06 May 2009

What I've Been Up To Lately

I'm a lousy blogger, and I blame Facebook.

In truth, and as usual, I'm up to my Adam's apple in stuff to do, and haven't manage to wrangle free a few moments to put down my thoughts du jour here, for everyone to read. Hopefully that little Twitter feed on the left has kept the seven people who read this blog occupied. Most likely you have all been busy with other things (i.e. Facebook) as well. Except for my mom, who has yet to join Facebook (hint, hint, hint.)

So what's the haps?

For starters, my play "Alarmed" has premiered in Topeka, Kansas as part of Lake Edun's "A Night of Naked Surprises." Judging by the headline of this article, I guess I'm a "nudism advocate" now. I'll have to add that to my CV. Here's a quote from the article:

"Alarmed,” by Andrew Moore, of Los Angeles, in which a fire alarm forces Sarah to flee her apartment building when she is in the middle of a shower. She discovers most of her neighbors, and even one of the firefighters, belong to a local naturist facility. The play shows how Sarah deals with this realization and grows in the process.
There are two nights left in the run of the play, so if you're in the area, check it out and tell me what you think! I really wanted to fly to Topeka and see my play, but finances and Theatre Unleashed business has conspired against me. I notice that the Naturist Education Foundation put out a video of the last Naked Play Fest, so hopefully I will get to see the end product in all of its naked glory.

Getting this show before an audience was quite a drama in itself, and one that I would like to have the full skinny on. I know that Lake Edun has had to deal with narrow-minded cranks who just can't stand the idea of naked people camping out and skinny-dipping in the middle of nowhere. Also, finding actors willing to perform in the nude is apparently difficult. My own play has three men and two women, and all but one of the men is nude the entire time. So kudos to Lake Edun, the director of the plays and the cast and crew bringing them to life every night!

I turned in my final draft of "Tracing Sonny" last week. Rehearsals are going well, and Pamela is having a blast directing. This show opens on June 5th and runs four weeks. It's a little strange, not being in the driver's seat on this one.

On June 12th, Theatre Unleashed will present the Something Awesome Animated Short Festival.

This is a non-competitive fest that is currently accepting entries, so if you're an animator or know someone who is, drop me a line!

On the 16th of this month, we'll be unleashing The World's Smallest Renaissance Faire!

I'll be performing with Phil Kelly as "Sirs Snapper & Buddy." What's the difference between Mssrs. Snapper & Buddy and Sirs Snapper & Buddy? In the latter I trade my suit and ukulele in for a kilt and mandolin. It's going to be a blast!

Speaking of Mssrs. Snapper & Buddy, we have a few gigs coming up. We host Bobbie Burlesque's "Broadway Follies" on the 15th, and open Peepshow Menagerie's self-titled show on the 20th.

Back to Theatre Unleashed business for a moment -- I was reelected as president of the company. The vote was unanimous (as it was for all us officers) and I couldn't be happier!

(Around the Moore residence, we have a shorthand we use to cover for abrupt changes in conversation. It comes from the sound an 8-track player used to make when switching tracks. Sometimes, an old 8-track would cause the player to skip tracks in the middle of a song, resulting in a "ka-CHUNK" followed by the middle of a completely different song. Ahhh, to be a child of the 70s.)

So ... ka-CHUNK! Back to burlesque for a moment. A few weeks ago, I got to live out a childhood dream: I became The Unknown Comic for a few precious moments. I still haven't captured video or stills from the performance, but rest assured: I will, and I'll post them here. in the meantime, here's a promotional picture of "The Unknown Snapper" from the Peepshow Menagerie website:

And here's a selection of the horrible, dirty jokes I posted on Facebook leading up to the performance:

  • How do you keep an idiot in suspense?
  • Did you hear the one about the bald guy who cut holes in his pockets? He wanted to run his fingers through his hair!
  • There are two rules for success: 1) Don't tell all that you know.
  • I've never been a member of the Klan, but I am a wizard under the sheets!
  • Why don't birds wear underwear? Because their peckers are on their faces.
  • I tried phone sex once, but the holes were too small.
  • What do you give the man who has everything? Penicillin!
  • What did the virgin say when she finally gave it up? "Well, that tears it!"

I stole some of those from the real Unknown Comic, Murray Langston. I'm proud to say I wrote the last one myself!

I think that just about wraps this up. And Mom -- assuming that last joke doesn't cause you to disown me, I'll give you a call this weekend.