Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Concerts & Galas, Galore!


Man, I cannot tell you how amazing it is to living in a city like New York where there are so many opportunities to play with talented, talented artists. I mean, really. It’s phenomenal. In just a one month span I’ve had the pleasure of performing in/at:

Benefit for Provincetown Theater
Rubble”, a play written by 4-time Emmy Winner writer & producer of The Simpsons, Mike Reiss; directed by James Valletti; and starring Emmy Winner Bruce Vilanch, Jerry Adler (The Good Wife), Jason Jacobi (Avenue Q), Jacob Horstmeier, Jeffrey Arnold Wolf, and ME. Here’s an article written about the show in The Patriot Ledger.

The Cast and Creative Team of RUBBLE
(notice all of the cell phones at the bottom of the photo
- there was a mob of fans taking our photo!)

My Debut at 54 Below
Dear friend and co-star of HBO’s “The Normal Heart”, Adam Shapiro, invited me to be a part of his show “Nothing Normal” which had its premiere at 54 Below, with other guest artists Danielle Ferland and Samantha Northart. We already have a review of the show here, and will be bringing back the show to the Metropolitan Room November 9 and will also be featured in the Winter Rhythms Festival at Urban Stages in December.

From left: Me, Adam Shapiro, Samantha Northart, Danielle Ferland

A Tribute Concert - Parks Concert Series
For the 2nd straight year I was invited to sing with the greatest in NY cabaret at a benefit concert for Tudor City Greens (alongside greats KT Sullivan, Bill Zeffiro, Miles Phillips, Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock, among others!)

And also, great news on my future...


New Representation
In other news - I just signed with a new manager - Eric W. Ruben, Attorney at Law. This partnership has been a long time coming, and it’s wonderful to have a real advocate for artists in my corner. In particular, I’m looking to expand the concerts that I’ve been doing to include philharmonics and orchestras around the tri-state area, and leverage my resume into even greater things in theater, film and TV.

For more info, please do visit my website: www.erincronican.com - or find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Erin :)


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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Nature of Grief, and Art


In 8 days I open DYING CITY by Christopher Shinn. It’s a beautiful play, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and had it’s NY premiere at Lincoln Center. My theater company, The Seeing Place, is really honored to be the first company to revive the play in NYC since its first production. (No pressure, right?)

The play follows the story of Kelly (my character) who lost her soldier husband, Craig, in Iraq one year before. Showing up at her doorstep is Peter, Craig’s twin brother (someone she has been trying in vain to avoid.) The play bounces back and forth between that day, and 1.5 years earlier on Craig’s last night with Kelly. I’m lucky enough to play opposite my love of more than two years, Brandon Walker, who has the monumental task of playing both twins (Craig & Peter.)

Creating the role of Kelly has been really thrilling and also very, very challenging. On the surface, it’s kind of a head-trip playing opposite Brandon when he’s playing the twin brother, Peter. Peter is gay, and part of the conflict in the play is that Peter looks exactly like Craig, who is dead. It’s exceedingly difficult to suspend my disbelief and accept that this is not the love of my life. But it creates a really weird sexual tension that is completely inappropriate. So, that’s kind of a head trip. It’s also a little crazy to be playing opposite Brandon when he's playing Craig, who is Kelly's husband but throughout the play you discover that there's an estrangement. It's hard enough to keep a relationship strong, but to be on stage every night in desperate circumstances it makes it a challenge to keep the relationship whole. At the end of rehearsal each night we have to find a way back to each other - we usually do it by going out to a restaurant or bar with our fellow castmates and winding down. (This leads to many a late night...) :)

I think the hardest thing about the play is having to tap into my inner grief and all of its elements, which is something that we as humans try our best to avoid. Those of you who know me know that I experienced two losses in recent years: my father (to a heart attack at age 69) and my dog, who was my best friend for nearly 17 years. So I have a lot to draw from in creating the grief that Kelly is feeling, but it’s a well that becomes pretty scary to dip into. As actors we are trained and crafted so that our minds and our bodies can understand the difference between fantasy and reality. But sometimes we become afraid that we’re going to go so deep that we’ll get confused and never come out of it.

My father died in 2006, and I've had a copy of the book, “A Year Of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion on my bookshelf, waiting for the day that I’d be ready to read it. I cracked it open today, and by page 14, I had a complete breakdown. (My apologies to the people around me on the bus - I was “that person” today!) My own experiences with my father’s death came rushing back to me, but I was also starting to understand an element of death that I’ve never experienced - the loss of a partner/spouse. It's important research, and it's a journey I'm willing to go through because I want to tell a full story with this play.

So, I’m going to muscle through the finish the book, and I’m going to bring all of the joy, pain, hurt, suffering and healing to my role start February 21. If you’re in the NY area, it would mean everything to me to have you there so I can share it with you. The theater cannot exist without an audience - not because we need ticket sales, but theater is a collaboration between an audience and its storytellers. It’s why The Seeing Place’s slogan is “Voyeurism, Simplified” - we honor the relationship between the voyeur and exhibitionist, the game of which is that both parties get their kicks by pretending that the other doesn’t know they are there. :)

Tickets are only $12 and can be reserved at SmartTix (click the link.) You can also find full details on The Seeing Place’s site.


DYING CITY by Christopher Shinn
February 21-March 9, 2014
Wed-Sat 7pm, Sat-Sun 2pm

The Seeing Place @ ATA’s Sargent Theater
314 W 54th St, 4th Floor



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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.





Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I'm Too Big...and I Like It!



I’m pretty excited right now, as I have made a couple of decisions about my writing and how it can be best shared online. Let’s start by saying that I love writing - I love being a contributor to Backstage magazine and getting to round out my thoughts as a career coach and as a producer. But when it came to writing about my personal life and acting career, I’ve always thought about it being more “for me” (like a journal offline) than opening it up to others as a way to expand my career as an artist. The result? I’ve done way more writing for my other careers, which have grown and prospered as a result. I want that same blossoming to be possible for my work as an artist (actor/director.)

Starting this week I’ll be finding a way to import each new post into the news section of my acting website, so that I can start thinking about my writing as affective rather than just reflective. I want to affect my career, not just muse about it. And I want to share it, because I think we all have a story to tell and I think our art is better if our audiences can understand and relate to us on some level.

I want to start by showing you an inspiring video by Patsy Rodenburg, “Why I Do Theatre” (start at 3:02 to skip to my favorite part of the video):


So, why am I am actor? Truly, it’s because I’ve always been an intuitive, sensitive person with turbulent feelings, and the world always tells those kinds of people that they need to be smaller. But in the arts, those feelings are not only normal, they’re heralded. And the more I’m able to share my truth with audiences, the more I can accept myself as being whole and valid for having access to those emotions. I truly believe that art provides a healing, not only in me being able to express myself but also for others who might be able to open themselves a bit after seeing their truth being shared with them. The profession of acting, simply put, matters.

I just spent about 30 minutes trying to find a final video for this post - a speech from an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” in which a professional opera singer is told he has cancer and the only way he will be guaranteed survival is by removing part of his lung. This would, of course, impact his singing and he says he’d rather die. What he said next moved me to tears and I wanted to share the transcript with you now:
I want my lung.” 
[Pause]

Dr. Altman. I’m big. Too big. I don’t fit in airplane seats and as Jeff is always telling me, my feelings don’t always fit the situation. If my food is overcooked at a restaurant, I get enraged. I want to kill the waiter. But I don’t. I politely ask him to take my meal back and bring it to me the way I asked for it. I spend my days making myself smaller, more acceptable. And that’s okay, because at night, when I go onstage, I get to experience the world the way I feel it. Indescribable rage and unbearable sadness and huge passion. At night, onstage, I get to kill the waiter and dance on his grave. And if I can’t do that, if all I have is left is a life of making myself smaller, then I don’t want to live. I don’t.” 
[Turns to his lover]

And believe me, honey, you don’t want me to live.”
Photo via thewritersadvice.com

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Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.erincronican.com.






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