The `Speare Bearer: Edmond Alyn Jones of the Hilberry Theater Compandy, Acting MFA at Wayne State University Detroit, MI, 08/28

My good friend David Sterritt, a terrific, astonishingly physical, and super disciplined actor that I went to undergrad with at SCAD, is getting his Masters in acting ay Wayne State, and is part of their repertory company at the Hilberry Theater. I got to sit in on their rehearsal, with this gentleman, Edmond in the title role. He’s a lucid, daring, savvy actor, and the whole company seem wonderfully in tune, generous, intuitive, unselfconcious players. I had a great time. I got to have lunch witg Edmond and we got to pick each others brains about Shakespeare, acting, and being an artist. A great kind soul to talk to. See their Othello if you get a chance, it’ll be a hell of a show.
The Speare Bearer: Time with the Rajchel’s, Libertyville, IL,  08/10-08/13

I may or may not have been explicit about this before, but this entire project is inspired by, and mostly dedicated to my friend Tommy Rajchel who passed away last year. He was my best friend in New York, we went to the same.college, hung with a lot of the.same people, and were.the same age, but we only really got close after we both moved to NY. He suffered a tragic fall last year amd died. One of the main reasons I had the guts to even attempt this tour is because I kept thinking about the advice Tommy would have given me if I could ask him what to do about this crazy Shakespeare on a bike idea.

"Go for it, man. Gotta push it to the limit.When you leavin’?"

Over the last year and a half I’ve been blessed to get close with his folks.  Grace amd Richard, they are the two faces near mine at the bottom of the picture. Above are two friends of theirs. They are terrific people, the only kind of people who could have raised a son like Tommy. I promised to visit them in Libertyville, a suburb north of Chicago where they live, and where Tommy was raised, and I did indeed get to spend a weekend with them. It was great because I got to see 1st hand how Tommy became Tommy, and where all his crazy stories come from. 

It was a beautiful time. Sometimes it was intense, and emotional, we talked about Tommy a lot, and cried sometimes, but we also did a lot of things, like attending an Oldies dance with their grieving group, and laughed a lot more than I thought we would. Tommy’s folks are such sweet generous people, with a great sense of humor. I wouldn’t say they are unhappy at this point, but they are definitely sad, but they are continuing to live life and fight to keep Tommy’s memory alive.

We miss you Tommy.

Thomas Rajchel-(1984-2011)  R.I.P.
The `Speare Bearer: More Seattle and Stories From the Hole pt. 2.1 07/18
One big surprise that awaited me in Seattle was the day I went around to the Seattle Center to introduce myself at all the local theaters, and I walked into Seattle Shakes, and spotted a friend from school in the offices. Thea and I went to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) together, and were friends, but I hadn’t seen her since just before we graduated, 5 years ago, and surely did not expect to see her working for Seattle Shakes (She was not a Performing Arts major, but an advertizing+graphic design major), or in Seattle in general. We both caught each other off guard, had a delightful, flabbergasted reunion, briefly caught up, she gave me the skinny on Seattle Shakes, where she is one of their head marketing coordinators, and on the Shakespeare scene in Seattle in general.
It turned out about 3 days later, when I was about 2 days east of Seattle, that I finally just realized I was EXHAUSTED from my 5 month ride at this point, and needing to go home and rest.  So I was BLESSED from God with a really cheap hotel room in the small town I’d ridden to east of Seattle, Cle Elum, a really cheap flight back to Florida from Seattle, access to an airport shuttle that could take me AND my bike back to Seattle, and the means to pack my bike up (which had proven an immense challenge before). And it also turned out that the girls lived really close to a light rail that could take me directly from and to the airport (where the shuttle dropped me off), to catch the flight I’d booked, which would depart 36 hrs after I would return to Seattle.
Are you following this?
Anyway I really had a great time staying with my friend and her roommate for that time. They are both such intelligent, and fun ladies, great conversationalists who both work in theater in Seattle, so I had a great time dishing with them about that. We talked about art, theater, feminism, Arrested Development, our futures, theater in Seattle, dished about local the local theater climate, being artists.. Even though most of this trip was about getting away from my insular group of artist friends in NY, and being around real people, who have normal jobs, and live more traditional lives, as much of a breath of fresh air as that has been, I really love artists and love being around them so much, talking about art and the artists life. It’s one of my great joys, and the girls were so thoughtful, and funny, and eloquent. They were super kind and hospitable to me, and really put me at ease in the kind of stressful transition back home. I’m super grateful for that.
Turns out there’s A LOT of SCAD people in Seattle.

I’m a little short-handed here, all I really get a chance to do is ride, eat, hunt down a place to sleep, sleep, scheme to perform, and repeat. But I’d REALLY love to get my One-Man Shakespeare show in some schools… High schools, middle schools, elementary schools, boarding schools, charter schools, art schools, performing arts schools, private schools, colleges, universities…

I’m heading toward Pensacola today, then Mobil, then Biloxi, then New Orleans… I’ve got a list of the cities I’m hitting at thespearebearer.tumblr.com/destinations.

I’m cheap, (I charge $150+ a place to sleep for a day’s work), I’m offering a unique and thrilling theater experience, an electric approach to Shakespeare, and I’m good!

Please, if you can help me book some shows, in any way, that’d be a Godsend.

I just want to thank everyone who has been donating to my One-Man Street Shakespeare project via Paypal, and encourage everyone else to give! It’s been a hard road so far, but somehow, through the grace of God I’m making it, and I’ve gotten to perform in some really cool places… But it takes the simple generosity of people like you to keep this crazy enterprise going. So please go to thespearebearer.tumblr.com and give ANYTHING you can. It would make a BIG difference.

Thanks, and God bless.

As most of you know, at the end of this month I’m beginning my One-Man Street Shakespeare on a Bike tour! Below is the list of cities I will be stopping through along my tour around the USA.

If you or someone you know well lives within 50 miles of any of those locations, and wouldn’t mind hosting this weary Shakespeare gypsy for a night, or if anyone has requests for `Speare Bearer appearances, please contact me. A night getting a hot shower and sleeping in a warm bed as I’m doing this tour will make all the difference in the world. I don’t need much, I’m a pretty low-maintenance guest, and I’ll likely never be in an area for more than one night. Besides, one of the main goals of this trip is to spend time with old friends, and make new ones. So please, check out the list of cites, and let me know if you would like to host me, or have any suggestions as to places I might look into. I’m making a database of possible contacts across the country now. And to let you all know, my tentative launch date from Tampa FL is:

Sunday, January 29th, 2012.
Also, I’ve raised enough funds via my Kickstarter fundraiser to get my trip started, but I’m still lacking some important resources and supplies I’ll need to complete the tour successfully and safely. If you didn’t get the chance to donate before, or you’d generously like to donate again, below is the link with instructions on how to donate to my tour via my Amazon account: 
Any donation, whether it be $1, $10, or $100 is deeply appreciated. Please, please, please, spread the word via your Facebooks/Twitters/facetimes, and keep checking the blog for updates. I’ve got some video from my last two shows in Savannah, GA, and Port Charlotte, FL forthcoming. Thanks so much, and I look forward to hearing from you all.

So, I was going to leave Wednesday, but a woman named Renee saw my show at the high school and hired me for $100 bucks to do a show at an elementary school. It seems like the kids might get something out of it, and I can’t pass up $100 bucks, and my friend Jason was going to do a recording session on Saturday, which I figure might be a fun thing to do before I take off, so I’m going to do that the night before I leave… Besides I think it’ll be cooler to be able to leave from Tampa and not actually have to ride through Port Charlotte and North Port again. So as of today I’m about a week off from the real kick off, on the 29th. I’m leaving about a week later than I wanted to, but I think it’s for the best.

So far I’ve done two official shows. I did one at Muse Arts Warehouse in Savannah, right near SCAD, where I went to school, and had some former professors and lots of old friends come see it. I think that performance was a personal best for me in terms of the entire show, maybe about 50 people showed up and the audience was very gracious. I got to meet a lot of people, see a lot of welcome old faces, we did a Q&A at the end and I got to talk a bit about the project and what it means to me, and my artistic life… got to listen to myself talk for a bit, and we all know that’s what we artists reaalllyyy love. Also, a professor I never had, but a really nice fella named David Storck invited me to speak at some of his acting classes at SCAD. It was a great time for me to see these kids who are a few years younger, and blow some more of my hot air at them, tell them about my experiences the last few years, and answer some of the questions I badgered them into asking me so I could hear myself talk more. So, Savannah was a fantastic time. 

Did another show here in Port Charlotte at my old high school, and again about 50 people, students (mostly the drama kids, but some others too), a few of my good friends, and/or friends parents who were in town, and a lot of my family showed up to support me. It was awesome. Things felt a little more tenuous at this show, and I felt like I really had to work to keep this crowds attentions, which was good for the performance, and they seemed to respond really well at the end. We did another Q&A here and I was really pleased that many of the people at this show seemed really interested and had some really good questions. One sweet young girl told me she’s hoping to go to SCAD for Performance. If she ever reads this I wish her well.

Now I’m just kind of biding my time… going to commit to only rehearsing by doing street performances from now on. Which is TERRIFYING, but it’s go time. There’s more I want to write I guess, but my brain is getting fuzzy, so I’ll just implore you all again, please donate to me, via my Amazon account because I still need quite a few more supplies to really make this thing work for me on the road. Right now I’m not fully prepared to really be able to take care of myself, and my bike,  and eat well enough to keep my strength up (I’m still missing a few supplies, like a pannier, and possibly a camp stove… ). I’m trusting God to provide these things, because i need them and don’t really know where they are going to come from.. so I’m just going to ask you all to donate, even if it’s $5 to the trip. If you already have, PLEASE know I am deeply appreciative of your donation.. I just want to make sure I can face this challenge squarely, not under-prepared. I don’t want to disappoint so many people who’ve put their faith in me. Anyway, click here to find out how to donate.

Thanks to everyone who is following this blog. I really appreciate you all, and I am doing my best to try to do you all proud, and really spread this Shakespeare with all the enthusiasm, joi-de-vivre, and ferocity I can muster. More soon. Love ya.

That’s right! I’m a proud alumni of Savannah College of Art and Design and I’m bringing this crazy show of mine back to Savannah! If you’re anywhere near Savannah please come out to Muse Arts Warehouse and come check out the show and hang out! It’s going to be insane!!  

Hit the link for more info:

The `Speare Bearer at Muse Arts!