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.
It's been a busy time and it's been GOOD.
*A couple of weeks ago I scored an industrial print shoot for Verizon playing a consulting surgeon for one their latest communication products for hospitals.
*I recently completed an Advanced Scene Study class with Karen Kolhaas from the Atlantic Theatre. This is my third class with her and I plan on continuing. She is aMAzing and so were my classmates.
*Last year my friend Nicole Jesson, fab actress and fellow Emerson alum, invited a me and two friends from grad school, Malini Singh MacDonald and Elizabeth June, to work on a project about family history. What started as doing DNA tests and talking about family trees, has lead to Insert Name. I am so excited to bring this piece to life in a staged reading TOMORROW night. Yes, in person, in a theatre. I am squealing as I type. We had our first rehearsal last night, and already felt pretty good about it. (yes, that was me squealing again.) If you are in NYC and are available to check it out, come on out to the New Perspectives Theatre. 7pm show! Insert Name: A DNA Journey.
*Last week I was chosen to be part of Volume 151 with The Playground Experiment and I'll be back Monday 10/25 Volume 152. Check out The PGE on their YouTube Channel.
*The Village Halloween Parade will be BACK this year! Woo hoo! The theme this year is "All Together Now" and includes puppets designed from children's drawings. It's been a rough time, as we all know, so as things start opening up, we're looking at ways to get back into life and PLAY. I can't wait to get back out there with a 10-12 foot high puppet (perhaps even the one drawn by my son!) and play with the crowd again.
*Lastly, if you are a performer looking for a specialized workout, I highly recommend Powerful Performer created by dancer and physical therapist Jenna Kantor. Depending on what you need, flexibility, core, lower back, etc, she will have a fab program for you, accountability buddies and group sessions, and plenty of stories. You will have a good time AND gain flexibility, core strength, and be motivated to keep moving even after the program is done.
Also, I got 9 self-tapes done in like, two days, can I get an AMEN? Send some love out with them, won't you?
In the meantime, wear your mask indoors, stay safe and here's to seeing you at the next show!
So here I am in skull pajamas for a scene in which I have been sipping magic mushroom tea with some fab ladies. Thank you ladies of Sugar Baby - Dir. Rebecca Dearden and Writer Sophia Conger; and Lavora Perry for the heads up about them - for having me as part of the fun and the journey of this impending series.
Before that, I was camping, CAMPING, on the Cape (thanks to my Bronx Mom Crew) but still managed to be part of Volume 148 of The Playground Experiment's play reading series. I love the work The PGE does and the actors who are part of it. And luckily they were not distracted by the rain pummeling my tent just as our scene started.
Speaking of The PGE, I will be part of their FUN-raiser this evening! Contact them to check it out starting at 6pm, but even if you can't watch, please donate if you can as they do such great work for playwrights and actors.
Time to go work my script for today!
I came back here and was like, "What? I have not updated since MAY?!" That's crazy! But only because I have indeed been busy, with many things!
*I literally just got off the Zoom with The Playground Experiment's Volume 146. They are such a wonderful group and who I can't wait to work with IN PERSON. There is also stellar material and fabulous actors to watch and with whom to work. Rock on, PGE!
*This past Sunday I was part of a concert put together by Song A Week host Tamora Wilson. The Songs We Write celebrated original music written primarily by members of the Song A Week community started by James Tristan Redding, who now leads thew group from Nashville where he is finally making his money as a songwriter. BinderSuze was there singing music by James among others
*Last weekend was a first IN PERSON read through of a play I've been working on with three other ladies which went really well. Nothing like sitting there and going "We have a SHOW!" Keep checking back for a snazzy title and potential dates.
*The ever fabulous Karen Kolhaas, with whom I have taken a couple of classes, asked me to be an actor in one of her directing classes. (And I believe I have a new monologue to work from the play Lynn Nottage's play Sweat because of it.)
*Writer Rachel Kunstadt asked me to be part of a first table read of her new musical. It was so great to sit in a room with live people again and test out new material
*I got to carry and manipulate a giant butterfly puppet (an Eastern Blue) for The Great Pollinator Ramble up in Catskill with Processional Arts. It was a HOT day, but it was wonderful to see and be one of the many large butterflies and bees around town for this event which was promoting an art exhibit in town.
*I will start Standardized Patient work in September! I auditioned and got the gig in mid-June, and will have my second training session this week. Helping doctors communicate with patients better, I'm all in for that.
*I will also start business role-play work in September after a training session this week. Getting to dust off my improv skills to help business people communicate with staff and coworkers is yet another thing I am here for.
*I continue to "work out" with various groups I met during the pandemic, reading through plays and musicals. I even got to MEET some of them IN PERSON (Gasp!) for a reading of Falsetto's (I read "the doctor") and had a ball.
*Fingers crossed for a possible TV role (if I book it, you bet I'll post it here!)
In the meantime, between submissions and callbacks, I am also gladly catching up with friends, doing summer family things, and continuing a second round of the #100DaysofDrumming challenge. Oh and watching the Red Sox WIN...a lot. (9 games ahead of the Yanks!) I hope you all are getting out (safely) and seeing friend and family, and enjoying the SUMMAH as they say in my native New England.
And if you could use this Merry Mezzo Mama for your project, slide on over to that CONTACT page!
Peace ☮️ ✌🏽
As we sloooowly return to live performance, I have been having THE BEST time working with the folks from, Prospect Theatre on this interactive, outdoor theatrical experience called Tree Tales. 15 writers were asked to write "choose-your-own-adventure" style stories and then actor/creators were asked to come in and create characters to guide the audience along.
It has been long-delayed joy to work with people, live, and in-person, (though still masked and distanced), making music and characters and, heck, just playing again as artists. We had our first performance at the Crabapple Grove in Riverside Park this past Sunday and have one more performance this coming Saturday. For more information and to register, go HERE.
ALSO...I may now be fully vaccinated (HUZZAH!), but both Theatre and TV and film sets are still making sure we are safe and requiring testing. I have booked some BG work on Season 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (a show I would work on just for the clothes), and with getting tested for both Maisel and Prospect, between yesterday and today, I will have been tested 3 times. But I will also get fitted for a costume for Maisel AND then be on set, and then perform in a live show SAFELY.
As my husband says, LIFE IS GOOD.
Yesterday, my husband and I had a date day, rather we did an ad shoot for T-Mobile. It may have been cold and rainy - a downpour nearly cut off our part of the shoot! - but we had a fab day and everyone we dealt with on set was lovely, professional, and fun. It was a great experience, particularly as it was my husband's first time doing anything like this! (Props to my MIL who watched our boy all day while we were out and allowed Jeff and I to actually have a date night post-shoot.)
*Sunday - The Playground Experiment knows how to throw down with a FUNdraiser with the event "Drop and Give Me 10". Playwright/screenwriters are given prompts and then asked to write the first 10 minutes/pages of a piece that will be brought to fruition later. I will be performing with Jasmine Spiess in Darpan Joshi's piece "Birthday Bash". Subscribe to The Playground Experience on YouTube and check it out!
*Back in college, I met a brilliant guy named Marty Barrett. He is an actor, writer, poet, comic, IT guy; whatever the job, if he hasn't already done it, he could do it. This includes being the host of a comedy variety show called Verdugo HUUT, based in LA. Like many shows, this one has gone virtual, and thus is allowing for The New York Show. Marty invited his NYC friends to contribute, so check out the show starting this Saturday 7pm at the website.
In the meantime, I'm taking a commercial class with Erica Palgon, Fearless Cold Reading with Karen Kolhaas, still singing with the ever fabulous MABC choir virtually, and now I am also supporting my son at baseball games and swimming.
But if ya need this merry mezzo mama for your production, demo, reading, etc, feel free to head to that contact page!
At the beginning of the month, I was part of Seth Bisen-Hersh's Talent Showcase. In the middle, I was a vocalist and percussionist for The Rigano Songbook's 8th Annual Ides of March Extravaganza. Last year, the concert had to go virtual after being cancelled the DAY BEFORE due to the pandemic, and this year, as David and Paul have been learning all sorts of new virtual theatre skills, we made it fully virtual. Next year, we hope everyone can join us for the show LIVE once more.
Later this month, you all should check out Madison Avenue Baptist Church's Country Western Good Friday service. Whether or not you are a church goer, it's a killer line up of music and I sing with some of the best in the biz.
In the meantime, I finally recorded one of my favorites tunes from Hello, Again, "Tom". Check it out, HERE.
Happy Spring, all! ✌🏽
There be things coming up! I love closing out February with a bang. TONIGHT 2/22, I'll be part of a reading of a segment of Bonita Ellery's "Mother's Milk". She is a powerful writer who can give Shonda a run for her money, so come check out this piece as well as other wonderful work from the folks at The Playground Experiment tonight at 7pm on YouTube.
Friday night, No Name...and a Bag O' Chips is celebrating it's 27th anniversary (WHAT?!) Yes, it is the longest running comedy variety night in New York City and we will be celebrating VIRTUALLY Friday night 7pm, on Facebook Live.
Seth Bisen-Hersch, who's musical Love Quirks was a critics pick in "the before times", has a showcase and I will be part of it singing a couple of my favorite show tunes 3/2 7pm, also on Facebook Live.
One of my favorite events will be coming up in March as well: The Rigano Songbook's Ides of March Extravaganza! This virtual event is being put together as we speak. When there's an exact date, you bet I will be sharing! It definitely is excellent event you don't want to miss!
And hey, there's a new bit at Reince Priebus Tried...and other tales of the White House on Facebook!
If you like what you see, and could use me for your next project, hit me up on my Contact page!
In the meantime
You realize that you've been wearing jeans and hoodies every day for like, a year, so you decide to put some lipstick on and sing about a time when you could get close and actually touch people...
Hey there, all!
There's a new president! (Seriously, Joe Biden is president and Kamala Harris is Vice President and no matter what Trump and his...people are saying, Joe and Kamala are IN!)
We actually got, like, REAL SNOW, as in, more than a dusting here in NYC!
And I've got new things to talk about!
SO, one of the reasons I have loved doing No Name for as long as I have is because of the fab people I get to see perform and meet. David Lawson has been a No Name regular storyteller and is a favorite of mine, so when he asked me to contribute to the Queens Theatre At Home Storyteller series last year, of course I jumped at the chance. Check it out tomorrow night at 7pm on Zoom and stick around for the live talkback after!
Valentine's Day, it looks like we'll be home AGAIN so why not spend it supporting some art with The Playground Experiment's FUNdraiser, which has the theme of "Unlucky in Love"? Playwright's test out the first 10 pages/minutes of a new play they are working on, and I'll be one of the actors. I did this last year and it was so fun and such a good night. Check it out 2/14 with the ones you love (pets included).
In March, I'll be part of the Seth Bisen-Hersch showcase, and then I will be returning to the Rigano Songbook's Ides Of March Virtual Extravaganza. More details on those shows to come!
In the meantime, stay safe, wear a mask, and feel free to spread love...just not the virus
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