One of my favorite places to be on the weekends is the Flea Market at P.S. 121 in Park Slope (7th Ave between 1st & 2nd Streets). Over the years, I have not only found everything from rare books and discs to furniture, clothing, and gifts, but also numerous friends and neighbors. For shows I've done, I've often found the most obscure (and most needed) props and costume pieces. Mostly, I've found fun--and a sense of community. (See the short film clip below.)
COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU
Two of my own one acts, ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME and CONQUERING THE FEAR, will be presented in a one-act festival by the Queens Players beginning July 16th. It should be a fun bill (or rather, two fun bills), playing at the highly pleasant Secret Theatre, easily accessible from Manhattan (first stop on the F in Queens, diagonally across from Silvercup Studios). They did a terrific job with A REASON FOR ALL THINGS in January, and these comedic one acts (which also include one by the estimable Edward Musto!) should be great fun.
Here's the information:
Two One Acts
by Judd Lear Silverman:
CONQUERING THE FEAR
directed by Chris Jobin
with Adia Tucker and Ben Dziuba
ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME
directed by Ken Hailey
with Brian Rush and Madeline Reed
as part of
The Comedic One Act Festival
The Queens Players
at the Secret Theatre, July 16-8/2
44-02 23rd, Long Island City, NYC 11101
phone: 718 392 0304 FOR INFO
Online reservations: www.theatermania.com
CONQUERING part of Program 1 – 7/16, 7/17, 7/19, 7/23, 7/25, 8/1 at 8pm
Lots of great plays, lots of talented actors & directors, lots of fun!
(Though not referencing the talented and lovely Amy Blitz, whose new theater company, Stage 4, finishes its evening, CRIMINAL ACTS, at NuYorican Theater at East 3rd Street tonight . . . )
(Nor Amy (Amelia Fowler) whose biking to end AIDS . . . )
ALMOST AMY is the group releasing (or pre-releasing) their new, self-titled album at www.learning2dance.com. The two lead singers/guitarists are better known as dancers, though--Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, who appear on DANCING WITH THE STARS. (Ballas is this year's professional champion with Kristi Yamaguchi, while Hough danced with Shannon Elizabeth. Ballas, still rumored to be dating Sabrina Bryan, used to be professional partners with Hough's sister, Julianne--also a DANCING star, two-time winner and now a country singer with her own album!) The two are young boyhood friends who are still friends and roommates, and happen to make good music together. The sampler of their songs shows promise--not quite rock, not quite pop, not quite folk, they are refreshingly melodic and wistful without ever getting sticky or sappy. The vocals are terrific, as is the rapid guitar work. These are two, hard-working young guys who know how to entertain. The album is only available online at present, but it's well worth checking out.