Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ack, it found me!

I moved a little over a month ago now and the other day this came for me in the mail:

It is baaaaaaaaaaack! As I have written about before here ... the Parents Magazine has found me yet again. It is odd that they have sent me bills to pay for the magazine and I never have because I never actually subscribed. I just thought that they would stop coming in my mailbox. No such luck yet, they are following me wherever I go. In some sad news, my grandma passed away recently on July 14th... I know how she always wanted a great-grandchild. Did she subscribe me to this magazine as a hint? Probably not. . . Oh, by the way, you can learn how to raise a polite preschooler in this August 2010 issue. Looking for some laughs? Come on out for an upcoming comedy show! Tuesday - July 20 - Castagnola's - San Francisco, CA - 8pm - The best and brightest comedians in a hilarious fast paced showcase. $5 admission and 2 item minimum. Thursday - July 22 - Miss Pearl's Jam House - Oakland, CA - 8pm - with Drew Harmon, Bob Johnston, and Brendan Lynch. Tuesday - July 27 - Improv - San Jose, CA - 8pm - I am competing in a Comedy Competition at the San Jose Improv and this is the preliminary round night. Please come out to this show and vote for me. Winning this competition will only help my career and I would be forever grateful. See Lineup and Get tickets here: Wednesday - July 28 - Gaslighter - Gilroy, CA - 7:30pm The monthly show that I produce and host featuring DNA, Sal Calanni, and headliner Don Friesen! This is going to be an amazing show. Thursday - July 29 - Morgan Hill Playhouse - Morgan Hill, CA - 7:30pm The monthly show that I produce and host featuring DNA, Sal Calanni, and headliner Don Friesen! This is going to be an amazing show.


(image copyright - Easily Distracted Theatre)

I went to see the Easily Distracted Theatre's production of FORESIGHT on Saturday night at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Some of you may know that I was actually in the cast in the original production of FORESIGHT in 2006. 2006 may not seem too long ago, but I was promoting the show on my MySpace blog, which is something I wouldn't do today. I met writer/director and mastermind behind The Easily Distracted Theatre, Ruben Grijalva, back in 2003 when I was attending DeAnza College. I was introduced to him by my classmate, Adam Gonzalez, who was also a member of the group. So here I was in San Francisco to see a production of FORESIGHT as an audience member instead. I thought the production back in 2006 was pretty amazing - along with technology progressing and Grijalva rewriting parts and writing new parts, the play has become even more amazing. It is awesome to see how it has evolved to where it is now. Here is the synopsis of the play (from The play tells the story of fictional Silicon Valley pioneer Victor Martinez and his wife, Lorena. Faced with a terminal illness and the approaching birth of his daughter, Victor crafts a software replica of himself, a kind of digital soul, represented as a disembodied likeness on a video screen. Victor's digital proxy, fully equipped to read bedtime stories, vacuum the house, and even make breakfast, is convincing enough to assist Lorena in raising their daughter, Shelley. Shelley loves and accepts her digital daddy, but Victor's physical absence takes a brutal toll on Lorena. The curtain rises on Shelley's thirteenth birthday, when Lorena decides it's time to finally move on. GreyWolf does an absolutely wonderful job as lead character, Victor Martinez. His voice is like that of great radio broadcaster which makes him pleasing to listen to.... which is a good thing because he is pretty much on stage in some way or another the entire show. I was also impressed with Luisa Frasconi as the 13 year old Shelley Martinez. She was full of energy and she acted very well even when it wasn't her turn to speak. I love actors who can be seen reacting to things going on during the play and aren't just waiting their turn to say their next line. There is a reason you have a line, so show it. Luisa did that well. When I was in the original production, I played the role of Allan Rodgers, the new man who enters Lorena's life and no one really likes. Of course I was interested to see how actor Jarrod Pirtle would do in the same role. I admit it was hard not to think "I can do better" or "My way was better," but Jarrod's approach still did the job. Even though he may have said the lines differently and in different tones than I did, it still worked. This is one of the reasons why live theatre is so amazing. In fact, Jarrod's performance Sunday will be different than his performance on Saturday.... no two performances will ever be the same. Ruben Grijalva's work has come a long way since I first met him and it will only get better. It is amazing that someone who is still a young 28 years old(like me!) has written a script as emotionally complex and appealing as FORESIGHT. Sunday, July 18th, is your final chance to see the production at the Fort Mason Center. Showtimes are at 2pm and 8pm. You can buy tickets here.