Hey there, all! Long time no type! I somehow forgot to mention that there was a BinderSuze sighting at QED for No Name's first show at QED in FOREVAH in May, probably because school was coming to a close, and I remembered that auditions were still happening, and oh hey I have a gig coming up starting rehearsals in mid June(!), so yes, life happened, but what a sweet life.
June 18th: Did my church gig and then drove 7 hours with the delightful Darien Crago up to Tamworth, NH. (Seriously, if you have to spend 7 hours in a car with someone you've just met, Darien's IT.)
June 19th, we started rehearsals and, man, not gonna lie, it was not an easy process. A show gets learned and put together in essentially 6 days, and for someone who had not done a full blown production for some time, I was worried my brain was not going to handle it. But this ridiculous cast (Aimee Doherty, Darien Crago, Cheryl Mullins and Sarah Corey) and production team (Dir. Sarah Rozene, Chor. Alex Davis, MD Michael Ursua, PSM Dierdre Benson) was extremely patient, generous and supportive, and next thing you know, we had a SHOW.
It was a such a joy to watch, learn from, and play with these women on stage and already miss them and the show terribly. It's not every day you get to bring some joy and laughter AND be in the definitively bucolic environs of Tamworth, NH. Here's to more of that for next year!
Sunday was spent visiting my sister and her boo at the J&M diner and then checking out the final day of the Ralph Lee exhibit at the Ballard Museum of Puppetry at UConn, all on the way back to NYC. After having a place to park on a regular basis and nothing louder than some crickets at night, I came back home to hunting down a parking spot in POURING rain, and having to make a noise complaint about a car alarm that kept going off. At least there was getting to hit the Halal truck for dinner.
Monday morning, I got to do a table read of a play in progress then headed downtown to help Doug Shapiro (surely you've heard of Doug Shapiro?) run lines for Fully Committed which he'll be starring in for his 23rd Season at Barnstormers, and then went to get my son at graffiti camp.
Now it's back to singing at MABC (Christmas in July this coming weekend!), being of service to budding doctors at NYMC, a Summer Replacements gig at Word Up Recirculation, and auditions. If you could use this merry mixed mezzo, head over to the contact page and click that button! Peace to you all ✌🏽🧡
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