A Backstage peek at The Thrilling Adventure Hour

With any performances I've been part of, the goings-on of the backstage was as interesting, if not more so, than what was happening on-stage. A performance of The Thrilling Adventure Hour is no different. The TAH backstage is full of people whose job is to be interesting and funny. The energy of the cacophony of multiple conversations of these said people accompanied by the band running through a number or random scales played by an instrumentalist is always exciting because it is this energy that will coalesce into the performance that will have the entire theater ringing with laughter.

Multiple activities- last minute rehearsals, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones (lot's of mutual admiring goes on behind the scenes at TAH), killing time, clowning around- occurs before the show begins which brings on its own flurry of events, moments and hilarity. It's a situation that creates a concentration of events big and small, often funny that is a boon to a story teller. 

The November edition of The Thrilling Adventure Hour was enjoyable as ever with the beloved Workjuice Players hosting guests Rob Benedict, Michael McMillian, Jim O'Heir, Tim Omundson, Rich Sommer, Rich Speight Jr., and Brad Whitford. Enjoy the peek into the backstage of The Thrilling Adventure Hour.

New Promos

Alright! The new promo cards are in! For this go-round, I'm planning on having a set of cards from the Culinaria series and a set drawing from my general portrait work. 

For the first round, we have Nell Newman and Paul F. Tompkins and Marc Evan Jackson from the Thrilling Adventure Hour show.

Promos are always elusive cause it's hard to know if they work. It didn't help that my previous efforts at sending out promos were haphazard at best. This time, I'm gonna try a sustained series of mailers and see if there's any change. It will be interesting to look back a year or two from now and see if the needles have moved.

Today was the first day of writing and sending out the cards. My wrist is already weak, causing my bad handwriting to get worse. All I can think is thank God the stamps are peel-and-stick nowadays!

If you are interested in receiving one of the postcards, feel free to contact me with an address.


Backstage with the Thrilling Adventure Hour

I got a call from Ben Acker early January asking me if I'd be interested in photographing the portraits of the actors appearing at the Thrilling Adventure Hour show at the Largo. Ben Acker and Ben Blacker are the creators and writers of the show, a live reading of skits done in the style of old time radio serials performed by the resident company of actors, the Workjuice players, with guest actors from various sitcoms and movies. This was the second time I photographed the ensemble and it's fun and a challenge. The challenge is photographing a large number of actors with little time and very little space to do so. Oh, and there is a dress rehearsal going on for the show so you can't make too much noise and be otherwise disruptive. Thankfully everybody involved with the show is wonderful and great to work with making the challenges easier to deal with.

And photographing such characters is always so much fun! Talented actors who are so accommodating and are able to put on different personas like putting on hats. This time around, after doing the portraits, I took some candids backstage leading up to the show and after. Enjoy the behind the scenes look at the Jan 10th edition of the Thrilling Adventure Hour".

(portraits to come soon!)