Working under the April Showers
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!
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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