Hey there all!
Back in January, I booked a role on a short film called Third Week written and directed by Jordi Duende. Monday we had our table read! It is a shame that that read will be the only time I'll have seen some of these cast member, because everyone around the table was lovely, right down to the bad guy. The film is a story of second chances, and will be a sweet and thoughtful distraction from the news of the world right now. We start shooting next week and I can't wait to be on set again!
After the table read, I came home to do a reading with the ever fabulous Playground Experiment. For those of you who do not know, they specialize in helping playwrights and screenwriters test out and develop new material. Their Volumes, which are twice a month (every other Monday), are evenings where six writers get to share 10-15 minutes of material from pieces they are working on, having actors from the PGE casting pool help bring the work to life. I am honored to say that I've been a regular member of this pool and have been able to read some amazing work. This week, I got to read from the work of Erin Moughon alongside actresses Jasmine Spiess and Diana Cherkas. The Volumes are streamed on YouTube, so if you want to take a look, click HERE.
(Moughon's piece, "YMC" comes on around 46:00, but I highly recommend catching the entire Volume if you can :))
In the meantime, I also have started work on a cabaret show, (more to come!) and am still happily helping budding doctors at NYMC as a Standardized Patient. If you could use this Merry Mezzo Mama for YOUR next project, hit that CONTACT button on the next page.
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