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Charlie recently moved to Chicago after completing his BA in Acting at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, and is delighted to making his Chicago debut as Ste in Beautiful Thing. Previous stage credits include Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank, Randy Anderson in The Outsiders, Lonnie in A Dead Man’s Apartment, Wendel P. Bloyd in Spoon River, and Dante in the Pittsburgh premiere of Off-Color Remarks for which he won an award for best supporting actor.  Film credits include Warrior, All in a Nights Work, The Dark Knight Rises.

Full Birth Name: Charles Nathan Wein

Hometown: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Age you became interested in theatre: Young enough that I can’t remember

Favorite show you worked on: Toyer by Gardner McKay

Most memorable moment while working on a show: My pants ripping at the end of Diary of Anne Frank.  I had to hold my pants up desperately while the Nazi’s were invading

Mentors or inspirations: Too many to list really, Cillian Murphy is my favorite actor, I aspire to be as versatile an actor as he is.

On a show day, how early do you arrive at the theatre: About 45 minutes to an Hour

Dressing room must-have: Ipod, need to be very much in my head before a show.

A show and role you would like to do: Reverend Hale in The Crucible is a dream role of mine. I’d kill to play Sam in Richard Nash’s Echoes someday too.

If you were in NY for 4 hours what show would you see: I have a couple friends on Broadway who’s shows I’d love to see

The best part of waking up is: Folgers in your cup

If you could change your first name, what would you change it to: I like my name, but I always thought Rasputin would be a cool name to explain to people

Favorite food: Chicken Pot Pie

If you could meet a Broadway legend, living or dead, who would you meet: I don’t know if he counts as a Broadway legend but I plan on meeting Mel Brooks whether he’s alive or dead.

Worst costume: My see through purple leotard for Seussical

First stage kiss: Anne Frank

One lesson you have learned while working in the theatre: “Just take the coaching”

Most unplanned moment or funniest unscripted moment that happened to you while onstage: During our rumble in The Outsiders I was supposed to have my head slammed on a bench before I punch the guy in the groin and crawl off stage.  One day he actually slammed my head on the bench. The Audience loved it.

Pre-show ritual:  That’s private!

Biggest pet peeve: People who say “I could care less” when they mean “I couldn’t care less”

One piece of advice for those who are aspiring to work in the theatre: Stop aspiring and just start doing it!

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Ste (Charlie Wein), Jamie (Robert Hilliard) and Leah (Kiah McKirnan)

December is here! I can hardly believe it, but Beautiful Thing opens next month; the past few weeks have just flown by. As we get closer to opening night, the pace starts to pick up, so let me bring you up to speed. 

We continue to raise money for the show, even though we are just a few weeks away from opening. For those who did not see my previous blog about why we are raising money, click here. If you are interested in making a donation to our production, please click here. We are still far from meeting our goal – your donation of any size is greatly appreciated.

Rehearsals are moving right along without any major problems. We had another review rehearsal over the weekend, which I think went well for the most part. Tonight we have another review; I will give you an update on how things go, so stay tuned.

Check back tomorrow for a special surprise! Until then, have a Beautiful Day!

Cast members and the director of Beautiful Thing attend the world premiere opening of the Jeff-recommended At The Flash now playing through through December 16 at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. The winner of Pride Films and Plays 2012 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest, this remarkable one-man show was written by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, directed by David Zak, and stars David Leeper. For ticket info, CLICK HERE.

Left to right : Charlie Wein, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, Director John Nasca, Robert Hilliard and Patrick Rybarczyk.

Until next time, have a Beautiful day!

Happy opening from the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing!

The cast and crew of Beautiful Thing take a stand against bullying and show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.  For more information on GLAAD, click on the image below.

We now have two blocking rehearsals under our belt.  During our rehearsal on Tuesday, we blocked another fight scene, this one between Kiah (Leah) and Michelle (Sandra).

The rehearsal would have been shorter if we all hadn’t kept laughing.  At one point, we had a conversation about naming each person in our cast after a Disney character.  We also discussed how to make the pot smoking in the show look as realistic as possible.  Some other topics discussed: post-Christmas Boxing Day party, being Jewish, and leather bars.  Just another typical Beautiful Thing rehearsal.

Tomorrow, the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing show their support for GLADD’s Spirit Day. Until then, have a beautiful day!

On Broadway, there is the tradition of shows that are currently in production sending “Happy Opening Night!” letters to a show when it opens. This tradition has not yet made its way to Chicago; there are anywhere from 5-10 shows opening each week and sending a letter to each one would be time-consuming and costly.  Nevertheless, I’m hoping to help establish that tradition here.  I have decided to send out two “Happy Opening Night!” letters a week from now until Beautiful Thing opens in January.  These shows will be picked at random, unless someone within our production would like us to send one to a particular show.  

Up first is Kinky Boots, which opens today.  We all signed the letter at our rehearsal last night and I both faxed and sent the hard copy via snail mail to the theater.  But may I say here as well, happy opening from the cast and crew of Beautiful Thing! 

(**I must apologize to my castmate Patrick Rybarczyk, who did not get a chance to sign the letter.  We were supposed to do this at our rehearsal on Saturday, but I forgot.)

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

Nothing will make your heart jump out of your chest faster than being told you need to lose weight for a role.  Some actors might be outraged when told this, but the costumes, wigs, and makeup can only take you so far.

However, actors are also often asked on an audition form if they are willing to cut/color their hair, and, if cast, they are requested not to materially change their appearance without prior approval from the director.  Sometimes this is also included in a contract.  So fill out those audition forms carefully and read the entire contract before you sign.

At the first rehearsal of Beautiful Thing, our director John Nasca addressed all of the actors regarding their physical appearance.  (This is the moment you try to remember what you agreed to on the audition form!)  John asked Patrick (Tony) and Kiah (Leah) to grow out their hair.  Kiah was actually relieved that she didn’t need to cut her hair; at first she thought he asked her to cut it, which made her clasp onto her hair for dear life.  Charlie (Ste) was asked to bulk up a little bit, which he seemed totally cool with.  We also talked a little bit about how Charlie and I should have our hair cut, but nothing final was decided.  And that was it; nothing for Michelle (Sandra) or me (Jamie), aside from the hair.

Before

After losing 30LBS

Nevertheless, after seeing the publicity photos, I realized how much weight I have put on in the recent months and it made me slightly ill.  About a year ago, I lost 30lbs; it took approximately 12 weeks and I looked and felt great.  I maintained it for months, until I fell off the wagon hard and ran for comfort food. After having a conversation with my director and getting his approval, I have decided to jump back into my workout regimen and drop a few pounds before opening. The director just asked that I proceed with caution and not lose too much weight.  I should point out that I am doing this not only for the show, but primarily for my health, as my body and mind function so much better when I work out.  So starting Monday, I hop back on the workout regimen that helped me lose 30 pounds a year ago.

P.S. This is not going to turn into a fitness/workout blog. However, I will keep you posted on my progress.

On another note, one of our actors has been nominated for an Emmy Award.  Check back tomorrow to find out who it is and what they have been nominated for.  Until then, have a beautiful day!

We decided to take a photo to show our support for Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center’s Unity Day. Thanks to Tiffany Nasca for designing our image. For more information on Pacer’s, click the image above.

Behind the scenes look of our mini photo shoot.

Until next time, have a beautiful day.