Steampunk and Scorsese – How to end a Spring season! July 8, 2014Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
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Is it getting hot in here or is it just the Earth tilting its axis closer to the sun? Ladies, am I right???
YOUR ANGEL IS THE CENTERFOLD
In my last update I mentioned the work I was doing with SteampunkGoggles.com which involved me being immersed in the world of Steampunk (Twist my arm!). We were contacted by NY Magazine about getting some shots featuring goggles for an article and figured why not make a day of it? Epic. Steampunk. Photoshoot. The focus of the shoot was Steampunk goggles as everyday-wear and as an essential part of Steampunk Cosplay. You can see the best shots here. If you ever have the chance to star in a Steampunk photoshoot – DO IT! I highly recommend it.
Special thanks to Andrea Mateus for being the wiz behind the camera! You can see her design work here.
When not posing I had the privilege of helping to create a Steampunk-themed tabletop game! Galliant Games is a group of gamers who design and produce the games they’ve always wanted to play, and this game, Scrapyard Empire, has already exceeded its funding goal on Kickstarter. I wrote the backstory, advised on the aesthetics and game rules, and came up with a lot of the characters…So it was only right that one of them should be me!
(She’ll steal your heart! And your wallet!)
I had invented a Steampunk character a few years back named Penny Valentine who was an orphan, a thief, and a mechanical genius, (The inspiration for the Steampunk Cosplay pictures above are actually an older version of that character). She was perfect for this game so when it was art time I called dibs on being the model! The game itself is very fun and easy to learn but if you need any extra incentive to pick up a copy, you get me in the box!
Back in April I was called in for a featured role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire by the folks at Grant Wilfley casting. Even though I didn’t end up booking it I was still excited to be called in and meet the staff so I walked away feeling that was a win. Well, it looks like things are meant to be with me and “Papa Marty” after all because a few weeks later I was called in to do some speciality background work on his newest HBO pilot! The project is still untitled but centers around a record executive (Bobby Cannavale) trying to revive his failing label and find the next “new sound” as American music hit the most diverse era it would ever know; The 1970’s.
(My boss for a day!)
Background work (even specialty) can be a very grueling and thankless job, but I am happy to say that this experience was about as far from that as possible! This is the most professional and well-managed set I’ve ever had the privilege to work on, and I have never felt more respected or treated more courteously. Also, Martin Scorsese is about the cutest thing I have ever seen!!!
There’s a euphoric feeling walking away from a job that was so amazing you would have done it for free. Because of an NDA I can’t discuss any details of the shoot, but I’ll be just as excited as you to see the whole thing!
Have a wonderful Pirate Season! (Also known in some calendars that aren’t mine as “Summer”)
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope January 23, 2014Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
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Did you lose track of what I was doing right around November? That’s ok, so did I! In what is now known as The Winter Blitz I probably took on a bigger work load than I have in ages. Why? Because I’m diesel that way. I did play readings for Luna Stage, Speranza Theatre Company, and Playwright’s Theatre, I broke out my Charleston chops for The Theater Project’s Annual presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, I toured the east coast with A Season of Miracles for Pushcart Players, I started working a lot more as a creative consultant and a writer for SteampunkGoggles.com, and I was modeling up a storm all over the place. If you’ve ever thought, “Man, I need more Jenelle-Hugging-Enormous-Stuffed-Bears in my life,” then your day has come, my friend!
But what does this have to do with Star Wars and a man called William Shakespeare? First of all, EVERYTHING has to do with Star Wars. Never forget that. But more specifically my first project of 2014 is to gather with the gang of Mortal Folly Theater and do a reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, because we feel it’s our duty to make sure that everyone knows that this book exists. I’ll be playing Princess Leia which ranks up there with Juliet in the “Dream Come True” category. (Trivia – Now both of those roles have been made a reality by Mortal Folly director Katherine Harte-DeCoux.)
I’m literally buzzing with excitement and glee at getting to do this, and it’s the perfect way to start my 2014 plan of building things and focusing on fun!
Please feel free to join us for the reading, details (and my own witty Star Wars crawl) below.
May the Force be with you!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS
Episode IV: Verily, A New Hope
It is a period of cold and snow. A band of rebels known as Mortal Folly Theatre, operating from a hidden base in New York City, have won several victories against boring and cliched classical theatre.
In this ongoing battle rebel spies have managed to obtain a script to “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars,” a play that so perfectly melds Star Wars and Shakespearean text it could unite enough types of geeks to save theatre once and for all.
Under the leadership of Captain Katherine Harte-DeCoux, a group of rebels will be performing an informal reading of the script Sunday, January 26th, 7:30pm The Theater at Joria Productions 260 W. 36th St, NYC, 3rd floor with a suggested donation of $5, hoping to restore freedom and laughter to the galaxy.
Separate Tables at the West End Theater! September 23, 2013Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
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I’ll be doing a limited run of Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables at The West End Theater in New York with Out of the Box Theater. This is the first professional New York revival of this play since its Broadway run. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, we will be doing the original uncensored version of the script that the 1950’s found too “illicit.”
Details and ticket info below, hope you can make it!
Chameleons in the Work Place September 10, 2013Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
Daniel Day Lewis said that he’s been so many people that if you shook him abruptly in the middle of the night and woke him up he had no idea what voice would come out of him when he screamed, “What are you doing???” That’s sort of par for the course when your job is to change on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis.
Here are some of the people I’ve been recently!
- A burlesque performer at The New York School of Burlesque
- A Ghostbuster with the North Jersey Ghostbusters Charity Organization
- A scheming 16 year old growing up in the Summer of Sam in Tar Beach at Luna Stage
- A writer developing stories and characters for a potential novel
- A pirate (but that’s a given)
And I’ve already signed up to be a few more people this fall and into the winter.
The leaves stop changing but I never do!
A Winter’s Tale May 7, 2013Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
I’ve only just convinced myself that it’s actually Spring, so I can finally do a Winter re-cap!
Where has Jenelle been?
- I spent a month on the West Coast with Pushcart Players touring with their productions of Let Freedom Ring and Happily Ever After. This was a dream cast to work with as evidenced by our shenanigans.
- After re-acclimating to Eastern Standard Time I closed out Playwrights Theatre’s Forum Festival with a reading of Dominique Cieri’s play, “Count Down,” and participated in a one night reading of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” with Strange Dog Theatre.
(the cast of No Exit with Director Cheryl Katz)
- And while Spring was still being a tease I got a GORGEOUS day to shoot a music video with Albany musician Andy Montalvo! Check it out and spread the word!
But not all adventures are great, like adventures in oral surgery. A month or so ago I became .004 oz. lighter as I lost a wisdom tooth. No pictures, but here’s an artist’s rendering of what I was dealing with:
(Hi! I live to torture you!)
I had a very rough recovery, which may or may not have included me wearing tissue boxes for shoes and accusing the cat of stealing my diamonds. But I’m back to my non-narcotic induced weirdness and very happy about it!…until they go in after its brother
What I Did On My Summer Vacation August 30, 2012Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
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With Labor Day weekend almost here it’s a time to look back and reflect on summer. Some of you may have noticed I’ve been abnormally quiet both on this blog and in general and there’s a very good reason for that: I spent my summer actually HAVING a summer.
Actors don’t usually get holidays, especially stage actors. Ever see a show on New Year’s Day? Those actors are working! A show on the Fourth of July? Working! Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day? Working, Working, Working. I’ve missed my share of holidays, family gatherings, fun outings, parties, and my own birthday because that is a very real part of the entertainment business.
This summer was a little different. I decided to do something very risky – Nothing. Now, that’s not to say I wasn’t working to an extent. I did work on some projects, I did some collaborating with colleagues, and I finally created my voiceover reel with the help of voiceover greats Bev Sheehan and Brian Corrigan, but in terms of my usual GO! GO! GO! pace? Not this time. My focus was not on my career, or work, or anything other than one thing: Live hard.
So, what did I do on this Summer of Self? EVERYTHING I WANTED TO AND MORE! Starting in June I lived almost exclusively for myself! I called it “Pirate Season” and my motto was, “Work like a wench, party like a pirate.” Why pirates? Because pirates live totally in the present and their destination is always adventure. Also, do you not know that pirates are awesome? Seriously? We need to have a conversation.
Batten down the hatches as I get unprofessional for a moment and give a run down of just some of the things I got to experience:
- Went to the Celtic Fling Festival in PA and gorged myself on Irish music and culture
- Took classes in Irish Step Dancing
- Took a pole dancing class
- Reconnected with old friends in a very deep way.
- Ate Steak…. so much steak…
- Played rowdy games in The South Street Seaport
- Sang Karaoke…sometimes well!
- Got my first deep tissue massage and it hurt so good!
- Started writing a book
- Went with one of my very best friends to Joe’s Crab Shack. Nothing bonds like crab-carnage
- Saw fireworks explode over a bay from a quiet private dock.
- WILLINGLY went out into the sun in a bathing suit with friends at a lake…and went in the water (!)
- Got to see some of my best friends in shows, one of which a friend produced, co-wrote, directed, and acted in herself!
- Had the best oysters ever…in OHIO! And got to see a brawl in that same pub!
- Inspired tons of drawings, and paintings as a model for various art groups
- Saw Lake Champlain for the very first time (No Champ, though)
- Saw The Dark Knight Rises and had a full-blown geek explosion
- Attended my first concert in Central Park – A summer’s evening spent listening to Tango Music.
- Sewed a pirate coat and acted as pirate consultant on SEVERAL pirate costumes for:
- An incredible day at The New York Renaissance Faire with my dearest friends dressed as the crew of my very own pirate ship! They even called me Captain! <3
- Attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island for a day of promenading, lemonading, and doing the Charleston with hundreds of like-minded flappers and fellas!
- Went on a solo cruise to the Caribbean for a whole week and (among other things) visited Blackbeard’s Castle, hiked in the rainforest, swung from a vine in the jungle, drank a coconut, got a tan (!), chatted with the locals of all the different islands, had a monkey crawl on me, got my first real piece of jewelry, and won several trophies and medals onboard the ship for being a complete trivia nerd. Oh, and there was a hammock.
And tons more! There are some pictures below and I’ll be posting more on my fan page as they become available. Some of these events inspired beautiful photo shoots!
With summer coming to a close I feel more motivated to take on all the exciting new projects coming up in the fall (which you will be informed of, fear not!). I would say my experiment in living was a rousing success and I have 100% no regrets. And the best part is: it doesn’t have to end :-)
If I can give any insight or advice based on my experience it would be that everyone, at LEAST once in their life, should come to a dead stop, look around, and say, “Belay this burdensome toil! A pirate’s life for me! Destination: ADVENTURE!”
Drink up me hearties, yo ho!
Sticking a Fork in Miss Witherspoon May 8, 2012Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
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Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support The Theater Project’s Production of Miss Witherspoon. The theme of the show was very fitting considering the journey the company has taken over the past year – reincarnation and moving forward with the help of fellow souls in transit? Sounds familiar! We definitely filled the Burgdorff and we got some wonderful glowing reviews from The Star Ledger and NJ Arts Maven
While I’m preparing for my next incarnation you can check out some of these production stills courtesy of Kevin Sebastian! (click on image for full size)
Claws come out
We looked at each other in the same way then, but I can’t remember where or when….
Cast Photo. From L to R – Jesus Christ, Miss Witherspoon, Maryamma, Sadistic Druggie Mom, Gandalf the White. (not pictured: Mahatma Ghandi)
This Post Is Brought To You By The Letter, “S” March 28, 2012Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
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S the First – Sound
I just finished recording the role of Grandma for Aural Stage Studios production of, “Wish You Were Here.” The show will be part of their series, “Dialed In” and will be airing very soon! “Dialed In” is a series of audio vignettes all revolving around the telephone. I’ll let you know when you can catch the show!
S the Second – Sari
I’m currently in rehearsal for, “Miss Witherspoon” by Christopher Durang with my friends at The Theater Project. As some of you may know The Theater Project merged with What Exit? Theater Company earlier this year and are now operating under the banner of The Theater Project and currently in residence at The Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, NJ. “Miss Witherspoon” will be their first show of the season and their very first production since merging as one company! I’ll be playing the role of Maryamma, a spiritual guide in the afterlife whom the main character of Miss Witherspoon sees as an Indian Woman (hence the Sari!) The show begins its run April 12th and will run till the 29th.
The show features:
(* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association)
To purchase tickets visit Brown Paper Tickets
S the Third – Sojourn
I’ll be flying out tomorrow to Quincy, IL with Pushcart Players for a few performances. We’ll be at The Quincy Community Theater, under the Artistic Direction of friend and former Pushcarter, Lenny Bart. We’re also very pleased to have Tricia Bart reprising her role with us in Let Freedom Ring!
S the Fourth – Sniffles
My immune system of steel was no match for the rapid change of seasons so I’ve succumbed to the sniffles that others seem to be experiencing around me. I’m armed with tissues and NyQuil and once I get back from Illinois I hope to treat it with more important S’s – Soup and Sleep.
We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do! February 13, 2012Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
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Welcome back, true believers! January’s in the can and February is moving along. It’s been really busy and I’m grateful for the extra day we get this year. Let’s go to the instant re-play, shall we?
When we last left our heroine (that’s me!) 2011 was winding down. I finished my second season with The Yuletide Carolers, participated in 5 playreadings for the Forum Reading Series at Playwright’s Theatre, and was asked to sing a BEAUTIFUL Christmas Eve mass at Christ’s Church in Brooklyn including selections from The Messiah (Handel is no joke, you guys).
Once I finished my last gig of the year I was able to take some time off and enjoy the holidays. It reminded me that taking time for yourself is actually a thing. I tend to forget that…a lot! But I highly recommend being nice to yourself and it’s something I plan on doing a lot more this year. Wish me luck!
So that brings us up to the most recent shenanigans. And we all know you read this for the shenanigans.
First of all I’m going to be working with a great company called Aural Stage Studios on a new audio series called, “Dialed In” – I’ll be posting details as we get ready to record but the series will be short audio vignettes, and I’ll be lending my voice to, “Wish You Were Here” …playing Grandma. This is why I love voice over!
As I was getting back to work I decided to do something different and I signed up for an AMAZING class with Alaine Alldaffer, casting director of Playwright’s Horizons. The level of talent in the class was SO inspiring and really raised the bar for the scene work. I felt like my batteries were recharged after taking the class and I highly recommend working with Alaine if you get the chance!
Around the middle of January I was honored to be nominated and seated on the Actors’ Equity 2012 Eastern Regional Nominating Committee. For the past few weeks we’ve been interviewing candidates hoping to be nominated to run for Council. Our deliberations will be very soon and I’ve really enjoyed being able to give back to the Union and using my voice as a member!
So that brings us up to the present. Coming up on the horizon we have playreading BONANZA! I’ll be doing lots of readings for The Theater Project, and Playwrights Theatre. I’ll be updating my Website with more details, and you can also feel free to follow me on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook to get updates!
So until next time I’ll leave you with this photo taken backstage during Pushcart’s performance at the APAP showcase in New York City.
Carolers Caught on Camera! December 7, 2011Posted by Jenelle Sosa in Uncategorized.
Yes, video has surfaced of four merry carolers giving some very important advice to all the children out there!
Soprano – Jenelle Sosa
Alto – Brooke Bergin
Tenor – Rich McNanna
Bass – Jeffrey Fiorello
Video shot by Lespia Brandt on November 27th at Plaza 35 in Sea Girt, NJ.