Archive for May, 2012

Work, work, work… with Rita Andreeva

May 24, 2012

Even Broke Artists Have to Get Away Once in a While

 

Rita Takes a Short Vacation

“I got help from above (literally) and caught the eclipse on videoafter I have almost given up and was waiting to board the bus to Seattle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQcTlUR_bf4

I am sure it took some divine intervention to thin out the clouds just in the right spot at the right moment, since I only was able to film a few seconds of it after walking around Wenatchee completely disgusted for hours. Every time I looked at the sky it was overcast and raining.

Just before boarding the bus back to Seattle I texted Eva saying that I wasted the trip for nothing, but she said, “It’s doing it now!” So I climbed up the stairs to the parking lot with a good view of the sky and sure enough – clouds parted just for a few moments so I could film the eclipse and be happy! No one else on my bus was able to catch it, I was the only one.

My trip started out not so good. I ordered a ticket to Leavenworth, because that was the only place the weather report said was going to be cloudy, partially sunny. First thing, as I got to the train station at about 8 am I had 50 min to kill and I was hungry and went to the only coffee shop around there that was open, but there was a huge bunch of school kids that ran up to order stuff before me, so I did indeed kill the 50 minutes, since that’s how long it took for that whole class to get their lattes. And to make the matters worse, the barista made a latte for a guy who was after me in line before I got mine. So I expected problems to continue. Sure enough, when I got off the bus in Leavenworth the sky was just as overcast as in Seattle. So I paid additional $26 and got back on the bus to Wenatchee.

I hated Wenatchee right away: first, a ditsy blond almost ran me over as I was crossing the street on the Walk light. Then I couldn’t find anything opened except a church where everyone was Mexican and everything was in Spanish. I kept walking, and finally found a restaurant that was open, and I had a long lunch. The soup was good, but the rest of the food was way horrible and way overpriced. I walked around downtown and on river trail after lunch. It was very overcast there too and started raining as I was just starting to enjoy my walk and filming the art exhibit. I went to the Wenatchee library to check my email and encountered the most disorganized and incompetent librarian on this planet. When I finally, after 3 times of coming back to the librarian’s desk and explaining to them how it would really be nice if they printed the guest access code on a little piece of paper with some instructions instead of just giving one a code that never worked, I finally got on line, but left immediately, because it smelled horribly of sweaty feet, booze and puke. There were no alternatives, everything in historic downtown Wenatchee was closed. I walked around enjoying the most stupid display windows I’ve ever seen hand painted sloppily on the glass. Like: “It’s good as gold but dirt cheap” and “Childrens clothing and tobacco” and “Tax tax can’t pay it sale”.

I did get involved for a few minutes in a treasure hunt game. I sat first at an outside table at a cafe that was closed, of course. And a minute later a woman sat down with a kid. They were a part of the game. There were 4 teams of kids. When they reached us a woman gave them a piece of paper with further instructions which said: “Take a penny and trade it for something bigger and better from a total stranger.” I was the only stranger for miles. So I ended up trading 3 pennies for 3 teams for nickles. In the case of the fourth team I gave them the useless map of Wenatchee. They were losing too, but because the map was bigger, and then they traded it for birch log from a bum who pulled it out of some display thing, they won that round, since it was the biggest damned thing that anyone dragged in. I wasn’t paying much attention, but, thinking back on it, I wish I filmed it all. It was so stupid, it was funny. There were no strangers anywhere on the avenue. I should have guessed! I was the only stranger in town. Well, it was purely by accident that I gave those kids the map. I got it at the library, but had no use for it and had no more nickles left.

I guess, looking back, I did have fun, even though, at the time, I didn’t think I did. I thought I was lonely and stuck somewhere weird. But as I was watching the mountains passing by my bus window, watching the trees and the old snow and the river go by, I realized how much I lived and experienced from 7 am until 7 pm. And how full of life and energy I was as compared to doing nothing, staying at home. Even though I was tired, when I got home, I was still energized, and still am at 1:25 am. I discovered a bit of truth about life as I followed through with my trip, determined that I was going to have fun, no, to be alive and present. And even though I lapsed into occasional self-pity, I still lived more fully than if I hadn’t done it at all.

So I discovered that it’s okay to be sad about unfulfilled stuff, but if one were truly opened, god opened up the clouds and let me have a few seconds of what I came here for – a shot of the eclipse. And everything was all right then, and the sight of the black circle creeping over the sun was awesome, even if it only lasted a couple of seconds.

The main thing I got out of it was: we need to venture out and have adventures. Being stuck in a rut is the worst thing ever. And the only thing we will regret on our deathbed is not making mistakes, but not making enough mistakes!”  – Rita

Photo by Carl Nelson

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Seattle Celebrity News!

May 19, 2012

Jorj Knocks Them Dead as a Fetus

Interutero Jorj is Astonished to Find Something Growing in His Pajamas

Our own playwright/actor Jorj Savage is onstage yet again, in Scot Bastian’s latest mind-bending playlet, “The Children’s Chronicles”.  In another role he has virtually ‘made his own’, Jorj first plays a fetus.  Later, we follow him as he takes his first baby steps to reclaim his patrimony.  Buoyed in his role by his SIS, played by the redoubtable Josie Delillis – these two savage the comic landscape as they accoust their delinquent father  (PEPINO played by Will Phillips) on a beach drinking beer and leering at the ladies.  You will have a chance to see it again at the Seattle Playwrights Showcase this Sunday at 7pm at ArtsWest.  Wine and treats are also served.  And Jorj usually comes out to say ‘hi’ to all of his many fans.  (If you would like something signed, bring it, wear it, or expose it!)

 

Photos by Carl Nelson

Travelling Expenses

May 18, 2012

Paul Eenhoorn Speaks Out!

“Seems we no longer have to Audition. We have to film ourselves reading whatever shit is necessary, download it, post it to you tube, send a link and then hope that some jackass director sees talent in a piece of shit footage that should have been done by the production unit. We are actors, we are not your lackeys desperate for a part, some of us don’t have Skype, and hopefully most of us think you are so amateurish and full of crap that we wouldn’t bother with excessive self aggrandizing demands. Christ you bring this craft to its knees….. 

P.S.  And then you want us to sign off all rights to our image and our work for you to use for no compensation. WTF are you thinking!”   – Paul Eenhoorn

Seattle Celebrity News!

May 12, 2012

Jorj plays the fighter in John Ruoff’s “Half Moon Inn”

Jorj Savage is Onstage Again!

Continuing his successful relationship with WARP Theater in Seattle, Jorj Savage appears in another ‘knock-out’ play by John Ruoff.   And this is only one-tenth of what is offered in WARP’s current production of 10 Short Plays in May.  Old standby writers such as John and Rita and Jorj, himself, deliver the goods.  But there are also several new, and very promising upstarts – judging from the plays we’ve seen here, such as: Bryan Harthorne, Betsy Geller and John Paul Sharp.  It’s a rarely shared fact, but a large portion of the playwrights who later went on to garner major productions in the equity theaters around town, first passed through WARP (or its predecessor, DAMN) on their way to the big leagues.  Maybe you ought to save some money and catch them on their way up!  There’s still room (I hope.)  The run continues tonight and tomorrow.  For more information go to: http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/event_detail.aspx?eid=418896

Photo by Carl Nelson

Work, work, work… with Rita Andreeva

May 8, 2012

Having Trouble Making Your Rent?  Buy a House!

What’s Rita up to now?  “I bid on a HUD house. The house is in Tacoma, and I won the bid. So what then? I guess I only won the bid because I was stupid. Now I’m supposed to buy it. So I guess I’m buying a house in Tacoma. The house is pretty cute, and it is supposedly cheap. Big yard, and two bedrooms upstairs and a room downstairs. I am thinking of making it a commune.”

Sounds good.  How do you arrange the financing?  “Oh yes, financing… Well, you get two bank accounts. You get some of those credit card offers with 0% interest for a year and deposit a few thousand into acct 1. Then you transfer it to bank 2. Then you use bank 2 acct for downpayment. All the loan officer asks is the statement showing where the money came from to bank 2. He hasn’t asked about bank 1.   And Hud usually pays all the closing costs.

I started a blog to help poor people to buy a house, lots is explained in it:  http://homebuyerwa.blogspot.com ”

Photo by Carl Nelson

Seattle Celebrity News!

May 7, 2012

Carnation Homeowner Lands the Gardening Equivalent of a Great White Shark

Sunday, May 6, 2012:  Just outside Carnation, Washington, a bedroom community 30 miles east of Seattle, Washington today, a man working in his yard landed what in gardening circles is said to be the equivalent of a Great White Shark.  The man, working alone, said he had intended to just cut the runners of the large blackberry vine as he had been doing for ten years.  “But there was something about the sunny afternoon, and the fact that I had worn some heavy jeans that make me just want to go for the gusto,” he said later.  Getting hold of the roots was just the beginning.  “For a while there it had me by both feet and was cutting into my forearms with it’s spiny thorns.  It was a toss-up as to who was going to get the take-down,” he said later while posing for this photo.  “My wife came out later and said, ‘Oh honey, you’re bleeding!’  But at the time I didn’t notice a thing.”  The man said that he would donate the proceeds from the sale of this trophy vine to charity.

Photo by Thawit Nelson

Seattle Celebrity News!

May 4, 2012

Jorj Savage: the first OLLIE

OLLIE’S SPIRIT LIVES ON…

Editor:  The Dangerous Theatre in Denver has picked up the Ollie ‘spirit’  (first embodied by our own Jorj Savage – see interview right here: https://schn00dles.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/ive-had-death-threats/ )  And opening night is today!  Catch a bus, or catch a flight… but put this on your bucket list.

Ollie’s Day Out

Written by Carl Nelson

Directed by Patricial Goodman

Featuring the talents of Art Goodman, Hannah Richards & Ben Telayo

 

Are you ever too old to appreciate the beauty of a young woman? Ollie doesn’t think so. At the age of 84 he seeks out beauty wherever he can. He finds Niki alone and not so patiently waiting for her boyfriend in a hotel bar. By the time Paul shows up Ollie has fallen in love with Niki. She has grown fond of Ollie and is not about to let Paul off the hook so easily for being late.

May 4 – June 10, 2012

{NOTE: No performances over Memorial Day Weekend}

Fridays at 7:30 & Saturdays at 7:00

Sundays 6/3 & 10 @ 1:00 (includes brunch in the ticket price)
Tickets $20.00

$5.00 Discount for students, seniors, military and members of the

Colorado Theatre Guild.

Travelling Expenses

May 4, 2012

Editor:  But as we re-join our actor/hero Paul Eenhoorn for the drive home… 

…His Travails Are Not Yet Over

 
Under the lid.

Driving home after a wrap, time with Ernie and Tonya,
It’s silent under the lid, the wall beckons to me, end it.
Concrete steel and speed, should do it.
… I make it out, alive, into the silent cool rain washed newness of a Seattle night.
I think of your hands, how I know them,
I think of your voice and how it soothes this pain I carry.
I think of your long beautiful legs, how the moonlight reflected off your skin.
I feel my thumb on that spot on your foot that relieved the pain of being who you are,
Bringing you close to me.
I hear that small silent sigh in my ear when you first felt us.
I experience the desolation of my life without you.
Concrete steel and speed, should do it.
Still I wait.
Copyright Paul Eenhoorn 2012

 
Photo from The Divine Marigolds TV Pilot shoot, by Carl Nelson

Travelling Expenses

May 2, 2012

Paul’s Lips are Sealed

“Just spent three and a half hours shooting a sizzle for a new TV show. Can’t say what as I signed an NDA but it was intense. A five, Yes five camera setup. Improv comments. Twelve crew, six plus two in the cast and then a To Camera without prompter to wrap it up. Am I tired you betcha!  – Paul Eenhoorn

Photo snitched from Facebook

 

 


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