May 11, 2021
Major Tom to Ground Control
Our Weekly Recap, Resources & Recommendations for Actors, Directors & Creatives
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ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION
by John Patrick Shanley
Gaia Visnar and Matthew Mueller
COLD READ AUDITION EXERCISE
Tessie Herrasti, Buddy Delgado, Joanna Wooten and Dash Grundy
from ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’
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- Coaching Sessions from last Saturday (April 17): Cold Read Exercise "Hard Landing"; "Boy's Life" by Howard Korder;
- Lessons from Tom: from last Saturday (April 17): "Your preparation is only up to you!"; "Imagination and Architecture"; "Act To Seek Your Own Good Opinion"
- Voice and Speech: from last Saturday (April 17): Voice & Speech Warm Up with Mary Lou Rosato
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Music This Week
INTRO: "Love Theme From Chinatown" by Jerry Goldsmith ; "I Can't Get Started" by Bunny Berigan and his Orchestra
OUTRO: "I Can" by Nas
Recommended This Week
MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
A 14 minute short film
Cinematic trance-maker Maya Deren and her husband Alexander Hammid launched an underground revolution with this 1943 avant-garde landmark—shot in their Hollywood home, but a world away from the commercial gloss of the dream factory—in which a cascade of uncanny images evoke a woman’s fractured psyche.
Tom worked with the composer of this film, Teiji Ito (who was also Deren's fourth and final husband) four months before his passing. Ito is best known for his scoring of avant-garde films and plays. In 1963, he composed the score for the Broadway production of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"
The link above includes Teiji Ito's music.
In its first decade of release, however, "Meshes of the Afternoon" was left intentionally silent and included three additional shots. The link to this original, silent version of the film is below:
Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular "turns," all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted "orphans." To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name and tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from