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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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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Friday, August 29, 2014

50.

 
Me - at one.
 
I turn 50 today. 2:34 p.m. to be precise. Where the time has gone I do not know. Two poems which I am familiar with were brought to my attention this past week. How appropriate - my favorite poet and the week of my birthday. One was written on a birthday card from my friend, Renee:
 
"Memories" by Walt Whitman

How sweet the silent backward tracings!
The wanderings as in dreams—the meditation of old times re-
sumed—their loves, joys, persons, voyages.
 
The other is an excerpt from Whitman's "Song of Myself":
 
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.”
 
I will not dwell on the things that could have been but smile at what has been a happy, largely fulfilling life thus far. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

 
Me at 6.

 
Me at 17.

 
Me - early 20's.


Me - early 30's.
 

 
Me - late 30's, early 40's

 
A few weeks before - you know...50, ok?!


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Days, Dee Dee!



Happy Birthday, Mom!

You're always there to help.
You always lecture.
You always back your boys.
You always scold.
You always seem to know what to say.
You always know better.
You always listen. 

You're always there for us.
And we always love you.
 
XO Jeff & Jason (and dad)





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Sunday, July 27, 2014

sunflower.

 
So yeah, sunflower seeds found in bird seed CAN sprout and blossom, I guess.


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"Postive culture" means a knife in the stomach?


 
I was handed this postcard by an African American while at the Brady Street Festival in Milwaukee yesterday. He was promoting a clothing line. Not sure how the knives in the stomach correlate with the company's mission statement:
"Distributes screen-printed branded apparel, specializing in torso apparel. We strive to maintain prestige quality & values of creativity, positivity, most importantly original designs. Creating Positive Culture not manipulating Popular Culture for the " COM'N G.U.D. " ( \ˈkä-mən\ \ˈgu̇d\ ). Being individuals expressing Growth,Unity, & Diverse features. Better known as POSITIVE CULTURE."

I emailed them and will be interested in hearing their rationale. Their website.
 


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Zol.


It is with a heavy heart that I write this blogpost. Brother Jas lost his youngest American water spaniel, Zol, a week ago this past Saturday morning. To think of life without her is unimaginable. If you love or loved a pet than you know exactly what our family is going through - especially my brother. It tears at my heart to see Jason go through this ordeal. Zol was his world. And Jas was her master and she loved him so.

9 wonderful years spent with Zol has given my family so many fond memories. And my brother gave her a beautiful life. Her pain - she didn't suffer long - is gone. Our pain still stings and more tears will be shed; I am sure of that. All I want to do is cry but I'm still shocked she's gone. Our world is very empty now. It will be for quite some time.

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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)

 
Backstage

 
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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