Hey there, all! So last weekend, I closed the three performances of my cabaret "Late Bloomer". I can honestly say, we had three packs houses, and got reactions such as "brilliant!", "cathartic!", and "amazing!". Here are some notable quotes:
"THIS BEAUTIFUL, SILK-voiced, genuinely present lady...
congratulations on your VERY HAPPY-MAKING show!" composer/writer Amy Engelhardt
"I've got a Cabaret Crush on Alex De Suze.
She's Audra, Aretha & Annie Lennox, with a little Phil Collins all rolled up into one." --cabaret artist Leslee Warren
"It was all I could do not to break into tears or yell shouts of glee, sitting behind and listening to Alex De Suze as she debuted her show “Late Bloomer.” Her voice and her storytelling and her spirit are like a velvet catapult for the soul. " --MAC Award winning singer/actor Sierra Rein
I can't thank director James Beaman, MD Tracy Stark, bassists Matt Scharfglass and Tom Hubbard, drummer, Mary Rodriguez, backup singers Julie Reyburn, Sierra Rein, Goldie Dver, and Ellen White, Tanya Moberly and Sidney Meyer at Don't Tell Mama, sound guys Adam and Rocky, and server Randi and all the fab people who came to make this such a wonderful and powerful experience. We will be bringing it back, just got everybody's schedules together, but keep and eye out here for future dates.
IN THE MEANTIME...WEDNESDAY, yes, THIS WEDNESDAY 10/26, I'll be at QED in Astoria doing a reading of my solo show "Single What? Female: Tales of The Tall Big-Boned and Ethnically Ambiguous". Yes, I have been that person who's been working on the same show for...far too long, but I figured it was time to get off my duff and get back in gear with it and thanks to the fabulous Dev Bondarin and her direction, we're starting the journey towards a production, by having this reading. 8:30 at QED. It's all of $10, the show's just about an hour, and they have beer, wine and snacks! Come on out to Astoria and check us out!
BUT THAT's NOT ALL!
NOVEMBER 13th - I'll be a special guest along with Karen Mack at Sue Matsuki's Jazz Brunch at Pangea.
NOVEMBER 27th - Last year at this time, Nicole Jesson, Malini MacDonald, June Elizabeth did a first reading of our play "Insert Name: A DNA Journey", sharing our tales of DNA tests and family trees, Well, we're bringing it back with a new name: "The DNA Play", and with some reworking. We'll be back at New Perspectives Theatre the afternoon of 11/27. More details to come!
And if YOU or anyone you know could use this merry, mixed, mezzo/actor/drummer, head to that CONTACT page!
Peace ☮️ ✌🏽
Hey there, all!
Come to the cabaret, my friends! Yes, 9/28, 10/12, and 10/15 I'll be at Don't Tell Mama with a fab band and fab singers; there will even be a BinderSuze appearance! I am so excited for this show and can't wait to share it with you. 🧡
In the meantime, here's what I've been up to:
*9/12 I hosted Volume 173 for The Playground Experiment.
*9/10 I was part of the cast of the first reading play-in-progress The Golden Ass by Bug Johnson, playing Venus and Proserpine in - when staged - a De La Guarda style version of the Eros and Psyche love story. The PGE First Reads Festival guides playwrights/screenwriters through a process where, after some initial work, they have thirty days to write a first draft. They submit, and three pieces get chosen for for the festival. This is my second First Reads and it was a great time.
*I got new headshots! I loved the ones I got two years ago (is it really only two years ago?!), but, as I am wearing my glasses more often (thanks to a combo of middle-aged vision and Pair Eyewear feeding my need to accessorize), it was time for an update. I gotta give props to the folks at Dirty Sugar photography for giving me some shots that really popped.
All right, time to get back to the self-tapes and cabaret rehearsals.
And if you are in the city, come on down to Don't Tell Mama! make sure reservations HERE. (That link goes to 9/28, but if you can't go then, click the calendar for links to 10/12 or 10/15.)
Hey there, all! So a series I worked on a while back is starting its journey through the festivals, and has a new trailer out, HERE. I had a great time working on this show and can't wait to see how it does.
As for catching me on a screen, check out The Playground Experiment's Virtual First Reads on 9/10. It is just that, the first reads of new plays in progress over Zoom. Support new work and check it out! Details can be found HERE.
And speaking of September, don't forget to make reservations for my cabaret show Late Bloomer at Don't Tell Mama on 9/28.
In the meantime, here's to closing out the summer well and getting ready for fall and all the pumpkin spice.
There's a postcard now so that makes it official. Come on out to Don't Tell Mama for The Blossoming! I am really excited about this show. I have some great songs, have a fabulous band, and Dir. James Beaman and MD Tracy Stark have been a dream to collaborate with. It will indeed be a good time, so come on down!
BUT even before THAT, I'll be LIVE with The Playground Experiment this coming Monday 8/22 for Volume 172 at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre on 10 West 46th Street Street. The show starts at 7pm and will feature six scenes of new and/or progressing work. I started working with this group in 2020 over Zoom and am thrilled to be able to work with them live in person. There's new work! There's fab talent! There's a raffle! What better way to spend a Monday night? (Seriously, Only Murders In The Building doesn't stream until Tuesday.)
In film news, the short film "What Do I Owe You?", in which I played restaurant owner Ina, has been listed as a nominee at the LA International Film Festival's Indie Short Awards, and is a semi-finalist at the Rhode Island Film Festival. You can check out the trailer, HERE.
Lastly, because...politics, there are new bits on Reince Priebus Tried...And Other Tales From The White House on Facebook.
Peace, friends ✌🏽
Hey there, all!
What? It's SUMMER? How the heck did that happen? if time flies while you are having fun, I feel lucky enough to have had some fun projects keeping me from watching the time.
BUT FIRST: Great news! The short film "What Do I Owe You?" that I filmed with Tyler Mercer at the helm and a fab cast, back in 2020 is doing the festival rounds and just won the Grand Jury Award from the New York International Film Festival. This was a great piece to work on and I can't wait to see how far it goes. See the trailer HERE.
And if you want to see me on the computer screen, I'll be part of The Playground Experiment's First Reads Festival Saturday 7/9 at 5pm in Andi Lee Carter's play Earth 3021, about the evolution of AI, which you can check out HERE.
Speaking of The Playground Experiment, I was part of their Volume 168, playing Madame Du Barry in a scene from Kendra Augustin's work-in-progress "Antoin[ette]". This piece already is funny, fabulous and Shonda-ready. Can't wait to see more.
In the meantime, I am putting the finishing touches on my cabaret show which will go up at Don't Tell Mama 9/28, 10/12 and 10/15. Keep an eye out here for more info!
We m ay be living in bizarre times right now, but remember that it is indeed summer, so go out to the beach, get outside in the sun and enjoy some time off while you can. --Peace ☮️ ✌🏽
hilarious It started with a Sunday afternoon read through of the musical The Full Monty. And then Monday...man it was a day to make you LIKE Mondays. I started the day with a truly wonderful rehearsal with Jamie Beaman and Tracy Stark for my cabaret show. Taking already fab songs and finding new things in them to play with is such a joy. It really made me think, "Oh, I think we got something here." Keep 9/28, 10/12 and 10/15 marked in your calendars, folks. This show is going to be something special.
Later that night, I got to work again with the fabulous Playground Experiment. They started going live part time again and this was my first one LIVE with them. As I started working with them on Zoom, this was an opportunity to meet some of these folks in person for the first time. And it was marvelous. And while I already had a role in Andi Lee Carter's hilarious sci-fi piece, Last minute, I was asked to read a role for Tim Lorge's screenplay and had a blast going from friend to villain to disgruntled vineyard owner in about 15 minutes. I love helping bring new work to life and was so glad to be able to do it on an actual stage again with such talented folk.
Speaking of talented folk, I am back in class with Karen Kolhaas and these PEOPLE with whom I am sharing a Zoom. It is amazing, and, as usual, crazy helpful and inspiring.
If you feel you could use this merry mixed mezzo for your next piece, go on an click on that CONTACT button. In the meantime, PEACE ✌🏽
So I was supposed to be back at my church gig with the whole choir for the first time in two years; I was requested to do a reading at New Ambassador's Theatre the Friday after Easter; I was requested to do an in person reading at the new home of The Playground Experiment; there was supposed to a jam session, and a read-through of the musical The Full Monty; and lastly, I was supposed to start shooting the indie film Third Week...
And then I got Covid. My son tested positive on Easter Sunday and then I tested positive on the following Wednesday. And then I lost all my gigs. While I was grateful that we had mild symptoms, it was still a month of a week. When I finally did test negative last Tuesday it was like the sun coming out again to shine for the first time in far too long.
I may not have been able to shoot a film, but I have had time to focus on my cabaret show. (Keep 9/28, 10/12 and 10/15 open, everybody, so you can join me at Don't Tell Mama in the Brick Room.) James Beaman, a cabaret legend and fab actor and coach is directing and the inimitable Tracy Stark will be MD. We are putting together a fab band and lots of great music so keep an ear out as things progress.
This past Sunday, I was able to read through the musical A Man of No Importance, singing the role of Lily, as well as playing percussion as you can't help but want more instrumentation for all that marvelous Celtic music. It made for a fantastic afternoon.
Monday 5/9, I'll be back on Zoom with The Playground Experiment, so go over to their page on YouTube, subscribe, and be ready to see some great new work and support new theatre!
Later this month, I'll also be getting back to class with Karen Kohlhaas. I have really enjoyed working with her and my fellow students each time I have taken one of her classes, so I can't wait to start it up again.
In the meantime, should you need this Merry Mixed Mama, for your new musical, play, film or tv/web series, head to the next page and hit that CONTACT button! Hope all is well and Peace ✌🏽
Hey there all!
Back in January, I booked a role on a short film called Third Week written and directed by Jordi Duende. Monday we had our table read! It is a shame that that read will be the only time I'll have seen some of these cast member, because everyone around the table was lovely, right down to the bad guy. The film is a story of second chances, and will be a sweet and thoughtful distraction from the news of the world right now. We start shooting next week and I can't wait to be on set again!
After the table read, I came home to do a reading with the ever fabulous Playground Experiment. For those of you who do not know, they specialize in helping playwrights and screenwriters test out and develop new material. Their Volumes, which are twice a month (every other Monday), are evenings where six writers get to share 10-15 minutes of material from pieces they are working on, having actors from the PGE casting pool help bring the work to life. I am honored to say that I've been a regular member of this pool and have been able to read some amazing work. This week, I got to read from the work of Erin Moughon alongside actresses Jasmine Spiess and Diana Cherkas. The Volumes are streamed on YouTube, so if you want to take a look, click HERE.
(Moughon's piece, "YMC" comes on around 46:00, but I highly recommend catching the entire Volume if you can :))
In the meantime, I also have started work on a cabaret show, (more to come!) and am still happily helping budding doctors at NYMC as a Standardized Patient. If you could use this Merry Mezzo Mama for YOUR next project, hit that CONTACT button on the next page.
This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to take on the lead role of Rebecca in Cyndy Marion's new play Thistles. We did a virtual reading as part of a benefit for Marion's theatre company White Horse Theatre. Such a great cast to play with in this family drama, directed by the inimitable Dev Bondarin. Hopefully, we'll be able to do it again some time.
Next up, I'll be shooting a short film called Third Week. (In about three weeks!)
And keep a listen out for the sci-fi podcast Expired. I play Veronica, the mom of the lead, Jane, in this surprising story.
In the meantime, it may actually be getting warm again, so head out and get some fresh Spring air when you can!
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 ✌🏽
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