this cup is half full, fer cryin' out loud

Sunday, March 9, 2008

When in Doubt...

I got my first lead!!

I am starring as Father Flynn in the Jerusalem production of Doubt, presented by the Bamat Mabat theatre company ("Bamat Mabat" a Hebrew word play, literally transating into Gazing Stage or something like that).

Truth is, I don't think they had a ton of guys auditioning, so they called me and asked me to try out, even though I am leaving for America 10 days before the thing goes on stage. So now they have to change the performance dates in order to acommodate my travel schedule- i guess that means they liked me well enough, eh?

The play is about a priest who is accused by a nun of being inappropriate with one of the boys in the church. It ain't no jaunty musical, I'll tell you that. And it turns out that my pal Erin is playing my nemesis, Sister Aloysius (in memory of Squeakers the cat, whom we both loved, just not enough).

[Hey mom, when are you gonna go hang out with Erin's Aunt Rivka??]

But the best (or actually the most daunting) part is that, come December, you'll have Philip Seymour Hoffman to compare me to, as the film version of Doubt, also starring Meryl Streep, is in the works.

Too bad I don't get to recreate Phil's opening scene from Before the Devil Knows You're Dead....

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Red neck aunt says,perhaps that's your true calling,acting. That was one of mine.Hard work,some joy and good luck equels success.
Take care and enjoy.

Valerie, the sister said...

i think i will be ok with you not being able to recreate the before the devil knows your dead opening scene...my life will still be complete...
however you in a leading role??? can a video be made of this performance for your fan-base in this counrty?

Anonymous said...

Stu... Paul, here... not quite anonymous. It's good to read about your budding acting career. Having been raised Catholic, though... what's everybody got against Catholic priests?! They always seemed like such nice men...
Anyway, we're doing all right here. Big tornados in ATL this week. The city's a mess, but no bad stuff at ELC. Take it easy!

jayrog said...

Mazel. Jon Kush and I saw this play in dublin. The actor was (obviously) Irish, playing an american Irish priest working in the Bronx . It made for an interesting accent. Make sure to take all of these things into consideration (including your Isreali audience) before deciding on an inflection. I would go with turkish:)