Live theatre will happen again, but until then, I love how more and more groups and companies are adapting. The Playground Experiment, which gives playwrights, screenwriters and actors the chance to test out new material in a safe place, continues it's "Volumes" over Zoom for the time being. I was thrilled to be part of Volume 121 this past Monday, reading the work of playwright and screenwriter Kendra Augustin. (Her piece about the business of show, got ALL the actors thinking #truth)
Tuesday, was also about new work, but about creating. A fellow Emerson alum, invited me to join her fellow Actors' Studio alums on a new piece about our DNA. Seeing as I have been talking about the whole "What are you?" culture in this country and been working to discover and share lost family history on my own for years, it is fantastic to start work on a new piece, collaborating on what will be 4 distinct stories about how race, genealogy and family are so embedded in the culture of our nation.
Today, I started the day with a fab coaching with James Beaman. As it more important than ever to get material up on line, I'm working on new material and trying to breathe some new life into older material, as well. He is fantastic for musical theatre, plays, and classical work, and I ended our Zoom catching inspired
Here's to the "new normal" til we cab get back to the old fashioned live way.
Peace everybody! ✌️
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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