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Lingua Franca to premiere at Venice Film Festival

Isabel Sandoval’s film Lingua Franca, about a transgender woman under threat of deportation, is one of 11 films (out of 900 submitted) selected for this year’s Venice Film Festival. I play Chad in this film. I’m a little bit excited about this, here’s the article in Variety.

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Dean on Radio Free Brooklyn

Killy Dwyer invited me onto her awesome radio show Mock-U-Mental (okay, maybe I prompted the invite). I got to share the two hours with the funny and talented T-Spoon, aka Katie Haller. We told stories, we sang songs, I ran out early to catch my train. Honestly, it’s everything you want in a radio show. Here’s a link to give it a listen:

https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/RADIO7710278286?selected=RADIO5423216773

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Dean on WAMC’s The Roundtable

https://www.wamc.org/post/inaugural-phoenicia-fringe-festival-begins-july-5

I’m on talking Voice of Authority and what possessed me to take a show to EdFringe, along with Michael Koegel of the Phoenicia Playhouse and Doug Motel from the show Mind Salad.…

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The Muff, a Moth parody on April 11 at the Red Room

It’s time to parody The Moth with The Muff!

The Muff satirizes all the elements you see at a typical Moth show. You’ll see the storytelling types: The Crier, The Rambler, The First-Timer, The Stand-up Comedian, The Fake Newbie, The Survivor….

Or course everyone’s name will be picked from a bucket as

Come see the fake drama! The scoring! The drunken judges! The celebrity name-dropping host! 2 Theremins signaling to wrap up stories

And of course, the bucket – where all names will be picked.

Featuring: Michele Carlo, Jamie Brickhouse, Susan Kent, Jake Hart, Glen Heroy, Robin Gelfenbien, Harmon Leon, Richard Templeton, Adam Selbst, Sean O’Brien, Colleen Hindsley, Sarah Chandler, Dean Temple

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Voice of Authority books week-long run at 59E59 Theaters

As part of the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59, Voice of Authority will do a preview run of the EdFringe version of the show, July 17-21, 2019.

Currently working on a rewrite of the show with editing/writing direction from NYC comedy veteran Veronica Mosey, which is very exciting and also fun. And Carol Lee Sirugo will be stepping up from creative consultant to the role of director for this EdFringe run.…

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Lingua Franca receives Tribeca Film Institute Grant

Tribeca Film Institute has selected 14 scripted and documentary projects for the 16th annual Tribeca All Access program which amplifies stories from historically underrepresented voices.

I play the role of Chad in this film directed by Isabel Sandoval, which is now a recipient of this prestigious grant. The full list of films can be seen here»

Lingua Franca is about a Filipina immigrant in Brighton Beach scrambling to avoid deportation becomes involved with a Russian slaughterhouse worker who is unaware that she’s transgender.


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Theatre is Easy calls Voice of Authority witty, charming, perfect

Quoted from review by Shoshana Roberts.

BOTTOM LINE: The witty and charming Dean Temple uses stand-up, singing, and other ways of storytelling to delve into his existential crisis of wanting to be a performer versus having a more conventional job.

Voice of Authority, written and performed by Dean Temple, is a perfect example of enjoying the journey. Not everything in life is about the end result, but it’s about the paths you explore on the way there. Dean Temple weaves this tale with myriad mediums to share his strange, yet true, story about being sued for $19 million dollars by the US Department of Justice, with some great quips sprinkled throughout….

Voice of Authority teeters on the edge of a more amateur open-mic-night feel, but the witty, charming, and handsome Dean Temple is talented enough to tie it all together in a nice package.

Read full review»

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New video series: Big Trouble

My show, Voice of Authority (tickets»), is about getting into big trouble. The US Dept of Justice comes after me for $19 million. True story. So I’m doing a new, very short storytelling series I’m calling Big Trouble, where I ask you to tell us your story.

My first guest is my Here Lies Joe co-star Andi Morrow. Andi is an actor, writer, & director currently living in Los Angeles. She is originally from the mountains of East Tennessee, and recently travelled home to make her latest project, PUSHER. The film, which Andi wrote, directed, & stars in, centers around a young woman who has found herself caught up in the opioid epidemic that is plaguing her Appalachian community.  You can learn more at www.pusherfilm.com and www.andimorrow.com.

Have you every been in Big Trouble?

Let me know and maybe you can tell your story.

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FRIGID 2019 announces dates

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


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It’s a Wonderful Life radio play

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.…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 now released

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.…

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Dean joins the cast of Isabel Sandoval’s Lingua Franca

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.…

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Voice of Authority at Under St. Marks Theater in Feb 2019

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.…

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Voice of Authority invited to StoryFest 2018

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»

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Fringe Review calls Voice of Authority a “hidden gem”

“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»

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Let’s call Pittsburgh a successful first Fringe

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).…

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The art of temporary expertise

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.…

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Lyrics, Lit & Liquor at 2A on March 14 at 7:30pm

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:

2A
27 Avenue A
NYC
7:30pm

An evening of comedy, literary readings, music & trivia
Hosted by Amanda Miller
Dream themed trivia by Amy Remland

COMEDY!
Amanda Miller & Rachel Evans

READINGS!
Tara Isabella Burton
SheilaJoon Ostadazim
Esra Gaffin Dayani
Helena Smith

MUSIC!
Li Benyair
Dean Temple…

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Pittsburgh Fringe shouts out to Voice of Authority in their season preview

“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»…

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Voice of Authority going to Pittsburgh Fringe Festival in April 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.…

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Reviews

Voice of Authority delivers a good helping of comedy and masterful solo performance. An entertaining and thought-provoking show. – Fringe Review UK

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About Dean

Dean is an actor, writer, and creative director based in NYC and the Hudson Valley. His solo show, Voice of Authority, will be at the Phoenicia Playhouse, July 5, at 59E59 Theaters, July 17-21, and at Edinburgh Fringe, Aug 2-24, in 2019.

He has appeared on the stage at Carnegie Hall (Mr. Richard in Fannie Lou the Musical), as well as designed installations there for VDAY through his company, Drake Creative Collaborative.

He also serves as board president for The Art Effect, a nonprofit where youth learn to explore, experience, and excel in the arts and arts-related fields.