Voice of Authority will have five performances as part of FRIGID 2019 at the Kraine Theater on E. 4th St. in NYC.
Thursday Feb 21st, 8:50pm
Thursday Feb 28th, 5:30pm
Tuesday March 5th, 7:10pm
Friday March 8th, 5:10pm
Saturday March 9th, 3:20pm
When you get to play an angel and a devil, that’s a pretty good Christmas. Marie Hasenpflug’s production of the Lux Soap radio play in LaGrangeville, New York, performed to two sold-out audiences and it was a delight to be part of it. I played superintendent of the angels Joseph, as well as Old Man Potter, Harry, and Sam Wainwright, alongside Nancy Auffarth as Mary, Paul Francis as George, Marie as Clarence, and a cast that included Doug Woolley, Anna Marie Paolercio, Jeff Wilson, Ronlutti, Audra Siegel, and Diane Wassick.
It was great to meet some other Equity actors in my area that I did not know, as well as working with some old friends again. Thank you to Marie for such a warm experience that’s got me ready for the holidays.…
Yes, if you like video games, then you can see me in this one. That might even be me in this picture. A lot of the horse footage will be modeled from the work I did on this project, not sure I should say more than that. Very exciting stuff though, my first video game.…
I’m very thrilled to join the cast of Isabel Sandoval’s feature film Lingua Franca, playing the character of Chad. You might have seen Isabel’s film Apparition, which showed at MoMA last year. Producers on the film include Oscar-winner Gigi Dement, and Grammy- and Tony-Award winner Jhett Tolentino.
Synopsis: Olivia, an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga, an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga’s adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.…
Voice of Authority will be part of the 2019 FRIGID NYC festival at Under St. Marks in February next year, with a minimum of five performances. Dates will post in events on this site and our Facebook page once they are set.
In other super important news, my parents finally saw the show in NYC on Sep 16 and, to my considerable surprise, they loved it. I won’t post that to the reviews page or anything, but it’s always nice when your parents like your work.…
Voice of Authority has been invited to do a 20 minute version of the show at StoryFest this year, curated by Harmon Leon. The performance will be at the PIT Underground on July 14 at 4pm, and other performers in this block include: Amanda Miller and her show How To Suffer Better; Mick Cohen-Carroll and his show Me Talking, Mostly; and April Brucker and her show The Lady and President Tramp. More details and tickets here»…
“Dean Temple is an engaging guy. Right from the moment we stepped into the basement space at the Unitarian Universalist Church we felt as if we were part of something – even if we didn’t quite know what it was. The space, as you might expect, was set up with the obligatory pipe and drape and plastic chairs, but there was something intangibly different hanging in the slightly musty air. For a second or two I felt myself feeling a little like the kid at the beginning of ‘The Princess Bride’ waiting for his Grandpa to start reading the story already. Temple, in his searingly honest yet self-depreciating way, entertains as more people arrive singing covers, strumming his guitar, and even throwing in an original composition or two and before you know it you’ve organically become a part of the show which started five minutes previously.”
Read the entire review»…
I traveled to my first Fringe festival in Pittsburgh this weekend with no idea what to expect. I didn’t know what Pittsburgh would be like, what performing at a festival would be like, whether there would be anyone in the seats, or what it’s like to travel back and forth to venues with a guitar, props and an amplifier when it’s snowing outside.
It was awesome. The staff was super friendly and enthusiastic. The audiences were incredibly responsive. The other artists were amazingly talented and I enjoyed their shows immensely. I got two excellent reviews. I even won an award (see picture on this page). And there was real German beer everywhere near the venue, in particular black lager, so that’s a huge win.
Among some of the terrific shows I saw (or that were there that I have seen before):
Falkland by Tasty Monster Productions (Which won the Best Show Selke award)
#vanlife by New Vintage Ensemble
Krish Mohan’s Empathy on Sale (which won the Audience Choice award)
Peter Michael Marino’s Show Up (which won Best Solo Show)
Amanda Miller’s How to Suffer Better (which won Best Actress)
David Lawson’s No Odd Job
Andrew Frank’s Macrocosm
Tessa Flannery’s Tentacles
And Sean Miller’s Straw, Mud and Old Boards (which got me to scream out loud when he hammered a six inch nail up his nose).…
In my other life as a creative director (link to my other life») I often have to become a temporary expert in someone else’s field, their nonprofit, their business. I’ve delved into an enormous array of subjects, ranging from writing simplified explanations of ETFs for Morgan Stanley (so their customers can understand what the heck they are) to writing playful descriptions of spa treatments for Marlene Weber in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Sometimes you do that as an actor also. Industrials. So yes, today I am a renowned expert on web conference set up, management, and etiquette. At least until we wrap.…
Weird things happen when you perform, like you write a solo comedy show and someone who sees it books you as a singer/guitarist. This event looks really fun and the other performers look super talented and interesting. Amanda Miller is the host (she’s been hosting this for five years now) and she and I will both have our shows at Pittsburgh Fringe next month.
Here are the details:
27 Avenue A
An evening of comedy, literary readings, music & trivia
Hosted by Amanda Miller
Dream themed trivia by Amy Remland
Amanda Miller & Rachel Evans
Tara Isabella Burton
Esra Gaffin Dayani
“Because attending the Fringe Festival is so much like unearthing buried treasure, it’s important to have a few shows in particular to orbit your Fringe experience around. Xela Batchelder, Pittsburgh Fringe’s executive director, had a few suggestions for me when I had the opportunity to speak to her about the upcoming festival:
Voice of Authority, an autobiographical one man show by Dean Temple, covers a period of the artist’s life in which the US Department of Justice served him with a $19,000,000 lawsuit. It’s comedic in nature, and is somehow also – mysteriously – about music and matzoh ball soup.”
Read the entire article, Inclusion and the Unknown: Pittsburgh Fringe Festival 2018»…
I like would not have considered entering the lottery for this festival, but I met its director in Edinburgh last August and she was pretty cool, and also interested enough in the show’s concept that I was curious to see how it would play in Pittsburgh.
Networking used to be a real struggle for me, and it’s still not so easy, but I’ve been to so many festivals by myself in the past four years, and if you don’t talk to people they get pretty isolating. Better to bite the bullet, and I’ve met many cool people because of it.
And now I’m going to a place I’ve never been before because of it also.…
And I’ve rewritten it again, because that’s what I do over and over again. I had amazing input from several friends who came to the SOLOCOM premiere of the show, as well as my director Courtney, and I knew immediately what they were talking about.
That’s a fascinating aspect of this process, the rewriting, relearning, and reblocking as I ready the show for Edinburgh in August. It’s akin to sculpting, each time a little more is peeled back and I reveal more of the story. More than I’m comfortable with, so we might just be on the right track.…
I’m very lucky to have worked on this project with artist Aviva Rahmani. Her Facebook post is copied and pasted below:
Very pleased to have learned this evening that a portion of The Blued Trees Symphony will be an audio installation for the “Precarious Sounds//Sounding Sanctuary” conference at NYU this February. The submission description was, “During the 2016 American Election, artist Aviva Rahmani wrote the libretto and score for a coda to her project, The Blued Trees Symphony, a work based on legal premises that challenge the right of natural gas corporations to take private property by eminent domain condemnation to expand pipelines. In 2017, lyric sopranos Rahmani, Debra Vanderlinde and actor Dean Temple recorded the vocal portion. That libretto was subsequently integrated with Maile Costa Colbert’s acoustic composition.”…
Okay, so I have been a fan of Martin Guitars since I was in high school and my friend Coop got one. That guitar had something on the low end that no other guitar I’d ever played had, this bold, pronounced boom and trueness in the note that’s stayed with me until now (it was almost that resonant). I scrounged up enough money two years ago to get my first Martin, which I love, so much so that I started playing a lot again, and played out in public for the first time in a while. And then when I posted a video of one of those outings, I hear from Martin themselves. Sometimes social media surprises the heck out of you. (Side note, I’m using the guitar strap I stole from Coop in high school in this video.)
Here is the clip in question:
Earlier this year I got it into my head to take a solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and it seemed like a great idea except for not having a solo show to perform. Nine months later (what an interesting time frame) my show Voice of Authority has been accepted into SOLOCOM, the solo comedy festival at the People’s Improv Theater. It will premiere November 18 at 2pm.
It’s about getting sued by the US government for $19 million, so you can already tell it’s hilarious. And it has a super hero in it named Zachary. And by superhero I mean he’s an 80-year-old, retired ballet dancer. He saves me.
I have several people to thank. First Peter Michael Marino whose class got me on track to get this written after years of dabbling with it, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj who made me write the original messy rough draft during my residency with Rebel Theatre, Alisa Kwitney who always gets stuck helping me with my writing and always stays in a good humor anyway, Phoebe Leonard who read all 789 drafts of the thing, Alex Tuller who read none of the drafts at Peter’s advice but has been supportive all along the way, and of course Zachary, who died in 2004. He was my mentor. He changed my life even if he really pissed me off when he did. And they say anger is a good source for comedy, right?…
And Mark gives me a great little plug:
“Dean is such a great talent and we share the same work ethic and passion for film.”
Read the entire interview here»…
I love the spontaneous creativity that comes from performing readings of new plays, or any plays for that matter. Monday I got the chance to work with Everyday Inferno Theatre Company again in the gallery space of Access Theater, where Everyday Inferno has its residency. The play, Quicksand by Regina Robbins, based on the novel by Nella Larsen, is about Helga, a woman who is half African American, half Danish, and her struggles with her beliefs, her identity, and the expectations of the world around her in the South, Harlem, and Copenhagen – a fascinating piece with complex characters and surreal elements. It’s an ensemble piece and the company had a lot of fun playing through their various tracks, many of us playing seven or eight characters (not Helga of course).
Everyday Inferno is a smart, inspiring company. I encourage you to see their work.…