And of course, more is coming on the tales of a playwright and his dog traveling the States.
With no small amount of pride, E-Merging Writers announces some dates for the summer’s spontaneous Barnstorming the USA, after only a week of push-push!
Frank Blocker is touring across the United States performing two shows where’er requested (within reason): award-winning Southern Gothic Novel and the more-befitting-a-blue-comedy-club’s Stabilized Not Controlled.
“It’s the economy.” Blocker says. “Los Angeles is battling a 99-seat plan with the Actors’ Union, jobs in every industry are dwindling, and New York is merely a place to park your stuff as work is found most often outside the City. So I’m falling back on my acting career in these tough times and hoping my dog and I can bring some joy and storytelling to a country that seems to be losing its heart.”
June 25 & 26 @ 8pm – Las Vegas, The Onyx Theatre
July 25-Aug 3 – TBD – Atlanta, Georgia for a two week run.
August 27 & 28 – TBD – Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant.
We are still looking for dates in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in early July or early August. Also, places we can take this in the Southeastern U.S. during August and September. Contact the Booking Manager! Blocker is also available for workshops with beginning writers and working playwrights, as well as character development and many levels of acting intensives.
And here’s some video for Gothic ’cause we know you love that kinda thing.
Long-haired actor at the Mississippi State Theatre Conference, circa 2012:
And the refreshing short-haired (like now) actor at The Visceral Company, Los Angeles, circa 2013:
After some tussles back and forth with where to park our web presence, we are back to WordPress (yay, WordPress!).
So hang with us till June, at least, while we move and update and streamline and pull out all our hair to make this pretty.
We are currently booking 3 shows for touring, we’re putting together a film project (cross your fingers), and we’re a little swamped with that, but we’ll get there. Makeover time. …We’ve got an impressive truckload of quality property so yes, we will clean off the shelves and remodel our antiquated web presence(s) to something worthy of the words we will be pushing to hungry and deserving audiences.
Meantime, look for Pamela Parker’s new play imagine this… starring Tamara Paquette, or give us a shout about bookings. Strengths in our available pool are a lot Southern comedies, but we’ll get a writer pitching you whatever you need if you tell us what you’re looking for … we know a lot of ’em: horror, comedy, novelists, lyricists, bookwriters, lovely performers across the country who love to read new work.
Look forward to connecting with you real soon… as soon as this makeover is done. Beauty takes freakin’ work.
First off, congrats to Ken for launching a new website and branching out from his volunteer work with E-Merging Writers. Ken is now publicist for Stage Left Studio, The Left Out Festival, Women at Work Festival, and the world premiere play Hot Steams by Zach Wegner. He posts press releases and such on his blog. May you be blessed for your hours of service.
A bit late (blog-wise…we’re lazy about that), but Frank Blocker’s Stabilized Not Controlled (the play formerly known as Fearless Moral Inventory) is enjoying a very solid run at Stage Left Studio.
Nytheatre.com (5/13/2012) and Electronic Link Journey (5/3/2012) both raved. And his visit to Florida State College to perform Southern Gothic Novel and teach Master classes was a rousing success, enjoying a lengthy standing ovation.
GARCIA’s public service announcement from the play Fearless Moral Inventory: 12-Step Walk Up.
From the play Fearless Moral Inventory: 12-Step Walk Up, now playing Sundays at 5:00 pm, Stage Left Studio, 214 W. 30th Street, New York. Written and performed by Frank Blocker, directed by Kathy Kelly Christos, the play runs 70 minutes and includes 20+ New York characters in an edgy comedy about landlord vs. tenants in a race against a new MTA subway line. Performances are November 27, December 4, and December 11 at 5:00 pm.
Fearless Moral Inventory: 12-step Walk Up by E-Merging Writers founder Frank Blocker will officially re-open … it’s 17th performance will be its Opening Night, but there are still two previews left: Nov 6 at 5:00 pm and Nov 13 at 5:00 pm.
Visit Stage Left Studio to get your tickets!
FEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY: 12-step Walk Up
BEGINS PERFORMANCES NOVEMBER 20, 2011
AT STAGE LEFT STUDIO, 214 W. 30th Street, 6th Floor
Written and performed by FRANK BLOCKER
Directed by KATHY KELLY CHRISTOS
Produced by CHERYL KING PRODUCTIONS and E-MERGING WRITERS
Fearless Moral InventoryFEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY, starring Drama Desk Award-nominee and celebrated monologist Frank Blocker, begins performances November 6 for (at least) a month of Sundays at Stage Left Studio (214 W 30th St., 6th Floor), 5:00 pm curtain. The play ran for 15 performances earlier this year while still in the final phases of development where New York Press declared that “Anyone who hasn’t seen one of Blocker’s multi-character solo shows should buy tickets now.” The Examiner went as far as to say that Blocker is an “actor/writer extraordinaire” and that the play “should be nominated for a Pulitzer for the unique way it views life.”
The play features 23 characters centering on a 5-floor walk-up apartment building in New York City, ruled by a vindictive landlord. Next door to a church (“for Christ’s sake”) where 12-step programs are a regular occurrence, each character must face change in a changing world. Blocker formulated the show from actual conversations and overheard diatribes from around New York City—from the Biblically-challenged Baptist preacher screaming from the radio of a babbling Jewish cab driver with a Russian accent, to the septuagenarian sex addict in recovery and her murderous landlord on a crusade. “Sometimes I think my job as a playwright is to be a recorder. Whether I agree with them or not, I should report what was said. When in doubt, stay closest to the truth.” Blocker says the intention of the play was to introduce the likeable along with the most irritating of City characters so that audiences might return home from the theatre with more empathy for their fellow man, having walked in their shoes and listened to their agendas.
“What it became is an in-depth look at issues we face in a world that’s constantly in flux. But as much fun as character-driven stand-up comedy.” Says director Kathy Kelly Christos.
“I used characters I knew and met to create the cast, but the plotline is based on my own nightmare with a typical City landlord. When I found out just how un-unique this is here, I realized, ‘I have something universal!’”
Producer Cheryl King snatched up the property for a run in her edgy, up-and-coming theatre, “Frank did more than 30 performances of his last show, Southern Gothic Novel. I never missed a show.” King directed Blocker and hopes to bring Novel back for special performances. “I would like to see Fearless sprout legs, and I hope to keep Frank on my stage as much as possible. He’s one of New York’s best kept secrets.” King’s Stage Left Studio, one block south of Penn Station, has been garnering substantial critical praise as well. The New York Theatre Experience stated, “On view at Stage Left is the very best New York theater has to offer.”
Blocker first came to New York in 2001 with an off-Broadway show he co-wrote— crowd-pleaser and a critical darling Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait & Tackle—and has been working with playwrights and creating new work ever since. Helming the E-Merging Writers collective, the group created three volumes of work by new playwrights called Stage THIS! As an actor, he won a 2009 Drama Desk Award nomination for his Solo Performance in Southern Gothic Novel: The Aberdeen-Mississippi Sex-Slave Incident, which he also penned. More recently, he appeared off-Broadway in last year’s Deep Throat Sex Scandal, lauded for his dynamic portrayals of multiple characters and his monologue skills.
“And now I have four women ruling over me in a one-man show.” Blocker eludes to the coincidence of being produced, directed, and coached by four different women for his solo show. In addition to King as producer and Christos in the directing chair, FEARLESS has the assistance of acting coach Amy Jones for help with vocal stress and characterization, and director and dramaturge Helena Gleissner worked through the initial development process. “I turn down no help. Especially quality like these ladies bring. Besides, no one does a solo show alone.”
Set design is by Edward Morris, costume design by Murray Scott Changar, and sound design by Elizabeth Barudin.
FEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY is produced by Cheryl King Productions in association with E-Merging Writers. Press previews begin Nov 6, and OPENING NIGHT is Nov 20. SUNDAYS at 5:00 pm.
SHOWS: Nov 6@5 pm – Nov 13@5pm – Nov 20@5pm is Opening Night
New solo play Good Jew: The Personal History of Henryk Altman as Told by Him will receive a private reading October 22, 2011, for an invited audience of theatre professionals. Producers, backers, and industry peers will gather to hear for the first time the stories of “good Jew” Henryk’s survival, written by award winning solo performer Frank Blocker and Murray Scott Changer.
Mr. Changar’s plays include The Gates of Helen, The Noble Sons of Popeye, White Picket Fence, The Old Actor and the Whore, and science fiction novel The Slaves of Votarus. Son of a Holocaust survivor, Changar began this project in 2007, teaming with solo performer and playwright Frank Blocker after working together on the Stage THIS! volumes of short plays and monologues.
The play will be produced in the very near future. Discussions are currently underway to present all three of Blocker’s solo plays as a repertory production. Southern Gothic Novel won a Drama Desk Award-nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance in 2009, and Fearless Moral Inventory is in rehearsals, having workshopped to critical acclaim earlier this year. “Should be nominated for a Pulitzer” – The Examiner
A private reception was held earlier this year at AG Contemporary Art to celebrate the play Good Jew. E-Merging Writers is forever grateful to Alexandre Gertsman for his kindness. Those providing development assistance for Good Jew include Peculiar Works Project, Jim Dale, University Settlement, and Pfister International.