I just received an email from an actress in my MFA class at U. Houston. She has decided not to continue school, and is leaving Houston. She'll be missed. In many (if not all) respects, she's the best actor in the class, and I was looking forward to working with her in the second year. I don't know what life holds for her, but if she does keep acting, she'll rock your world, one day.
Speaking of UH: I need to lock down my monologue choices for "The Big Ten," i.e., ten classical monologues--eight Shakespeare and two non-Shakespeare classical--to present on the first day back, in August. They're to be presented as five pairs of contrasting audition pieces (contrasting doesn't mean only comic/serious; it also means quality of movement, voice; it means tempo, rhythm, temperature, weight, floor pattern, etc. Think Laban.) Here are the guys I'm thinking about:
Antony (I don't know A&C well enough to know if A has a good piece)
I hope to embody ten or so of the following qualities:
Dangerous - Comforting
Sexy - Repulsive
Heroic - Timorous
Grounded - Flighty
Elegant - Goofy
Mischievous - Earnest
Intellectual - Physical
Witty - Stoic
Paternal - Selfish
All of this in preparation for auditions with Colorado Shakes, Utah Shakes, Virginia Shakes, Texas Shakes, Lake Tahoe Shakes, and maybe others, which are coming to UH to audition us, in the fall.