Thursday, August 13, 2009

Temporary Tattoo


For fun, Mindy Lee drew a design on my arm for my bday! She used several different colored Sharpie markers (permanent), but it only lasted about two or three days. Pretty cool, though! She also hand-silkscreened a similar image onto tshirts for me, as presents.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Studying the Craft of Lyrics

Scott Guy is the Executive Director of the Academy for New Musical Theatre.In Chicago, Scott was the Producing Artistic Director of both Passage Theatre and the Children’s Classical Theatre. In Los Angeles he became a writer/producer for PBS, Disney Channel, the Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, FOX-TV, Children’s Television Workshop, NBC, and Warner Brothers, gathering six Emmy nominations along the way. His plays and musicals have been produced in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and London.

I will be learning the craft of lyric writing at the Academy for New Musical Theatre this summer, in two courses taught by Scott Guy: "The Lyric Lab," and "The Lyric Analysis Intensive."

Friday, July 3, 2009

The 2009 New Works Festival

Jeff Liu, EastWest Players' Literary Manager, introduces "Rock God Opera" to the audience.Behind Jeff, from left to right, are actors: Matt Valle, Chris Millar, Stephen Simon,Blake Silver, Liz Lytle, Keo Woolford, Alyssa Preston, Jennifer Preston, and Lauren Nasman.

"Rock God Opera" actors, hard at work

From left to right: Jennifer Fenton, Blake Silver, Alyssa Preston, Liz Lytle, and Matt Valle.
From left to right: Matt Valle (George Harrison/Jim Morrison/Fan/Paparazzi/Priest), Blake Silver (Orpheus), and Chris Millar (Paul McCartney/Fan/Paparazzi).
From left to right: Stephen Simon (John Lennon/Sid Vicious/Fan), Blake Silver (Orpheus), Keo Woolford (Hades/Elvis/Fan), Liz Lytle (Eurydice) throwing the rocker hand-sign, and beyond is Alyssa Preston (Hera/Janis Joplin).

More Rehearsal Pics

Pictured here are Liz Lytle, who played Eurydice in the recent reading of "Rock God Opera." Next to her is Keo Woolford, who portrayed Hades. Keo has performed a one-man show in the past, at EastWest Players.

For more information on Keo's work, click on the link in the upper right-hand corner of this site. Thank you to all the amazing actors who participated in the reading of "Rock God Opera."

Final Rehearsals

These are three of the ladies that were cast in the recent "Rock God Opera" reading. From left to right, they are Alyssa Preston (Hera/Janis Joplin), Jennifer Fenton (Aphrodite/Mama Cass/Groupie), and Lauren Nasman (Nancy Spungen/Karen Carpenter/Groupie).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"A Meal Fit for a King"

Vocalist Dave Cobb has posted the demo we've recorded, "A Meal Fit for a King," on his blog!

To check out the article/blurb Dave has written regarding "Rock God Opera," and to listen to the recording session, click on the link to the above right on this page, listed as "A Meal Fit for a King."

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Laying Down a Vocal Track for Elvis

My good friend Dave Cobb, laid down a vocal track for the "Rock God Opera" project today. The song he worked on is called "A Meal Fit for a King," and is for the Elvis character in the play. Dave is a multi-talented person, who most recently was the head creative director of a 1.4 billion dollar theme park project. You can check out his impressive array of current and past gigs, by clicking the link to the upper right of this page.Here's a pic of Dave from just this past Christmas, dressed up as Jeff (or Akbar?).

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Directors

I've been honored to have several brilliant people direct my plays. On "Rock God Opera," I was privileged to work with the multi-talented Chil Kong (to see more about his work, you can click on the link to the upper-right of this site), who is one of the founders of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble.

Suzanne Karpinski, the co-artistic director of the award-winning Sacred Fools Theatre Company, graciously agreed to direct this month's reading of "Rock God Opera."

(to see more about Suzanne Karpinski and/or her theatre company, click on the link on the upper-right side of this site)

Golden-voiced Golda

This is the incredible Golda Inquito, laying down a vocal track for "Rock God Opera."Golda is pictured here, working on a song called "The Cradle of Your Grave."

Golda is a talented actress and singer, who has performed in a multitude of theatre, film, and television productions. She is also a vocalists for the band, "Boo Boo Kitty."

To find out more about Golda's other current projects, click on the link to the upper right of this page.

House of Secrets

Comic book store "House of Secrets" has started carrying the "Rock God Opera" art cards, illustrated by Mindy Lee. Come pick up your set of 7" x7" postcards!


House of Secrets

www.artoffiction.com

1930 W Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 562-1900

New Business Cards


Here's the new design! Decided to experiment with a larger card this time.

"Rock God Opera" on stage!


SPRING 2009 READING SERIES

DHHWI NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

Playwriting Workshop Leader: Writing is Rewriting Workshop Leader: Prince Gomolvilas
Works-In-Progress from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at EAST WEST PLAYERS
The David Henry Hwang Writers Institute is supported in part by the James Irvine Foundation.

SUNDAY, June 28 @ 2:00 pm

ROCK GOD OPERA

Book and Lyrics by Cynthia Ignacio
Music by Timo Chen

Orpheus and Eurydice are the most infamous rock n' roll couple of all time. When tragedy strikes, Orpheus must descend into an Underworld full of rock stars to face off against Hades in the musical showdown of a lifetime.


All readings held at
THE DAVID HENRY HWANG THEATER
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-625-7000

$5 Suggested Donation

Questions? Contact Literary Manager Jeff Liu at JLiu@EastWestPlayers.org
or get more information at www.EastWestPlayers.org
Special Thanks to ABC, CBS, NBC & FOX for their support to EWP's Arts Education Programs.

Business Cards

Battle has some of the best business cards I've ever seen, which he designed and printed through a UK company called MOO--you can do a whole series of images, which is terrific for artists. Last year, I did a small print run of a set of nine different cards, which now feel like collectors' items. Here are some screen grabs of me working on the "Rock God Opera" business cards, through MOO's website.



Saturday, January 3, 2009