Sunday, June 29, 2008

PHOTOS: Coffee at The Plaza 6-29-08

Ed, Mark, Genadi, The Plaza, New York City
Ed, Genadi and I had the nerve to ask the price of coffee at The Plaza.
The Plaza had the nerve to seat us and serve us.

Chandelier, The Plaza, New York City
Chandeliers everywhere

Chandelier, The Plaza, New York City

Gigantic Russian Lighting, The Plaza, New York City
This one is old as hell and roped off.

Lobby staircase, The Plaza, New York City
Where we had coffee: Far right

Lobby, The Plaza, New York City

Lobby, The Plaza, New York City
A little to the left

Bar, The Plaza, New York City
Bar with LED lights and chandelier by Jesus

Genadi, Ed and Mark, The Plaza, New York City
The gaggle

Logo, The Plaza, New York City
Logo and flowers at our table

Coffee, The Plaza, New York City
The coffee service

Mark Baratelli, The Plaza, New York City
Had I known we'd be slurping at The Plaza,
I'd have worn a real shirt and trimmed my monkey arms

Mark Baratelli, The Plaza, New York City
Sitting in the cool chair

Ed Shepp, The Plaza, New York City
Ed in the other cool chair

Genadi, The Plaza, New York City
Genadi in my chair

Clock, The Plaza, New York City
Saw this clock ion top of the revolving doors leading outside as we left.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

My birthday: June 27, 2008

In he morning, I went to an audition at the AEA Center that's unfortunately located right in the heart of Times Square, which is like I-Drive but everyone is out of their cars and walking around you. It wasn't for "State Fair," (seen above) but I can't find a photo I took that day at the real audition so that photo will have to do. Anyway, it was an Equity audition. I waited for an hour, was third on the EMC list and then they told me they weren't going to have time to see EMC/non-equity. Boo.

There's an Olive Garden a block away from the AEA Center in Times Square, so I had a little lunch by myself.

The lunch was so filling I had to go home and nap. I woke up later that night and went to Crumbs, a bakery, with Ed and Jacob, the people I'm staying with right now. Crumbs is MUCH better than Magnolia.


My birthday cupcake.


Ya got a little you got a....

Three girls eating at Crumbs asked us to take a picture of them. Ed volunteered. He made them post "like in Chicago" sitting on chairs backwards. AND THEY DID IT! He can make people do anything.

Happy Birthday. The End.

Moomers: the debut album

Moomers album cover
Moomers is my cat I left behind in Orlando. She's an obese calico who loves nothing more than lying next to me and napping.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


My crazy friend Ed singing Celine, filmed by me

Tickets BOUGHT for solo workshop
If you know me, you know I do NOT enjoy buying plane tickets and making hotel reservations. I am sure the more I do it, the more it will not seem so scarry. But for now, it irks the hell out of me.

I signed up for a solo improv workshop for July 5-6 with the solo improv instructor Andy Eninger in Chicago weeks ago. Tonight I finally bought the plane tickets (train was more expensive) and paid for my bed in the hostel 9the same one I stayed at for the Chicago Improv Festival). Hostel is th DEAL! $98 for 3 nights in the heart of downtown Chicago. 20 minute train ride to the improv theatres. (They're all pretty much near each other sort-of).

The reason I am taking the workshop is obvious: 2 8-hour days working on nothing but solo improv has got to have an effect on Improv Cabaret. It's no secret that I want a director for the show. It needs it. I can only bring what i can to the table. It needs a second set of eyes, a director. And since I just uprooted myself and know no one in NYC, the next best thing (so that I can at least do SOMEthing productive to improve the show before San Fran and Santa Cruz Improv Festivals) is to take this solo workshop.

Met the future roommates
...tonight! The entire apartment will be two accompanists, one opera singer, a roommate we have to find asap and me, the wacky improv queer. The apartment is nothing special. My room is average size. I have to buy a window unit and furniture. There will be a total of FIVE people in the apartment... with 1.5 bathrooms. I know all of you home owners in Orlando are cringing right now. ME TOO! But it's cheap as hell, on the 1 train line, IN MANHATTAN and the place isn't a dump. So, you take the good with the bad, Blair. I move July 1.

Job Hunt
Still looking for work. My online portfolio is a disaster so part of my job hunt is fixing that problem. I may end up temping again. God, the last time I had a day job was 2006. I hope I can remember how to be bored and resentful. It's been so long.

Audition tomorrow
I've been hitting the equity chorus calls and the Equity Principal auditions and so far have gotten seen for Sondheim's "Bounce" and the Grinch Christmas show (Broadway and tour). The Grinch folks actually liked my song. Bounce? They smiled. Tomorrow is an ECC for My Fair Lady at Media Theatre. WAAAAY back in 2004 they called me back to read for the nerdy boyfriend in "Sweet Charity." I was so excited I sucked!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Back at SAK in 2006

Here's another post from the way-back machine. It's from 2006 and has a bunch of photos from a SAK show. Memories...

Improv Cabaret in TIme Out New York

This is an old link to a Time Out New York event listing for Improv Cabaret. Just came across it and wanted to (a) share and (b) thank the people who took the time to post these comments. Thank you.

VIDEO: Swedish Midsummer Festival

Ed, Andy and I went all the way down to the bottom tip of New York City to Battery Park to experience the Swedish Midsummer Festival June 20, 2008. It sucked. I am glad I went, just so I could see it and photo/video it, but it ended up being a little boring, as this video attests. And in this video, my vlogging is called into question by Andy.

Now go and see my 41 photos and 10 videos from it.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Christine Ebersole at Barnes & Noble

Christine Ebersole singing cds for the final fans
Christine Ebersole singing cds at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble 6-08.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Invited to Santa Cruz Improv Festival

I just got an email from the coordinator of the Santa Cruz Improv Festival asking me to perform Improv Cabaret as a last-minute replacement in their July 27th show! So cool!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rapetosaurus krausei: my art film

My first and last art film
Filmed 6-6-08 at Field Museum, Chicago Illinois

Monday, June 9, 2008

This got me two free Mario Cantone tickets in Orlando

Here's my winning entry in the Wanzie-Gram "Ask God for two Mario Cantone tickets" contest. My Mom went in my steed. I was performing Improv Cabaret in Chicago that night.


The King of Kings and Lord of Lords has spoken directly to WANZIE and has informed the name sake of this Gram of all the names of all the people who sent in contest entries, but whom God had decided he did NOT want to see receive tickets to enjoy Mario Cantone at Hard Rock Live! on Saturday evening. By way of divine deductive reasoning, the only remaining name was that of one Mark Baratelli, whose winning prayer (and prattle) entry follows for your enjoyment:
“Let he who cast the first stone be not judged on the way he throweth said stone, so sayeth someone in the bible. I think it was Hermes.And yet it was I who was judged...not by my peers, whom lack the equality of mind and body with me... not by my city leaders, who I don't even know the names of... and not by Hannah Montanta, who I know on a first-basis.

It was by my Mother.

She found out I was doing in a non-equity production of "Mame" at the Pine Prairie Dinner Theater and Never-Ending Salad Bar and wrote me this note:


I thought you'd amount to something great. Apparently not.


I cried, ripped up the letter and threw my roommate’s copy of "Wicked" (the London cast) out of our kitchen window, which had no screen, allowing the flies to come in at night and eat us whole as the housing provided by Pine Prairie was like a dog house tossed in an industrial dryer. (I had to replace the cd, couldn't find the London cast, so stole it online from some download service)

How can someone who bore me, fed me, and told me it was ok to drop out of a production of "A Magical Christmas in Mobile, Alabama" because I didn't get along with the choreographer, go and stab me in the self-esteem like that? I cannot answer that. People do things for their own reasons, and my Mother is clearly jealous of my talent(s) and achievement(s).

So, I ask God in the hallowed halls of heaven to shimmy down the cloud pole and deliver me two tickets to Mario Cantone. Not to sell on Ebay, but to hand to the ticket-taker at Hard Rock Live when my Mother and I go to the show. Yes, these tickets will be an olive branch I am extending to my Mother. I turn the other cheek every chance I get, even when boyfriends hit me with chairs or bartenders grind ice cubes down my throat after I tell them they're too old to be not wearing a shirt in public.

Please be the olive branch my Mother and I so desperately need. And stop allowing bear bartenders to go shirtless in non-bear bars.

Yours in New Christy Minstrels”

- Mark Baratelli, Orlando

Ed Shepp on! wrote a post about my friend Ed's craigslist ad looking for an apartment. He, Jason Atkins (the guy on the right in the above photo) and I are looking for a place by the end of June.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I won!

Michael Wanzie played God and awarded me two tickets for my Mother and I to see mario Cantone June 7th! I entered a creative writing contest he held where he asked people to write a letter to God telling him why I was worthy of the free tickets. Here's his email:
God was a little tardy, but he did finally determine he wanted you and your mom to see MARIO CANTONE at HARD ROCK LIVE! - Orlando, on Saturday evening, June 7th, at 8PM.

The competition was stiff (actually it really was one of the best responses we’ve ever had to a contest – but most of the entries took a serious political turn and we were looking for comedy) but yours won out.

Your entry will appear in the WANZeGRAM on Friday, June 6th.

Your Complimentary Tickets will be available for you to claim on the evening of the event at the Hard Rock Live! Box office Will-Call window, under the name Mark Baratelli. Please have photo I.D. ready to claim tickets.

Have a blessed time at Hard Rock Live! And be sure to tell MARIO that GOD and your friends at the WANZeGRAM sent you!


SBUX stock up!

April 29 I bought 10 shares of Starbucks (SBUX) for $15.66.

Today, right now a least, it's at $18.35!

Photo Source

Mark Baratelli Calendar

Booby Tuesday is taken


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

VIDEO: Me with no pants and smoker voice

BEFORE YOU WATCH THE VIDEO: This is a portion of a scene based on an audience member's story. This was about an 18 year old graduating high school senior baseball player who claimed he never learned to read or write. His girlfriend was described as "older" (who I played as an aging smoker). In the scene, he got removed from the big game, wrote an apology letter (with the help of his older girlfriend), got back in the game and hit a home run. Filmed May 31, 2008