Amidst the chaos of the world right now, art is still happening.
While my church gig took a break for the month of August. a college friend asked if I could be part of her service, and I was much obliged. Last Sunday was I happy to sing for the Church of Christ Scientist, North Palm Beach. This week, MABC is back up for their regular, and still virtual services, so you can check me out singing a duet with my fab friend and collaborator, Richard Binder. You can check out the service at www.mabcnyc.org.
Last Monday, it was all about the PGE. The Playground Experiment is such a wonderful group offering a safe place for playwrights and screenwriters to test out new material. I have very happily been part of the last three Volumes and one "FUNraiser" called Drop and Give Me Ten. The talent on both the writing and acting sides is extraordinary and worth catching. I highly recommend checking out their website and checking out their events.
When not going through school reopening hoo ha and my son working on pandemihours (oh yeah, he's not sleeping either!), I managed to get in some self tapes and finally record some new material.
This is 100th Anniversary of (White) women getting the right to vote and earlier this year, in the "before times", I auditioned for what was to be a new Shaina Taub musical about The Suffragists at The Public (Thank you Evelyn at The Talent Express). For said audition, I had to learn a song sung by Carrie Chapman Catt about her then feelings about Alice Paul. This show sadly did not get to open-#thanksCovid-but I certainly hope it has a life in the future, as, working from just the clips I had to learn for the audition, it's got some excellent music and I'd love to see THE REST OF IT. (Yeah, and be in it. Can't deny that.)
But check out "This Girl" right HERE.
And from Suffragists to Psychologists, I am pleased to announce that I will be on a Covid-conscious set for the first time in FOREVER. Long story short, I've been more focused on live theatre and music of late, but thanks to the coronavid, I started checking out submissions for film and TV and got myself booked for a short film. It is called "Geminus" and is a thriller where I play psychologist Dr. Chester, helping a young man discover the truth behind his best friend's disappearance. We film this coming weekend and I hopefully will have some footage for you soon!
Lastly, I talk about three th-, okay, I talk about A LOT of things on social media, and I do not shy away from politics (blame my news junkie parents). SO, after a couple of out-of-state friends asked me if I was "okay" here in NYC because the far right would have their people believe that cities are on fire day in and day out, I wrote this post on the Book of Face. #NewYorkIsNotOnFire.
It's time to come together, dispute the lies, and create some art. Oh and VOTE.
In the meantime, here are some adolescent kittens.
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