• Lucid Dreaming?

    Or lucid body? I'm so excited to study with Fay Simpson this November @ Lucid Body (here's their website) so I can GET IN THERE and physicalize the be-Jesus out of the characters I play. Can't wait!

     

  • How much?

     

    The play I’m rehearsing, The Age of Andy, opens with this quote: “Making money is art, and working is art — and good business is the best art.” – Andy Warhol

    In this excerpt from an article by some dude (Bryan Appleyard), he puts the massive prices Warhol’s pieces fetch into, ahem, perspective:

    “In 2008 a 12-foot-wide Warhol painting entitled “Eight Elvises”, made in 1963, broke the $100m barrier, putting him in the same lofty bracket as Picasso, Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Gustav Klimt…

    “In time this phase will pass and the idea that Warhol is a greater artist than, say, Robert Rauschenberg or Jackson Pollock will be seen as the absurdity that it is.

    “The bubble will burst, prices will fall and the drinker of all that Campbell’s soup will be restored to his rightful place—as a briefly brilliant and very poignant recorder of the dazzling surface of where we are now.”

    Yikes.

    What is a painting worth? What's a close relationship worth? I need 1000 words from you on my desk by 9 am tomorrow. We'll discuss. Then you'll come see my show in September! Which will only be 15 bucks and totally worth your time. 

  • Another reason Matt Weiner rules

     

    Richard LaGravenese: You have a majority of female writers…

    Matt Weiner: Yeah, I don’t keep track of that.

    RG: It just happened that way.

    MW: I don’t even know what to tell you… it’s funny because when I met the publicist from AMC originally she [said] “You are such a macho little shit.” And I was like, “I’m macho?! Finally!” I was raised by a very powerful woman; I can’t tell the difference… I was raised in a very liberal environment; I was raised where feminism was the most exciting idea in college.

    I read blind. I hate almost everything, male and female. I hired Dahvi Waller and Marti Noxon – I thought they were dudes. Not when I met them but when I read their names… It’s one of the things that irritates me about the society as a whole. We have this predisposition, as gender becomes more and more complex, not that it hasn’t always been complex, but as it is defined in a more complex way, legally, socially, psychologically; I just never paid attention to it. You can be a trans whatever and write for an African American whatever.

    I am not only interested in stories with main characters that are George Costanza – I know I look like him, I have the same personality, but I’m interested in other stories. The idea that young women like a show about young women – there is some truth to that, especially if it’s an ignored segment and certainly you like to see people who look like you on TV; it’s a crime to not have people that look like everyone. But I just picked the people I liked. I can tell you right now that sexism is very common, I’m not going to act like it’s not.

    RG: Still?

    MW: Oh, please. You know how many emails I get? “We’re looking for our female writer.”

    RG: As if it’s a diversity [thing].

    MW: Yeah, it is a diversity thing. “We’re either going to have a black person or a female. Maybe we could knock them off two at a time, I don’t know.” It’s so stupid.


  • Have you seen Casting By?

     

    A couple of years ago, HBO released an insightful documentary about Marion Dougherty, a genius casting director whose work not only put incredible talent onscreen, but ultimately got casting directors long overdue recognition.

    She possessed a nuanced insight into what actors were capable of when paired with the right part. The trailer is here and it’s rentable on iTunes. Highly recommended!

  • Inspiring Nuggets

     


    “Listening is everything. Listening is the whole deal. That's what I think. And I mean that in terms of before you work, after you work, in between work, with your children, with your husband, with your friends, with your mother, with your father. It's everything. And it's where you learn everything.”
    – Meryl Streep

    “The first few days of shooting are like you’re just getting over the fact that you’re there. These people and the camera over the shoulder and the light and the boom - you're just going crazy trying to find some kind of center of relaxation and then you can get into a rhythm and it can be very satisfying. If you do good work and it's on film, that's a very satisfying thing.”
    – Philip Seymour Hoffman

    “You can either be a vain movie star, or you can try to shed some light on different aspects of the human condition.”
    – Leonardo DiCaprio

    “Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.”
    – Joss Whedon

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