Hello friend! I'm elated to finally be able to share the official trailer for Maturing Youth, the short film we made over a year ago with R&F Entertainment.
But first, I have to tell you that as I write this I'm still buzzing from Monday night's SOLD OUT production of Plays and Pizza. What an amazing night! It was my first time performing in this staged reading series and I was blown away by the talent.
I got to perform in the reading of three plays: "Stacy's Cookies," a 10-minute play by William Ivor Fowkes, "I Don't Know Where I am," a monologue by Carmine Desena, and "Willie and the Muses," a 10-minute play by Donald Loftus.
My characters ranged from a 12-year old girl, a 20-something dating disaster, and a 60 yr. old British muse of comedy.
While this wasn't a cold reading, we only had one quick rehearsal a few hours before the show. One thing I love most about doing readings is that it helps me trust my instincts as an actor. I can't remember exactly where I heard this, but I read once that actors spend something like the last six weeks of rehearsals trying to get back to what they did in the first week of rehearsal - because that's where the magic often is before the overthinking and overanalyzing happens. And that's how I feel about readings. You just have to trust your impulses and go with it.
Another thing I love about readings is that the writers of the plays are usually there. So it's wonderful to not only get some of their insight but simply to meet them and make that connection as well. A reading is often when a writer hears their play in front of an audience for the first time, so it helps them see what works and what might need adjusting. To me it's exciting to be a part of that creative process.
And finally, without having a weeks of rehearsals behind us, it's understood from the audience that the reading isn't a polished work. In a way, that takes some of the pressure off, resulting in a super fun and playful atmosphere that reminds me of the carefree feeling I had when playing make-believe as a kid. And that's how I developed my love for acting in the first place!
Monday night's performance was the two-year anniversary of Plays and Pizza. The production will be on break for summer and returns in September. I hope to have the chance to perform again. I'd also like to send a BIG "Thank you" to our producer Rose Desena for putting the night together so well - to Peggy Chane for directing the evening so seamlessly, to Michael Gentile for inviting to me to take part in the magic and to all the writers, actors and audience members who came out to make the night so special. It was truly wonderful!
And now, without further adieu, here's the official trailer for "Maturing Youth." We worked so hard on this film! After watching, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below. We still don't have a release date but I will let you know as it's announced. You can also visit www.maturingyouth.com to stay up-to-date.
As always, thank you for all your support. Happy Eve of Summer Solstice!