Who Am Us, Anyway?
The_Doge of St. Louis has been my on-line "personality" since the
late 1980s. Back then I was the host/producer of One Step Beyond, a free-form
radio show on KDHX-FM in St. Louis that featured
comedy, an absurdly wide variety of music (which is one reason it's no longer
on the air; even on public radio they're highly allergic to programs that don't
have a consistent play list), assorted weirdness from The
Church of the SubGenius, and banter with my friend and co-host Deborah, a.k.a.
"The Pope of University City" (University
City being an interesting suburb of St. Louis). During an early episode, I
remarked that if she was going to be The Pope then, logically, I should be The
Doge since the Doge was the chief magistrate of Renaissance Venice and would therefore
be the secular counterpart to the Pope, more or less.
At about that same time, I started cruising the Internet (back when it was all UNIX command line and we didn't have them slick GUI thingies you young whippersnappers have today) and used variations on "the doge" as my nom de net. It stuck. And I'm still stuck with it.
Last revision: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Still Radio After All These Years
One Step Beyond may be no more, but they just can't seem to keep me
off the air. Here's what I'm producing these days:
Live and on Stage
I've been appearing on stage for over 40 years now and will probably continue to do so until they make me stop.
- Join me for A Little Night Music Too at Schwaig Art Glass Works, 1916 Park Avenue in Historic Lafayette Square, on Saturday, March 13th, from 6 to 8 PM. I'll be giving a preview of my upcoming solo cabaret show Just a Song at Twilight: The Golden Age of Vaudeville, which I will unveil at the Kranzberg Center on March 26th and 27th (see below). Also on the bill on the 13th are Katie McGrath (catch her show on March 18th and 19th at the Kranzberg), Jeffrey M. Wright, Debbie Schuster, Julie DElaney Flanagan, and Dionna Raedeke. Carol Schmidt is music director.
- The world premiere of my cabaret show Just a Song at Twilight: The Golden Age of Vaudeville takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 26th adn 27th, at the Kranzberg Center here in St. Louis. The show is produced by The Presenters Dolan and welcomed by 88.1 KDHX. Tickets and more information are available at licketytix.com or by calling 314-725-4200.
- Check out the cool poster for Just a Song at Twilight. Graphics by Marjorie Williamson.
Reviews of Recent Shows:
- September 19th through 28th, 2008, I appeared as Niels Bohr in the West End Players Guild production of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen.
- Listen to an interview with yours truly on Break a Leg, KDHX-FM's theatre interview show.
- Andrea Braun at KDHX-FM says Copenhagen is "one of the best productions of 2008 [...] Don't miss it." Read the full review.
- "A strange and enchanting show that gets stronger as it goes on, and continues to do so even after the lights come up", says Paul Friswold in The Riverfront Times. Read the full review.
- And Gerry Kowarsky, in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, says Copenhagen is "an absorbing intellectual drama in the West End Players Guild's fluent production" and praises the "excellent cast". Read the full review.
- On October 19th, 2008, I narrated Peter and the Wolf with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the opener for their Family Concerts Series.
- I was back at Stray Dog Theatre October 23rd through November 8th, 2008, as Charles in their production of Stephen Schwartz' Pippin.
- I appeared as Judge Taylor in Metro Theater Company's To Kill a Mockingbird January 9th through 18th, 2009, at Washington University's Edison Theatre. For ticket information, call 314-935-6543.
- July 9th through 18th, 2009, I was the Narrator in the Stray Dog Theatre / [insert name here] Theatre Project production of The Rocky Horror Show.
- September 25th through October 11th, 2009, I was in the The West End Players Guild production of Tomfoolery, the satirical musical revue based on the songs of Tom Lehrer.
Is That All There Is?
Not a chance! The links located stage right (that's left to you non-actor types) will give you some idea of the kinds of things I spend my not-so-copious free time on. There are also some pictures of yours truly as well as my acting resume, in case you're casting a film or show.