My Dinner with Mops
My latest film project is an homage to one of my favorite movies, My Dinner with Andre (a 1981 Louis Malle film starring and written by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory.) But of course, I found it to be an opportunity for my CFA puppet friends Mops the Monkey and Wally the Cat to get out of the theatre and take on some new roles. If you haven't seen the original film I highly recommend finding it (last I checked you can rent it on Amazon.) I tried to capture some of its cinematic vibe...except with a cat and monkey, of course!
New Day Cleveland Interview
I had the opportunity to chat about the show with Natalie Herbick on "New Day Cleveland" and demonstrate the bodhran and ugly stick.
Come From Away First National Tour
Promo footage of the original cast of the CFA national tour, with Kevin Carolan, Julie Johnson, James Earl Jones II, Christine Toy Johnson, Harter Clingman, Danielle K. Thomas, Chamblee Ferguson, Emily Walton, Nick Duckart, Becky Gulsvig, Andrew Samonsky and Megan McGinnis. Band members appearing are Cynthia Kortman Westphal (accordion), Adam Stoler (guitar), Kiana June Weber (fiddle). Isaac Alderson (Irish whistle), Matt Wong (mandolin) and Steve Holloway (bodhran). Not seen, but heard is Ben Morrow on drums and Max Calkin on bass!
This is Mops the Monkey!
If you've seen Come From Away, you know that among the 7,000 passengers aboard the planes diverted to Gander, Newfoundland were two Bonobo chimpanzees who were bound for the Columbus Zoo that morning. This story inspired me to get into a little monkey business of my own, creating an alter ego named "Mops the Monkey" (Mops is short for "Monkey on Planes.") Mops likes to entertain the entertainers when they're not too busy onstage, and I made this little video so everyone can join in the fun!
Unboxing the Bodhran
Right before we launched the first national tour of Come From Away, I made friends with this brand new Cormac Byrne signature model bodhran. Several months later, I can report that the drum is holding up very well, and sounds great!