I tend to lose track of a year by the end of March, and normally, I don't even need a pandemic to do that, but this year...raise your hand if you've also lost track of time and space...
In the meantime, when not being driven to distraction by the news, I have been doing Zoom readings of plays, including an adapted version of writer Rebecca Salomonsson's "Outrageous Fortune". Imagine Shakespeare's most famous tragic characters meet for group therapy, with Prospero as their moderator. Now imagine them doing it over Zoom. It was hilarious and fun and I was honored to play Prospero. I'm listening...
Speaking of reading, I FINALLY have VO clips available on line! HERE, you can listen to a little corporate razzle dazzle, while HERE is a, sadly timely, clip from a poignant radio play called Sidewalk Prayer. I played Mama, the grandmother of a teenage boy brought down by gun violence outside his own home.
ON THAT NOTE, let's close this entry by raising a glass to Richard and Mildred Loving. June 12th, 1967, the Supreme Court heard the case of Loving v. Virginia. And they ruled unanimously in their favor. As a daughter of mixed parentage, this story is close to my heart. The Supreme Court voted for love that day. They voted against hate, and bigotry. In this time of tumult, let's remember this happened. Let's raise up this story, to remind us justice was once done. And while the present administration would rather promote division and cruelty, if you've seen the top books being sold, how many people are looking up the massacre of Black Wall Street, and how many companies are deciding to mark Juneteeth as an official office holiday, I'd say we have signs of hope for the rest of the country. #blacklivesmatter #Lovematters
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