Why Tennessee Williams’ Summer & Smoke is Timeless

Why Tennessee Williams’ Summer & Smoke is Timeless

I’m guilty of using the same monologue for almost every audition. I can’t help that Miss Alma from Summer and Smoke just feels so right for me. 

If you don’t know the play, it’s about a minister’s daughter, Miss Alma, who is in love with her childhood friend, John Buchanan, a handsome doctor who seeks pleasure in gambling and sex.

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"That Guy Gets All The Breaks" : Rivalry & Competition

"That Guy Gets All The Breaks" : Rivalry & Competition

There’s something about competition that invigorates all of us. The thrill of the struggle, the primal satisfaction of outperforming an opponent, the euphoria of victory. We all love it, in one way or another. Hell, look at the popularity of sports. Every professional sports league in America is worth billions of dollars and attracts millions of devout fans every single year, many of whom are perfectly willing to inflict violence on other human beings simply for their allegiance to a particular team. They are all there in celebration of competition. 

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Alexa - I’M LOSING MY MIND!!!!! - What To Do When It’s All Too Much.

Alexa - I’M LOSING MY MIND!!!!! - What To Do When It’s All Too Much.

Do you ever feel like everything is becoming ‘too much’ in life? If yes read on. If no wow how great it is to be you, please stop flaunting you’re amazing-ness here.

But seriously poor mental health affects everybody at some point in our lives so we must all read this no matter what your current state of mind. According to Mind U.K. statistics show that 1 in every four people experience mental health problems in a year. Say there are 20 people in your cast, that’s five whole people that could potentially be suffering, and one of them could be you. According to the NAMI 1 in every five adults experience mental health issues in America within a year. Due to these statistics don’t you think we should all educate ourselves on the matter of mental health and self-help? I sure do.

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Moving from Stage to Screen: A Chat with Nicole Vukov

Moving from Stage to Screen: A Chat with Nicole Vukov

“The stage was a great proving ground for me. I don’t think I would be doing the things I’m doing if not for all that time on stage.”

Nicole Vukov is an international stage, motion picture and TV actress you should probably get to know. Creator of NV Productions, graduate of the esteemed American Academy of Dramatic Arts, starring roles in such shows as Three Eyes on Pinocchio and Sketch of New York, Vukov credits her theatrical background for her now success on the screen.

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Ask an International Artist

Ask an International Artist

Because the New York theatre community at times has a very odd relationship with our international artists.

We can all agree that the inclusion of international perspectives and talents makes for better art.

Everyone triumphantly joins in on “Immigrants, we get the job done” should the Hamilton cast album happen to start playing at a party.

But most of us are not aware of the the daily struggles and catch-22s faced by international artists as they navigate life, art, and the ever-daunting visa process in the US.

What is it like to be an international artist in NYC?

Don’t ask me.

Let’s ask an international artist!

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Catherine and JD “Super Smack” Ricafort Blend Beats and Broadway in Nintendo-Flavored Debut Hip-Hop Video

Catherine and JD “Super Smack” Ricafort Blend Beats and Broadway in Nintendo-Flavored Debut Hip-Hop Video

Broadway favorite Catherine Ricafort (Spongebob, Allegiance) recently made her debut as a director and choreographer with the release of a new hip-hop video from her brother Juan Drigo Ricafort, also known as "Super Smack."

The video, titled "Choose," is a "jazzy anthem that tells Super Smack's origin story as a software engineer who became a musical theatre actor, who ultimately became a rapper. Catherine, who was awarded the Broadway Legacy Robe in 2017 with Miss Saigon, skillfully handles this story telling by leveraging video games - one of her and her brother's common interests - as a metaphor for choosing one's unique path in life."

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Starting Here, Starting Now: Documenting a Theatre Company's First Show - Part 2

Starting Here, Starting Now: Documenting a Theatre Company's First Show - Part 2

Auditions for any community theatre company can be a challenge. However, for a new theatre company auditioning for their first show, that comes with a slew of addition challenges. But the Connecticut Arts Players is afraid of the challenge. Not only are they starting their company by producing one of the technical demanding shows in recent memory, but one that requires a diverse cast. The latter can be hard to find in the mostly white Fairfield County theatre community. I followed up with producer Dr. William Trebing to see how auditions went.

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Big Fish, Big Pond: Life as a Cruise Ship Crooner

Big Fish, Big Pond: Life as a Cruise Ship Crooner

While cruising for a living may seem glamorous, being at sea for six months at a stretch has its challenges. Aimee Lake has traveled the world while performing as a lead vocalist on Silversea cruise ships, and she compares the experience to drama school: “Ship life is a lot like drama school: you are in your own little bubble. You find yourself spending time with the same people over and over again in a confined space for months on end, and it can be extremely intense and challenging. Having to sleep where you work is the biggest challenge of all, as you cannot leave your work for the day and head home; the ship is, in fact, your home.”

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Starting Here, Starting Now: Documenting a Theatre Company's First Show

Starting Here, Starting Now: Documenting a Theatre Company's First Show

It is a daunting task to not only form a new theatre company but also get its first show off the ground onto the stage. The brand new Connecticut Arts Players are producing Avenue Q as their inaugural show. Over the next couple of months, OnStage Blog will be documenting their journey from auditions to opening night.

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Ten Things I Wish My Non-Artist Friends Knew

Ten Things I Wish My Non-Artist Friends Knew

We have survived the holidays with our families and have made it passed the first month of a new year! Go us! We have taken stock of the old year and are trying to plant solid roots for the new. As an artists I find this time of year the hardest, and not because I have already given up on some of my wishful thinking new years resolutions. It’s difficult because I had to spend the last few months explaining my progress or apparent lack thereof to those in my circle that have no idea what its like to work in the performing arts.

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Looking Back at 2018: What I Learned At Women's Day on Broadway

Looking Back at 2018: What I Learned At Women's Day on Broadway

Of the 323 creative leadership positions in the 2017-2018 season, only 17% were held by women. This statistic is staggering considering that Broadway is the epicenter of American theatre and that women comprise 66% of Broadway audiences overall. It’s time to change the stage and prioritize a level playing field.

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Three New Year's Resolutions For Actors That Actually Work

Three New Year's Resolutions For Actors That Actually Work

There really are endless tasks you can perform to nudge your acting career in the direction you want it to go.  And you may be diligent about these resolutions for the first few weeks or months of the year.  But how many of them are you actively working on in, say, August?  Instead of making the same old ineffective resolutions, what if we reframe and retool them so that they actually create lasting, positive change?

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Multi-Tasking Is Not The Answer: Productivity Hacks for Busy Actors

Multi-Tasking Is Not The Answer: Productivity Hacks for Busy Actors

I slowly realized that the benefits and enjoyment of each activity were greatly diminished by the multitasking. Watching a movie with my boyfriend while updating my website didn’t really count as “quality time with boyfriend” and the work on my website took twice as long since I was distracted. As a multitasker I saved very little time. I didn’t add more hours to my day—I just made the hours I actually had less enjoyable.

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Teaching Improv at Rikers Island and Beyond: An Interview with Drama Club's Josie Whittlesey

Teaching Improv at Rikers Island and Beyond: An Interview with Drama Club's Josie Whittlesey

We enter a center with that intention:  “We're going to create this family in this place where it's not safe—we're going to create the safe little room where once a week you can come in and play, to be a dummy, and to be a theater geek without judgment…”

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Life Imitating Art: Rehearsing During the Kavanaugh Hearings

Life Imitating Art:  Rehearsing During the Kavanaugh Hearings

Statistically speaking, one in four women have been sexually assaulted, but since so many go unreported or even unspoken, it could be even higher.  I wanted those who’ve been harmed to feel seen, and those who haven’t to do more than say “I’m sorry”.  The biggest issue is that even if women are believed, people in power don’t seem to care.

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Being Grateful When Everything Sucks

Being Grateful When Everything Sucks

Does our political climate have your emotions in tatters?  Are you worried about getting shot when you wear your pajamas to get a bagel at the bodega downstairs?  Does the news have you so wound up that the only thing you can stomach to watch on TV are late night reruns of Fraiser or infomercials for My Pillow?  Does that My Pillow look like #relationshipgoals to you at this point? How can you be grateful when everything sucks??

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Why We All Need More Christopher Durang In Our Lives

Why We All Need More Christopher Durang In Our Lives

…the play is pre-#MeToo, having premiered at The Public theatre in New York nearly ten years ago. My stomach twisted on more than one occasion at what we would now call the “toxic masculinity” of the male characters. As I read it, I thought, “We can’t do this play any more.” I thought, “There are SO MANY problems with this.“ Not long after, I was startling my fellow subway passengers with bursts of laughter. By the end of the piece I was convinced the play is more relevant than ever.

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"We Want Actors to Succeed" - An Interview with Gama Valle of Harriet Bass Casting

"We Want Actors to Succeed" - An Interview with Gama Valle of Harriet Bass Casting

A lot of times you see very talented actors, they're great with the material, and then when the read is over and it's time to have a moment with the creative team, they sort of close themselves. At the end of the day, the director wants to know if there's some sort of connection there, someone that you can talk to, someone that you can spend six to eight weeks together rehearsing with from ten to six…leave an impression on me, because I'm sure you have a personality.

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When #TimesUp Hits Home: Bringing the Truth into the Light

When #TimesUp Hits Home: Bringing the Truth into the Light

Why am I telling you this?   Because my job as an artist, my purpose in life, is to tell the truth.  And I can’t fully tell the truth in my work until I can fully tell the truth about my own life.  I want to tell the truth.  I am so ready to tell the truth.  And my truth is that I’m a survivor.

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