September started out with the Rags of acting, nothing on the books! It was the first time in 15 months I found myself without a theater or film booking of some sort. So what did I do? I went back to school. I started the class The Shoot at The Green Room Studios (my first class there). From the studio's description this class is: "Work with award winning indie film director Alex Thompson as you produce and perform in a short film. This class will work together on multiple short films as they learn all the steps of producing and performing in their own work, while collaborating with professional cinematographers and sound engineers to turn out quality work worthy of the festival circuit." The Shoot
Then just a week ago, Shattered Globe Theater contacting me as asked me to understudy again. This time is the the show The Heavens are Hung in Black, and the show had already opened! On one had I was thrilled to be asked back, on the other, I have a lot of work ahead of me to learn all the lines..... just in case I am needed.
And finally I also booked a lead in a student that is shooting this coming weekend (10/7 & 8). So in 2 short weeks I went from nothing (Rags) to 2 shorts and a play (Riches). It is amazing how these things happen.
The moral of the story is never stop moving. You may think you are moving backwards, but at least you are not standing still watching the world pass you by.
It's hard to believe that it is already August. The summer is just flying by it seems, and Etude, The Musical Vampire Fairy-tale is nearing opening day! Have you purchased your tickets yet? I hear they are selling well. Head on over to The Cutting Hall and get your tickets now.
Etude, A Vampire Musical Fairy Tale (and they all died happily ever after) is in rehearsals now.
ETUDE is the story of Charles Valentin Alkan, a 19th century reclusive musical genius that lived in the mountains of France and possessed a talent so prodigious and rare that leading musicians and artists of the time traveled far and wide to study at his feet. Everything about his life is shrouded in mystery including his "accidental" death in 1888. For you see, he did not die…he lived on into the 20th century as a vampire!
Also coming up this month I will be filming Old Advice from a Dead Friend, a student film at Columbia College. It will be my 2nd student film, and my first time on camera in one (Rupert as you will remember was a voice over).
And finally, as we prepare to celebrate July 4th, stay safe, have fun, and enjoy this time with family and friends. Remember to spend you life in a way to uplift others. You don't know what their story is, nor how your own may let you lift someone out of a dark pit someday. We are all in this together.
Spring has come in like a lion with rain and rain and more rain here in the Chicago-land area. I can only hope that all those May flowers have enjoyed the wet time.
May marked the month of my debut appearance in the web series The Natural on Vimeo. I play Solomon Keys, an agent working in the CIA reporting to The Manager, the same person Agent Richard Davis and the CORE team report to. After needing a month of recovery from their defeat by Wilson, the CORE team is reassembled and ready to track him down. How will Solomon play into this picture and who is really tracking who down. Head over to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thenaturalseries/ and you can rent this episode (and the pilot episode also if you have not seen it) for only 99 cents, less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee.
Summer also has me starting my first musical rehearsals. Etude, A Vampire Fairy Tale which will open in August 19 in Palatine IL (more details to follow). My role is small, but there are no small roles in any show. I will get to dance, sing and play on stage with a great group of people and a custom script and music.
Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday has closed and though I never had the chance to take the stage, I had a great time working with Shatter Globe Theater Company. The cast was talented and I learned a lot from watching them rehearse, perform and build chemistry on stage. And all my understudy friends and I had a blast during our time together.
Summer 2017 is looking to be a slower summer than the past 12 months has been, but that allows me some time to try my hand at some new things. I recently purchased a Rode Videomic for my DSLR not only for self-tapes, but to try my hand at some more creative endeavors. I will be posting more on that later as well. So until next month, or my next inspired newsletter, have a safe and happy summer. Enjoy the warm weather where ever you are, from Chicago to Phoenix.
One year ago this month began my journey into the world of professional acting. I was laid off work on May 6th, and made the crazy choice to see what I could create while I looked for a new job. Six months later I finally found that new job, but more importantly I had booked 4 plays, one web series, 2 films, one voice over in a film, a half dozen small commercials, several extra gigs, an audio book, and a voice over for a small animation project.
To say I am amazed would be an understatement. Had someone told me last year in May that this would be my resume I would never had believed it. I am so very grateful for all that has happened in this past year. So many people I have met that have instructed, taught, lifted and generally helped me along the way.
Things seem to be slowing down a bit, though rehearsals for my next and first musical show are starting up this month. More on that in the coming months (it doesn't open until August 18th). Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday is still running through the end of the month (May 20th unless it extends), and The Natural, Episode 2 should be out soon.
Spring is here is is a time of new beginnings. I have decided to run some Instagram weekly campaigns on several topics in the coming months, geared to a specific day of the week. Follow me over there for interesting, and perhaps inspirational pictures, or just to see me be goofy. Whatever makes you happy,
Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Opens April 5th at Theater Wit in Chicago
Well, my first understudy at Redtwist Theater's Death of a Salesman came to an official end on March 26th, after a 6 week run (including the 3 week extension) to very highly praised reviews, and a Jeff Recommendation. Steve Scott, our director, and all the incredible cast and other understudies were such a great group to work with. I look forward to the opportunity to be able to work with Redtwist again.
The end was not over before the next amazing opportunity happened. I am excited to work with Shattered Globe Theater Company in the production of Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday. This is my first opportunity to work with an Equity company.
In this moving, tender and very personal play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl, the longing for the immortality of Neverland confronts the inevitable passage of time. Five siblings – 2 doctors, 3 Republicans and 1 teacher of rhetoric – move from their father’s hospital bed to a Jameson-fueled kitchen table wake, and then head for the “second star to the right and straight on until morning” (J.M. Barrie). In this world of make-believe, now seen through the eyes of these adults, there is still magic and wisdom for the young at heart.
Featuring Sarah Ruhl’s mother, Kathleen Ruhl
In the On Camera front, The Natural has finished filming for Episodes 2 and 3, and Episode 1 is on sale for 99 cents right now. Head over and watch the trailer and rent Episode 1. Mercy, a short film that will challenge your ideas of good and evil filming at the end of April. I play "Man," who, unlike "The Man", is looking for the truth and trying to reconcile what he sees to what he has believed.
Hi, I am Darryn, an actor, singer and voice over artist in Chicago. Check out my IMDB page for some of my credits.