Nice Things Reviewers Have Said About PAST TIME!
"...hilariously quirky...Weber and Griswold make an endearingly mismatched duo...consistently enjoyable and an ideal date show." -L.A. Times, Critic's Choice (here, read the full review!)
"...wildly funny... The five-character ensemble are a marvel to watch under Jeremy Aldridge's smooth direction...the ensemble are a dream team...A triple threat production: great writing, great direction, great acting! Bravo!" -Broadway World
"... a brilliant play from Padraic Duffy, exquisitely directed by Jeremy Aldridge, and superbly acted by a wonderful cast...Julia Griswold as Meredith entertains us with her great comic chops...Past Time is one of those shows you just sit back and experience. Don't miss it." -Discover Hollywood
"Deeply emotional even in its whimsy, every single element of this production, every character, is perfectly crafted, staged and presented. One of the most emotionally satisfying plays you will experience this year – bar none." -Gia on the Move
"Poignant and funny...it is the magical skills of the cast, fast-paced direction by Aldridge, and often foul-mouthed but totally modern and realistic language by Duffy, that make each moment so true to life that no doubt you will see a bit of yourself in each of their emotional struggles... And who can’t use some great laughs along the way?"
-Culver City News
"The company has a hit on its hands." -Paul Myrvold's Theatre Notes
"Duffy has written a charming, hilarious, yet ultimately gentle play, his rapid-fire, idiosyncratic sense of humor a lovely match for director Jeremy Aldridge and his endearing band of actors." -Arts in L.A.
"WOW... deliciously quirky, often side-splittingly funny, ultimately heartwarming... Griswold’s delightfully deadpan Meredith grows as well...Abundant laughter and charm (plus enough heart to provoke a tear or two before it’s over), Past Time has them all... a delectable winter treat." -StageScene L.A.
I'm working on Past Time, the new Padraic Duffy play at Sacred Fools Theater, which has moved from its longtime home on Heliotrope Drive to Theater Row on Santa Monica Boulevard!
It's a beautiful story about love, loss, impermanence, friendship, and unicorns. We open February 19; directed by Jeremy Aldridge, stars Leon Russom, Ruth Silveira, French Stewart, Josh Weber, and m'self.
The Ovations Awards ceremony isn't until 11/9, but this is from the nominees' reception, where they plied us with drinks and snacks and nominee certificates and Ovation pins and a good time was had by all. Pictured: The Behavior of Broadus All-Star Band.
The Behavior of Broadus got nine (NINE!) Ovation Award nominations, including best production of a musical (intimate theatre), acting ensemble of a musical, book, lyrics, and directing. I anxiously await the awards ceremony, I'll don my finest diamonds to celebrate 99-seat theatre with m'comrades in arms.
And Serial Killers is back in session, here's me last week as a 911 dispatch officer in Tifanie McQueen's "Florida Man," directed by Ben Rock. Saturday nights at 11!
My episode of RideShare Confessions is live! Definitely not just playing me at 14, totally created a character there
I realized recently that my last blog post was from September of last year, so it looks like I haven't been doing anything, but I have, and I've been going back through and adding more pictures and links and things, which glitched out the site, so these blog entries say that they were happening throughout like a week, but they were all posted 7/31, I just changed the dates so they'd show up in the right order. Enjoy!
I spent a lot of June shooting a short film with Zachary, which we co-wrote. It's down in edit-town with Jim Pierce now, so more on this in a couple months.
Okay look, so this was mostly just more Serial Killers.
That time me, Zachary, and Jen DeRosa performed as ZACHARY BERNSTEIN AND FRIENDS AND ENEMIES for vote count
This was a busy month, but not entirely for acting/writing/comedy reasons. I moved! To a house! In Burbank! With Natalie! Combined, we have several cats.
Also, I participated in a reading of a new, smart, funny full-length play by Sarah McKinley Oakes. She is very smart and funny so it makes sense her script was, too.
In February Tangerine Sunset died (it lived a very full life in two episodes) before it was resurrected for the playoffs.
Also, that month I started co-directing The Boring Astronaut with French Stewart, in preparation for captaining the space shuttle in his absence.
I also co-hosted the show one night with Zachary!
Kicked off the new year by co-hosting the annual New Year's Eve Fast & Loose show with Heather Schmidt; it was really fun, and if any photographic evidence of it exists I'll come back and add it later.
Also, Serial Killers. This one was by Peter Fluet!
In December I continued to be in a bunch of serials for Serial Killers at Sacred Fools, but I also got a taste of co-hosting (FORESHADOWING) (well, if you're reading from the top down, like you would, where it's chronologically backwards, REVERSE-FORESHADOWING) (...BACKSHADOWING?) (cause the next month I co-hosted Fast & Loose) (and then Serial Killers) (ANYway) with the cast of Me & My Friend Marian! Here's how we opened the show!
Bill Robens wrote this Serial, and Richard Levinson wrote the music. Watch the song and dance!
I also wrote a song with Zachary about seasonal depression, disappointment, and heartbreak! Maybe I'll post it again in a few months, when the holidays roll around again. FUN!
In November, while continuing to do late-night theatre stuff, also shot a small part in a full-length feature, Drugs and Other Love.
Also, shot a commercial!
In October of 2014, The Behavior of Broadus (a co-production of Sacred Fools Theater, Burglars of Hamm, and Center Theatre Group) was in full swing; I understudied for the marvelous Erin Holt, and got to go up several times with a kick-ass cast that made doing a musical even more fun than doing a musical already is. Hot damn!
I was also in Nikki Muller's music video "The Sluts Are Coming Out Tonight (Slutty Halloween Song)," makin' mama proud.
We learned an important lesson about the dangers of Dungeons and Dragons in this exploration--through musical theatre--of those little pamphlets the religious weirdos hand out to tell you how you're going to hell. (See the follow-up from the playoffs here!)
I shot an episode of a new webseries, and did a bunch of Serial Killers, like ya do, and participated in a reading for a full-length version of a long-running serial I was in the season prior.
And some housekeeping; since I apparently didn't write about them before, in August I shot a commercial,
and I also won a Mosty, which is a very prestigious award. Don't look it up, just trust me.
California is in a Severe Fucking Drought. The good news is, we can all do our part. The time to stop fucking around is now.
Zachary and I wrote and directed another video! And he did the music and I'm in it!
Also, all of these wonderful people made it happen: actors Michael Lanahan, Victor Isaac, Paul Plunquet, Tifanie McQueen, Ruth Silveira, Lynn Odell, Nathan Wellman, Jaime Andrews, Esteban Andres Cruz, Peter Fluet, & Abraham Benrubi, editor and co-DP Jim Pierce, co-DP Carrie Keranen, and Jay Bogdanowitsch who generously loaned us equipment.
The Casting Networks Inc. newsletter went out today, and "Rebel Without a Car" blogger Enci Box included our video in her informative article about the drought, which has a lot of resources and information, and not so many cusses. Read it!
On Saturday night we had a party to launch Sacred Fools Theatre's 18th (18th!) season, and to wrap up our summer fundraising party. We had a goal of $36,000 to fund the upcoming season, and thanks to friends and patrons all over the country, we did it (and then some). Here's to another 18!
Been very busy, mostly because of this, so come see it!
In other news, was in half the Sweet 16 in the Serial Killers playoffs (first round), they come back June 28!
Music/guitar/vocals: Zachary Bernstein
Shot by: Leigh Wulff
Edited by: Ben Crump, Jarrett Sullivan
Horns/tuba: Nick de Carlo
Accordion: Zelda Lin
Featuring: Julia Griswold, Zachary Bernstein, Michael Robert Holmes, Cj Merriman, Dana DeRuyck, Monica Greene, Eric Giancoli, Meghan Lewis, Leigh Wulff, Erin Holt, Richard Levinson, Travis Snyder-Eaton, Lemon Baardsen, Marian Gonzalez, Trey Perkins, Fru Tron, Sophie, Corey Klemow, Mandi Moss Holmes, Janna Jude, Aaron M. Bittel, Carlos Larkin, Ari Radousky, Donnelle Fuller, Natalie Rose, Tifanie McQueen, Paul Plunkett, Noah Applebaum, Erika Rose
I'm a writer, and an actor. I do comedy. I'm short.