Favorite Quotes: Volume XV/My response re: Jeremy Piven’s departure

“I’m a stage actor. That is what I do.”
– Jeremy Piven

Sorry, Mr. Piven.  You’re as much of a stage actor as I’m a guy with a “high mercury count.”

If you’d like to meet a couple of real stage actors, might I introduce these fine gentlemen.

I’m addicted to Speed.

The tweets are true.

Earlier today, I twittered that I had signed on as one of the Producers of the 20th Anniversary revival of David Mamet’s Speed The Plow starring Entourage’s Jeremy Piven, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Broadway’s Bobby-baby, Raul Esparza.

I’ll admit . . . Seems like a strange choice for the Producer of The Awesome 80s Prom, My First TIme, Altar Boyz and 13, doesn’t it?

Sing it with me now: “One of these things is not like the other things . . . ”

So if this show seems so far from my “style”, why am I doing it?

Well, there was a super long list of “pros” that got me to opt-in for my 2nd show that’ll open this fall, including the lead Producer, Piven and Mamet himself.

But one of them was simply that it wasn’t my style.

In poker, the best teachers will tell you that it’s important every once in awhile to “vary your style of play.”  If you’re a very conservative player that only bets when you’ve got the nuts, bluff once in a while.  If you’re an aggressive player, play one or two hands tight every couple o’ rounds.

Shaking up your style forces you to get out of your comfort zone.  And most importantly, it keeps you learning and growing so that you’re ready to play in any game at any stakes, no matter who is dealing.

So I’m varying my style of play . . . with a play.

And with this cast and this play, it feels like I’ve been dealt a couple of pocket aces.

Stay tuned . . . gonna be a busy fun fall.

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