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Real people playing fake ones…

Posted in General, NYMF, The Cast, Writing on July 20, 2010 by darylfazio

I was an acting major as an undergrad. I survived the degree but washed out of the real-world part. It ain’t no place for sissies. Pros, I bow to you and kiss your toe ring.

Now I find myself, for the first time, on the other side of a professional audition process. And it’s not just intriguing from the former-auditionee perspective, but also from the writer one. Because I created all these fake people, and now we have to choose flesh-and-blood ones to “be” them.

It’s daunting and life-altering. So much talent (we’ve all heard the statistics of the actor-to-job ratio; you actor people, honestly, please don’t ever get a CAT scan, because then we’ll find out you all have brains that need to be studied by science, and live theatre will go the way of the dodo bird). So many expectations, on either side, of what and who this is we’ll be making. We don’t know who you are yet (callbacks will be on us in a heartbeat). But here’s to what we’ll learn and who we’ll meet. It’s the best part of this theatre thing.

I can’t wait to bake a show with some real (crazy) people.

The Trio

Posted in The Cast on October 18, 2008 by darylfazio

Here’s a picture I took of the cast’s core, made up of Kitty (Amanda Jeter), Toni-O (Jamie Wells), and Edward (Townsend Pass), as they work on “Without Us” with musical director/composer, Aaron McAllister.

It’s been rewarding to see their bond develop. That bond is the heart of the show.

Kitty, Toni-O, and Edward rehearse.

Kitty (Amanda Jeter), Toni-O (Jamie Wells, wearing Toni-O's scarf as a turban), and Edward (Townsend Pass) rehearse.

Casting Complete! (almost)

Posted in General, The Cast on August 22, 2008 by darylfazio

Call-backs last night were a lot of fun. It was my first time hearing actors read much of the text (the department did some serious recruiting last year and should really be proud of the freshman talent it’s attracted in addition to the returning students already making waves here). And, though taken out of context the scenes didn’t make much sense, especially to the kids who hadn’t read the show (I guess we’ll forgive ’em this time), some things already started to come into focus for us–the creators and director.

We’re very pleased with our chosen group, made up of all shapes, sizes, and colors, just like the Ghetto Art School it will bring to life.

Once the students have a chance to accept or turn down their roles over the next few days, we’ll have the list of the first-ever workshop production of POPart, The Musical engraved in 14 karat gold (or at least corrugated cardboard).

Rehearsals start September 14. Stay tuned!