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Sorry, but the day job kept me away from the blog for the past few months. Hopefully my social media activity entertained you some.
It was reported earlier this week that Everyartist not only met its goal, it exceeded the goal by $10,000.
Congrats to Brendan O’Connell and the Everyartist team.
Let’s see if I can make the crossplatform opportunity benefit the blog.
February 27 is going to be a great day for writer Adam Szymkowicz for two reasons. First up, previews will start on the Pipeline Theater Company production of his clown noir play, Clown Bar (February 27 & 28 at 8PM) at the Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St., New York, NY) before starting a run of Fridays & Saturdays at 9PM performances from March 1 – March 23, 2013.
Secondly, the first episode of the Szymkowicz-written web series, Compulsive Love, will premiere on February 27. Compulsive Love has the great tag line of “A show about a man being punched in the face by love and the women wearing the brass knuckles.” In this interview, we discuss both projects.
Tim O’Shea: Am I correct in thinking that Clown Bar is partially a musical? Did you always envision the project having music?
Adam Szymkowicz: It has four songs in it. There is a character who is the singer in the bar and he sings all the songs. Sometimes I like to put one or two songs in my shows, though I can’t say why this play has four songs in it except to say it always did.
Worth watching this September 2012 interview by Larry King with Craig Ferguson for the moment when Larry asks Craig: “How did you meet the wife?”
Craig replies “Which one? … You start!” (referring to King’s multiple wives as well).
But it is also worth watching for Ferguson’s candor about staying sober for 20 years (and fighting the urge to drink again).
I am happy to announce that thanks to my finally mastering WordPress widgets, after a few years of ineptitude, I am now able to keep this blog a smidge more fresh.
How may you ask?
Look to the right of this post. Hopefully you should see my Tumblr and Twitter feeds. While I am striving to develop more interviews for this blog, in the interim, my RSS feeds should hopefully equally entertain my long-time readers.
I am a fan of Keith Olbermann. With every disgruntled parting with a company, it gets harder for me to like him. His rationalization of his “difficult” reputation during a recent Larry King interview amuses me solely for one reason: Olbermann has grown facial hair.
Added bonus, when Larry fidgets with his nose knowing he is on camera.
Here’s hoping Olbermann has a nice long run with his next gig–with the MLB Network (he’s actually worked for MLB for several years, but not on air).
In a manner of speaking, what follows is Larry King and Oliver Stone chatting about plants, so to speak. This Larry King interview snippet with Oliver Stone is almost as good as the Marlon Brando interview.
But today’s Atlanta Braves win (which was more of a Miami Marlins loss), can best be summed up with this tweet.
— Allan Turner (@ThisRedRocks) July 26, 2012
It amazes me, that as documented here, “Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson … allowed a career-high seven walks and seven stolen bases in five innings, but gave up just one run in a 7-1 win Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.”
Tomorrow will mark the final performance of Batz at 11:30pm in Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan). As noted by the release announcing the performances (Batz’s first 2012 performance was last Friday, June 13, at Joe’s Pub): “Batz takes the premise of Elevator Repair Service’s theatrical event Gatz and substitutes classic Batman stories for The Great Gatsby, resulting in a fast-paced, hilarious take on Batman, Robin, and their Rogues Gallery that celebrates the imaginative, social and transformative power of comics…Created, written and directed by downtown comedy and theater veterans Josh Mertz and Erik Bowie, Batz features an all-star cast of indie theater stalwarts and up-and-comers, including Lynn Berg, Melissa Delancey, Kathleen Foster, Matthew Foster, Matt Gray, Bob Laine, Dan Maccarone, Josh Mertz, and Harrison Unger.” To find out more about the project, Josh Mertz was kind enough to do an email interview. Interested in seeing the show? As noted in the release: “Tickets ($15) can be purchased online at joespub.com, where customers are able to select their seat from an interactive seat map when purchasing, by phone at 212-967-7555, or in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.” my thanks to Mertz for his time. [Please note the above video clip is from the Summer 2011 Comic Book Theater Festival]
Tim O’Shea: For the uninformed like myself, what is Gatz (which served as the inspiration for Batz)?
Josh Mertz: Gatz is a show by NY Theater Company Elevator Repair Service, in which an office worker finds a copy of the The Great Gatsby and begins reading it aloud. His co-workers join him in acting out the characters from the novel, and every word of it is read over the course of a 6-hour theatrical experience. It’s one of the most inventive and engrossing things I’ve ever seen onstage, and has played two sold-out runs at the Public. It’s both an intense exploration of a great American novel and a metaphor for the experience getting lost in a book.