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Writing, recording, reading, auditioning & piloting pilot season!
. . .and the city provides constant inspiration (below & there's a soundtrack element).
Last week's, (1/30) A Prairie Home Companion was guest hosted by Chris Thile -- great show, check it out! Bits, pieces and scripts of mine all over the show (like Ketchup). This week's will also be guest hosted by Chris Thile (with guests Paul Simon, Andrew Bird Sarah Jarosc and Maria Bamford. So looking forward to 2/6!
Recently had the pleasure of presenting the progress on the Ora Nichols project to the Edes Foundation and the University of Chicago. I will be posting some samples of the audio in its present incarnation soon -- and a live staging is being workshopped. The Edes Foundation has just completed a website with details on prize recipient: here. My deepest gratitude to the Foundation and the University of Chicago for their support of this project with the Emerging Artist Prize.
Barnum Effect - radio sketch comedy, which I co-produce, write and voice, has a new mini episode as we work on a full one due out this month (Feb 2016). Check it out below and subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher.
Still get thrill voting for the SAG Awards; proud to be part of this community! Screener haul below.
Soon, in the dead of winter, I will look back and marvel on humidity such as this. It's Summer in New York, everything is green and bustling and smelling like hot garbage. The Mister Softee truck circulates and living is easier.
I'm pleased to announce that Access Talent will be representing my Voice Over work. Excited to be working with these lovely folks.
Readings, articles and radio shows this month.
Pleased to announce that I will be partnering with director Slava Stepnov of the Steps Theatre Company for the reading of a new play White on White -- I'll also be playing banjo, uke, and singing. Reading is on May 30th -- 5pm. Full event details here.
And the newest episode of Barnum Effect -- radio sketch comedy show -- has just dropped. Episode 11!
Barnum Effect (latest episode) is pleased to announce a collaboration with the New York Transit Museum: Platforms, coming up on April 1st. A live, recorded radio show will be mounted in a 1930 train car!
Barnum Effect’s All Ears: A short, comic radio piece performed and recorded live in a Triplex car from 1928 and set in the era of the car's operation. Barnum Effect is a radio sketch comedy group seeking to renew radio comedy in the U.S. and explore the capabilities of the medium. In the recording process, Barnum Effect combines Golden Age radio techniques with modern comedy to create a fresh take on a classic form
Here we are checking out the acoustics:
Lots of stuff in the works:
Some Prairie Home Companion Scripts in the show these past weeks. In particular, check out the Mom script from last week's show live from Town Hall in NYC: listen here. And a Ketchup script from Town Hall on November 15th. Video below:
Also, I'm in a new play called About Face going up at the end of December at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg. Here's the website with more info.
Alpha House Season 2 available for streaming today on Amazon!
Order a pizza! Watch it all in one sitting!!
Here's a little feature on John Goodman's Character -- Gil John Biggs -- and how I, Charlotte "Cee" Biggs, complicate his life:
Alpha House posted a little sneak peek of Gil John Biggs (John Goodman) vs. Charlotte "Cee" Biggs (Me)! Check it out the Alpha House Facebook Page: here.
Show drops 10/24 for binge-viewing, exclusively on Amazon Prime!
Here are a few screen grabs below, from the Amazon Original: Alpha House Season 2. More detailed show info on my IMDB page.
A Prairie Home Companion has resumed for the season! A version of one of my scripts was live-streamed in this past week's show on October 11th (see below).
For more on my writing/segments for APHC and for running updates, please see Writing (Bits & Pieces).
Alpha House Season 2! October 24th! Amazon Prime!
So proud to be involved on this project: it's brilliant and hilarious. Can't wait to see it!
While I am legally obligated to keep quiet about my current project . . . I can announce that I am now a member of SAG- AFTRA. I am honored and proud to be part of this union! Absolutely thrilled about this and the project-that-must-not-be-named.
My grant project, made possible by the Edes Foundation, is underway!
More about the history, methodology and process of project can be found here: Edes Grant Project: Ora Nichols. I am also keeping a project specific log here: Project Log. In addition to this, UChicago Arts published a feature on the project and there's a podcast interview with Drew Messinger-Michaels on his show: Everybody's Talking at Once. Check 'em out.
I have always been an NPR junkie (and now I write for it, I'd write "#blessed" but hashtags upset me). I embraced podcasts readily and by the dozens. Basically all of my friends and family are the same way; we all cite anecdotes from NPR and then we all debate about which show it came from for the rest of the night. It's a wonderful and usually accompanied by wine. It's a great community. (Just don't make me listen to Car Talk all the way from NYC to North Carolina, Dad. Not bitter about it. Not at all. Promise. Ahem.)
But the best discovery in this project so far has been the generosity of the hard-core Golden Age radio scholar and enthusiast community. I have had so many kind, lay-specialists reach out to me -- barely into the project -- and all out of their love of the subject and their want to share. And there are more hidden Hard-Core Golden Age Radio Fan (from now on HCGARF) around than one would have guessed; there are many among us -- maybe it's catching! If there has to be an epidemic, that would be a really good one to pick. At any rate, it has been such a gift to have this support and to be able to use the foundations they have created to build upon. So thanks, HCGARF!
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