To whom much is given, much more must be given back. I am blessed with creative talent. I must share to make a difference.
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- TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR "THE GRINDER"! Posted on Apr 15, 2014
- CHECK OUT AND GET YOUR TICKETS TO UPCOMING EVENTS! Posted on Apr 15, 2014
AUDITIONS COMING UP TO COMPLETE THE CAST OF "WILD CHILD"!
After my rehearsal of "The Grinder" I will be holding auditions for the roles of The Vet, Aunt Carol, Peter, Cristi, and Herman in "Wild Child"! Whew!Posted on Apr 15, 2014
DEEP INTO REHEARSAL MODE!!!! THE GRINDER REHEARSAL
The cast of "The Grinder" is grinding hard in preparation for its workshop production on May 28th. Just entering the 3rd week of rehearsal and everyone is on track with the process of giving "birth" to their characters! We like to have fun as we work...Posted on Apr 15, 2014
Me and Bill Russo who plays strip club owner "Lou" Me and Christiana Blain who plays stripper "Rita" Christiana Blain, William Barry who plays "Nelson", Michelle Lamelza who plays "Diamond",T Valada-Viars who plays "Carlotta", and Bill Russo The two leads...
DEEP INTO REHEARSAL MODE!!!!!!!!
What a wild and wonderful week! Began rehearsals for the production of "The Grinder" last week. And after only 3 rehearsals the cast has already make major progress! This week was the first rehearsal for the staged reading of "Silk Stockings and a Bible" which I also attended right after the rehearsal of "The Grinder". I couldn't believe how on the cast was with the characters after being together for the first time and receiving their scripts for the first time! WOW! The casting is true perfection. I'm so lucky and grateful!Posted on Apr 11, 2014
Check out pics from the rehearsal of "Silk Stockings..."
HARLEM ARTS FESTIVAL FINAL SCHEDULE!!!
Just got the final schedule for our presentation at the Harlem Arts Festival in Marcus Garvey Park on Sunday, June 29th from 5:30-6:30. I'll present the entire first scene of my new play, a Swing Era drama set in Harlem; a scene from my Off Broadway mystery/thriller and upcoming feature film set in Spanish Harlem; and a scene from my historical Creole drama set in 1800's Louisiana. Hope to see you there!Posted on Mar 31, 2014
- WELCOME TO THE ACTORS' POOL! Posted on Mar 15, 2014
- OMG! SCENES FROM 3 OF MY PLAYS ACCEPTED INTO THE 2014 HARLEM ARTS FESTIVAL! Posted on Mar 11, 2014
BACK FROM ITALIA AND FOUND MY BOHEMIA
It was a journey filled with serendipity as I traveled to Italy, which I consider to be the cultural capital of the world, in search of my Bohemia. I didn't know if it would be the north or the south where my creative soul could be nurtured, but I found out soon enough... I have returned all set to begin play rehearsals, staging, and the pre production for my feature. All this activity will fill the entire year. The creative overflow, surely soothing to my soul, has also seemed to have had a positive impact on me physically as well. Enjoy the pics! I'll be adding more.Posted on Mar 11, 2014
CASTING FOR "THE GRINDER" COMPLETE! MEET THE CAST!
The first play in the trilogy, "The Grinder" is fully cast. We will be entering rehearsal status in April and go up May 28th for one performance! This is gonna be good!Posted on Feb 20, 2014
Michelle Lamelza plays Lauren, aka "Diamond", a stripper long past her prime William Barry plays straight laced Diplomatic Courier and one of Diamond's regulars, "Nelson" T Valada-Viars plays Lauren's difficult mother, Carlotta Al Roffe plays Romano, Lauren's pal and hairstylist extraordinaire Christiana Blain plays Rita, a fellow stripper and friend Bill Russo plays Lou, the grumpy owner of the strip club Stilettos
- CASTING "WILD CHILD"! Posted on Jan 9, 2014
"WILD CHILD" IS DONE AND THE TRILOGY "WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW" IS COMPLETED!
It is done! The trilogy has been completed. Readings, showcases, and production to follow...Posted on Jan 5, 2014
"WILD CHILD" IS FINALLY TAKING OFF!!!
Writing is a very mysterious process... Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don't. When I don't I cease typing and wait until the "feeling" returns. I don't push it. I don't force it. When it returns I immediately take advantage of the moment and type away! "Wild Child" has finally taken off. Meaning, it has a way of getting to its destination. By the way, yes I did write the last scene of the play before completing the first act. This journey is now looking very interesting!Posted on Dec 20, 2013
"THE GRINDER" SHOWCASE PRODUCTION SET FOR SPRING 2014
The process continues and I'm happy to announce the return of most of the original cast members from the staged reading of the first play in my trilogy, "Women You Thought You Knew", to the showcase production of "The Grinder" next Spring.Posted on Dec 19, 2013
Michelle Lamelza reprises the lead role of the aging stripper, Lauren aka "Diamond".
Christiana Blain reprises her role as friend and fellow stripper, Rita.
Al Roffe reprises his role as the gay "hairstylist extraordinaire" and friend, Romano.
Bill Russo, who played the role of Nelson in the reading will make his stage debut, in a role since written, as the grumpy strip club owner/manager, Lou.
The roles of Carlotta and Nelson will be cast after the holidays with actors on standby for auditions.
Thanks to Katherine Mylenki for the great job as Carlotta in the reading.
THE STAGED READING OF "SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE" IS CAST
The staged reading of the second play in my trilogy, "Silk Stockings and a Bible", has been cast. Set in Harlem and Atlantic City during WWII it tells the story of chorus girl, Fannie Mae Brown aka "Della Starr", who years later becomes a "church lady". Are her regrets of her past or of the present?Posted on Dec 7, 2013
Krystal Hill as chorus girl Fannie Mae Brown Irma Cadiz as fellow chorus girl Doris La Salle Stacey Griffin as sailor Joseph Charles aka JC Chuk Obasi as sax player/bartender Buddy Mike Adler as Sammy G. Harlem/Atlantic City mob guy Eren T. Gibson as Sassy bartender at Club Harlem/former Cotton Club chorus girl
WELCOME TO THE TEAM!
From the start I pretty much did everything when it came to mounting my productions, from making the programs, flyers, posters, and scenic, and sound design. That's what you do when you have no budget... Some of the weight will be lifted now that two talented gentlemen have reached out to offer their talent in future projects!Posted on Dec 4, 2013
Wilson Exclusive Talent Productions is growing! Joey Vega as Art Director, and Tony Cathcart as Makeup Artist join the team for upcoming projects. And a special mention to "super producer"Alexa Birdsong for offering her help. Thanks for reaching out guys!
PROJECTED TIMELINE FOR UPCOMING PROJECTS IN 2014
I tell you, I must be going through a serious manic phase of my bipolar as I have lots to do and plan to carry it out with the right folks on board! Remember, that's a "projected" timeline.Posted on Dec 3, 2013
UPDATED PROJECTED TIMELINE FOR THEATRE AND FILM PROJECTS:
Feb/March-Staged reading of "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
March/April-Rehearsals for "The Grinder"
April-Showcase Production of "The Grinder", Pre-production begins for "A Wound In Time" the feature film (1st production meeting)
May-Rehearsals for "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
June-Showcase Production of "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
July-Staged reading of "Wild Child"
August-Exteriors for "A Wound In Time" the feature film, Rehearsals for "Wild Child"
September-Showcase Production of "Wild Child", Principle photography of "A Wound In Time" begins
October/November-Rehearsals and 2 week run of entire trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew"
CAST ALMOST COMPLETE FOR FEBRUARY OR MARCH READING OF "SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE"
The casting of the staged reading of the 2nd play in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew" is almost completed. I will post the cast and their pics at that time. You will see some familiar faces from previous projects. I am casting carefully seeking folks that I know can continue on to full production. It saves lots of time in rehearsal when you have a cast that knows the story and characters from having participated in the reading. Since I will be having readings of each play followed by its showcase practically back to back so this is the smartest way to proceed; with a cast that I KNOW is professional, and responsible... Stay tune. It's about to get busy!Posted on Dec 3, 2013
"WILD CHILD" OFF AND RUNNING!
I will be casting for the staged reading of the 2nd play in the trilogy after the holidays.Posted on Nov 19, 2013
I have written the end of the 3rd play, "Wild Child" before completing the first scene. I know it's weird but that's how my mind works sometime. I think it's a bipolar thing... I will resume writing when I come off my self-imposed hiatus. Lots going on and I'll fill you in next year!
2ND PLAY IN TRILOGY IS DONE!!!
"Silk Stockings and a Bible", the 2nd play in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew", set in Harlem during WWII, is finally completed. The last 2 months were spent pondering 3 endings for the final scene. I finally decided on another way to end the play. Writing of the final installment of the trilogy, "Wild Child" will resume after my self imposed hiatus ends in January. Stay tuned...Posted on Nov 8, 2013
DIVINA: FROM ROMA TO THE BRONX WITH LOVE
So I have a working title for my proposed documentary about the great Anna Magnani. I wrote the treatment and imagine it being filmed in Rome, her birthplace, with an Italian and myself as host/interviewers. We want to know more about Anna Magnani the WOMAN; her likes and dislikes, favorite places, hobbies, etc. This would be a cultural collaboration between the U.S. and Italy.Posted on Oct 7, 2013
In the treatment the opening shot will have a montage of stills and clips of The Bronx during the 50's and 60's with a the face of Anna Magnani superimposed, and classical Italian music in the background. There will also be a voiceover of myself: "I was so lucky to have grown up during the golden era of film and television in the 1950’s and 60’s... So many wonderful films and amazing actors. There were so many that influenced me in one way or another and were such a joy to watch. But there was only one who spoke to me on a deeper, more personal level... And that was the great Anna Magnani. She let a sensitive and very emotional little girl know that it was okay to be passionate, and that there was a way to express that passion in a positive and safe way..." Then we cut to a shot of myself being interviewed on camera continuing with my statement to set up upcoming shots as we begin to learn about the "Divina".
A CULTURAL EXCHANGE? SO MANY PARALLELS WITH MY IDOL ANNA MAGNANI
As I ponder the possibilities of an international collaboration about my idol, the great Anna Magnani, I find the parallels around our lives glaring. For now I will reveal only one... That we are both Pisceans. Perhaps a documentary about how this Italian acting icon had a major impact on a little black girl from the South Bronx? Hmmm...Posted on Sep 27, 2013
HIATUS? CAN'T FIGHT THE CREATIVE FLOW...
So I attempted to totally disengage myself of any creative projects until January 2014. However, the trilogy was calling me to complete it. I am now on the last scene of "Silk Stockings and a Bible" and have begun "Wild Child". If possible, I will produce the trilogy as a 2 week run with alternating shows. Otherwise, I will produce them separately beginning with "The Grinder" in early Spring. Stay tuned.Posted on Sep 18, 2013
I have also been thinking about my upcoming trip to Italy and pondering a possible collaboration in cultural exchange having to do with my idol, the late great actor Anna Magnani!
THE HIATUS HAS BEGUN... WELL SORT OF!
I am on a self imposed hiatus from all my creative dabblings until January. After producing and directing 2 projects every year for the past three years using my own resources I must regroup and deal with "me". Thus, I can return with sleeves rolled up and ready to deal with the many things I have planned. In my hunger for all that is cultural and artistic I plan on heading over to Italy and maybe take a peek at France to recharge my batteries. What's on the menu when I return?Posted on Aug 6, 2013
I really want to begin a program of arts and cultural immersion for our endangered Black and Latino males, where I would give them an opportunity at hands-on experience helping on productions as well as treat them to the theatre, museum, etc. I also plan on showcasing "The Grinder", and go into pre-production of the feature film version of "A Wound In Time". Looking to bring my Creole drama into the schools, have more dinner theatre productions, and eventually to the Off Broadway stage. And finally complete the two remaining plays of the trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew".
LEADING LADY OF "BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW" IS MAKING MOVES ON ANOTHER STAGE TOO!
So excited for my muse and leading lady of my Creole drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" Christiana Blain and her band members for their new recording "In Time" and their gig tomorrow night. The Exotik Robotz are making moves... Check them out! Exotik RobotzPosted on Aug 6, 2013