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Category Archives: Promotion
Dan published his final observations on directing and the whole experience of producing a piece of theatre. He also says some wonderful things about each of his actors. I’m going to post what he said about me, because this is my blog, and my parents read it sometimes.
Jennymarie Jemison, as the lead and clear protagonist, had the toughest role, as she’s playing a character who’s largely absent in the script. All of the actors had a few key defining characteristics that were clear from their first appearance on the page to work from, and Jenny’s character is defined by her tendency to shrink, which is difficult to perform while still maintaining the role of the protagonist. I think she could play every role in everything. If I got a press release tomorrow from someone who announced that they were doing a production of Twelve Angry Men as a one-person solo show, and Jenny were playing every part, I’d be like, that’s a fucking good idea. She takes a part that could have easily been played as a shrinking violet and turns her into a reflection of what’s going on with the characters around her. You can follow the entire through-line of the play by watching her eyes. Every actor pushed both him- or herself – and me – to look beyond the obvious, surface interpretation of these people as airheads, or assholes, or pretentious goofballs, and turn them into living people whose choices, while sometimes inexcusable, are nonetheless understandable. Jenny’s character had no surface interpretation – she was given very little definition as a choice made by the script, and the way that she turned her into a real person, confined by the fact that she’s been unable to define herself, is what makes the entire play work for me.
See more shots of the post-dinner party emotional massacre here… Continue reading
Yesterday I was lucky enough to hang out with my friend and very talented photographer, Jake Holt. We spent half our time goofing around, half our time taking serious headshots, and overlapped some of that time drinking sidecars, sadly with no sugared rim. If you book time with him, there probably won’t be the drinking, because you aren’t his buddy and you know, he’s a professional. His work is amazing. That photo came right off his laptop last night. No photoshop. I’m telling you he’s a wizard.
UPDATE: So this probably isn’t my headshot. Heather (my agent) said, “Its nice. You looked like a very relaxed Jennymarie. But its too… dreamy. Wistful. What kind of castings could I send this to? Young ingenues? I mean I like it, I just don’t think I like what it says in your eyes.” Arrgh. I need to look through the rest of what Jake took. This was my favorite though. They say you are your own worst judge of your own headshot. Maybe I am. What do you think directors out there?
Also Jake just put up a blog with his fabulous photos. A lot of the playful shots we took during my headshot shoot are up. And if you are looking for a wedding photographer, well, he’s the best.
I’m in a brand new show. A musical at that. Playing a dominatrix henchwoman cult member. Obviously, not your average musical. This one is dark and clubby, and not written by musical theatre people. Instead it has been in development for three years by local musician/performance artists Stanley Roy and Jeremy Roye (geniuses), and directed by the uber-talented Kelli Bland. Part of the reason that I haven’t been posting much lately is that I am in rehearsals after work almost every day, dancing my ass off. I love the music in this show. I know you will too. And you’ll have a chance to hear some of it this weekend. We are staging this without a company all on our own, and we are having a glorious FUNd Raiser this Sunday at Salvage Vanguard to try to raise some more much needed revenue.
Faster Than the Speed of Light! The Fundraiser is here this Sunday!!!
Salvage Vanguard Theater
2803 Manor Road
FREE BOOZE AND FOOD!!!
Hosted by Rebecca Havemeyer!
Sneak Preview of songs from the original sci-fi musical, Faster Than the Speed of Light!
Ariel dance by Nicole Whiteside (Blue Lapis Lights)!
Dance trio, Little Stolen Moments!
French lounge act, Le Sexy!
Heart breakers, Hello Lovers!
Disco dance after-party with Dj Bill and Mos Jef!!! (post 10pm)
See clips of the performers and a more complete listing of all the fun here. Come out, come out, it will be fun and it’ll be good to see you.