Tuesday
Aug052014

Commercial for Bon Secours

This summer, I filmed a commercial with Ryan Kerrigan, a linebacker for the Washington Redskins. The commercial is airing now in the Richmond market. This is to promote a new campaign being launched by Bon Secours encouraging young men to see the doctor for check-ups. You can learn moore about the campaign at realmenseethedoctor.com.

Friday
May162014

Light of Night - Review Roundup

Light of Night runs now through June 1 at Venus Theatre. Written by Cecilia Copeland, this play is incredibly dangerous. It challenges the audience on many different levels, and based on on first week, may overwhelm some. Despite how dark things get, Light of Night is ultimately a hopeful and uplifting play. In the Latin retelling of the Persephone myth, before we get to heaven, we have to go through hell.

Photo: Curtis Jordan

I play Jim, a charismatic husband who deeply loves his wife. However, by the end of the first act, it becomes clear that the relationship is deeper than darker than we first think. Jim is an incredibly complicated and terrifying. It has been incredibly difficult stepping into Jim's skin, and getting into that character has been incredibly taxing.

So far, we have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, which is especially rewarding considering the number of big risks we've taken to stage this work.

Here are what some of the reviews have had to say.

Kashner delivers a striking stage presence, particularly when responding to both female characters in scenes near the end of the performance. His working chemistry, not to be confused with that of the loving and affectionate kind, is startling and intense.
~Amanda Gunther, DCMTA

The most challenging role is played by Elliott Kashner who finds ways to make the character of Jim work even at the most difficult moments. It is a powerful performance that has taken up an uncomfortable residence in this reviewer’s memory.
~Steven McKnight, DC Theatre Scene 

The Venus Theatre Play Shack is a small and intimate space, so I would recommend getting tickets sooner rather than later. You can get tickets and see the performance schedule here. Be prepared for a show that will be difficult to watch, but rewarding at the same time.

Thursday
Sep192013

Come Blow Your Horn - Review Roundup

In case you have some free time between now and October 12, it would be worth you time to come by The American Century Theater to enjoy our performance of Come Blow Your Horn. I play Alan Baker, a swinging bachelor from the 1960s.

Photo: Johannes Markus

If you are the type of read the reviews first, here's what the critics had to say (specifically about me, because... well... this is my website):

"Elliot Kashner is impressive in the central role of Alan. His savoir faire oozes off the stage as he brings an exasperated charm to the Manhattan playboy who is cruising through life with no worries, no commitments and no depth."
~The Connection 

"The acting skills employed by both Mr. Kashner and Mr. Alferov are what will draw audiences to The American Century Theater to witness and take in some remarkable comedic talent."
~DC Metro Theater Arts

"Kashner exudes cool confidence as a man who thinks he has everything figured out..."
~Talking Broadway

"[Kashner] never loses his cool as he steers the show through a flurry of implausible yet entertaining action."
~DC Theatre Scene 

The entire ensemble gives some killer performances. Come on out and share in a couple laughs. Tickets are on sale now, although several of the shows are sold-out already! Visit The American Century Theater to see which nights still have seats left. See you there!

Friday
Sep132013

All Our Yesterdays

As previewed in the previous post, I was in an episode of All Our Yesterdays: Past is Prologue. It's a web series that serves as a prequal to the opening of Cristin Terrill's novel All Our Yesterdays. Below is my webisode, "Doctor."

The book is now available on Amazon and plenty of other websites. Cristin sent me an earlier version of the manuscript before we filmed these episodes. I had only intended to skim through it to pull out some important bits of character, but I ended up reading the entire thing cover to cover in two days. It's worth the read.

Wednesday
Jun262013

Closed Doors, Open Windows

I was in a unique position going into June. I had NOTHING lined up for the future. I have been blessed enough for this to be the first time since I left my job that I did not have at least one project on the horizon. I had been auditioning for several plays, been going to call backs for the same plays, and NADA! This caused a fair amount of panic and Facebook complaining on my part--I am ashamed to admit. However, despite my fear and sadness, I kept auditioning for everything I can get my hands on. The diligence paid off, and I am happy to announce that June and July have become two of the busiest months of my career thus far. Here are some of the projects I have on the horizon:

Z*Con - We filmed in downtown DC. Here's a shot of me reporting from an abandoned I St NW. We had at least fifty extras there that day as zombie attack victims. We shot some of a teaser trailer, which they'll use to fundraise for the rest of the film, which is about a zombie outbreak occurring at a comic convention. The footage I've seen so far is amazing. Learn more and support the film: http://bigdamnfilms.org/films/zcon

The Team - This is a very popular show in several countries across Europe, Africa, and South America, and now the series is being brought to Washington DC by Search for Common Ground and Pigs Fly Media. I play Danny, a high school soccer player dealing with some issues at home. The pilot script was really well constructed, so I cannot wait to see how it all comes together.

You're Dead - An independent feature film that is being produced in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia). Produced by Golden Tiger Productions (gained notoriety as the production company behind Roulette) and directed by Jay Spense, this movie has a lot going for it. Jay was awesome to work with. He came to set with tons of great ideas, but also had an open mind and let me play with some ideas. Plus, any director that can run a shooting schedule on time has my respect. I'll keep you posted for the premiere.

Gwendolyn Dangerous - We have been filming this new media comedy adventure on and off for the past two years. These final days of filming will compete our first season. More to follow!

NOVA Community College - In July, I will be filming a national commercial for their film school. Coming soon to an AMC theatre near you! Plus, I'll post the link when it's available.

House of Cards - I'm finally back on set, after about a month and a half. If you haven't check out the first season, it's available on Netflix. It's a groundbreaking series, and I believe a watershed moment for online episodic content.

I know this is a massive update, and there will be lots of exciting updates to follow. But more importantly, these two months have taught me a really important lesson about patience. I want a bumper sticker that says, "Keep Calm and Audition."