Sal Viscuso TV Interview

sal_wcco_2Sal Viscuso (Soap’s Father Tim) is finally getting some long overdue recognition for his dramatic work in the gripping two-hander A Steady Rain. Currently being staged at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre until Nov. 2, the production is technically touring, so could pop up in your town soon. If it does, don’t miss it. Here he is chatting with Minneapolis’ local CBS affiliate yesterday. A force of nature is our Sal.

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Sal Viscuso: On Tour…and in ‘Scandal’!

First off, I’m glad the Powers That Be have finally come out with a bit of video of A Steady Rain, the play that Sal Viscuso (Father Tim) was kicking ass in at the beginning of this year, and will be kicking ass in later this year and on into 2015 & 2016.

Yep, A Steady Rain is going on tour, beginning with some dates in Minneapolis this October, as well as Atlanta’s Alliance NEXT September! Check out the official A Steady Rain Tour site for background and some awesome pics.

Sal’s also appearing in the fall season premiere of ABC’s Scandal Thursday, Sept. 25th, which should be a hell of a thing. If you watch the above video through to the end, I think you’ll see why many of us are excited to see him in a full-on dramatic TV role.

Rain has been pushing him steadily into some very interesting waters in terms of his acting style – allowing him to tap into his own personality, which is best described as being a force of nature. And quite frankly, we’re anxiously awaiting that Scandal cloudburst!

 

LA Trip Wrapup

Sal Viscuso, some goon, and my darling Pamela in the reflection taking the picture.

Sal Viscuso, some goon, and my darling Pamela in the reflection taking the picture.

I’ve been neck-deep in backlogged day-job work, but I wanted to bring you up to speed on a couple of other Soap-related encounters we had during our few days in Los Angeles.

Sal Viscuso

We met Soap‘s Sal Viscuso at a favorite restaurant of his for an early lunch, along with Book Soup’s Amelia Cone, shortly before we left LA. We had all seen Sal a few days before in A Steady Rain at the Odyssey Theatre in West Hollywood (more on that performance later in the week).

When Sal is in his element, he is like a force of nature – when he’s talking to you he is talking to you, as if there isn’t another person on the planet he cares more about at that moment. This manner instantly strikes you as surprising not so much because you don’t expect it, but because you suddenly wonder why we all don’t make each other feel that way.

It is an intensity that he uses to amazing ends in A Steady Rain – a refocusing of all his personal passions, enthusiasms and sense of right and wrong that normally bubble just beneath the surface. I think Pamela and I both learned a great deal about the creative process just by watching him on stage and off.

Katherine Helmond & David Christian

Katherine Helmond and her husband, David Christian, had intended to be at the Book Soup signing, but they were detained out-of-town until the evening after. However, they graciously invited Pamela and I to their home, which we visited on Monday morning shortly before we met up with Sal and Amelia.

The couple were extremely kind and we seemed to discuss everything under the sun – Pamela and Katherine seemed to bond particularly over their love for their strong grandmothers, and their own shared love of animals. David, an amazing artist across a number of mediums (a small bronze work he made in his early 20s was particularly impressive), has a sharp intellect cushioned by an innate affability.

(Pamela and I both wanted to get a picture with the couple, but individually decided while we were there that it would feel like we were invading their privacy somehow since we were at their home.)

Those few days in LA were like a dream for both of us. We really want you all to know how much we appreciate the enthusiasm you’ve shown for the book, which convinced us to go out there in the first place. Thank you for that.

Sal Viscuso in ‘A Steady Rain’

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(Left to right: Thomas Vincent Kelly, Sal Viscuso (Soap’s Father Tim), assistant director Deidra Edwards, director Jeff Perry)

Still trying to catch up on backlogged work and fighting “drive lag,” but I wanted to share this photo with you, and to urge anyone in the LA area to check out the Odyssey Theatre’s production of A Steady Rain.

I’m sure I’ll go into the opening night performance in detail later this week but really, anybody with the slightest interest in good drama should see this. Two men, two chairs, 90 minutes, a tiny theater, and you won’t even blink as this drama plays itself out. Mesmerizing.

Photo courtesy of Sal Viscuso

Thanks for Coming out Yesterday!

Just a brief note to say a big “Thank you” to those who made it out to Book Soup in West Hollywood yesterday, and to those who sent their best wishes but could not make it. And none of this would’ve been possible without the generosity of Amelia and Molly at Book Soup – you two rock!

I especially wanted to thank Jay Johnson, Robert Mandan, Jay Sandrich and Marsha Posner Williams for taking the time to come out as well, and for regaling us with stories about the making of Soap.

I’ll write more about this event once we return home. (And about Sal Viscuso’s opening night at the Odyssey Theatre in A Steady Rain!) In the meantime, we have one more day left in LA, so we’re off to go gape at it open-mouthed.

 

Book Event: Less than 2 Weeks Away!

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Whew – it won’t be long now! If you’re going to be in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 22, I hope you’ll stop by and say “Hi” to Pamela and I at Book Soup in West Hollywood. Get a book signed, maybe pick up a free Soap goodie – we have a few bits and pieces we came upon during the writing of the book that we’ll give to the most dedicated fans.

And best of all, hang out and chat about all things Soap, or indeed Gilmore Girls, as we’ll have some copies of The Gilmore Girls Companion available, too. (Fans of both shows will already have figured out that these two programs had more in common than most people realize.)

And don’t forget that Soap’s Father Tim, Sal Viscuso, will be opening A Steady Rain at the nearby Odyssey Theatre at 8 PM that night.

Poster for ‘A Steady Rain’

Can’t wait to catch Sal Viscuso in the opening night for A Steady Rain at the Odyssey Theatre in West Hollywood Feb. 22nd. Here’s the new poster for it:

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If you’re going to be in town for the Soap: The Inside Story… book event (and I hope some of you will be, because honestly I’m not sure what I’m going to do all afternoon if you’re not), you can catch the opening night for A Steady Rain about 15 minutes away that night. But get those tickets soon