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Sunday, July 5, 2009

I love 2009

So put another dime in the jukebox, baby.

Let's see......

-finished my screenplay version of NEVERMORE which is great;

- the stage version is going up at Theatre West in April, directed by yours truly;

-got a job at BB making enough in three months to knock out most if not all of my debt - and everybody there is really cool!;

-got to see a lot of the fam this year;

-slowly losing weight;

-got a new commercial agent and GREAT headshots;

-my best friends are having their first kid;

-I plan to visit NYC after this gig ends......

-got the unreleased Darlahood album

-Crowes realeasing a new double-CD

-IJATKOTCS was released LAST year!

Okay, the last one is maybe overkill, but still.......

; )

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Good news and bad news. Let's see if they even out.

BAD NEWS: I still have no job (and not for lack of trying for four months).

GOOD NEWS: THE PARANORMALISTS is on imdb and in some festivals.

BAD NEWS: I have serious writer's block and I'm going crazy.

GOOD NEWS: ELAN VITAL is done, GOOD, and on it's way to festivals.

BAD NEWS: I am SERIOUSLY out of shape. Like, seriously.

GOOD NEWS: I'm teaching TWO Shakespeare classes a week now.

BAD NEWS: My Unemployment checks haven't arrived for over a month and I can't get them on the phone.

GOOD NEWS: I'm working on NEVERMORE as a screenplay an hopefully getting it out before the end of the year.

BAD NEWS: I'm not spending Christmas in Baltimore with my extended family.

GOOD NEWS: I AM spending it in Pittsburgh with my immediate fam and most likely everybody else will drive down at some point. So THAT'S alright.

BAD NEWS: Very few auditions and no temp work.

GOOD NEWS: Taking a voiceover class where we're doing networking and trying to help one another get work.

Well, it looks pretty even. Of course, the "no money" thing is looming over the whole situation like the Big Black Cloud all heavy with the rain that that shadowed the ground on Kapiti Plain. (Anybody remember that book?)

Seriously considering writing a spec script for West Wing simply because I want to. I just need a plot. Hmmmmm....

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Summer's almost over!

It's been a while, but a lot has gone on! Just finished a run of Rogue Artist Ensemble's MR. PUNCH, screened my short film THE PARANORMALISTS, finished the first draft of BONEDUST, shot four more MATT'S PENTAMETER episodes, recorded two new spots for Maryland Public Transit Authority and auditioned for LOVES LABOUR'S LOST at Long Beach Shakes - sadly, I can't take the gig, as it would cut into any work I would like to get in the near future.

And INDIANA JONES was one of the biggest disappointments in my life.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


So I just got back from shooting a commercial for HealthPlus of Michigan last weekend (which was a TON of fun), finished the run of MERRY WIVES the weekend before that, still rehearsing MACBETH with no definite start point for production (read: no money), prepping to write BONEDUST as a screenplay in Script Frenzy (only five years in the making), did a great Director's seminar for Mark Travis in San Francisco over President's Day weekend, and trying to find the next thing to do with Mutiny. And I lost 12 pounds. Sadly, I took two weeks off from the gym (not neessarily of my own volition) so I won't be winning the Body-For-Life challenge, but hell, I'm looking better.... still have to lose another ten pounds....

Ideas aplenty for more Shakespeare blogs, but need to clean out my computer and get the software updated. Also, need a new computer. Maybe a Bday/Xmas gift combo.........

AND! Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comes out May 22.

Just sayin'.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Merry Wives!

So, on January 2, I got an email saying that a production of MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR needed a replacement for the role of Pistol. I drove to Topanga Canyon that night and auditioned and got the part on the spot! I've been rehearsing for two weeks and we go up this Friday!

I'm excited! It's a great play, everybody in the cast is not only talented, but very cool, and it's nice to start off the year with a show!

Speaking of which, I'm slowly gaining some solid support for my Macbeth Project at Theatre West. Keeps your fingers crossed and I may be able to direct it by end of year!

AND I just got word that my check from MPTA is FINALLY at my agency (it was supposed to be there in August)!! Just in time for the IRS to figure out that I owe them something, I'm sure.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Official Webpage stuff!

Howdy, and welcome to the Official blog of my Official website, mattritchey.net. Officially.

Some updates:

MATT'S PENTAMETER, my Shakespeare-based video blog, should be up with episodes within a few weeks. Jason Loya, my Mutiny Universe cohort, has been uber-busy with editing ELAN VITAL (the first major short film by our company), editing PENTAMETER, and creating the webpage for mattritchey.net. In short, he rocks. A round of applause for Jason, please. Jason (or, as I call him, JLo) has also recently been seen shooting a promo for Mun2 where he plays a zombie. The make-up was done by James Lacey, the same sfx make-up guy who did my "ghost" work on THE PARANORMALISTS. Check out the MUTINY UNIVERSE blog page for the "zombie brothers" photos.

I'm doing some spec work for Ellora's Cave this week, recording an audio bok for them. If all goes well, this could mean a contract with my voice-over management company, Precision Talent. Keep your fingers crossed!

Also in voice-over world, Spike and Otis, your favorite Maryland Public Transit Authority seagulls, are still going strong on Maryland radio. Here's hoping they need a few more spots recorded for the next cycle - Spike is such a fun seagull to voice!

Matt Bolish from TOMORROW THE WORLD PRODUCTIONS told me recently that THE PARANORMALISTS was coming along really well and that the original music for the piece was far better than he ever expected. I believe it should be done soon and in festivals around the time ELAN VITAL gets out next year.

I'm set to play a small role in a short tentatively titled LOVE 10 TO 1. The shoot date is prepped for the last weekend in October - I'll be playing "Hot Actor Guy." It's a short scene where I get rejected by a girl on our first date. No Acting Required.

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to find a way to get my stage play NEVERMORE produced. Please contact me if you would like to produce a lavish 19th Century murder-mystery drama based on Edgar Allen Poe, or if you just want to give away large sums of cash.

Until next time!