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Monday, July 12th, 2010
5:04 pm
Moving company recommendations?
I'm looking for recommendations for inter-state movers, as I'll be
heading to New York at the end of August. (I'm still looking for
apartments in Manhattan, but hopefully will have something nailed down
in the next week or two.) Ideally, I'd like a company known to be
reliable, accurate in their estimates, and easy to deal with. Also,
relatively inexpensive.

That's not too much to ask, right...?
Thursday, July 8th, 2010
1:11 pm
Cyrano de Bergerac, July 14-31
My latest show opens next week, a free outdoor production of Cyrano in Chelsea.
I'm playing Christian on the Spanish language nights (Friday/Sunday) and the
Musketeer/ensemble on English nights (Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday). Details
below.


This will be my last show in Boston for a little while, as I'm moving to New York
at the end of the summer to begin studying in the graduate acting program at
Columbia in September. It's a three-year program, and while I'll be back for holidays
and possibly summers, this will be the easiest chance to catch me on stage for
those of you in Boston, at least for the near future. So I hope you can make it!

(I'm still looking for apartments and/or housemates in New York, ideally as close
to Columbia as possible (116th and Broadway); if you have any leads on either,
please drop me a line... =)




Apollinaire Theatre Presents

CYRANO DE BERGERAC
by Edmond Rostand

Join us for Apollinaire's 8th summer of FREE bilingual theater in the
park. Performances run July 14-31 at 7:30, in English on Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays, and Spanish on Fridays and Sundays.

Cyrano, the proboscisly challenged master swordsman and poet, is too
ashamed of his large nose to woo his beloved Roxane. Resigned, Cyrano
uses his mastery of words to win Roxane for another suitor, the
dashing yet tongue-tied Christian. But when Roxane finds that she
loves Christian for his mind, not for his beauty, which of her two
suitors will finally possess her heart?

The play's five acts-- full of comedy, romance, adventure, heartbreak,
courage and love-- will be performed in five locations throughout the
park, with the audience moving with the action. Audiences are
encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, and a picnic to enjoy
along with the live pre-show music and the water views.

For more information, see http://apollinairetheatre.com

Cyrano de Bergerac
July 14-31 at 7:30
Mary O'Malley Park, Chelsea, MA
FREE!

[Note that the park is much cooler than the city, due to being on the water.
You might want to bring a sweater. Serious rain will cancel the performance;
to check on the status of the show, call 617-887-2336.]
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
10:16 am
Upcoming Theatrical Endeavors
Two upcoming theatrical endavors of mine:

Richard III, with the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Susanna Harris Noon
March 11th-20th
La Sala de Puerto Rico
84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
Tickets: $6-12

I'm assistant directing this tale of betrayal and politics that's been set in modern America. Opens Thursday!



Stop Kiss
by Diana Son
Presented by Bad Habit Productions
Directed by Anna Waldron
April 8th-18th
The Factory Theatre
791 Tremont St., Boston
Website and tickets: www.badhabitproductions.org

"An unexpected romance between two young women is shattered when a brutal assault leaves one in a coma. The other is left to piece together the story of their friendship, and find out what her happiness is worth to her."

I'm playing Peter. It's a lovely show, funny, heartfelt, and heartbreaking. The theatre only seats 49, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

Current Mood: Yunnan Huang Jia

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
5:40 pm
An Ideal Husband, December 3rd-13th!
Shameless Plug:

My next show, "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde, opens tomorrow!

We're doing the show with only four actors playing all the parts, in this blend of comedy and drama with Wilde's characteristic wit.

Show details below.

Hope you can make it!


Bad Habit Productions Present:

An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde

Bad Habit Productions Artistic Director Daniel Morris puts a unique spin on this arch comedy of manners. Four actors play all the parts, mixing quick wit with quick changes in a story about what people do to make it to the top

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." - Oscar Wilde

December 3rd-13th
Thursday - Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm (Talkback after the show on Sunday 12/6.)

Durell Theatre
YMCA Cambridge
820 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139


Cast:
  • Sasha Castroverde. . . Lord Caversham, Lady Chiltern, Mrs. Marchmont, Phipps
  • Anna Waldron. . . Mabel Chiltern, Mrs. Cheveley, Phipps, Mason
  • Tom Giordano. . . Robert Chiltern, Lady Basildon, Mason, Phipps
  • Adam Kassim. . . Lord Goring, Mrs. Markby, Phipps


Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets see http://badhabitproductions.org/index.html
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
11:35 pm
Men of Tortuga
Slightly late shameless plug!

My current show, "Men of Tortuga" at Apollinaire Theatre in Chelsea, opened last Friday. I play Fletcher, the young idealist who helps throw a wrench in the plans of three power brokers planning an assassination.

Check below or www.apollinairetheatre.com for more details. =)

Hope you can make it! Tom




MEN OF TORTUGA OPENS FRIDAY APRIL 17TH!!

"Jason Well's new play is cleverly wrought, gripping and dramatically exciting. It's a thriller and it's thrilling." -Chicago Tribune

"Wells has crafted a taut, cleverly orchestrated piece about power...a sharp parable for our time." -Chicago Sun-Times

Behind the doors of America's code-locked executive suites men in fine suits are planning an assassination

In Jason Well's brutally hilarious satire, three power-brokers scheme with a weapons specialist to eliminate their enemy. But when one of them takes a young idealist under his wing, his long-dormant conscience begins to reawaken, forcing the cabal to concoct even more outlandish scenarios of annihilation and ponder whether the ends justify their means.

Performances will be followed by a Reception with the actors in the Gallery.

April 17-May 17 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 Sundays May 10 & 17 at 3:00

Chelsea Theatre Works 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea

$20 at the door, $18 in advance $15 student rush one hour before performance with ID (617) 887-2336 www.apollinairetheatre.com

For tickets call:(617) 887-2336, or visit us on the web.

Information and directions at http://www.apollinairetheatre.com

Starring: Peter Brown, Tom Giordano, Alain Groene, Phil Thompson, Rick Winterson Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques Stage Manager: Carol Bortman, ASM: Freya Grunden Set Design: Kathryn Kawecki Costume Design: Paul John Carli Sound Design: David Reiffel House Managers: Richard Richards, Ida Rudolph, Eli Bortman
Sunday, March 1st, 2009
1:26 am
O Ya
firstfrost and I explored O Ya on Thursday. We had the full-menu omekase, or chef's tasting menu, which had the following seventeen courses:

  1. Kumamoto Oyster, with watermelon pearls, cucumber mignonette
  2. Hamachi nigiri, with spicy banana pepper mousse and truffle oil
  3. Salmon Tataki nigiri, with torched tomato, smoked salt, onion aioli
  4. Warm Eel nigiri with thai basil, kabayaki, fresh Kyoto sansho
  5. Wild Bluefin Maguro Tuna nigiri, with soy braied garlic, micro greens
  6. Fried Kumamoto Oyster nigiri, with yuzu kosho aioli, squid ink bubbles
  7. Homemade La Ratte Potato Chip nigiri (!), perigord black truffle
  8. Salmon nigiri, o ya mayonette, wasabi tobiko, shiso
  9. Shima Aji and Santa Barbara Sea Urchin sashimi, ceviche vinaigrette, cilantro
  10. Hamachi sashimi, with viet mignonette, thai basil, shallot
  11. Wild Bluefin Tuna Tataki sashimi, smoky pickled onion, crispy garlic, truffle oil
  12. Chilled Maine Lobster Salad, avocado, creamy yuzu dressing, peppercress, cucumber gelee
  13. Yuzu Brined Ballotine of Chicken Wing, napa cabbage and shiitake stuffing
  14. Grilled Sashimi of Chanterelle and Shiitake Mushrooms, rosemary garlic oil, seasme froth, homemade soy
  15. Seared Petit Wagyu Strip Loin (2 oz.), tiny smoked potato, grilled onion, fresh wasabi
  16. Kyoto Style Black Trumpet Mushroom nigiri, garlic soy
  17. Foie Gras nigiri, balsamic chocolate kabayaki, raisin cocoa pulp, sip of 8-year aged sake


And then dessert, which was Soy Milk Blanc Mange with chilled thai tea and thai basil seeds, and Tres Leches Soaked Boston Creme Pie, ocumare chocolate, sesame.

Quite likely the most ridiculously extravagant meal I've ever had. And all very, very good. The wagyu beef was perhaps the best-- it definitely was the platonic ideal of beef. As opposed to the potato chip nigiri, which was amazing but not the platonic ideal of potato chips. The mushrooms, and the foie gras nigiri, also verged on Ridiculously Good, and I can see why they're all signature dishes.

As for the sushi and sashimi, the quality of the fish was all first rate. Their use of the torch was quite good-- enough to add some searing without losing the taste and texture of the fish. And the preparations were all very inventive and by and large enhanced the experience of the fish. The thai basil did lovely things for the eel. The torched tomato, smoked salt and onion aioli worked wonderfully to complement the salmon. The fried oyster was perfect, hot and tasting of salt and the sea, and the squid ink and yuzu added complexity of flavor. The banana pepper puree on the hamachi was fruity with just a bit of heat, and worked well with the torching.

The Creme Pie was probably the better of the desserts, particularly the flavor combination of the sesame.

Service was good and relatively unobtrusive; decor was lovely, although it seemed like it might be a bit dark at the tables. Sitting at the sushi bar was fine though, plus we got to watch the sushi chef work, and see one of the grills.

Definitely not an every-day sort of restaurant, but for the decadent splurge on sushi, it's worth it (to me, at least). And there was still a great deal of the menu that we didn't get to try. So perhaps more exploration will be in order, at some point...

Current Mood: Gen Ben Shi yunnan
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
11:06 am
2008: The Year in Numbers
I missed January 1st... I missed Chinese New Year... but here it is anyway: 2008, in numbers (with a few comments):

  • I read 0 books (oof, very sad).

  • I read 37 plays (pretty good), including 13 by Shakespeare, but not quite all of the comedies, which was a goal. I still have yet to read Two Noble Kinsmen, and I haven't read All's Well in years. But those are the only two I haven't read in the last few years.

  • I saw 67 plays plus 30 10-minute plays at the Boston Theatre Marathon! (kind of crazy, actually)

  • I saw 36 movies (decent), but only 3 in the theatre (not so good).

  • I had 15 first-round auditions (including one clearinghouse audition), 8 callbacks, and was cast in 5 shows. I performed in 2 shows (or 3 or 4, if you wanted to count Hound, Sabueso, and Escondido en la Imagen as different shows), started work on a third, and fight directed a show.

  • My cyclocomputer read about 1400 km, which makes my official tally about 3000 km. (Quite sad; sigh.)

  • I raced 0 bike races (sad, but less sad than it used to be).

  • I went climbing maybe ten times in the gym (enh).

  • I took one trip to Oregon and California, and several trips to Lenox. (Okay.)

  • I posted to lj three times-- 2007 in review and two Shameless Plugs. (Okay.)



I probably did other things, too, but didn't keep track. =)

Current Mood: Namche Bazaar
Monday, January 26th, 2009
3:36 pm
Upcoming Show: Intimate Apparel, January 30th - February 14th
Shameless Plug:

My next show, "Intimate Apparel" is coming up at the end of this week. The show is about a black seamstress in 1905 New York; I play Mr. Marks, a Romanian Jewish fabric merchant. It's a wonderful script, and I hope you'll have the chance to come see it. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays from January 30th to February 14th, and tickets are $19 for the first weekend and $21 for the second and third; students and seniors are $17. Save $1 per ticket by ordering in advance.

For anyone who can't make the regular Friday or Saturday night shows, or who wouldn't come be able to come because of expense, there's a free preview performance/press opening on Thursday, January 29th at 8:00.

Check www.footlight.org for more details. =)

Hope you can make it!




The Footlight Club presents Boston Community Theater premiere of the award winning

Intimate Apparel
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Heather Fry

Production Dates
January 30, 31, February 6, 7, 13 & 14 2009
Curtain 8:00pm

To order tickets, please go to www.footlight.org

The Cast:
  • Esther: F. Zandra Bennett
  • Mrs. Dickson: Carmen Dillon
  • Mrs. Van Buren: Nicole Prefontaine
  • Mr. Marks: Tom Giordano
  • Mayme: Lyndsay Allyn Cox
  • George: Franklin Onuoha


A successful black seamstress, Esther dreams that her skill in making sensual ladies' undergarments will lead her to a brilliant career. But at age 35, is it too late to hope for a family as well? Her business can take her from a bawdy bordello to a high-class boudoir in the space of a day. Hard work and creativity are no strangers to her. Surely, all she has to do is reach out to seize a chance at love...?

Set in 1905, Lynn Nottage's work explores some of the issues with which we continually wrestle: loneliness; love; intimacy; divisions of gender, race, and class. Her vibrant characters -- a Romanian fabric seller, a bourgeois socialite, a burlesque entertainer and prostitute, a Barbadian would-be entrepreneur, a landlady mother hen -- navigate various pitfalls and opportunities with the same potential outcomes we see in our own lives. Hearts could come together, or be broken. Careers might be made or lost. Spirits might reach new heights, or sink into cynicism. But ever and always, there is hope for brighter days ahead.

Current Mood: Keemun Hao-Ya A
Friday, September 12th, 2008
3:37 pm
Shameless plug
I'm playing Romeo in R&J, September 19th-October 4th. Info below. =)

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Here's much to do with hate, but more with love.
Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate!

Hovey Players presents

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Jessie Olson
Fight Choreography by Ted Eaton
Choreography by Eve Summer

One of Shakespeare’s most enduring and well known tragedies will have a modern twist in this season’s opener. Two wealthy families continue to disrupt the streets of Verona with their passionate feud, bursting into violent acts at a moment’s provocation. In the midst of their bloody rage their children fall in love but do not escape the world around them or their star crossed fate.

This production features the talents of Tom Giordano as Romeo, Rebecca Baumwoll as Juliet, Bill Doscher as Lord Capulet, Sara Jones as Lady Capulet, Gabrielle Hatcher as Mercutio, Michael Haddad as Tybalt, Stephanie Haddad as Escalus, Ronni Marshak as the Nurse, Peter Floyd as Friar Laurence, Bill DeRusha as Paris, Jorge Martinez as Benvolio, Lauren Hall as Balthasar, and Lis Adams as Montague.

Performances are September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 2,3, and 4 at 8pm, and September 28 at 2pm. Hovey Players is located at the Abbott Memorial Theater, Joel’s Way, 9 Spring Street, in Waltham. Free parking.


Join the cast and crew for an opening night party immediately following the performance at Baan Thai Restaurant, which is only a 5-minute walk from Hovey Players. Free food and cash bar.

Tickets are $16, Seniors/Students $14. For reservations, please call (781) 893-9171 or write to reservations@hoveyplayers.com.

For additional information, visit www.hoveyplayers.com or visit our facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=23963848061
Saturday, July 5th, 2008
12:34 am
The Real Inspector Hound / El Verdadero Inspector Sabueso
I'm in a show!
I'll be playing Moon in this month's production of The Real Inspector Hound
by Tom Stoppard, in both English and Spanish, in Chelsea. It's a fun show, and free,
so come early, come often. =)

Details below. =)

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Apollinaire Theatre Company (formerly TheatreZone) is celebrating its
sixth season offering New England's only bilingual free summer theater
in the park.

Apollinaire in the Park / Apollinaire en el parque

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND / EL VERDADERO INSPECTOR SABUESO
By Tom Stoppard
With
HIDDEN IN THIS PICTURE / ESCONDIDO EN LA IMAGEN
By Aaron Sorkin

July 9-26 7:30 FREE!
English: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Spanish: Fridays and Sundays.

MARY O'MALLEY PARK: Commandant's Way, Chelsea Waterfront (Admiral's Hill)

Bring blankets or lawn chairs. The action starts near the fish sculpture by the dock!
Traigan sus mantas o sus sillas. La accion empieza por la escultura
de peces cerca del muelle!

For directions, or in case of rain:
apollinairetheatre.com
chelseatheater.com
617-887-2336

The Real Inspector Hound/El Verdadero Inspector Sabueso follows two
theatre critics watching a ludicrous send-up of a country house murder
mystery, with their personal desires and obsessions interwoven into
their bombastic and pompous reviews. By chance, they become involved
in the action with results that prove surprisingly serious for both.

In Aaron Sorkin's one-act satire Hidden in this Picture/Escondido en
la imagen, a film director contemplates his final shot: 694 Marines
running down a hill at sunset. Weeks behind schedule, millions over
budget, and with no retake possible, what's a director to do when
three cows join the action?

Information and directions at: apollinairetheatre.com
http://apollinairetheatre.com/directions/parkdirections.html
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
6:01 pm
2007 in Review
Belated 2007 statistics:

  • I read 3 books (ick).
  • I read 29 plays, including 13 by Shakespeare, including all of the tragedies (decent).
  • I saw 48 plays (very good).
  • I saw 35 movies (decent), but only 4 in the theatre (not so good).
  • I auditioned countless times, was called back for several shows, and acted in 4.5 plays, including 2.5 Shakespeare (one was cancelled a few weeks before opening). (Quite good.)
  • My cyclocomputer read about 8400 km, which makes my official tally just about 3900 km. (Quite sad; sigh.)
  • I raced 0 bike races (sad).
  • I went climbing maybe a dozen times in the gym (enh).
  • I took one trip to Oregon, and one to California.


I probably did other things, too, but didn't keep track. =)
Sunday, December 30th, 2007
11:35 pm
In the middle of the storm
I am safe in Lenox, and have completed my first full day here.
I have LJ and email access at the usual locations, but no
regular zephyr access for the time being, due to crippled
browsers in the computer labs. I may be able to borrow
someone's laptop at some point, but for the moment, this
seems sufficient.

We're supposed to be getting 5-10" of snow by the end of tomorrow.
How exciting.

And now, I should sleep, for I have another 14 hour day ahead of
me tomorrow, and that's before any impromptu NYE festivities
that might occur.

Happy New Year to all. My standard This Year In Numbers will have
to wait until later. =)
Friday, December 14th, 2007
12:07 am
Out of Town
I will effectively be out of town for more than a month, starting December 21st.

First I'm off to California for Christmas Part I for several days, and then I'll be home for two days, during which time there will be Christmas Part II.

Then packing madness, followed by going to Lenox for a month for the Shakesepare & Company month-long acting intensive. I believe I will have email, phone, etc. access while I'm there, but I'll be pretty busy and so likely not very responsive. There is a small chance I'll be able to get back to Boston for a day or so, but it's not guaranteed.

I'll be back January 24th.
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
11:20 am
"The Importance of Being Earnest", opens tomorrow
Shameless plug!

I'll be playing Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, opening tomorrow and running
through the 17th. Table seats are limited and going quickly, so if you're interested in
those, best order soon. (There are about six tables of 4-5 people each at the front of
the house; those are the best audience seats. The rest of the house is general admission.)

For mail order, fill out the following form and send it in:
http://www.longwoodplayers.org/DOCS/Earnest_ticket_order_form_mailorder.pdf
This will avoid any fees from ordering by phone or web.

Hope to see you there!

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The Longwood Players presents
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by Oscar Wilde

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The Longwood Players' 10th season kicks off in 1895 England following
Algernon and Jack, two dapper young dandies caught in an increasingly
absurd -- and hilarious -- web of their own deceit. Wilde's wit
carries our heroes from town to country, from uncertainty to triumph,
and from love to disappointment and back again. This classic satire of
societal stigmatism complements the absurdities of this cast of
characters, challenging audiences to find for themselves the "vital
importance of being earnest."

A "Trivial Comedy for Serious People," The Longwood Players will be
producing the original four-act version of the play, which affords
both actors and audience an opportunity to experience a theatrical
classic as originally envisioned by Oscar Wilde. This version
contains more characters, more cleverness, and decidedly more food.

When:

November 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 8pm; November 17 at 2pm

Where:

Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre
820 Mass Ave, Central Square, Cambridge

Access:

Central Square T-stop (Red line)
Parking throughout Central Square
Green St. (paid) parking lot immediately behind theater

Tickets:

$25 Table
$19 General Admission
$3 student / senior discount

Purchase:

Online: http://www.longwoodplayers.org
Phone: 1-800-595-4TIX (1-800-595-4849)
At the Door: 1 hour prior to curtain
Monday, January 22nd, 2007
11:09 pm
Requiem for a cellphone
According to Verizon tech support, my cellphone, aged almost 3.5, has passed on. Attempts at resuscitation failed, with the ominous cause of death: Bad ESN. I'll do my best to see if there's anything that can be done, but it may be time to move on.

In the meantime, this means I won't have cellphone access. This is liable to be somewhat pesky. If you think you're likely to need to call me over the next week or so, you might consider email instead. Alternatively, if you let me know and I can give you home and work numbers if you don't have them already.

In the words of me, "doom".

Current Mood: disconnected
Monday, January 1st, 2007
10:42 pm
The Year in Numbers
2006 statistics:

  • I read 4 books (ick).
  • I read 40 plays, including 16 by Shakespeare, including all of the histories (good).
  • I saw 41 plays (quite good).
  • I saw 54 movies (also good).
  • I acted in one play, and one scene for a scene night (could be better).
  • My cyclocomputer reads 4533.1, which makes my official tally just about 5005 km. This probably means 5200-5300 km on the road due to computer error, plus a moderate amount of commuting on my fixie, plus a bit of 'cross and mountain biking. (Fairly sad, really.)
  • I raced 2 road races (sad).
  • I raced 0 'cross races (extra sad).
  • I went climbing 10-12 times in the gym, mostly in the fall (not terrible, but).
  • I completed 9 lessons of Rosetta Stone Mandarin Chinese (fine, for ~2 months of work).
  • I took 3 trips to California, 1 trip to Oregon, 1 trip to London, 2 business trips to Las Vegas with 1 stopover in New Mexico (decent).
  • I posted to livejournal 11 times, including the 2005 year-in-review (okay).


Current Mood: White Peach (Adagio)
Thursday, October 5th, 2006
10:28 am
Top Five Musicals "Poll"
Inspired by seeing the musical version of High Fidelity last night (world premiere at the Colonial, through October 22nd, before going to Broadway), which is full of Top Five lists, the inevitable discussion ensued:

What's your list of Top Five Musicals?

Post your favorites, or what you think would win the critics' "best musicals" contest, as you see fit. Or rant about how it's a foolish question, or why I didn't post my list, or what you will. =)

Current Mood: Royal Golden Yunnan
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
11:23 pm
Reading Material
Inspired by a fit of insomnia, I decided to catalog my collection of plays:

The results.Collapse )

Okay, that's quite a lot, really. Somehow I doubt it will cause me to stop acquiring more. But perhaps I should actually read all the ones I have, first?
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
12:40 am
Alan Symonds
Some people are forces for stability. They are the grounding point of a community. A touchstone, of sorts. In most environments, this role can pass between people, or become dispersed so the social network as a whole has some resilience to it, because the bonds between most of the members are relatively stable.

This can be very difficult to achieve in a college setting. Students arrive into a chaotic world, not knowing the school, the people, themselves, and usually by the time they figure out how things work (assuming they do) they're about to graduate. Institutional memory is lost without work, of course. But more important, the social structure in general is much more tenuous when you have highly stressed, highly capable people who are in a period of intense transition and discovery in their lives.

So there's an even greater than usual need to have a point of stability, and it often goes unfulfilled. People make do, of course, they have friends and families. But sometimes it's good to have someone outside of these structures, where there's often tension of their own.

I didn't know Big Jimmy very well, but it seemed like that was a role he played at EC. He'd seen it all before, he knew everyone, and it seemed like all he wanted was to help people out.

In the Harvard theatre community the equivalent might be Alan Symonds.

Alan was the "Technical Director for College Theatre Programs" at Harvard, but hardly anyone could have told you his title. He was just Alan. He was an undergrad there in the 70s, and I'm not sure he ever really left-- he was a fixture when I arrived, and has been ever since. You could almost always find him in the Agassiz, in his office (which used to be in the basement, until he got moved to slightly nicer accomodations on the first floor a number of years ago). He was the master of all things on the technical side of theater, especially lighting. He knew every performance space on campus, and all their quirks. And he was available, to everyone who needed him, or just wanted to chat.

When your show discovered that the door you built was a foot off from where it needed to be, he could help. If you realized during tech week that you hadn't really figured out where you were getting your lights from, he would help you find some. He always looked in on set builds to see how things were going. He founded the Freshman Arts Program ten years ago, a one-week orientation program for incoming students who were interested in arts programs of all sorts at Harvard.

And above all, he was a genuinely nice, caring, giving person. He had a quiet, dry humor that seemed to leave him almost perpetually smiling. I remember him raising his voice once-- one of his jobs was to give the "fire speech" during put-in of every show in the Agassiz, telling people the procedures to follow if the show needed to be stopped for a fire, or a medical emergency, or any other strange occurence. It was a serious speech, because sometimes these things do happen, and he took it seriously. So when people were talking instead of listening, he got their attention. And everyone just looked at the people who were talking, and they stopped, and paid attention. This was Alan.


Alan Symonds passed away suddenly yesterday, after suffering a heart attack. I never knew him as well as I'd have liked. I wasn't really a techie, or on the production staff of a show, and so I only worked with him peripherally. But it was always good to see him around the set shop, or in the theatre. He always knew what was going on, and knew just when help was needed, and what sort to offer.

And so I will miss him.


There's an article about Alan, from a Harvard Office for the Arts newsletter from a few years ago here.
Friday, June 2nd, 2006
1:18 am
May wrapup
Where did the month go? Hrm. Well, one more 3:00 workout on Monday, which was fun and social, rather than hard. Tuesday and Wednesday ended up being off, because I was at work late trying to make progress before a visiting researcher left.

Odomoter: 1750 km, I think, probably underreporting a bit. Getting better, but still low. I should be able to get over 1000 km this month, if I can keep some focus. Hopefully work and the weather will cooperate.
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