31 Days of Renfield: Day 25

“Good news on the Halloween costume front. I’ve convinced Simon (Dr. Seward) to dress up as a pumpkin if I make him the costume. He said he would only do it if he could wear bright orange tights and I dressed up as an equally ridiculous food item with him.  I’ll keep you posted on what food item I pick. It’s my project for the day off.”


31 Days of Renfield: Day 24

“The third play I ever did was in 5th grade. It was called “Shaping Up Santa.” As you can imagine it was about Santa Claus’s attempt to lose weight before Christmas. I played Huie, his trusty overweight side kick elf who sneaks Twinkies into the fat farm where Santa is under surveillance and a strict jazzercize regimen. It wasn’t Checkov. But what really is?”

31 Days of Renfield: Day 23

“The second play I ever did was in 4th grade. I was Johnny Appleseed in the play of the same name. For those of you who don’t know apparently Johnny Appleseed went around wearing a ktichen pot on his head. Instead of wearing an actual kitchen pot on my head, which in hindsight seems like the logical choice, I made myself a replica out of cardboard and tin foil for my costume. Before going onstage I stopped off in the bathroom as is the usual custom. Unfortunately, my beautiful cardboard and tin foil hat made its way into the toilet as well. I quickly snatched it up, wiped it off as best I could, placed it on my head and went and did the show.”

31 Days of Renfield: Day 22

“I did my first play when I was in first grade. I played the owl in the Mother’s Day play at my elementary school. I was the lead. I still remember my first line. It was “Hoo! Hoo! What do you want me to doooo!?” Looking back on it, I wonder if my teacher’s random decision to cast me as the owl led me to believe that I should be an actor or did I show some sort of inclination towards acting that at age six my teacher recognized and fostered. Either way it’s pretty alarming how much influence that Mother’s day play had on me and the rest of my life. Here I am, at 29, able to pinpoint an experience at age six playing an owl that led me to the place I am today.”

31 Days of Renfield: Day 21

“I’ve started my hunt for my halloween costume this year. If anyone has any ideas let me know. Leave a comment. I take halloween very seriously. When I was younger, a lot younger, I bought, well my mom bought me, a cookie monster costume for halloween. I was really excited at the beginning of October but as the days dwindled away and Halloween got closer I lost interest in my cookie monster costume thinking it wasn’t cool enough and made my mom return it. Instead I ended up being some monster with a mask. I regret to this day that I wasn’t and haven’t been able to be cookie monster for halloween. I fear I’ve missed that boat.”

31 Days of Renfield: Day 20


“Jimmy (Dracula) and I made an appearance on WHAS 11 news at noon. Check it out: http://www.whas11.com/video?id=105272378&sec=553687. I’m fascinated by the news. We were able to watch the broadcast for a bit while we were waiting to be interviewed. I was giggling in the corner the whole time because of the “newscaster speak” with their misplaced emphasis on certain words and syllables and all the mannerisms of dealing with papers that they never look at and pens that they don’t use.  It is alarmingly low key in that studio and the anchor and weatherman are so at ease you forget that it is being broadcast on television. I’m also intrigued by how much they trust us to be calm and composed on television. There’s no briefing before hand. We just arrived escorted by staff from Actors’ PR department and before you know it they were hooking on a mic and sitting us down for an interview. If you watch the clip you can see me mess up and touch my mic which makes a loud noise. Such a bizarre and wonderful experience. On another related note, I met the staff of WAVE3’s good morning show at opening night of Dracula. We had a great time chatting and I proposed to them that Renfield should make an appearance on the morning show as the weatherman. They were really excited about that idea. If you should feel inclined I think you should go ahead and email WAVE3 and tell them you want to see me do the weather. It would be a dream come true.”

31 Days of Renfield:Day 19

“Jimmy Whalen (Dracula) and I are going to be interviewed on WHAS 11 News at 12:35. You should probably tune in and see how we do. I’ve been informed that when selecting my clothing tomorrow I should not wear all white clothing, loud outfits, heavy plaids or stripes because “cameras do not like such clothing items. Cameras do best with blues and earth tones.” Cameras are such divas. Well, you know what camera I look best in heavy plaids. Deal with it.”