Nothin' could be finah...
n than to be Ina at the dinah in the mooooooornin'.
It was grey, cold, the roof was leaking in holding, but oh man, it was nice to be on set Monday and Tuesday for LiveSource Films's short "What Do I Owe You?". SAG/AFTRA Covid-19 protocols in place, excellent cast and crew, and we got to work in the same diner as was used in Goodfellas, You Don't Know Jack, and The Irishman, among others. Thank you to director Tyler Mercer, actors Qurrat Kadwani, Phoebe Dunn, Mahmoud Mahmoud, Fred Rice, and Steven Etienne, and the fab crew: Ari, Jeff, Mike, Chris, Katya (producer/co-dir), Caroline (camera), Caroline's asst (so sorry I forgot your name!) Angela (wardrobe), Elon (props), Jorge (sound) and special shoutout to makeup and hair artist Katie Lamark who took the time make sure that the actors of color had a perfect palette.
I will be sure to post some stills and clips once the finished product is out!
Next week, I hope to post some footage from the really wonderful The Mad Ones Lab. Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk created a beautiful musical - The Mad Ones - about a teenager dealing with the loss of her best friend. It's story moved many to create fan art, and thus, in the time of Covid, it inspired Kerrigan and Lowdermilk to create a space to promote the exploration of digital theatre. People could learn about everything from character development and choreography adjustment, to how to better light film and various other digital design. I got to be part of two of the projects as lead character Sam's mom, Beverly. One piece is using watercolor animation, while the other involves green screen animation. I can't wait to see the finished products and share them with you!
In the meantime, there's new material on my satire series "Reince Priebus Tried...And Other Tales From The White House" , I just booked a role with On Brand Productions in their new musical "Juvanescent", and I got to submit a self tape last night that involves drumming. It was great to be behind the kit, but also sad as I miss The Summer Replacements SO MUCH. We will play together again, gosh darnit...in 2021.
And now, it is time to help my son create arms for his Iron Spider costume, put something together for myself, cheer on my friends who are VOTING EARLY, make my plan for voting on Election Day, and, maybe eat something. Happy Halloween All! and VOTE!
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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