Tuesday, May 24, 2011

aisle six, finally finally

So, it happened.  My musical, AISLE SIX, about a cursed supermarket (and alternatively known as "your one-stop supermusical" - get it? get it?) finally got its long-delayed outing at the Players Club of NYC.  And what an outing it was.

I really can't say enough good about my costars, who were endlessly enthusiastic, committed, and professional.  Nor can I say enough good about the audience members, who were wonderfully receptive, vocal, entertained and ready for anything.  So God knows this makes for a pretty boring post.

On that note: Photos! (credit goes to Christin, photographer extraordinaire)

Rob and Hondo, ever in sync

Shawn with a bucket of fake food, which the script called for him to strew about the floor - and which he did with abandon, I might add ...

... as evidenced here

While the others rehearsed their numbers I amused myself by drawing helpful diagrams, such as this one of what Hondo would look like with one eyeball hanging out on a puppet optic nerve (which, indeed, the script calls for, even though you see Hondo in his sprightly youthful form in the pic above)

Music rehearsal
This .... oh, this pretty much only makes sense in context.  You had to be there.  Imagine it! You'll laugh. 

This is as close as I ever get to an action sequence.

And now the heart of the bit! This is the poster my dad designed for the show - on display at New York's one and only historic Players Club of New York, the night of the show.  Check it out.  How many puppet-with-optic-nerve-damage posters do you think New York's one and only historic Players Club of New York displays on an ordinary night? ZERO.  THAT'S how many.  Yuhhh-huh.


From far away

and closer up!

Some of my cast members rehearsing in our performance space just before the reading.

The cast (please note extremely professional prop at the bottom right corner)
 Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.  Now I just want to get the scripts out of people's hands! No more staged readings for this baby.  It wants to operate without a net.  But this was a heck of a trial run.  Beautifully received, performed with great enthusiasm by all.  Onward and upward!

Monday, May 23, 2011


I've gone into business! As STOAT & CO. - Custom Puppets ! !

That's right.  Want a puppet? Custom-made, at a low low price? Sure you do.  Click on the tab above. Go on.  Cliiiiiick ... iiiiiiit ! ! !


I'm sorry I had to do that.  It's for your own good, honestly.

Since you asked, I can be reached at thesnarkascending@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

o snarker, where art thou?

I've been AWOL.  I'm sorry.  There's no excuse.

Well, except that I joined a French theatre troupe, my musical finally received its honest-to-goodness test outing at the Players Club of NYC, I wrote and directed and performed in and made the puppets for two original puppet shows, and ... hmmm, there was one other thing.  What was it? . . .

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Oh, yeah! I graduated from college!

Those of you who have followed this blog (or lack of) over the past four years will recall that, at times* I have been dismissive, derogatory, sneering, snide, even a little ambivalent toward the university system.  But now, here at the "other end" of things, as I look back through the past four years with the kind of reflective stance that can only come of standing reflectively, I must admit, in all honesty, that college is still really pretty stupid.

Naww, but seriously, I have to say the last semester was no slouch.  Here we are, the French/Francophone theatre troupe "L'Atelier entre deux murs" (The Workshop Between Two Walls), performing Ionesco's Le Roi se meurt back in February.  This is the play that gets translated as Exit the King in English, basically because if they translated it literally as The King Dies Himself, the French would all be considered Loony McLoonybutts, except of course for the aristocracy, who would be considered Loony de McLoonybutts.

What with being the only American/non-native Francophone in the company, the onus was on me** to not sound like a total raving dipwad, a feat I am reasonably sure I accomplished with aplomb.***  But either way, you're never going to find out, since these photos can't talk nyah nyah nyah.

In all seriousness, it was a blast, and I only wish we'd gotten to perform the play more times.  We were originally scheduled for an extra performance at the Lycée Français de New York, only to be mysteriously cancelled days before.  I never really got to say goodbye to my character Queen Marguerite and I'm sorry for that.  But I'm glad we got the one go.

As you may note, I played the role in a relatively ill-fitting garment, expressly designed for an individual with more bodice-filling aptitude (this being one of the things they test you on when you take the SAT).  However, it turns out this is an excellent way to keep your energy (alternatively known as "terror") level nice and high during a performance.  Which, in fact, I already knew from prior experience; I've been in shows where (a) I actually had a dress come OFF and (b) a baseball fell smack down onto the middle of my head.  So this was no biggy.  You learn how to roll with things.  Or, as we say in French, "on apprend à roller with things."

Next up: Aisle Six, the glorious premiere at the Players Club last month.  Stay tuned!

* Specifically, all times.
*** As in, "Gee, Bob, you washed those windows with aplomb."  "Naw, I'm pretty sure I used a squeegee."****
**** There will be no more stupid word jokes for the remainder of this post.  Probably.