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Project Update, July 2020

This is how I’ve been social distancing during this ‘Summer of Covid’ Bicycling and donuts!

Phew! It’s been awhile! My heart goes out to all as we each negotiate our own relationship to the new world in which we find ourselves. We’ll get through this, as generations before us got through their challenges, if not without deep loss. I wish for us a rediscovery that binds us together as a world, nation, and community. In the long run, I remain optimistic that we will heal together.

As I write this in early July, I’m waiting to perform a recurring guest star role at Tyler Perry Studios, then shortly after that, perform a starring role in the feature film, Broken, directed by Dean Jones and produced by Atlantic & Pacific Studios. Progress has been stalled, by Covid 19, on our film adaptation of the Vaclav Havel play, Protest, to be directed by Petr Jančárek, and produced by my LLC, 47th Avenue Films, but we’re committed to making the project happen, not least because we need Havel more than ever. Looking further ahead, the 2020 (Re)evolutionary Season at Theater at Monmouth, in Maine, has been postponed to Summer 2021, and I remain slated to play Caesar, in Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, in Cymbeline, and Charlie, in Seascape. I’ve also completed writing the first draft of a pilot for an adventure tv episodic to be developed by Atlantic & Pacific Studios. These are all projects I’ve previously announced and have been delayed–as have all our projects–by Covid 19.

In non-industry news, I’ve taken up once again road bicycling, a sport I’ve pursued, off and on, since I was a tween. I even registered for the NY Grand Fondo, a 100 mile race that begins on the George Washington Bridge and winds its way up the west side of the Hudson to the peak of Bear Mountain and back to Fort Lee, NJ. Soon, I expect to be scuba diving once again, as well, hopefully finding opportunity to use my still-new certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, of which I’m more-than-usually proud!

Thank you for your interest in my work, and I hope you are finding satisfaction in yours, but also taking time to recharge. I look forward to meeting again, ‘on the Rialto,’ when we can.

Peace and butterflies,

David!

First Recurring Guest Star!

I’m pleased to say that I’ve booked my first recurring GUEST STAR role on a prominent nationwide episodic! I look forward to saying more about it, closer to release.

Suddenly things are busy in my world: four episodes of an episodic, large supporting role across from star casting in a film now in pre-production, a three play season in Maine, our film adaptation of Havel’s PROTEST in preproduction, a faith-based film queued up for early autumn, and script in development for the remake of a favorite old tv adventure show. I’m grateful for the mix of work including acting, producing, and writing: each of these jobs makes me better at the others.

More, anon!

Havel's PROTEST, the film

I was sure the work we're continuing to do on the short Havel play, PROTEST, was going to become less relevant to our current moment since we first performed it, but clearly it's relevancy has grown more intense, to both my dismay and fear. There was a time when conservative Americans such as Paul Ryan joined liberals such as Barack Obama in recognizing the depth of Havel's thought, a time when both conservatives and liberals sought to live and work by the principles set out in Havel's essay, THE POWER OF THE POWERLESS., for Havel is nothing if not a small-d democrat, with great faith in small-l liberalism, and highly tolerant and generous about the mess and chaotic, weaving, often slow course of political change.  But, the current GOP has revealed itself to have modeled itself after Havel's 'Green Grocer,' the shop keeper who displays the ruling party's slogans with neither understanding nor belief, because s/he perceives making a show of towing the party line as necessary for survival. Only Mitt Romney, among current GOP leaders, has shown himself equal to the moment in the way Havel could have admired.

I'm more determined than ever to bring the film adaptation of Havel's PROTEST to the screen, and the sooner the better. We will continue to do private 'apartment performances' of the play, in NYC, and perhaps elsewhere, to raise money for our film. Please contact me if you are interested in hosting us or investing in the film.

Four Picture Deal with Atlantic & Pacific Studios

I'm delighted to announce that I have committed to acting in four feature films by Atlantic & Pacific Studios, located in Burlington, N.C., specializing not only in horror and faith-based pictures, but also in tv and mainstream feature films. One of its projects we hope will be a film-adaptation of THE WINTER'S TALE. Please watch this space for news of other films going into production, one within the next month, if the stars continue to align. Atlantic & Pacific Pictures is an exciting enterprise by Dean Jones that I'm lucky and grateful in which to have a small part. More news, to come!