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May 10th, 2015

posted May 10, 2015, 2:24 AM by James Carey

It has been about 3 months since I last wrote. Am finishing my first semester at NYFA. Have had a wonderful experience and great to be back in the classroom again. Directing the same scenes for weeks on end can get a little boring - so I need to find ways to break up the class more with other little projects in between. 

I did finalize the contract with Reps Theatre in Harare and that is where I am headed in 4 weeks to direct the Beatle show, Come Together. Very excited and also will be helping out with NIAA Drama Festival in some way since that will be going on at the same time as my rehearsal. The show will open on July 7 and play for two weeks. 

The first set of auditions were held today. Kind of neat to have people working on your project 15 thousand miles away. However, not many people showed up - which is a little discouraging - but we will see if the word spreads. 

Feb. 9, 2015

posted Feb 9, 2015, 12:50 AM by James Carey

Just finished the first week at NYFA. Tired from 20 hours of classes plus prep work for those classes. Like my classes, but the levels of training and talent are all over the place. I have to make sure and not teach to the lowest level, but also to not leave them behind. 

Also received some good news from Reps Theatre in Zim about a possible collaboration between us. Lot of stuff to work out, but they seem very interested in the Beatles show. Would really be cool to return to work there as a director and help out NIAA if I can - but also to have Silvie come see a part of my life she has heard so much about, but has never seen. We seem close but still much to discuss. 

More to follow.

Jan. 28, 2015

posted Jan 28, 2015, 1:39 PM by James Carey   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 1:40 PM ]

Today is my ____th birthday, and also the day I finally signed the contract for the Winter/Spring session of New York Film Academy as Instructor. Lot of paper work and reading to get ready for the classes - Acting For Camera. Very excited and joyful to be back in a classroom again. 2015 off to a good start.


Jan. 18, 2015

posted Jan 18, 2015, 9:33 PM by James Carey

Last night was the final performance of Fancy Meeting You Here. The show went very well. Laura seemed very pleased with the result . She really worked hard on the producing and the performance side of presenting Rosemary Clooney. It was fun to work on. The first night was very rough - we were definitely under rehearsed, the 2nd night the sound went out so they had to wing half the show - but 3 and 4 really settled down and were good shows. 

A surprise of me (maybe) an old friend who had a TV in the 80's came by to see the show and asked me to help with a one person show that they own about an American Icon of that  period. Don't know where that will lead - when I can talk about it more. You will be the first to know.

Still waiting for the teaching contract. Not sure at this point. They say they want me and send me emails to that effect, but no contract or salary discussion. So who knows at this point.

Have a Skype call tonight with a producer in Africa who is interested in helping me present the Beatle show in Harare. He wrote me out of the blue which just confirms my belief that this show will do very, very well there. 

More to follow later. 

Jan. 12, 2015

posted Jan 12, 2015, 6:58 PM by James Carey   [ updated Jan 18, 2015, 9:25 PM ]

2015 so far as been off to a slow start, but I have the feeling once it gets rolling it will be non-stop. Tech rehearsal tomorrow for the Rosemary Clooney project, Fancy Meeting You Here by Laura Walker and then we open at the Underground Theatre for a 4 night run. It is a workshop production but I think it will do well with the audiences. 

Still waiting for a contract from NYFA, but I called today and it is on its way. Classes start in three weeks and I still have no idea what I am teaching yet.

Head to Georgia on the 21st to see family and friends. Just a few months ago, I thought I was moving there maybe, but so much is happening here that it seems unlikely at the moment. 

HERE WE GO!

Dec. 23, 2014

posted Dec 23, 2014, 10:39 AM by James Carey   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 10:40 AM ]

This is probably be the last entry of 2014. It has been a hell of a year. Up and down and all around - both in terms of travel, emotions, and the biz. 

I have not written in a while because of Banshee and the run, a new workshop production about Rosemary Clooney, the Beatle show in Africa, and a possible new teaching position. 

Banshee was a smash. It made money - not a lot but the show was a massive critical hit on all fronts for both me and the cast. Loved the show and would like to work at NOTE again. So much fun. 

We just finished rehearsals for the Clooney project and will come back to rehearse a couple of times and open for 4 nights at the Underground starting on Jan 14th. Laura wrote a very nice piece about Rosemary Clooney that I think will touch some hearts. 

The Beatles project in Africa is slowly coming together. Musa in Zim is on board as associate producer. I have figured out when to bring the show and just need dates from Reps theatre in Harare. Everyone says that they think it will be a hit. I feel it will, but it is still a huge gamble. 

Possible new teaching position would be a return to the college ranks as an Adjunct professor at New York Film Academy in Burbank as an Acting teacher. I have been interviewing and meeting with them all through December. I am pretty sure that I have the job, but no final contract offer yet. So not official yet - but it feels good so far. 

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for reading my blog this year.

James

October 1, 2014

posted Oct 1, 2014, 4:17 PM by James Carey

Tonight is the invited dress of BANSHEE. We had two days off and ran lines last night at the theatre. I did not attend. I am really looking forward tonight and the grand opening tomorrow. Should be a fun ride.

Spent the day working on this website trying to update and make things clearer and easier to read. Just don't have a graphic designer's eye.

Let's Break A LEG!

Sept. 28, 2014

posted Sep 28, 2014, 11:07 PM by James Carey

We just completed two preview performances of BANSHEE at Theatre of NOTE, and I have to say that I am extremely happy. The show is in great shape, the effects both lights and sound are amazing. The audiences seem to really enjoy it. The set came together and is really quite haunting. The producers for this show have been great. This has been a very rewarding and fun experience. Now getting ready for opening night!

Sept. 22, 2014

posted Sep 22, 2014, 6:08 PM by James Carey   [ updated Sep 28, 2014, 11:04 PM ]

We just completed two days of tech for Banshee. We did a dry tech Saturday and the next day a cue - to cue and then a full tech run. It went fantastic. Great crew, great production staff and producers, and a wonderfully chill cast. Much fun and the effects of light and sound departments are tremendous. Very happy and holding my breath for the Board of Directors for NOTE to see the show. 

I must say that it never my favorite part of directing to get notes from my bosses especially if I have not met them. You build a chemistry in a room with a group of people and suddenly the world comes in and wants to change this or that. It is hard. It is their right to do that, but it is never easy for a director to take notes. However, it is their money and their theatre - so I am lucky just to be working. It will be fine. Especially if the good vibe of the show holds till opening. I think this show will reach its potential and kick some major ass.  

Aug. 30th, 2014

posted Aug 31, 2014, 12:29 AM by James Carey

Today we finished blocking and discussing the play, and began a two day work through of Banshee. We are moving very fast. Too fast maybe. I thought it would take 5 weeks to do the play if this pace keeps up - maybe I should have gone for 4 weeks. There is talk about an extension for the play in front of us at NOTE. I hope not - it would be impossible to keep the cast fresh. 

We replaced another actor because of a scheduling conflict. Lucky again, because the understudy is almost as good. So I don't see a drop off - just a different approach.  Set to finish 2nd act tomorrow. 

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