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Wow... I just realized I didn't write anything on here in ages. I guess I felt I was being "vocal" enough on Facebook and Twitter that I didn't need to update my personal website anymore... Anywho... How do you even start when you haven't written something in three years?
LATEST: One more production completed. From September 2012 until April 2013, I re-adapted, re-translated and produced Etienne Lepage's wonderful and powerful "Rouge Gueule." The new dramaturgy -- which became "Bite Your Tongue" -- was produced at the Theater for the New City for three (3) weeks between February 28th and March 17th.
Complete details here: Bite Your Tongue
The production was challenging, but the show was amazing.
Thank you to everyone involved -- No man is an Island; I certainly am not. The success of the show is strictly the result of the amazing work of everyone involved. You know who you are; a Million Thanks :)
This is it!!! After 5 long years of writing, translating, frustrating (and re-translating), my new original play, "Tsunami a la Quebecoise" is finally going to be produced! Come and join us on June 7th, at the Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (corner of 10th street in East Village) for the World-Premiere of the play. Tickets are only $8 - So there is NO reason not to come. bring everyone you know :)
(I'm excited, does it show?)
You can look at the details right here in the Press Release.
See you at the theater soon!
So many things going on, all at once this fall:
- Finishing the translation of my original Play "Tsunami à la Québécoise"
- Producing the play both in Montreal and in New York this winter or in the Spring
- Completing the Quebecois-French translation of Landford Wilson's "Burn This" for a production in Montreal soon
- Completing the writing of a new film
- and many, many other things... I'll give you the details as they happen
Enjoy the colors of fall! :)
Back in New York since January 2009. Actively trying to have my script looked at by those I believe could make it happen. I'll let you know when that happens - Love
I have finally settled into my new apartment in Malibu - The weather is absolutely superb, every day :)
I have also completed my screenplay; finally :) It took lots of work to get there; weeks, months of hard work. It is copyrighted and protected by the WGA -
Thanks to Tracy, my writing partner, and Paul de Sousa who has been such a good friend - Thanks guys :)
I will now send it out today to key people - I pray that they will like it :)
I have move to Los Angeles. I will settle into my new apartment on February 1st. My screenplay is almost complete.
More to come later :)
In preparation for a really important twist in my career, I've re-worked my web site this last week. I hope you like the result :)
Of course, it comes after a new set of headshots were taken at the beginning of this month by my favorite, amazingly talented New York photographer, Tess Steinkolk. Thank you again sweetie; you've done an *wonderful* job. I'm very happy with the result :)
Otherwise, I've just been very busy, writing this new *original Idea* feature film. I'm collaborating with my friend Tracy for the script and it's coming along quite nicely :) I'll keep you posted...
My first play in NY since my returning:
"Amahlia" by Joel Shatsky @ the Impact Theater in Brooklyn
Lookup all the details by reading this GREAT REVIEW of the "offoffonline Review" website here!
"Philippe Blanchard's Medina is imposing, cruel, suave, and decidedly theatrical." (...) "Medina is a horrible man, a criminal against humanity, but he is also disarmingly charming."
Back to New York -
After 18 months spent in Montreal, Canada, I have come to the conclusion that my life belongs here, in the Mecca of fast-paced madness, New York City.
I am looking forward to resume NY acting and seeing all my pals again, for good foods and wines, laughs and friendships.
My headshots and resume are now listed on the site of the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars)".
The last 3 weeks were really busy...
That's it! I've just completed the first version of the web site of my own acting school! IQMA - (French for: Quebec Institute of Method Acting). Indeed, I'm opening my own acting school, this coming September in Montreal... I wish myself to "break a leg"... :)
I've also just completed my second play: "Tsunamis Québécois"... More details to come...
The show is over - What a blast this was! GREAT success to a full room almost every night for a month! Wow! This is the beginning of something amazing.
Thank you to all of you whom have made this possible. I love you from the bottom of my heart.
For those of you who missed it, here's some pictures from the play; just click on them to enlarge. Cheers!
Listen to this GREAT Review of the play by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Radio)! Make sure you understand French! (lol)... If not, I've prepared an english translation which you can download (PDF - Adobe Acrobat).
Thank you a million times to the beautiful Marion, which has given me such a great review... Big kisses, all the way across the ocean and all of Europe to your Russian new home... I wish you the absolute best - Tout le bonheur que tu recherches :) Merci!
French CBC Braodcast
(Oct. 8th, 2004)
The postcard of the show
My own play, "The Decline of the American Empire" is being produced at the Gene Grankel theater, 24 Bond Street, for 4 weeks, starting October 7th. There will be shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and on Sundays @ 5:30pm. The director will be Ted Mornel with whom I just finished playing Richard III. The play is an adaptation of the Canadian film "Le déclin de l'Empire Américain", produced in 1986 by Canadian director Denys Arcand.
Here's some details preliminary details about it:
THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
You’ve certainly heard of the film, “The Barbarian Invasions” from Canadian director Denys Arcand. As a reminder, this is the film that won / was nominated for the following awards:
2004 - Academy Awards - Won Best foreign film, Best original Screenplay
2003 - Cannes Film Festival - Won Best Screenplay, Best Actress
2003 - Golden Globe awards - Nominated Best Foreign film
2003 - Toronto International Film Festival - Won Best Canadian Feature
2003 - French Academy of Cinema - Won Best Director, Best picture, Best Screenplay
2003 - National Board of Review - Won Best Foreign Film
2003 - European Film Academy - Won Best non-European Film
However, not many people know that it is actually the sequel to another, earlier film... Eighteen years before "Barbarian", Director Denys Arcand made another film: "The Decline of the American Empire." (It was actually shot in French and named "Le Déclin de l’Empire Américain")
That film also received a respectable amount of awards / nominations:
1987 – Academy Award – Nominated Best Foreign Film
1986 – Cannes Film Festival – Won FIPRESCI prize
1986 – New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Won Best Foreign Film
1986 – Toronto International Film Festival – Won Best Canadian Feature, People’s choice award
A true admirer of Mr. Arcand’s work, Philippe Blanchard, a young New York director and actor, has translated "Le Déclin" in English and has adapted the film for the theater. Mr. Arcand has granted Mr. Blanchard the rights to the theatrical adaptation. Mr. Blanchard will be producing this new play here in New York this coming fall.
We hope to see you there!
Gene Frankel Theater – 24 Bond St. (betw. Lafayette & Bowery) B, D, F & Q Trains to Broadway/Lafayette or 6 to Bleeker St.
Running time estimate: 2:30 hrs (including intermission)
Shows: October 7th – Oct. 31st
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00pm and Sundays @ 5:30pm
Tickets available @ www.smarttix.com or by calling 212.868.4444
All admission: $15 (Industry representatives or members of the press should call the producer directly @ 917.902.4903 to reserve their seats.)
Synopsis: Eight Canadian intellectuals spend one beautiful autumn day talking about History, life, death, friendship, relationships, love and sex! Laughs and tears are equally expected... This play is intended for mature audiences only.
Cast: Anna Emily Altman, Philippe Blanchard, Marc Bonan, Wendy Booz, Paul De Sousa, Izzy Durakovic, Thomas Hoyt Godfrey (*), Larry E, Johnson, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Damien Martinez, Oh Rhyne, Joyce Sarandon and Tracy Walsh-Caputo.
(*): Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Director: Ted Mornel
Producer & Asst.-Director: Philippe Blanchard
Stage Manager: Margot Bercy
Set Design: Zen Mansley
Light Design: Stewart Wagner
Original Music: Sébastien Tremblay
Hello all! Welcome to my new web site! Yes, the company that hosted my old one went out of busines :( I therefore had to build this one as a replacement. I hope you enjoy!
I will be on the radio! Yes! Joe Franklin has interviewed me today for a broadcast soon on New York AM Radio 710. I will know the details of the broadcast soon and will keep you posted. Thanks to Lissa Moira who has organized this meeting ;-) And 1,000 thanks to Ted Mornel and the cast of Richard III which has made this fantastic story possible. I love you all!