Jeremy's Ramblings, Babblings, and Other Pretentious Bullshit.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Last night was the first night of good sleep that I got in a while. I've got so much on my plate right now. I had to drop a stand-up comedy competition that was going to take place in a couple of weeks, because I knew I wouldn't have the time to come up with a decent routine. So I was taken off the list and replaced by a guy named "Wild Bill". Dear Lord, with each passing day I feel that I'm making the right choice in getting out of stand-up comedy.
I'm also reading scripts for the Blank Theatre's Living Room Series, which takes time, auditioning for their Young Playwrights Festival, getting ready to audition for "Equus" in Santa Ana, working on a script I just finished, working on an upcoming production of a script that I wrote a while back, trying to help with a script my sister wants to write, trying to figure out how I can hear what Bush and Cheney said to the 9/11 Commission, blah blah blah. I don't really know why I'm complaining. I love all of this stuff. How many other people can claim that they are immersing themselves in something that they love?
The latest trend in theatre (along with casting celebrities who aren't great actors. See prior post) is to have plays with a slash in the name. Recent examples are "Topdog/Underdog", "Homebody/Kabul", "Cold/Tender" and "Blue/Orange". My sister and I were deciding that the play she wants to write should have a slash separating two opposite words. Ideas we came up with were "Hot/Cold", "Oil/Water", "To Be/Not To Be" and of course "Opposite/Same". We finally decided that the slash would separate the title, but BE the title. Yes, the play will be called "/". That way people won't know what to ask tickets for when they call the box-office. A great idea, no?
Oh, and if you're wondering why there are so many entries (is anyone actually reading this? It's rather presumptuous of me to think so, don't you think, person who isn't reading this?), these are all written while I'm at work, when I should be working, but am not. So I do have a life, I just choose to be lazy when I'm getting paid. That's the American way!
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
There's an article in today's L.A. Times about a playwright who is 25 year old, and is having his play read at South Coast Repertory, a highly regarded regional theater located in Orange County. Again, it's inspiring. The article mentioned that he is the youngest playwright to have a play produced at SCR. I hope to, in the next two years, break that record. Oh, yes! It shall be done. I am going to send my next play off to SCR and the Mark Taper Forum (a really great theater in L.A.) in the rather feeble hopes that they would be interested in it. It's worth a shot. I will have no regrets in this life o' mine.
Anyway, that's all I've got for today. I'll be more interesting if I get more sleep...maybe.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Just so you know, I'm a list fiend. Ain't nothing wrong with that. It's just something I enjoy doing. What of it?
Anyway, here's my first list. The Top Five Actresses That I Hope Will Someday Act In A Script That I Wrote (or the T.T.F.A.T.I.H.W.S.A.I.A.S.T.I.W. List for short):
1. Meryl Streep
2. Frances McDormand
3. Scarlett Johansson
4. Alexis Bledel
5. Mary-Louise Parker
Honorable mention to Naomi Watts
And just for the hell of it, I'll do the Top Five Actors as well (not DO them, you know. It's not like I'm...yeah, anyway):
1. Christopher Walken
2. John Cusack
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman
4. Kevin Spacey
5. Steve Buscemi
And honorable mention to the great David Cross
So if any of you are reading this (because I know that you have nothing better to do in between contract negotiations, press conferences, filming schedules, and actually trying to maintain a decent social life), then ring me up. We'll talk, we'll schmooze, we'll do lunch.
Anyway, just remember, ain't nobody dope as me. I'm just so fresh, so clean (so fresh and so clean clean). So if anybody asks, "Hey, is there anybody as dope as that Jeremy guy?" You can say, "Nay, for he so fresh AND so clean clean."
This is a bit of advice for people who want to be involved in theater, either in directing or acting. If you are directing and/or acting in a play that is not plot-driven and instead rather talky, like ("Long Day's Journey Into Night" or "The Zoo Story"), PLEASE make sure that you work extra hard to bring a sense of urgency to it. I saw a show last night in L.A. that didn't do that. It was EXCRUCIATING!
Oh, and also only cast a celebrity only if they're really right for the role. The reviews are in, and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is not embarrassingly bad in the revival of "Raisin in the Sun", as people might have thought. However, the consensus is that he does not have what it takes to carry the show. This is why if you're going to cast a celebrity, make sure that they are familiar with theatre (recent examples being Ned Beatty, Calista Flockhart, John Lithgow, and Liev Schreiber) instead of just any random celebrity (recent examples being Jason Patric, Alicia Silverstone, and Jason Biggs).
Speaking of theatre, tonight I have an audition for the Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival. There are plenty of great shows this year with plenty of parts for a teenage boy-looking guy. Wish me luck! Don't say "break a leg", though. That's just superstitious nonsense.
Monday, April 26, 2004
I just noticed that my friend Matt Gardner posted a link to my weblog on his site. I should return the favor. So here I go: VISIT MATT GARDNER'S WEBLOG!!! He's still to date the funniest advice columnist I've ever read. And if there are any professional wrestling fans out there reading this (Anyone? Anyone?), then Matt is the guy to talk to. I remember the days back in high school of him telling me about Mick Foley and Steve Austin, about how "Beyond the Mat" was the greatest documentary since "Nanook of the North", and about some Vince guy. And every time a Krispy Kreme-like glaze would come over my eyes.
Right now, I am listening to the first album from Bob Dylan entitled, appropriately enough, "Bob Dylan". He was 20 years old when he made this album. Twenty! He's in his 60's now and has been making great music for nearly 40 years. You listen to this album, and it's easy to see why. Even though it's mostly covers of old blues tunes, you hear such life in his voice. This is a guy with something to say. Very inspiring, let me tell you.
On a completely unrelated note, I pulled a "for entertainment value only" double-feature yesterday. I saw "Hellboy", which was very imaginitive and a lot of fun, due in part to a great performance from Ron Perlman, and "Dawn of the Dead, which I really dug up until the end credits, which nearly ruined the film for me (those of you who have seen it know what I'm talking about. They should have ended with the last shot before the end credits started and leave well enough alone).
In other news, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs makes his Broadway debut tonight in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun". I will not pass judgment yet until I read tomorrow's reviews. Stranger things have happened in the world than P. Diddy being able to fill Sidney Poitier's shoes.
Also, if you're fascinated by the effort put into those Time Waster websites (like I am), then you should check out Subservient Chicken. Type in stuff like walk, skip, sit, flap...and then see just how elaborate your commands can get. It's amazing to see how much time must have been put into this.
So stay tuned, I might actually say something interesting next time.
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Right now as I type this, I'm listening to "Meet the Press", and he is interviewing Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. It's so hard for me to be able to filter the bullshit that the Bush administration is giving us from the truth. Is Bush in bed with the Saudis? Should they have known about 9/11 beforehand? Did they? The real reason we're in Iraq is...? Trying to keep up with the times is not as easy as I thought it would be. But I guess it's necessary. If I'm going to be one of the something like 3% of people my age who will be voting, I better know what for.
So it's about 9:00 in the morning, which is VERY unusual. I rarely ever get up before noon on the weekend. So what have I got planned for the day. I have a script that desperately needs rewriting (I have friends who want to produce it, even though they haven't even read it yet. That's definitely a vote of confidence). I also have two movies to watch on my Netflix account. I could also clean my place. I have several scripts that I could read for research (I still haven't finished that damn Eugene O'Neill play. It's great but it's 170 pages long). I should read "Equus" again before I audition for it in a week. However, I doubt any of these things will be accomplished.
Saturday, April 24, 2004
And now, I give you...an aspiring playwright...a better-than-average-but-not-quite-good-enough-to-"make it" actor...a tries-to-be-nice guy...a likes-to-make-adjectives-by-putting-hyphens-in-his-sentences speaker...JEREMY GABLE!!!
*SMATTERING OF APPLAUSE FROM PEOPLE TOO DRUNK TOO CARE*
Thank you, thank you.
Right now, I have nothing much to say except HI!!! Just hoping you'll enjoy the rest of this "wonderful" site, and that you'll "visit" often. I like to put "quotation marks" around things that I "say", because it makes me sound "ironic". Okay, bye.