STAGE WORK |
In Reverse Chronological Order
Turning Points -
Turning Points was a fairly short play; it was about an hour
long. Though the script had some serious problems, and I really
didn't have the rehearsal time to get my performance to where I
wanted it to be, I enjoyed working on it anyway. I played Doctor
Andrew Stone, a guy who drank too much due to the
fact that he was having marital problems. I was a little young for the
part, but as the rest of the cast was also quite young, it wasn't so bad.
The plot of Turning Points had a lot of similarities to The Big
Chill, though the writer claimed he's never seen that movie.
About Face -
About Face was a very bizarre play; it was about forty minutes long.
Though I was on stage for the entire play, my part was pretty
small... which was a good thing as I was also doing Turning Points
at the time. My character, who didn't really have a name, was kinda
like the embodiment of one of the main character's thoughts.
While he talked, I interacted with a girl, who was also part
of his thoughts, and had a line of dialogue now and then... or something
Vic & Peri -
Vic & Peri was bizarre... it made About Face seem rational.
The title actually means "Victim and Experimenter;" it was all about the
experimenter playing mind gamed with the victim. I was brought in to
this play at the last minute. My part was really nothing more then a cameo
appearance at the very end; I didn't even have any lines.
I played a young Elvis Presley... there was also an old one. At the end of
the play, for absolutely no reason, a big fat chicken waddles onto to stage,
tells one of the main character to "Bock-Up," then the song "Singing in the Rain"
starts playing. At this time, four additional chickens and the two Elvi come
out and dance... I told you it was bizarre.
Farewell to Manzanar -
Farewell to Manzanar was a play about what happened to the Japanese
Americans during World War II and sense. We used a lot of eastern theater
techniques such as puppets and masks... and Barbie dolls... don't even ask
about that one. I played President Franklin D. Roosevelt in this play; as
I had a mask on, my youthful appearance wasn't a factor. I also played
several ensemble parts in this piece, but FDR was my main role.
Baba: Flight of the Monkey King -
Baba: Flight of the Monkey King was the pre-show for Farewell
to Manzanar; it was only about twenty minutes long. It was a series
of historical stories about China as told by a young boy named Baba. I
played the elder brother of Baba;
I tried to instill values in him. I also played Buddha in a dream sequence;
it was a segment in which a monkey kite comes to life in Baba's
imagination... why is all my stage work so bizarre?
By the Dawns Early Light: The Return of Quetzalcótal -
By the Dawns Early Light was a play all about how white people are bad; it
was a sensationalist story about the Mexican-American War. In this play,
three racest white guys are sent back in time by Quetzalcótal, the Mexican "Lord
of the Dawn." By the end, two out of three of the guys chance their ways.
I was actually cast as a priest who was only in two short scenes, but they also had
me play a soldier... they couldn't find any other people who wanted to be in
the play. My role of Lieutenant Higgens, or bad white guy number three as I call
him, was actually far more interesting then the priest. I got to die at the end,
that was fun. This was the first play I was in that people had to pay to see.
Hamlet is, of course, the play by William Shakespeare. I wouldn't have
included this here at all if not for the fact that there are a
few pictures from it on this website; I was in sixth grade at the time, and it
was hardy acting. I played Horatio in it... and
it frightens me that there are several video tapes of it in existence.
In Alphabetical Order
Brentwood Village -
In this commercial, I sort of reprised my role from the Fox Rent-A-Car commercial. Elisa Eliot again played my wife, though we were
not as indecisive this time, and Rowby Goren was not our baby, he directed the commercial. This commercial is actually well over a dozen mini-commercials that we
filmed in all the different stores in Brentwood Village... or rather all those that are members of The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.
I'm in twenty of them, and I think it came out qute nice for the most part. It was poasted on the Brentwood Village website a couiple days after Thanksgiving of 2011.
There was only one scene was seasonal, and we also filmed a version that wasn't, so hopefully it will be up for a long time.
Fox Rent-A-Car: "Fox Choice" -
I played an indecisive husband named Mr. Wiggins in an internet commercial for Fox Rent-A-Car. I originally agreed to do this
project for free because it was going to be a commercial with puppets (Muppet-style puppets), but as it turned out, they did pay me!
The three puppets in the commercial are three foxes, and they were pretty cool. I did not audition for this part.
At first, the Fox Rent-A-Car loved the finished commercial and wanted to put it on TV... but when they put it on YouTube,
they had a couple former-customer detracters that posted nasty comments, and they pulled fit about a day later. Now they hate it so much that when I posted it on-line.
they demanded that I remove it. Fox Rent-A-Car is run by a bunch of douche bags.
Industrial Film -
An "Industrial Film" is a training film for a corporation, the type of thing they
make all the new employees watch to teach them customer service. The one I was in took
place at a bank; I was a bank teller with bad customer service. While the other teller
tried to help the long line of customers, I was catching up on the latest gossip
with a couple of the other employees. I don't know what company the video was for and I
never expect to see it.
Ironweed Commercial -
My co-star from "Meet Me in Space," Abbie McConnell, asked if I wanted to be a part of a
commercial she was making for a progressive organization called Ironweed.
I didn't know anything about Ironweed (and I still don't know a lot), but I like Abbie, so I
said I'd help her out. It did occur to me at one point that I agreed to do it before I knew
what they were all about, but now that I know the basics about them, I have no probelm with lending my talent to their cause.
The commercial is pretty funny, and was apparently sent out to all the Ironweed members, which is between 5,000 and 10,000 people.
Keep It Clean - 60-Second TV Spot -
Amazingly enough, I did the Keep It Clean commercial about two weeks after the Fox Rent-A-Car commercial... which
is surprising as I'd only done one comercial before that ever.
And I also didn't audition for this one. I played a doctor, and that was another first for me... I must be getting older.
This commercial is local to Los Angeles,
but if you are in LA, be sure to watch for it on various cable chanels. I'm actually blocked from the camera by other actors
for most of the commercial, so look carefully.
Pizza Hut - "Golf Betz" -
"Golf Betz" was actually an entry in a commercial contest for Pizza Hut, so unless it wins, I guess it's not an official Pizza Hut commercial (it didn't win).
While filming this, I played golf for the first time (real golf that is, not miniature golf). My character was
not a good player, so it was ok that I wasn't very good... but I wasn't terrible! Another funny thing about this project
is that I received the call asking if I wanted to do the commercial at noon, and we filmed it two hours later!
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"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." GLORIA STEINEM
Kyle Isao Inouye
Kyle was once my
best friend... I was one of the groomsmen in his wedding... but then everything changed.
About a year after his wedding, he stopped talking to me. I still have no idea why, but this does not make
him a bad person. And even though I was not in contact with him, I was compelled to edit together all his
wedding footage into
a magnificent three DVD set and give it
to him, and perhaps rekindle the friendship. It took years.
At worst, I though he might say thank you and choose to
continue not being friends... but instead I got a venomous phone cal that, among other things, threatened
I don't know what was going on in his life, perhaps marriage problems, but there was no excuse for that horrendous behavior, and that’s why Kyle Inouye is the worst person in the world.