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On the Big Screen!

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So here I am, front and center in a PIVOTAL scene in America’s #1 movie, Ocean’s 8. I’m posting the photo here for anyone out there who may have blinked and missed it. Sandra Bullock’s voiceover explains that we’re the bankers from Omaha who have invested in fashion designer Helena Bonham Carter’s attempted comeback show. The show’s a total flop (non-spoiler) which explains our disgruntled faces. Shout out to my fellow bankers David Gibson and Steven Hauck. Two of the nicest guys you’d ever want to spend two frigid days with in the architectural landmark

Screen/Stage Hybrid

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Returned to the New School last week for their annual script reading event. Five winning screenplays were selected from dozens of student submissions, and twelve-minute excerpts from each of the winning scripts were performed by a cast of five actors in a live reading. As usual, there was a wide range of themes and styles - a NYC teenager losing his parents on 9/11, a nervous pregnant woman hiring a mom to teach her about parenthood, a third generation circus performer finding her independence, a possibly haunted motel, and a LSD-influenced soul-journey with a flock of swans.

Getting My Irish Up

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

So the Irish Rep in NYC has been creating award-winning productions for thirty years, establishing itself as one of Off-Broadway’s pre-eminent companies. How they have avoided casting me in all that time is a complete mystery, but they’ve finally come to their senses.

The original 1965 production of Clear Day was not exactly a smash hit, the 1970 Barbara Streisand film was a resounding head-scratcher, and the 2011 Broadway revival was pretty much reviled and/or ignored. (Pity. They tried some interesting tweaks with gender and era.) …

© Craig Waletzko 2016