Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? 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.

About me...

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, 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.


Monday, September 27, 2010

A "Reveille!" thank you...from the playwright.

The staged play reading of my one-act, "Reveille!", on Saturday at Trimborn Farm in Greendale, WI was a great success. I'd like to thank the following people:

Anne & mark Stuehn, Aurora stanton and denise kazar, arthur and dana ircink, monique ircink and 2 friends, Bethany britton (trumpeter) and mom and brother, Uncle Bobby & Myron and Gail Datka and their baby, Bruce and Cindy Hranicka, Uncle Butch & Aunt Susie and Lisa & Marsha Datka and Lisa's husband Joe, Cherryl and ron thomason and ron's brother and sister-in-law, cindy Huber, cindy kennedy-lesky and friend, dan schramm (fiddler), Dean (guitarist) and leslie and brenda Keller, Donovan and maria and gwyneth Glover, Frank Lenton, Kathy Lenton, Gary & Mary Saunders, Dave and Barb Hranicka, jason ircink, jim & ryan sickels, Jim (guitarist) and Shannon Keller, Joe nowak and Ashley, John losiniecki (fiddler), Justyna, Aunt Karen Rummel, Kim & John & Breanne & Haley Ellie and Breanne's boyfriend, Uncle Fred & Aunt Barb Koehler’s, kenny koepsel, Marty Norton (actress), melissa from Trimborn Farm and her mom, Matt schmidt, Megan (actress) & Steve and Lincoln and Harry Ginsberg, Mom and dad, Nancy and friend from Stir Crazy, Uncle Bob & Aunt Ev Nowak, Mike Nowak, Rick and Sue and Theresa Nowak, Uncle Rocky & Aunt Margie, Gary & Bev Schmidt, Bernie and Mary Beth Schroedl, Scott and Ashley Schmidt, Scott shramel, char, mark & mary from Soulstice Theater, Steve & Renee Olson, steve and marti from Summerstage Delafield, Uncle Fran & Aunt Mary Ircink, scott richter from Supermassive Productions, the Weber clan(3), paula, Faith and friend and Mrs. Patrick Lynch.

The attendees above...without you this night would not have been special. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Special thanks to my brother Jason for helping with special effects and hauling props, my mother for preparing, hauling and serving food, all my aunts for helping set-up the food & clean-up, Uncle Butch and Uncle Rocky for providing props and Uncle Rocky for handing out programs (and for his surprise pumpkin), Joe Nowak for the wine, Aunt Ev for the hot pot and cookies, Megan Ginsberg's Civil War cookies, Jim & Ryan Sickels for carving pumpkins, and Steve Ginsberg for taking care of the raffle and name tags.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

TGIF! presents..."Josefin's Waltz"!

This song will be performed in my staged play reading, "Reveille!". First time I heard it I fell in love with it and had to have in the play. I like the set-up of this video.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"I'm gettin' married in the morning..."

Well, I'm not. But "Dowd" might be...if he makes it through the Civil War in one piece. Megan Turner and I portray girlfriend/boyfriend in my one-act drama, "Reveille!", which is being performed as a staged play reading September 25th at Trimborn Farm in Greendale, WI. Also stars Marty Norton as "Catherin".

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Three Faces of Jeff. "Reveille!"-style.

Three sides of me as seen in the staged play reading of my one-act drama, "Reveille!", which takes place in 1863 Virginia. This invitation-only event takes place at the historic Trimborn Farm in Greendale, Wisconsin on September 25th. 102 RSVP's. Thanks Megan ("Amanda") for taking the shots!

"Dowd" (above), the love interest of Amanda.

Me as a Confederate soldier wearing shell jacket and forage cap. Sergeant stripes not yet sew on. Mom?!!

"Stumper", 1860's style, with western coat and beaver skin top hat.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Forgot the string.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

TGIF! interview with Julie Christie!

Did I ever mention that I LOVE Julie favorite actress?

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bethany the trumpeter-ess.

So, the final musician I needed for my staged play reading in a week and a half is my trumpeter. Push comes to shove, I was gonna play "Reveille" and "Taps" on the harmonica. But I placed an ad on Craigslist and in two days, Bethany contacts me...willing and able to perform for my one-act, "Reveille!" , performing September 25th at Trimborn Farm in Greendale.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

John the Fiddler.

You can't have a play set in 1863 Virginia without a fiddler, can ya? John Losiniecki, from Milwaukee, will be accompanying the Cedar Rapids' Kellers on their gui-tars for the premiere staged play reading of my one-act drama, "Reveille!", performing September 25th at Trimborn Farm in Greendale.

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Amanda & Catherin. "Reveille!".

"Catherin" (left), played by Marty Norton, and "Amanda", played by Megan Turner Ginsberg, star in the staged play reading of my one-act drama, "Reveille!", which takes place in 1863 Virginia. This invitation-only event takes place at the historic Trimborn Farm in Greendale, Wisconsin on September 25th. 95 RSVP's. Family, close family friends and friends. It will be quite an evening.

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Booth Hollow Maple Syrup. My brother's recipe.

UPDATE: Late February/early March is molasses sap collecting time in Wisconsin. My brother and I spent some time in west/central Wisconsin this past year doing just that.

This is the final product: Booth Hollow Maple Syrup. If you'd like to check out previous posts from our maple syrup activities, check out "Aunt Jemima's Maple Syrup Envy" Volume 1 and Volume 3.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

No. 600 = Trevor Hoffman!

In an unforgettable year for the Milwaukee Brewers, relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman reached a milestone...600 saves - the most in MLB history. Congratulations, Mr. Hoffman.

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A pair a mean, talented sombitches.

Dean Keller (left) and Jim Keller. Father and son. Posing for their cast headshots. They're playing the gui-tars for the staged play reading of my one-act, "Reveille!", the last weekend in September at Trimborn Farm in Greendale, WI.

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Who dat? Who gives a shit? Saints 14, Vikes 9. 0-1.

(Above: Favre signaling TD.)

Vikes lost at Saints to open the 2010 NFL season Thursday night. A rematch of last year's NFC Championship. For all the hype and banter leading up to this game, you woulda thought the Saints were playing with themselves (and were gonna mop the town with Minnesota). Our D held New Orleans to just 14 points (enough to win). Favre and his receiving corps looked out of sinc, blah, blah, blah. We had 2 defensive backs gone and Favre's top receiver in Sidney Rice is out for at least half the season (hip surgery). It'll come. It's just one game.

I hope I'm not chanting that mantra too often.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

TGIF! presents...."Double Rainbow" dude!

Apparently this has become viral on the Internet. Apparently this guy is doped on something. Apparently he's tranfixed by this double rainbow. Apparently....oh my God, it really is a double rainbow!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Take 2. Vikes. Saints. NFC Championship Rematch. The 2010 NFL season has begun.

So much hype for one game. Yeah it's the first game of the 2010 NFL season. Yeah it's a rematch of last year's NFC Championship game in which the New Orleans Saints topped the Minnesota Vikings in OT. Yeah Favre got the shit knocked outta him by the Saints' D. Will Favre & Co. be up to the test this go around? Not sure. I don't make predictions but this might be a tough one for the Vikes.

It's one game. But ohhhh how I'd love to see Drew Brees eat cleats for supper Thursday evening. It's your 20th year in the NFL, Brett! You're a grandpa! And you haven't missed a start since 1992! SKOL FAVRE! SKOL VIKINGS!

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Friday, September 3, 2010

TGIF! presents...Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me"!

One of my mother's (and mine) favorite songs of Leslie's.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Det serbisk blakk din flagg.

If you're name is "Olson" and you have family buried in Good Hope Cemetery in Greenfield, WI, I have your flag.

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