Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? Let me explain. I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Blueberries. 2014.

First black raspberries of the season! Popped overnight. Yeahhh for me! 

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

thoughts on THE WINTER'S TALE...

Brian Miracle (Clown) and me (Shepherd)

Since I started acting in 1994, my interest in Shakespeare has been tepid at best. While I appreciate The Bard's writing and themes, more often I was intimated by the language so I had no interest in performing his plays. When the opportunity presented itself as the role of the "Shepherd" in Optimist Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of THE WINTER'S TALE in Milwaukee, my interest was piqued for a couple reasons:  1) the "Shepherd" is an outdoorsy dude like me, 2) he's from Bohemia, as are my ancestors on dad's side, and 3) it's one of Shakespeare's least known and produced plays so few people would have anything to compare my take on the character. "Kismet", I thought - and I accepted the role and dove head first into this new adventure.

Lis Faraglia and myself (as LORD #2)

We opened THE WINTER'S TALE on June 12 and ran three weekends - 12 shows - at the Kadish Park amphitheater just north of downtown Milwaukee. The rehearsal process wasn't unlike rehearsals for other shows I performed in - getting the lines down was challenging. In this process, I added a few tricks to my actor's toolbox - comedy, character acting - and a greater appreciation for the poetry and language that makes The Bard...The Bard.

Me, Ron Scot Fry, Josh Scheibe and Tom Reed

The support from our director - Mary Lynn Cogar (who was brilliant), the cast - which included seasoned actors and seasoned Shakespearean actors - Tom Reed, Mark Corkins, Beth Mulkeron, Ron Scot Fry, Emmit Morgans, Allie Babich, Ethan Hall, Mary Kababik, among others, was invaluable to me. I loved working with "my son" - the "Clown", Brian Miracle - his Jerry Lewis to my Dean Martin. The crew was phenomenal - this was an equity production so everything was shipshape, by the books - nothing got through the cracks.

To be honest, the support I DID NOT get was in the form of a lack of people I know who didn't come to the show. Now I was up front about not using my usual hard-sell tactics to get people to attend because I held out on Shakespeare for so many years myself. Still - it was a great show and FREE and - you know, it's one thing when you're not sure if you're going to make it out but when you say I'M GOING and you don't show up? I remember that shit. Now I don't go to every show that's going on either but it's sort of my unwritten rule (and others, I'm sure) that if I support you - you do likewise. And when someone says, "you gotta come to our show; you're missing out - everyone's raving about", I think, "like how they raved about the show I was in that you didn't attend?"

There was a threat of rain for almost every show and yet our audiences averaged probably 200 each evening. All the reviews were great and - like every other show I've been involved with - it was difficult to say "goodbye" once we closed. I can't say THE WINTER'S TALE was the best show I've been involved with (there are so many), but I will say it ranked up there with the best shows I've done. And that is no small feat. Thank you, Optimist Theatre, for busting my Shakespeare cherry. Merde.

Reviews:  Footlights, Examiner, OnMilwaukee, Tom Strini Writes (got a mention in this one), Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Express Milwaukee.

Additionally, the Optimist Theatre staff, consisting of Tom Reed, Ron Scot Fry and Susan Scot Fry were top-notch. There's nothing more I can say about them. Top. Fucking. Notch. As were the crew, including Bo Johnson (production mgr.), Adam Baus (sound), Eric Appleton (lighting), Ellen Kozak (costumes), Tania Taylor (props) and many others. Well-done!

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Liz Faraglia (Mopsa) and Genesee Spridco (Dorcas)
Shepherd selfie at home

Mark Corkins (King Polixenes), Genesee Spridco (Mopsa) and Allie Babich (Perdita)

Liz Faraglia and me

A Monty Python take on me as Lord #2

Liz Faraglia and Beth Mulkerron (Hermione, Autolycus)

Liz Faraglia, Beth Mulkerron and Mary Lynn Cogar (director)

Allie Babich, Liz Faraglia and Cassondra Gresl (Lady)

Ron Scot Fry (Antigonus) and me.

Tom Reed (King Leontes), me and Mary Lynn Cogar

Me and Brian Miracle (Clown, Jailer, Officer)
Ethan Hall (Florizel, Mariner)


Me as the Shepherd - aged 16 years

Beth Mulkerron

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 77th Birthday, Pappy!

My dad - the man who, more than anyone I know, lives life simply. It's something Brother Jas & I strive for every day. Little shindig at Glen Mar this evening in his honor...just a few drinkies and then down to the Village beer tent in Greendale.

We love you, Jim.
Jeff, Jason & Dee

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Monday, June 2, 2014



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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy Days, Walt!

And what a grand 195 years it has been! Happy Birthday, Walt sweet, dear old man. I love you.

"To A Stranger"
by Walt Whitman

Passing stranger! you do not know
How longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking,
Or she I was seeking
(It comes to me as a dream)
I have somewhere surely
Lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall'd as we flit by each other,
Fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,
You grew up with me,
Were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become
not yours only nor left my body mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes,
face, flesh as we pass,
You take of my beard, breast, hands,
in return,
I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you
when I sit alone or wake at night, alone
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Tuzu Uzatabilir Misin Lütfen" in Instanbul!

Just when we thought we were finished screening our short film, "Pass the Salt, Please", starring Seymour Cassel and Fionnula Flanagan, we're instantly pulled back into the festival fray. PTSP is headed for Turkey...and our 37th screening. Fil'm Hafizasi Presents:  "The Cook, the Elephant, It's Memory & Lover". We're screening in this program as part of Fil'm Hafizasi's Thematic Nights project this evening, May 28 @ 8:00 pm. If you find yourself in Turkey and near Istanbul, it's worth your while.

 PTSP was directed by Tatjana Najdanovic, written by Jeffrey James Ircink (me), executive producers Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell and Arthur Edström, producers Max Maksimovic, Diana Jackson O'Keeffe and associate producer Gary Benser.

In preparation for our Istanbul screening, I practiced a Whirling Dervish dance...I'm second from the right.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Honor Memorial Day.

For those who died while in the service of our country, you gave your lives so we might live in freedom. What could I ever do for my country to match your sacrifices? Thank you.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day, Dee Dee!

Me & mom. Or mom & I. Or mom & me. You get the picture. On Mother's Day... 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014


Look at them....posing like that. It's all about them. "Take my picture, Jeff...look how pretty I am!" Narcissists.

"Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed,..."

- excerpt from Walt Whitman's "Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun"

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

What a wonderful man you are, DJ...

The world lost a good man today - my friend, Doug "DJ" Jackson, from Cedar Rapids, IA. Sad indeed. Enjoyed working with DJ on stage; enjoyed his voice (and what a voice he had) & humor; enjoyed his aura & company. All good. I first met DJ during "Follies '94". The last show we did together was A CHORUS LINE. Quintessential performer & God-fearing man. I knew DJ had been sick but his passing came outta left field. I miss you & love you, my friend.

Here's DJ & I back in 1996 during A CHORUS LINE cast party. "Gimme the ball, gimme the ball, gimme the ball, yeah!"  Peace, brother. And to your family - my deepest sympathies.


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"Sugarin' 2014"! Burnin' Sap!

These pictures cover two weekends - setting up the evaporator and burning maple sap. It was an odd year - harsh winter, late start to sugaring, not as many trees tapped. We ended up with only two gallons of syrup (compared to 20 gallons last year) but "the syrup" is really second to "the journey".

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Brother Jas and his "still".
Lumberjack Jeff.

Brother Jas and Bruce - owner of this wondrous property which allows us to harvest what God has graciously placed on this earth.

Sap flowing.

Brother Jas and I target shooting.

When that dial hits 7, we draw syrup from the sap burning in the evaporator.

This is what happens when you grab something you didn't know was very hot.

Brother Jas with Molly & Zol.

Old timer's trick - bacon grease keeps the syrup from foaming over.

Bluebird of happiness gracing our syrup operation.

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