress, Fur Pajamas. Last night, was all about Henry V with my weekly Shakespeare group and then Sunday, IT'S HALLOWEEN, where I'll be carrying a very tall puppet of a children's drawing. We rehearsed this past Sunday and it is going to look GREAT. AND, the Nor"Easter hitting us will be done by Saturday...we hope.
Go ahead, storm, mess with my birthday plans, but NOT MY HALLOWEEN PARADE.
It's been a busy time and it's been GOOD.
*A couple of weeks ago I scored an industrial print shoot for Verizon playing a consulting surgeon for one their latest communication products for hospitals.
*I recently completed an Advanced Scene Study class with Karen Kolhaas from the Atlantic Theatre. This is my third class with her and I plan on continuing. She is aMAzing and so were my classmates.
*Last year my friend Nicole Jesson, fab actress and fellow Emerson alum, invited a me and two friends from grad school, Malini Singh MacDonald and Elizabeth June, to work on a project about family history. What started as doing DNA tests and talking about family trees, has lead to Insert Name. I am so excited to bring this piece to life in a staged reading TOMORROW night. Yes, in person, in a theatre. I am squealing as I type. We had our first rehearsal last night, and already felt pretty good about it. (yes, that was me squealing again.) If you are in NYC and are available to check it out, come on out to the New Perspectives Theatre. 7pm show! Insert Name: A DNA Journey.
*Last week I was chosen to be part of Volume 151 with The Playground Experiment and I'll be back Monday 10/25 Volume 152. Check out The PGE on their YouTube Channel.
*The Village Halloween Parade will be BACK this year! Woo hoo! The theme this year is "All Together Now" and includes puppets designed from children's drawings. It's been a rough time, as we all know, so as things start opening up, we're looking at ways to get back into life and PLAY. I can't wait to get back out there with a 10-12 foot high puppet (perhaps even the one drawn by my son!) and play with the crowd again.
*Lastly, if you are a performer looking for a specialized workout, I highly recommend Powerful Performer created by dancer and physical therapist Jenna Kantor. Depending on what you need, flexibility, core, lower back, etc, she will have a fab program for you, accountability buddies and group sessions, and plenty of stories. You will have a good time AND gain flexibility, core strength, and be motivated to keep moving even after the program is done.
Also, I got 9 self-tapes done in like, two days, can I get an AMEN? Send some love out with them, won't you?
In the meantime, wear your mask indoors, stay safe and here's to seeing you at the next show!
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