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BETTER AIM.

I believe in an actor product specific image. My versatile headshot would not do. Not in this case.

After a decade @ AGT playing mysticals (Ghost, Friar) & magicals (Oberon) and high status mortals (Lord Capulet, Claudius), I find it almost amusing that the contemporary role I just played was a pimp, Dubba Daddy in Nefertitty in Outerspace, a web series for the Fall ‘14 by Lola Rock’n’Rolla. On the heels of that I now get a call for a murderer.
The director was calling from out of town. It’s a supporting role and he’d be casting based on recommendation, interview, resumé & headshot. we had a great talk. Really great.
You’ll note : in addition to the high statuses, I’ve also played Christ and a mental patient who thinks he’s Christ. A murderer? Well, there was that time I played Iago.
Didn’t seem right to send my bright & shiny versatile headshot. I turned the tables & staged my own headshot. This makes sense. Fringe-y. I crosses my fingers. Hit send.
I always wanted to be in the Fringe. Look for me. I’m Paul in Circus Circus, dir. Christopher Robert Mirto.  Technically, it’s attempted murder. I’ll aim better next time.





Circus CircusLoyalty Productions LLC.Writer: Written by Brian Walker and Eric Welch, Music by Craig Davis, Video by Sarah LaselyDirector: Christopher Robert MirtoEver smoke or sell marijuana? Robert did and is now in prison for it surrounded by killers, rapist,and meth head molesters. Now his life is a circus and the Warden is the Ringmaster running the show! 1h 20m   National   Louisville , KY   Drama   Comedy   Theme: FLY in the Face of Danger   www.loyaltyproductionsllc.com   tweetfrominside   FRI 15 @ 2; SUN 17 @ 4:15; WED 20 @ 9:30; FRI 22 @ 7; SUN 24 @ NOONVENUE #2: Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente  

BETTER AIM.

I believe in an actor product specific image. My versatile headshot would not do. Not in this case.

After a decade @ AGT playing mysticals (Ghost, Friar) & magicals (Oberon) and high status mortals (Lord Capulet, Claudius), I find it almost amusing that the contemporary role I just played was a pimp, Dubba Daddy in Nefertitty in Outerspace, a web series for the Fall ‘14 by Lola Rock’n’Rolla. On the heels of that I now get a call for a murderer.

The director was calling from out of town. It’s a supporting role and he’d be casting based on recommendation, interview, resumé & headshot. we had a great talk. Really great.

You’ll note : in addition to the high statuses, I’ve also played Christ and a mental patient who thinks he’s Christ. A murderer? Well, there was that time I played Iago.

Didn’t seem right to send my bright & shiny versatile headshot. I turned the tables & staged my own headshot. This makes sense. Fringe-y. I crosses my fingers. Hit send.

I always wanted to be in the Fringe. Look for me. I’m Paul in Circus Circus, dir. Christopher Robert Mirto.  Technically, it’s attempted murder. I’ll aim better next time.


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Circus Circus
Loyalty Productions LLC.
Writer: Written by Brian Walker and Eric Welch, Music by Craig Davis, Video by Sarah Lasely
Director: Christopher Robert Mirto
Ever smoke or sell marijuana? Robert did and is now in prison for it surrounded by killers, rapist,and meth head molesters. Now his life is a circus and the Warden is the Ringmaster running the show! 
1h 20m   National   Louisville , KY   
Drama   Comedy   
Theme: FLY in the Face of Danger   
www.loyaltyproductionsllc.com   imagetweetfrominside   
FRI 15 @ 2; SUN 17 @ 4:15; WED 20 @ 9:30; FRI 22 @ 7; SUN 24 @ NOON
VENUE #2: Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente Share/Bookmark 
CHILDREN OF THE CORN.
Late dinner for the 4th of July. Served on a balcony in Red Hook with a nearly perfect view of the fire works. The food, the place, the time, were all magical for friends Maxi & Henry who were running around & screaming like banshees. 

CHILDREN OF THE CORN.

Late dinner for the 4th of July. Served on a balcony in Red Hook with a nearly perfect view of the fire works. The food, the place, the time, were all magical for friends Maxi & Henry who were running around & screaming like banshees. 

YODLE-LADY-WHO?
Jenn Stewart.

YODLE-LADY-WHO?

Jenn Stewart.

PIO DOES GOOD.
Pio the Intern was standing in to test lighting. Why waste it? This is what it looks like to get surprising news over a drink at a bar. Good, Pio.

PIO DOES GOOD.

Pio the Intern was standing in to test lighting. Why waste it? This is what it looks like to get surprising news over a drink at a bar. Good, Pio.

THIS GENERATION.
Pio the intern prepares to test lighting. Gotta luv’im.

THIS GENERATION.

Pio the intern prepares to test lighting. Gotta luv’im.

TEJU COLEEveryday is for the Thief.
Teju Cole  reading from "Every Day is for the Thief" ( Random House) @ The Asian American Writers’ Workshop over at their space on 27th btw 6th & 7th (aaww.org). They have a series of the “Curations”. You should go. This was great. I bought the book.

"Lean, expertly sustained performances. The places he can go, you feel, are just about limitless." — NY Times


More images from Metropole I.

TEJU COLEEveryday is for the Thief.

Teju Cole  reading from "Every Day is for the Thief" ( Random House) @ The Asian American Writers’ Workshop over at their space on 27th btw 6th & 7th (aaww.org). They have a series of the “Curations”. You should go. This was great. I bought the book.


"Lean, expertly sustained performances. The places he can go, you feel, are just about limitless." — NY Times

More images from Metropole I.

ADIEU to the LEGENDARY PHYLLIS

You’re an elegant man, what a lovely tie. What’s your rent? 

Phyllis, is moving to Florida. She is a N. Williamsburgh institution. Our neighbor and kindred spirit, Kimberly, threw her a block party at Ali’s corner Bodega. A store inventory of the best selling authors, critically praised artists, celebrity assistants, and Williamsburgh originals bidding bon voyage made the party as unique & fascinating as the lady herself.

A landlord, actress, wife, mother, activist & fashion plate, Phyllis was one of the original Bedford Avenue street vendors. Her building fell. She moved all her wares. She & Ali met as tenants of the same building. She’s been working his afternoon shift ever since.

Phyllis will apologize for an appalling lack of stock with epic tales, historical accounts and sometimes curious & touching anecdotes including but absolutely not limited to Winston Churchill (part native American!), Whitey Bulger, the Williamsburg mob, the rub-outs at Kellogg’s Diner, Serpico, the passing of her brother in WWII, her son’s death, her husband’s birth (born in what is now Best Pizza’s brick oven) and his early demise, even Whitney Houston & Liz Taylor.

But, by far, Phyllis’ favorite topic is landlord corruption. She & Ali’s landlord proved quite the slumlord. $2000 for a horrible 1 bedroom.  Lots of violations. Rent increase to $2200. Court fight. Intimidation. Harassment. The judge awarded her a year of free rent. She was tired of fighting. “Do you know what I could get in Florida for half the price?”.

Adieu.

BRING THE HEATAngeloSosa.

Chef Angelo Sosa had, in the wee hours before our shoot, celebrated the second anniversary of his Hell’s Kitchen restaurant Anejo Taqueria. Now, it was also brutally cold and had begun to snow. Again. And we were shooting the “Spring” edition of the “Haute Chef” fashion feature. Nothing phased the Top Chef and Top Chef All-Star competitor. Whether it was shooting in the middle of service or in brutal cold champ he game. Sosa was a champ. And his food was fanfreakingtaxtic. 

See images from Chef Angelo Sosa’s “Spring” Shoot & tear sheets from MQ Magazine.

WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER.

"You must be freaking kidding me!"

When I woke up to shoot Chef Angelo Sosa (Añejo Taqueria, Poppy Den, Top Chef, Top Chef All Stars). It was 5°F during the most tenacious winter NY had seen in years. I was toting two suitcases of equiptment. By the time I got up to Angelo’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, it was up to 15°F I think. And then it snowed. And the order from MQ for the Spring issue of it’s “Haute Chef” feature was to make it look like Spring. All I knew was my hands were numb.

See images from Chef Angelo Sosa’s “Spring” Shoot & tear sheets from MQ Magazine.

A rose by any other name would smell as Sweechie

Sweet Cherry Girl (Sweechie, Sweech) gets along with everything & everyone. The girl can barely be contained, even blocks away, when she realizes that we’re headed to the Dog Run (Tompkins Square). She’s so enthusiastic, such a good kid.

Then there’s Pickles, aptly named. A briny number.  As she realizes where we’re going, her tail hits the ground, her head goes down giving her body the shape of a missile. Sidewalk shadows made by pigeons flying overhead is reason for pause. She acts like a bomb is about to drop. 

A bully does not await. There have been no scares. She is the bully and the terrorist. Wisely, I had her sit with me while Sweech had quite the day. I sit & ruminate. ”What went wrong?”.  Maybe she was taken away from her Mom and sibs too early. Or, maybe, kids become their name.