Monday, March 29, 2004


This was a letter from Randy Rosenbaum, director of the Rhode Island State Council On the Arts, that I am passing along as a public service announcement. Hope it helps you!

The application deadline is Thursday, April 1st. This means that your application has to be in our possession by the close of business on Thursday (that's 4:30pm). Getting it to the post office for an April 1 postmark doesn't count! Also, don't trust that if you put it in the mail to us on Wednesday (to the address listed at the bottom of this message, please) that it will get to us by Thursday!

Click here for guidelines and application forms...

Drive Up, Drop Off, Drive Away

We encourage you to bring us your application before the April 1 deadline, but if you can't you can always "Drive Up, Drop Off, [and] Drive Away". We'll have a "drop-off" table set up on April 1 just inside the Smith Street entrance to One Capitol Hill, and you can drive up near the entrance, park your car (bring a quarter for the meter), and hand-carry your application to us just inside the front door. The "drop-off" table will be manned from 9am till 4:30pm on Thursday, April 1 (be warned: at 4:30 the Capitol Police lock the doors).

If you need application forms or a look at the guidelines, go to the RISCA website for specific information.

Call or email if you have any last minute questions, but keep in mind that the closer we get to the application deadline, the less likely we'll be able to respond (in a timely fashion or otherwise).

Good luck!


Randall Rosenbaum
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Thursday, March 25, 2004



at the Middle East (Downstairs)

480 massachusetts ave cambridge, MA
Show starts at 9:30 / $10 advance

Will anyone get out alive? Four great bands in one raucous evening of music of the circus, the sideshow, and the downright bizarre.

1. Beat Science performs new cabaret and circus music with partner-in-crime / special guest Ms Kitty Heels on the singing saw...

2. An old-time revival with the great Reverend Glasseye & His Wooden Legs. The Reverend is now in California furiously approaching his home base of Boston at breakneck speed to unite with His Wooden Legs after an extensive tour and a new record.

3. Amazing accordionist Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores bring in his band from Providence, a mixture of noirish cabaret music and expert songwriting. Alec and pals made up the bulk of the Amoebic Ensemble, the musicians for the famed Pan-Twilight Circus of which I was a part.

4. One of the most energetic live bands in NYC, Gogol Bordello bring their wild theatrical performance of punk gypsy rock to the Middle East. Call it Ukranian Punk Cabaret, a hard-to-categorize blend of hard-driving Eastern European music with Ukranian Vampire dancers! They must be seen to be believed!

Wednesday, March 24, 2004


19th Annual Celebration of Women's Voices!!

An evening of story and song with some of Rhode Island's finest female artists. Don't miss this opportunity to revel in the amazing women that live right within the immediate vicinity.

Marilyn Murphy Meardon
Carolyn Martino
Valerie Tutson
Cindy Killavey
Ghislaine Jean

Musical Guests
The Fiddling Gals: Cathy Clasper-Torch & Mary King
WomanSpiritRising: A Feminist Chorus

WHEN: Sunday, March 28, 2004 7:00 pm
WHERE: RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Street, Providence
COST: $10 General Admission
$6 Students & Seniors
FREE with RISD College ID!
FREE to RISD Museum Members & Staff!
Tickets Available at Door
Call 401-351-8090

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

La Salle Academy Student Film Night

Friday, March 26

Reception at 7:00 pm, show at 8:00 pm

La Salle Academy
612 Academy Avenue
Providence, RI
Brother McKenery Theatre
Fine Arts Center - Lower Level
Admission is Free!

This year La Salle Academy has invited distinguished alumni to participate in the Student Film Night showing film projects they made at La Salle in the senior year film program

Alumni to be included are Al Gomes, Tom Iacono, Mike Izzi, Carl DellaGrotta, Mardo Atoyan, Debra Lopez

Films by La Salle Academy Class of 2004 include:

'Ready or Not' Directed by Tom Paquin

'Pursuit' Directed by Billy DelSesto

'Restitution' Directed by Alessio Cappelletti

'Continuous Cool' Directed by Tom Kane and Shane Alves

Don't miss this opportunity to see early work by some of Rhode Island's top film and video artists!
For more info or directions, call Al Gomes at 401-274-4770.

Monday, March 22, 2004




Sunday April 4, 2004


Festival Ballet, 825 Hope Street Providence RI 02822

The Second Annual New Perspectives Conference on Performance Arts Medicine is designed for musicians, vocalists and performing artists in dance, theatre,skating & gymnastics as well as their teachers, and medical personnel. The goal of this day-long conference is to promote a safer environment (and longer careers) in the Performing Arts and to provide the latest medical and scientific information available to the Performing Arts community. Recent research and some of the most up-to-date therapeutic approaches for the prevention and treatment of movement injuries will be covered.

For the complete schedule and registration information, see

You can also email Helene Scheff, Conference Co-ordinator or call her at 401-885-6073 .

You do not have to be in the performing arts or from the medical field, any interested person is welcome to attend.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Pandora Mandolin Quartet Tonight

gallery Night providence

The Pandora Mandolin Quartet will perform in the Main Gallery at the RISD Museum from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm tonight, Thursday, March 18, 2004. The performance (and admission to the Museum) are free. If you get there early and stay late, you can enjoy the Museum during Gallery Night (which is also tonight!)

The Pandora Mandolin Quartet features Josh Bell and Jerry Miller on mandolin (and mandocello!!), Sarah Bell on mandolin and mandola and Mark Armstrong on guitar. The
performance will include works by Claude Debussey, William Byrd, Percy Grainger, Will Ayton, Harry Woods and Lester Young.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Manton Avenue Project This Weekend

I'm going to be appearing in a show for the Manton Avenue Project this weekend.

The Manton Avenue Project is a replication of the 52nd Street Project in New York. Basically, children write plays that are then performed and directed by professional theatre artists The 52nd street Project has been going since 1981. Jenny Peek, the Manton Avenue Project director, worked in New York with the original, and is now starting a similar project here. This will be the first show.

9 children, ages 8-10, have written plays in a weekend workshop. A group of professional actors, myself included, are going to be in them. The whole evening is entitled And That's the Way It Was . . . Maybe and the shows are supposed to be historically-themed. The play that I am in (Good People by Cameron Holle) is about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. (and you got it, I'm playing Martin Luther King!) Considering that it was written in a weekend by an 8 year old, I think it is a mighty fine play! (actually, it's been quite a pleasure to collaborate with my partners on this play, Laura Wood and Charles Mulewka. I feel like we've done great work, and realized young Cameron's vision of the play while at the same time making a nice little piece of theatre.) I'm sure the rest of the shows will be fun to see too!

WHERE: Brown University's McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St Providence.
WHEN: Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20 at 7:30 pm, & Sunday March 21 at 3 pm.

COST: The show is free, but seating is reserved. To reserve a seat, call 331-7007

Saturday, March 13, 2004


I just found out about an interesting new organization that has as its goal
to unite non-union actors around the country. It's called the Non-Union
Actors Network
, and I think it's a worthy goal. If you are a non-union
actor, think about registering on this website. Right now it seems to be in its infancy, and doesn't offer much, but hey, this is your chance to get involved, and to make something interesting happen. Communities won't unite without somebody starting it off, and it's high time that Non-Union actors share best practices, and further their craft.

Of course, I have to say that given the chance, most actors would probably jump right into the Union (SAG, or Equity) because the unions are pretty much where there's a lot of paying work. But there are plenty of non-union jobs that are respectable, well-paying, and also good art. (or at least 2 out of these 3!)

Please feel free to pass this on to your friends who are actors.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Photo Opportunity for Providence Women Visual Artists

image courtesy of Women in the Visual Arts Homepage

At 9 a.m. Monday March 15 in the Daphne Farago Wing of the RISD Museum, the
Rhode Island School of Design is assembling Providence women visual artists
and arts leaders for a photo shoot. The photo will be placed in the Live section of the Providence Journal as an advertisement celebrating Providence
Women in the Visual Arts.

Please come! Your participation is essential for the photograph to have impact. And feel free to pass this message on to women artists you know in Providence.

Thursday, March 11, 2004


The Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium (forever in my mind the Trinity Rep Conservatory) will present three Shakespeare shows as part of their mid March festival.

I'm a graduate of the Conservatory, and these performances are usually great. Shows are usually inventive, creative, low-budget, and focused on the acting. Great stuff (and you can't beat the price.)

If you plan on going, you must make reservations.

Here's the schedule:

The Winter’s Tale
Directed by: Laura Kepley
Where: Perishable Theater, 95 Empire St., around the corner from Trinity Rep
Preview: Thursday, March 11, 7:00 pm
Performances: Friday and Saturday, March 12 & 13, at 8:00 pm, Sunday March 14 at 2:00 pm
Reservations (required): (401) 521-1100, ext. 106
Admission: Pay-what-you-can

Twelfth Night
Directed by: Michael Goldfried
Where: Perishable Theater, 95 Empire St., around the corner from Trinity Rep
Preview: Thursday, March 18, 7:00 pm
Performances: Friday and Saturday, March 19 & 20, at 8:00 pm, Sunday March 21 at 7:00 pm
Reservations (required): (401) 521-1100, ext. 106
Admission: Pay-what-you-can

The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines
Directed by: Thom Jones, Consortium Director of Voice and Speech
Where: Trinity’s Henderson Studios, Aborn St., across from the theater
Performances: Saturday, March 20, at 5:00 pm and Monday March 22 at 8:00 pm
Reservations (required): (401) 521-1100, ext. 106
Admission: Pay-what-you-can

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

And Then...

Coming to the Carriage House Theatre on March 12, 13, 19 and 20, are two one act plays written and directed by David Eliet, featuring Bob Jaffe and Laura Hitt. David Eliet was my instructor at the Trinity Repertory Company, Laura Hitt was in my class, and Bob Jaffe is a very good local actor. All in all, it looks to be a pretty excellent evening of theatre!

The first one act Day After Day After Day was the winner of the 2002 Whip City Radio Drama Award. The play involves an Old Man and an Old Woman trying to reconstruct the exact events of the day that changed their lives and bound them together forever. The second play, Shadows 1959 is based on the true story of Jan Flimel, a Slovak businessman, who rescued over 200 Jewish people during The Holocaust. Following the war Jan was disappeared for two years by the Communist Government, which refused to even acknowledge that he was being held as a prisoner. After his release, Jan waged his own private war against the shadows that shrouded Czechoslovakia and the other Eastern Block countries. Shadows 1959 , which is the second part of a longer work,Two Fugues and an Aria, was presented at the Denver Theatre Center's TheatreFest 2001 and has been produced at Engagement Arts in New York City.

And Then... will be presented at the Carriage House Theatre on March 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15.00 and can be be reserved by calling (401) 831-9479. The Carriage House Theatre is located at 9 Duncan Avenue in Providence, off North Main Street.

You can also visit The Carriage House Theatre's website