Actor Jason Alexander premieres his new one-man show in PAEC
April 13, 2015
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The Calabasas community has seen its fair share of celebrities over the years: the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, countless actors and TV personalities. More often than not, these people cause trouble or simply keep to themselves. Rarely, however, is Calabasas lucky enough to be truly entertained by a performer as diverse as Jason Alexander. On Saturday, the 55-year-old actor will debut his new one-man-show, Other People’s Stories, at the CHS Performing Arts and Education Center.
Alexander is best known for his role as George Costanza on Seinfeld, but he is far more well-rounded than some people may think. He has directed, produced, written and acted not only for TV and movies but also for the stage in multiple Broadway and solo shows. In addition, Alexander is a very talented singer and musician, a side of him that will be showcased during Saturday’s performance.
“Live performance is either in your DNA or not,” said Alexander in an exclusive interview with The Calabasas Courier. “Some performers are terrified by the lack of a safety net. But I love that – for actors who take their craft seriously, live performance is the proving ground.”
Certainly, Alexander has proven time and time again that his talent is real and consistent. Regardless of how many times he has won an audience’s approval, however, Alexander is always looking for a new challenge. For him, that is essentially what Other People’s Stories is. Of course, “giving the audience their money’s worth” is Alexander’s other top priority; he simply wants people to have a good time.
“The show is essentially 13 songs – some funny, some not; some well-known, some not – sung by a collection of characters that I’ll play, which I hope will make for a rather entertaining and full evening,” said Alexander.
These characters, Alexander said, will be part of a very diverse bunch. He will play an older black man, a Jamaican man, a young woman, and a middle-aged Jewish man – to name a few. The combination of the spectrum personalities, the songs and the emotions are sure to make for not only an entertaining night but also a very new type of show.
“This is part cabaret act and part theater piece,” said Alexander. “To my knowledge, I don’t know of anyone else who’s doing something like this.”
At this point, Alexander and his collaborators, including Todd Schroeder, Alexander’s musical director for Other People’s Stories, do not have a concrete plan for the future of this new performance. For the premiere, however, the PAEC is the perfect location. In addition to the comfortable seating and grandiose atmosphereof the PAEC, Alexander’s performance has attracted a large audience, which, increases the probability of audience members donating to LVUSD’s Beacon of the Arts Fund. Beacons support other performances in PAECs likeAlexander’s as well as arts programs in LVUSD schools. For more information on how to become a Beacon of the Arts, visit thepaecs.org/donate.
At the end of May, Alexander will head to Broadway once again to star in Larry David’s play, “Fish in the Dark.” Despite Other People’s Stories’ unknown future, Alexander is sure to impress in any project he takes