Archive for June, 2013

So with my Fringe play PARAPHILIA in the books, it’s time to officially enter post-production on my film EROTICIDE.

That’s right, remember EROTICIDE?

Between a month of rehearsals and performances and the fact that I was given a crap-shack of a Mac to edit my film on, post-prod was something that unfortunately had to be put on the back burner.

But thankfully now with all this free time on my hands, I’m finally able to jump back on to EROTICIDE and cut this baby down to size for theatrical consumption in the fall.

Of course there’s the matter of not having a Mac to edit my film on. So I had to search for a co-editor with access to the hardware I need to get the job done. Fortunately, our film’s lovely Gaffer/BTS Videographer Nadia Khalifa is a video editor in her own right and has access to a powerful computer with all the necessary editing software. So after a month and some change of simply sitting in my office and only being able to watch the immortal performances of Jocelin Haas, Stephanie van Rijn and Lisa Di Capa, I can now sculpt them into an even greater work of art – EROTICIDE: The Completed Film.

Right now the first steps are to sift through the hours of footage and tag all the shots we plan to import as well as divide the footage by scenes. Not to mention rename all the clips as well as their corresponding sound files.

Suffice to say, we’ll be very busy for the next couple of months. But stay tuned for details on how the process is going as well as exciting announcements such as movie poster art and film trailer unveilings.

Thanks to everyone for your support and patience.

The show’s been doing great so far! Our first two shows very nearly sold out and given the time-slots and competition we’re up against, that’s certainly no small feat. While I most definitely prefer film to theatre, I think as an actor, I enjoy performing on stage a lot more. There’s really something to be said about feeding off the vibes of the audience and even fine-tuning your performance in real time based on the energy you’re receiving from them. For example, at the end of the play, my character is supposed to have an emotional breakdown and cry profusely. However, my character is essentially the “comic relief” of the piece, so because audiences have become accustomed to laughing at me whenever I’m on stage, what I find is that they seem to think that my crying is meant to be funny too. So depending on how the audience reacts, I adjust the level of crying. I go on with the intention of playing it straight, but if I feel that the audience isn’t going for it, then I “ham it up” as it were, which always kills with the crowd.

At any rate, we received a couple reviews for the show.

The first comes from Bloody Underrated, and unfortunately, it’s a negative one. However, the points that the writer makes are certainly valid insofar as, truth be told, we only had 3 weeks of prep. Perhaps if we worked on this for 3 months, we would have been able to smooth out things like transitions and perhaps tighten the pace of the play to get it under an hour. But I think all things considered, we really pulled off something incredible here and if the audience reactions have been any indication, we’ve succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. The review can be read here.

The second is a ringing endorsement if I’ve ever read one before. It comes to us from Mobtreal.com and they were very complimentary about the writing and the cast. You can check it out over here.

We have 4 more performances to go, so if you haven’t checked us out yet, you can do so on the following days:

– Tuesday at 7:45pm
– Friday at 4:15pm
– Saturday at 11:30pm
– Sunday at 9:30pm

All performances are held at the Mission Santa Cruz located at 60 Rachel St. W.

Tickets are $12 and can either be purchased at the door or at the Fringe Park, located on the corner of St-Laurent and Rachel.

Hey gang!

It’s been a while since I last checked in, but it’s with good reason.

I’ve been knee-deep in rehearsals for a play I’m in at the 2013 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. The play’s called PARAPHILIA: EVERYBODY HAS A SEXUAL DISORDER.

4-Way Climax. Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

Cast (left to right): Julian T. Fiset, Katie Young, Matthew Saliba, Julie Dalrymple
Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

It’s a 60-minute dramedy written and directed by Lorne Svarc, produced by Lorne Svarc and Alina Gotcherian, and starring Katie Young, Julie Dalrymple, Julian T. Fiset, Andrew Camerone and of course, yours truly.

We’ve been having a blast putting this show together and even have photographs to prove it.

Katie Young gets SO into character, that fellow castmate, Julie Dalrymple actually seeks psychological counsel from her. 😉
Photo by Alina Gotcherian

Actors Katie Young and Andrew Cameron developing some "chemistry." Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

Actors Katie Young and Andrew Camerone developing some “chemistry.”
Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

In this production, I play Jonah, a scientist who suffers from premature ejaculation.  Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

In this production, I play Jonah, a scientist who suffers from premature ejaculation.
Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

I must say that the cast and crew of this production are simply phenomenal and there’s quite a number of people here that I can totally see myself collaborating with in the future both in film and theatre.

I’ve also been quite impressed with writer/director, Lorne Svarc. While this play is clearly a labor of love for him, he’s not above allowing his cast to improvise and bring their own unique sensibilities to their characters; something I especially appreciate given my (in)famous reputation for doing just that on virtually every acting project I’ve ever been a part of.

Writer/Director Lorne Svarc watching his minions do his bidding. Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

Writer/Director Lorne Svarc watching his minions do his bidding.
Photo by Alina Gotcherian.

All this to say, we’re just three days ago from our 6-show run at the Fringe and we’d love nothing more than to have every seat in the venue filled with butts of all shapes and sizes; namely, yours!

So here’s all the info on when and where the show’s going down:

PARAPHILIA: EVERYBODY HAS A SEXUAL DISORDER
A Play Written and Directed by Lorne Svarc

Margo is a newly graduated sex therapist, who deals with her first three patients, each with a specific sexual disorder. Meanwhile, she struggles with her own romantic life, trying to find a man who can meet her emotional and sexual needs. A real view of sex therapy with a comedic twist

Showtimes:

– Friday, June 14th at 11:15pm
– Saturday, June 15th at 6:15pm
– Tuesday, June 18th at 7:45pm
– Friday, June 21st at 4:15pm
– Saturday, June 22nd at 11:30pm
– Sunday, June 23rd at 9:30pm

Venue:

– Mission Santa Cruz (60 Rachel W.) – FRINGE VENUE 01

Admission:

– $12 (General Admission)
– $8 (If you’re a CERTIFIED SEX THERAPIST)

Tickets available at MainLine Theatre (3997 boul. St-Laurent)Fringe Park (corner St-Laurent and Rachel)or online at: http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/paraphilia-everybody-has-sexual-disorder

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Theatrical Viewings:

  1. IRON MAN 3 (2013) – directed by Shane Black
  2. OBLIVION (2013) – directed by Joseph Kosinski
  3. AFTER EARTH (2013) – directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Home Viewings:

  1. DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD (1985) – directed by Roy Frumkes
  2. THE LAND BEFORE TIME (1988) – directed by Don Bluth

Television:

  1. A BIT OF FRY AND LAURIE, 1×01-1×02
  2. MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN, 1×01-1×13, 2×01-2×09
  3. TRUE BLOOD, 5×01-5×09