Oct 31, 2011

Halloween Greetings

Didn't dress up much this year, but here's a pic from last year. I went as my comic character, Donnie Rocket Toaster-Face.

Oct 29, 2011

In the San Antonio news...

I am mentioned in San Antonio Express-News blog. My play FOR THE LOVE OF AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST is part of the Overtime Theater 2011-2012 season.

Article here.

Engagement Pic

Several weeks ago, Engel and I spent a hot morning and early afternoon out with the wonderful husband-wife duo of Albertex Photography. I was not altogether excited about Engagement photos, since quite frankly, I do not photograph well. But Engagement Photos are part of the tradition nowadays, and Ruth and I never have had professional pictures taken of us as a couple, so...

Despite my oddly shaped head, doughy features and narrow eyes, they managed to get one or two good shots where both Ruth and I look presentable. We were going for a sort of travel theme. Albertex sent over a bunch of untouched-up pics and here's a few I dig. I realize Ruth and I pose the same way a lot...

Oct 9, 2011

13 hours of improv...

Around hour 28 of a 30 hour longform set. I'm playing a sea crab.

So, from the last post (or here), you could see what I was up to this weekend. My friend Jeff Swearingen set out to raise money for a charity called Orphans Outreach. I believe the fund-raising goal was less than successful, since during the entire time I was there the audience never really passed 8 people (there might have been 12-15 the first hour). Much of the time it was a teenager or two texting in the front row and a gaggle of kids who would run in and out.

The event lasted just under 30 hours straight from Friday night to Saturday morning. I started with the group at 8:30 PM on Friday and stayed until around 3:30 AM and then returned Saturday night about 8 PM and stayed until the event wrapped up at 2 AM that night. So, 7 hours of continuous improv one night and six the next.

Though the audience attendance was spotty and at times non-existent, the whole experience was fun. I haven't played with a large group of improvisers - especially of such wide ranging experience levels - in a while and it was both enjoyable and frustrating. With hours and hours to play with we certainly developed rounded characters most of the time and had some wonderful interactions. Of course, there were also a few individuals who kept bringing in their own agendas, trying to steer the plot.

If Swearigne sets it up again in the future, I will probably go in again. Maybe I'll clear the rest of the weekend and stay the whole time next time.

Oct 3, 2011

48 hours of Improv...

My friend and frequent improv-cohort Jeff Swearingen is doing an interesting improv stunt this coming weekend... he's producing a 48 hour long improv set to raise money for orphans. I'm sitting in on some (maybe most) of this.

Come out and see some if you want. Basic info below. More info here and here.

October 7-9, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and runs 48 continuous hours. A single ticket is $10, or get a pass for $20, which is good for multiple visits. At the Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 Avenue H in Plano, Texas.

Ticket at the Fun House Theatre website.