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 ✌🏽
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!
It's already starting to look busy! Woo hoo! I finished 2021 by booking a role in an audio drama (soon to be announced)! And now, while "Audition Madness" may be virtual, it is still happening. It's aaaaaall about the self-tapes right now. [Though I do have a live audition, (I was recommended by a colleague) this week!]
In the meantime, I was back with The Playground Experiment last night for the first Volume of 2022. So much good writing and so many good performances; you should totally check it out right HERE.
Tonight, I'm back with my Shakespeare workout group The Upstart Crows, and Sunday, I'll be working through Les Miserables, living my teenage dream of play Eponine. (If you hear 16-year-old type squee coming from Manhattan that night, that's why.)
No Name...And A Bag O' Chips sadly has yet to return, so no drumming or singing with The Summer Replacements for the time being, but hopefully that will happen by late winter/early Spring. In the meantime, here's a clip of a song I used to sing with the band, and, just before everything got shut down, I started using as a pop number for auditions. Here's a taste of me doing Aretha Franklin's Dr. Feelgood, which hopefully will warm you up a bit of this cooooooold day.
In the meantime, I hope you all are safe and well, and...that you stay that way. Peace Love and Masks 🧡✌🏽
which means it's time to make holiday videos! The ever fabulous Blair Brown has a series on the socials called Mistletoe Mondays. She had me join her as a special guest in order to make "Little Drummer Boy" cool again, You can check it out. HERE.
In the meantime, many blessings, much love, all the laughter and joy to you this holiday season.
It is not every day that you get to the play the role of Rational Feminist Thinking, but I got to do just that in the fab short musical "#doingitforme: an after school special" by Laura Barati and Danny Ursetti for the Prospect Theatre 2021 Musical Theatre Lab in Concert at Symphony Space this past Wednesday. 10, 9 minute musicals, 30 performers, live, onstage, with a live audience, all safely done and experienced and SO FUN. Stupidly talented performers singing some wonderful new work. I'm still feeling that joy. With me in this photo, castmates and new friends, Shannon Amiry and Allison Posner.
Cheers to the Wampanoag Tribe, and have a wonderful day of thanks with the people you love.
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.
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