New York. Circa. 1909. I was asked to produce a new experience by an organization that I've performed with. Create a theatrical experience to bring the joys and challenges of immigrants to the US at the turn of the 20th century to life. I've never produced before, but I dove in. Found a wonderful playwright and commissioned a script. Partnered with the Soho Playhouse to use their full 5 floors to create an immersive piece, where the audience was moved with music and story to explore. Performed as Rabbi Ahron Levitsky, a spiritual leader wrestling with the pulls of tradition and modernity, Old World and New, as a leader and as a parent. It was one of the hardest and most satisfying things I've done. We sold out our brief run, done mostly as a proof of concept for backers. I know this story, and the incredible team we assembled, will be back.
I can talk about all those zeros now that there's an airdate - projected for Feb 20, 2022. I'm playing Chris Bowen, an expert witness called in by Paul Giamatti's Chuck Rhoades. Can't talk about details yet, but I did have a lovely reunion with someone I'd worked with years ago. More to come...
And the shoot and crew were just incredible to work with. Director Tara Nicole Weyr and Paul in particular - he even asked me at some point if we hadn't worked together earlier. Next time, I'll get to say "yes".
Really excited to join this amazing cast and get to play a role unlike anything I've done before (and it was an "offer", which made it extra nice). A family member has summed up my TV career as mostly "jerks in suits", so I can't wait to play a funny, nebby dad! And opposite Judy Gold! We shoot in the Hamptons in a few weeks, can't wait!
This Monday Aug 2, on iTunes, tune in to "Iowa Chapman and the Last Dog", a feature length audio drama from Peabody-award winning Gen-Z Media. I voice "Whistler", the head of the evil Regulators, hunting down all remaining animals (and their humans) in a world where they're all but extinct. You'll see how I got my name. It's aimed at families and kids, so everyone can listen. I'm really excited to hear how it turns out.
I've been doing VO forever, but hadn't gotten to really voice act before. I'm playing the ominously-named "Whistler" in a dystopic adventure story...for kids. In a world where animals are all but extinct, and the few remaining are hunted or sold for profit- I'm the guy leading the hunters. The company has won Peabody's for their serial work and this is their first feature length project! Can't say much more yet, but I'm very excited.
Pictured at left - my very professional home set up
It's not often I book a role on one of my favorite shows. Is that because I don't have enough favorite shows? Perhaps.
The casting director did say to me after my first take, "Simon, you're so warm and caring, you should be a doctor." To which I did not reply, "Nope, I should be an actor." But I had a feeling he agreed anyway.