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In Actor's Life, Broadway Usher's Life, Inspirational, Pictures, Screenwriter's Life on March 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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Leaving Palm Springs, next stop the Battlefield.

In Broadway Usher's Life, Off Broadway Shows, Pictures on March 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

As OTHER DESERT CITIES closes at Lincoln Center, we were graced with the attendance of many celebrities and public figures for this show.  During the last week, Vice President Joe Biden attended, along with many, many security figures. One of whom gave the Bartender a Presidential coin. a thrill to see!

The set for OTHER DESERT CITIES was the beautiful interior of a Palm Springs home to a retired Hollywood couple.  The production starred Linda Lavin, Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Thomas Sadoski and Elizabeth Marvel. What a fantastic performance ensemble!  Written by Jon Robin Baitz, the piece should be awarded a Pulitzer for Drama. Look for it on Broadway in the fall, hopefully with the same cast!

Linda Lavin has moved on to FOLLIES in Washington DC, and Thomas Sadoski can be seen locally in HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES.

Andd of course I can be seen giving directions and showing you to your seats at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center for the highly anticipated production of WAR HORSE.

From Jeff in NYC.

Leaving OTHER DESERT CITIES behind

In Broadway Usher's Life, Off Broadway Shows, Pictures on February 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

As OTHER DESERT CITIES closes at Lincoln Center, we were graced with the attendance of many celebrities and public figures for this show.  During the last week, Vice President Joe Biden attended, along with many, many security figures. One of whom gave the Bartender a Presidential coin. a thrill to see!

The set for OTHER DESERT CITIES was the beautiful interior of a Palm Springs home to a retired Hollywood couple.  The production starred Linda Lavin, Stockard Channing,Look for it on Broadway in the fall, hopefully with the same cast!

Linda Lavin has moved on to FOLLIES in Washington DC, and Thomas Sadoski can be seen locally in HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES.

I get so excited over the little things in life.

In Inspirational, Pictures, Rants & Raves on February 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

example: Yesterday was a day of errands before arriving at work, you know that place where you have to go and perform so you get money to pay your bills. That work. I had to return a suit I purchased online at JC Penney in the Manhattan Mall on 34th St. Done! As I was exiting I was thinking how sad I was that the reading glasses I bought from Duane Reade, which I loved, broke. The nose guard came off. If it happens to you don’t put your glasses on, that little stub causes great pain. So as I was leaving I noticed one of those kiosks selling fashion sunglasses. You know the kind you think are $75, but really turn out to cost $150.  (I can’t ever imagine spending $150 on sunglasses). I stepped up to the pretty girl & asked if she can do repairs, I’d glad pay the fee, and as she blinked her baby browns, she said there was a Lens Crafter directly above on the 2nd floor. So I headed up.

Upon entering Lens Crafter, the guy by the door said hello, the Arabish looking girl on the phone, pulled the phone from her ear and said hello (it must have been a personal call) and the girl on the end said hello.

I said (I always am guilty of offering too much information), these reading glasses were from Duane Reade, but I have purchased glasses before from Lens Crafter though my union (white lie, it was Cohen Fashion Optical) and these Duane Reade glasses lost the nose guard, which I took out of my shirt pocket and presented to them. I asked if they could fix it I would gladly pay whatever the fee charged was. The young girl took the glasses and politely motioned for me to have a seat.

After a short wait she walked over to me with my glasses in her hand, wait what was she doing, she was cleaning & polishing them with a cleaning cloth… I didn’t ask her to do that.  Common sense, she thought on her own (or Lens Crafter trains their employees very well) and handed my sparkling glasses back to me with the nose guard fixed. Ah! I was so happy I wanted to hug her! Thank you, thank you I said! As we walked to the counter I took out my wallet and asked her how much. She smiled and said “No charge.” Wait, was I hearing correctly? In this down trodden economy, in a franchised chain store, this woman was saying no charge for fixing my glasses?! I had taken up 5 minutes of her labor, and she supplied one of Lens Crafters screws. And there was no fee involved? YES! Oh my!  I had come across a truly warm individual, not a press 3 for English type of gal. But a gal I was able to interact with and who showed common sense and good public relations on behalf of Lens Crafters.

Still in a little shock, I asked her what her name was & extened my hand, “Iris” she said, as she extended hers. “I’m Jeff, thank you so much. I will pay this deed forward to someone else.” I left the store feeling like a million bucks and it really didn’t cost Lens Crafters more than the price of screw for eyeglasses. Kudos to you Lens Crafters for training/employing this young gal, who made my day!

I haven’t done my good deed yet (although I really do good deeds all day long, everyday… or I try to anyway.) But next Monday when I pass by, I am going to drop off a couple of NYS lottery tickets to Iris and just say “Thank you, you made my day.”

In a world where technology and automation has taken over the actual human interaction we have with each other, please let someone know that they made you happy. Even if it’s the supermarket checkout girl who smiles at you when giving you your change. I can bet any amount of money that store did not train her to smile. Have a wonderful day!

From Jeff in NYC.

Wonderful cappuccino… oh yes a film and a play also.

In Broadway Usher's Life, Off Broadway Shows, Pictures, Rants & Raves on January 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Yesterday, after working (as an Usher) and seeing again for the second time OTHER DESERT CITIES

at the Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center (Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Linda Lavin, Thomas Sadoski and Elizabeth Marvel all in amazing performances of an extremely well written, modern American play by Jon Robin Baitz) I took in a double feature at NYC’s famed Film Forum.

Other Desert Cities dived into my emotions with a family of five that i was so totally able to identify with. Not that I have 5 family members like those characters, but I was able to touch within myself elements of each of the characters. From the I accept the way things are, but I don’t want to talk about it of Stacy’s Father, to Stockard’s I have everything under control”, to Linda’s “So fucking what” to Thomas’ Hey, I got my own issue’s too, to Elizabeth’s Can’t you hear me, my brother died?! Kudo’s to a play that has affected me so. Rumor has it, that Other Desert Cities will hit Broadway in the Fall, catch it now at Off Broadway prices, but I’m already thinking this play will be nominated for many TONY AWARDS.

Being a lover of film noir, the Film Forum is having a Fritz Lang festival so I took in a double feature of THE BIG HEAT and HUMAN DESIRE, both with Glen Ford and Gloria Grahame. The Big Heat was OK, but Human Desire was wonderful. HUMAN DESIRE (1954) Zola’s La Bête Humaine à l’Américain: busy Gloria Grahame gets adulterous to save hubby Broderick Crawford’s railroad job, then gets new boyfriend Glenn Ford to provide the alibi when jealous Crawford gets murderous himself.

As I left the theater I felt so complete from the cathartic sobbing session while watching Other Desert Cities (having buried 2 brothers myself), to the fulfillment of watching a film noir piece that was so iconic and the conversation I had with the stranger seated next to me, to the warm smile the attendant gave me as she  passed to me a tasty decaf cappuccino that I quietly took into the theater to enjoy with my 85% cocoa bar.

It was a satisfying day for me, hope yours was too!

In New York City with Jeff.

I am questionable….

In Pictures, Screenwriter's Life on January 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Again I sit at my computer, different day, my eyes switching from the computer screen to the living room window where snow is brilliantly shining. It hasn’t hit the ground yet where gallons of swishy, dirty, slush make crossing the street like crossing the Hudson river.

I was about to open my screenplay HEALED, I’ve been rolling in my head a scene that needs to be written; but my finger can’t seem to click on the icon. I’m afraid that once I open the file I won’t have anything to write because the scene in my head is not fully amalgamated yet. So I sit in front of my computer staring out the window, knowing I should be writing.

I have been doing a lot of research for HEALED about Priests, cancer and the freedom and right to deny treatment for any ailment, life threatening or not, and the reasons why someone would deny treatment. I’ve read some remarkable stories from people suffering with cancer, some blog entries from people who want to commit suicide, and various ways and beliefs people use to establish a direction of  faith in their life without using organized religion as we know it.

In doing so I’ve come across, what I feel to be a remarkable site. Where the owner’s writings come close to what I’ve had in my head for many years but have not been able to pinpoint, formulate, and express it. Please visit his site, which is titled: ROGUE PRIEST, re-imagining spirituality, self-development and courage for the 22nd century, and discover for yourself another point of view.

http://roguepriest.net/

From wet & snowy New York City,

-Jeff

It’s snowing… again & again & again…

In Broadway Usher's Life, Pictures, Screenwriter's Life on January 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Wednesday Jan 26, 2011. Sitting in my Living room watching the snow fall outside, it looks like a postcard.

The show I was ushering at Lincoln Center has closed, A FREE MAN OF COLOR, and I now have a lot of free time on my hands. Actually I feel like a person again, being able to have dinner or lunch on the weekends with friends I haven’t spoken to in awhile to catch up, although I do miss the extra paycheck.

I’ve been doing a lot of research for the new screenplay HEALED which means hours & hours on the internet, reading, exploring, educating myself… I’m been on quite a journey discovering more and more about me, while I search for information on other subjects.

Working at a Bookkeeping Client this afternoon, then coffee with a friend afterward then home for the messing evening snow.
Stay dry!
-Jeff

Pitching my screenplay with the Hollywood Pros…

In Pictures, Screenwriter's Life on October 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm

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Last week I went to the 2010 LA Screenwriters Expo and pitched my romantic comedy KNOCK 3 TIMES over and over and over.

Some folks did express interest, we’ll see who contacts me….

-Jeff

Winding Down

In Pictures, Screenwriter's Life on July 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

My romantic comedy screenplay KNOCK 3 TIMES, just made semi-finals in the Flatshoe Entertainment 2010 American Screenwriting Competition.
Woo hoo!!!

Love the way some people dress…

In Broadway Shows, Broadway Usher's Life, Pictures on July 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

One of the nicest things about working at Lincoln Center is the array of individuality which is seen….

Young, in love & stylish….

Don’t they look great!?

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