Saturday, September 29, 2007
I met with a prospective student recently who was visiting SF from Barcelona on her way around the world. She told me about this website called couchsurfing.com where you can find people in cities you are going to visit who will elt you sleep on their couch for FREE. She said she has had great experiences both as a host and a guest, and a cursory look at the website reveals that many other people have had a similar experience. So checkitOUT!
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 12:00 PM
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I am pleased to announce that I will be appearing in a staged reading of Andy Black's play "The Second Weekend in September", which is being presented by the Bay Area Playwright's Center. One night only! October 23rd at 7:30 PM at the Off-Market Theater, 2nd Floor. The play is a reimagining of Same Time, Next Year with two men, one closeted and one very out. Guess which one I am playing! Hope you can come out and see it.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 8:32 AM
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I am excited to announce that the class will be meeting at the Golden Gate YMCA's theater space starting in October. A secured parking lot, ample street parking, central location close to BART and Muni: it's gonna be grrreat!
Also, starting October 16, there will be a Tuesday evening Essentials class. Full calendar on utteracting.com calendar page.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 3:06 PM
Sunday, September 16, 2007
It's so bracing to see a truly original theatrical event. I went with a bunch of friends to see mugwumpin's show in the SF Fringe tonight. These guys have really developed a voice that is unlike anything I have ever seen, and I am a bit of a jaded ex-New Yorker when it comes to theater. Fresh, genuinely funny, enigmatic without being self-important, leaves you wanting more. What more can you ask for? Props to mugwumpin! I'll throw down for you guys anytime! There's one more show tomorrow (Sunday, so catch it if you can).
I spoke to Denmo Ibrahim afterwards, who directed the piece. She was very gracious and approachable, and I am really impressed with the physical skill of her actors. She studied a French form of mime called Le Coq (deon't think Marcel Marceau) that is a FANTASTIC form of movement training for actors. I hope she will be gracing the halls of the Mother of Invention Acting School 'ere long, helping to inspire and instruct.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 1:25 AM
Friday, September 14, 2007
I was doing some research recently on one of my Yale acting teachers, Earle Gister (class veterans know who I am talking about, I talk about him a lot). Well, anyway, I came across this article about a showcase production of Chekhov's The Sea Gull that Earle is staging:
I found it interesting because the way the production came about is exactly the way I envision starting to produce work with my students in the future.
I know two of the actors mentioned: one Kimberly Ross, was in my thesis production at Yale, and the other, Paul Niebank, was in my class, although we never worked together on a production.
The list in the article of actors Earle has taught is impressive, to say the least.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 5:41 PM
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Last night, a group of my students and some new faces met at Cafe La Vie in Hayes Valley for the kickoff of Second Wednesdays, the playreading group associated with the Mother of Invention Acting School. We read Chekhov's Three Sisters. It was a very good time. We laughed a lot. How I love that play!
Speaking of, er, Chekhov, I am going to see something tonight at the Fringe called The Sewers, which got a glowing rave in SF Weekly. It's part of the SF Fringe Festival. The SF weekly reviewer said that it's something like Chekhov meets Blade Runner. I am very,very curious.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 10:55 AM
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Jeremy Mascia just got cast in Lovers and Other Strangers at the Shelton Theater! The show will open in October. Stay tuned!
He is currently in Eavesdropping at CAFE Arts: "I just received my schedule for the rest of the run of Eavesdropper. I will be performing the following nights: 9/14, 9/15, 9/21 and 9/28. Doors open at 8 PM. Tickets, I believe, are $15."
Also: "Saw some great live music last night that I'm still buzzing from:
Okkervil River at the Independent. I guess they can be classified as
folk-punk; their strength is in their lyrics, very emotive."
Thanks for the tip, Jeremy. Great new music always makes the medicine go down. And congrats! Keep it up.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 11:58 AM
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I am excited to announce I am initiating Second Wedensdays:
an informal group of enthusiasts who will meet once a month (on the second Wednesday of the month!) to read a
play aloud. We will read all kinds of plays: European, American, classic, new, we will cover the whole map.
And I am very pleased to report that I have obtained the
consent of the owner of Cafe La Vie in Hayes Valley to stay open for
us once a month. This cafe is great. If you don't know it, check out
what people are saying about it on yelp.com:
(Don't miss the one that is written as a "break-up" letter to Peet's
Anyway, it's low-key, not a commitment, come when you can, meet some
new folks, look for dates, whatever you want. And get to know a great
play, or get to know it again. The first meeting will be Wednesday,
Sept 12, (yes, I know, two days after the talk) at 8 PM. Everyone is welcome. It's a great way for people to get to know the Mother of Invention community a little bit.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com for more information.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 9:56 AM