SETC leads to ATL Humana Festival

Wow, last week was insane. It was spring break…and SETC was in Chattonooga. IDS was there. We got some great interviews and those have lead us to Louisville, KY. Later this month, Tee and I will be heading up to the Humana Festival to take in that theatrical event! I can’t wait.

March has had a lot of travel so far. I have met a lot cool people along the way. If you would like to hear some of them…swing on over to the Inexplicable Dumb Show.

I also have to “pimp” the latest Naked Stages show: “I am My Own Wife”

March 19-29, 2008 at Belmont University’s Black Box Theatre (2100 Belmont Boulevard)

All performances of I AM MY OWN WIFE start at 7:30 PM. Performances are March 20-29 and the doors open at 7 PM. Wednesday, March 19 (a preview performance) and 26 are “Pay What You Can” donation nights. There will be a talk-back session after the Thursday, March 27 performance.

Pre-sold tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and are purchased online at www.greenroomprojects.org by clicking on the TicketsNashville.com icon at the top of the home page. Tickets are $25 at the door (cash only).

Naked Plays by Naked Stages

I am directing one of the three plays in this new play reading festival that runs Feb. 21-23 at Bongo Java near Belmont University in Nashville. The play I am working on is Dependence Day by Anne Nelson. The cast is extremely talented and will be a joy to work with…so come on out and enjoy new works of theatre in Nashville!

2008

I have been very lax in keeping this current…my bad. A lot of stuff is in the works for 2008.

The first thing up is the TN Gov. School for the Arts Auditions which are happening on Jan. 5th and Jan. 12th. I am the Theatre Division Chair for TN GSFTA and have been very busy in prepping for the auditions. I have scratched the surface on what the summer program will be and I think it is going to be an amazing time for all.

As always, the Inexplicable Dumb Show is rolling out new episodes each and every week. Lots of great interviews and fresh new segments to spice up the dumbshow world.

I am also teaching four sections of theatre appreciation and scene prep at Middle Tennessee State University.

So even though 2008 is young there is a lot going on in my world.

A pound of flesh

 Come see me in the Merchant of Venice!

At Belmont University (Nashville, TN) in their new black box theatre(The Troutt Center) :

Wed (pay what you can), Thu (talkback panel following the show), Fri, Sat
Oct 17-20//7:30pm show

Tickets for these Belmont shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased through the Belmont University ticket system (615-460-8500).

This is a Naked Stages/ Greenroom Projects/ Valhalla Shakespeare Projects production.

GIG ALERT- The Merchant of Venice

So I booked a gig! I will be playing Salanio, the Prince of Arragon, and the Duke of Venice in Naked Stages production of “The Merchant of Venice”. I am really stoked to be part of this project and the three roles will keep me very busy for the next coming weeks.

It will first be performed at the Valhalla farm in conjunction with the Valhalla Shakespeare Project. Shakespeare out doors! This is extremely cool. It is a very beautiful farm and a great place to enjoy Shakespeare.

Those in the Nashville area, the show will be the first production in Belmont University’s new black box theatre. That is really awesome!

The cast is amazing and working with the director, Mark Cabus, is always a blast! I hope you all can come out for this show.

The Merchant of Venice dates are:

At the Valhalla farm (free to general public)

Sat, Oct 6 SHOW at 3:00 p.m.

Sun, Oct 7 SHOW at 3:00 p.m.

At Belmont University:

Thu, Fri, Sat Oct 11-13/7:30 show
Sun, Oct 14 MATINEE /2:00 show
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Oct 17-20 /7:30 show

Tickets for these Belmont shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased through the Belmont University ticket system (615-460-8500).

PHS ’92

I think I have recovered from the re-union. I have to say it was not an existential meltdown as I had anticipated. We haven’t changed all that much over the years aside from more or less weight and more or less hair. I haven’t been back to Pana since the mid ’90’s and the town has changed.

My old junior high is non-existent and my old high school has become the new junior high. There was a fire apparently in the old junior high and the city demolished the building…nothing left but a grassy stretch on a city block. That to me was perhaps the weirdest thing that I encountered on my trip. Although, having lunch at Pizza Man beneath a row high school football helmets that had awards and names listed on them was interesting…considering that my name was on the scout team award. Not the sexiest thing to be awarded; however, still kinda cool. It’s kinda like being given the “wait until next year” award which I got from my football team in elementary school in Mississippi. Not overly impressive, but the thought was nice. Probably also explains why I never played in the NFL. So thanks to Mykal, Amanda, and Bradyn for seating with us and enjoying the cuisine.

My wife probably had the weirdest reaction to the whole thing. This did not stem from anything bad happening or anyone’s rudeness because that was not the case. Everyone greeted her warmily and I thank you all for that. No, her reaction was caused by the fact that she believed where we live now is a small town…I guess I hadn’t properly prepared her for Pana. 5700 is what the signs say and for a girl born on Long Island that grew up in Boca Raton the smallness of Pana must have been staggering.

She said to me, “you have had a different life than me.” I chuckled and knew this to be true. There is something to be said for small towns; the comfortableness, the people and the heart. Life happens everywhere to all people, but it sometimes takes a trip to Pana to remind me how the quality of your life can never be measured by a number but by the people in them.

Also, breakfast at the Rosebud was priceless. So thanks to Melody, Shannon (which I have to admit was a bit of surprise to me) and Tim for organizing the weekend gathering. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed it! My son even smooched a girl…not bad for 14 months old. I am going to embarrass him with that story when he gets older, LOL!

So if you are ever in Pana, IL make sure you stop by the Home Town Food Center and getcha some hometown food! How’s that for a plug, Tim?

To my classmates that were unable to make it, sorry I missed you and hope to talk to you soon!

So it goes…

It’s that time of year again…back to school. Time to finish prepping for another full semester of teaching at MTSU. I am excited by the prospects that the year holds.

Other things…

The wife and I saw John Mayer in concert and I have to say that it was awesome. He is really a quality musician and if you get the chance…don’t miss him.

Finished the last Harry Potter book, it was good but sad that the story is over. But hey, still have the last few remaining films to look forward to.

The T-shirt line, ahem, will be improving shortly as I work on new artwork. This will be a tedious process as I am not entirely proficient at the software programs yet. But it is kinda fun to come up with ideas for t-shirts.

New headshots should be forthcoming in the next few weeks so be on the look out for them.

C-ya,

John

wake up call

So I recently opened my mail and received a wake up call. It was an invitation to my 15 year high school re-union. Wow. Has it been that long…I feel old. I do look forward to seeing all my old classmates and getting the updates to their lives. I guess being involved with high school kids all summer has made realize all the great and not so great times we all had at PHS. Even though it is now the junior high. Hm.

I will let you all know if I survive this with my psyche intact. Odds are…

more later.