TJ on TV

Hi all,

This news from TJ Metz, from the first three cycles of Andrew Wood. Congrats TJ:

“I am on the tele…cable actually…tomorrow night, Friday 12.14.07 at 8 PM.
The show is a reality show. It’s like dinner and a movie. The movie is Return to me with David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. During the commercials, 3 other actors and myself, pretend like we’re on a date. It was filmed in beautiful Half Moon Bay – one very chilly afternoon – last month. I’m guy number 3. I was hired to be goofy and sarcastic…I hope I delivered. You tell me. =)”

Take care!
TJ METZ
415.608.8825
tjmetz@gmail.com

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catch her on the way up

Hi all,

Forgive the long hiatus. I can only invoke Abraham Lincoln’s observation that it is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and leave no doubt.

A friend of mine, Elif Batuman, has a star that is rising quickly: she has had at least one piece published in the New Yorker, and was recently awarded something like twenty-five grand for being a promising woman writer. Anyway, she will be reading at three bay area locations this week, as she reports, with scintillating wit, in her blog:

http://www.elifbatuman.net

It won’t suck, believe me.

Anyway, cheers, here comes Xmas, hold on tight,

A
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couchsurfing dot com

(This post is from the blog of the Andrew Wood Acting Studio in San Francisco (www.utteracting.com): an acting class in San Francisco for serious, motivated students.)

Hi all,

I met with a prospective student recently who was visiting SF from Barcelona on her way around the world. She told me about this website called couchsurfing.com where you can find people in cities you are going to visit who will elt you sleep on their couch for FREE. She said she has had great experiences both as a host and a guest, and a cursory look at the website reveals that many other people have had a similar experience. So checkitOUT!

Cheers,

A
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we got mugwumped (and it felt GOOD!)

It’s so bracing to see a truly original theatrical event. I went with a bunch of friends to see mugwumpin’s show in the SF Fringe tonight. These guys have really developed a voice that is unlike anything I have ever seen, and I am a bit of a jaded ex-New Yorker when it comes to theater. Fresh, genuinely funny, enigmatic without being self-important, leaves you wanting more. What more can you ask for? Props to mugwumpin! I’ll throw down for you guys anytime! There’s one more show tomorrow (Sunday, so catch it if you can).

I spoke to Denmo Ibrahim afterwards, who directed the piece. She was very gracious and approachable, and I am really impressed with the physical skill of her actors. She studied a French form of mime called Le Coq (deon’t think Marcel Marceau) that is a FANTASTIC form of movement training for actors. I hope she will be gracing the halls of the Andrew Wood Acting Studio ‘ere long, helping to inspire and instruct.

Cheers,

Andrew
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Earle Gister does Chekhov in New York

Hi all,

I was doing some research recently on one of my Yale acting teachers, Earle Gister (class veterans know who I am talking about, I talk about him a lot). Well, anyway, I came across this article about a showcase production of Chekhov’s The Sea Gull that Earle is staging:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/86319.html

I found it interesting because the way the production came about is exactly the way I envision starting to produce work with my students in the future.

I know two of the actors mentioned: one Kimberly Ross, was in my thesis production at Yale, and the other, Paul Niebank, was in my class, although we never worked together on a production.

The list in the article of actors Earle has taught is impressive, to say the least.

Cheers,

Andrew
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second wednesdays play-reading group kicks off

Last night, a group of my students and some new faces met at Cafe La Vie in Hayes Valley for the kickoff of Second Wednesdays, the playreading group associated with the Andrew Wood Acting Studio. We read Chekhov’s Three Sisters. It was a very good time. We laughed a lot. How I love that play!

Speaking of, er, Chekhov, I am going to see something tonight at the Fringe called The Sewers, which got a glowing rave in SF Weekly. It’s part of the SF Fringe Festival. The SF weekly reviewer said that it’s something like Chekhov meets Blade Runner. I am very,very curious.

Anyway, cheers,

Andrew

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Jeremy off the hook

Hi all,

Jeremy Mascia just got cast in Lovers and Other Strangers at the Shelton Theater! The show will open in October. Stay tuned!

He is currently in Eavesdropping at CAFE Arts: “I just received my schedule for the rest of the run of Eavesdropper. I will be performing the following nights: 9/14, 9/15, 9/21 and 9/28. Doors open at 8 PM. Tickets, I believe, are $15.”

Also: “Saw some great live music last night that I’m still buzzing from:
Okkervil River at the Independent. I guess they can be classified as
folk-punk; their strength is in their lyrics, very emotive.”

Thanks for the tip, Jeremy. Great new music always makes the medicine go down. And congrats! Keep it up.

Cheers,

Andrew

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Second Wednesdays play reading group

(This post is from the blog of the Andrew Wood Acting Studio in San Francisco (www.utteracting.com): an acting class in San Francisco for serious, motivated students.)

I am excited to announce I am initiating Second Wedensdays:
an informal group of enthusiasts who will meet once a month (on the second Wednesday of the month!) to read a
play aloud. We will read all kinds of plays: European, American, classic, new, we will cover the whole map.

And I am very pleased to report that I have obtained the
consent of the owner of Cafe La Vie in Hayes Valley to stay open for
us once a month. This cafe is great. If you don’t know it, check out
what people are saying about it on yelp.com:

(Don’t miss the one that is written as a “break-up” letter to Peet’s
Coffee. Hilarious!)

Anyway, it’s low-key, not a commitment, come when you can, meet some
new folks, look for dates, whatever you want. And get to know a great
play, or get to know it again. The first meeting will be Wednesday,
Sept 12, (yes, I know, two days after the talk) at 8 PM. Everyone is welcome. It’s a great way for people to get to know the Mother of Invention community a little bit.
Feel free to email me at actbetter@utteracting.com for more information.
Looking forward!

Cheers,

A
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saturday looks good to me

This is my New Favorite Band That I Just Found Out About. Their sound is a throwback to lost 60’s AM pop, with a little experimental whatevah thrown in for good measure. Sometimes he sings, sometimes she does. The lyrics are great, check out in particular “When the Party Ends”. Some other great song titles include “We Can’t Work It Out”, “You Work All Weekend”, “No Good With Secrets”, “Dialtone”, and “When You Got to New York.” The album to start with is “Every Night.” They have a new album coming out AND they’re coming to SF in the fall. Yippee!

Cheers,

A
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clothes make the pimp

This article from the New York Times talks about the recent legislative backlash agains wearing your jeans low. Officials are arguing that it’s indecent. Well, whatever you think about that, it does make the point that what you are wearing MATTERS, particularly if you are an actor. The article talks about how wearing the baggy pants is sometimes a statement of disrespect for the Man. It also briefly recounts the history of the zoot suit, the uniform of urban minorities in the US in the mid-twentieth century. During WWII wearers of zoot suits were actually the victims of riots in L.A. Who knew that Rodney King happened before it happened?

Anyway, given all of this, I have to say that the relectance of students to go to the thrift store and find themselves some appropriate rehearsal clothes for the characters is thrown into sharp relief. I spend precious time in class speaking to this issue, and send Group Posts about it as well, and it’s still not unusual for people to show up to class to do their scene in their street clothes. I see this as symptomatic of a largely unconscious reluctance to transform, to take up someone else’s PART. This unconscious reluctance is the actor’s spiritual public enemy number one. We have to be ruthless with, and give no quarter to, this nasty demon who tempts us into the doldrums of inaction and “I’ve already thought about it/dealt with it.” Fortune, as a wise man once said, favors the bold!

Cheers,

A
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