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.
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.
Much has been said and written about the The Beach Boys co-founder. What's been said has been said and I won't add to it. All I can say is that his music - their music - has been one of the most influential forces in my life. Ask me to name my favorite Beach Boys tune - or Brian tune or Dennis or Carl tune - and I can't. I won't.
Happy Birthday, Brian! I love you. Here's one favorite song of mine - a masterpiece. Listen and be transported to your idyllic place. Wherever that may be. Surf's Up!
My mother and father met while my dad's band, the Glen LeMar Trio, was playing at Jolly's Supper Club in Greendale. 50 years ago, Saturday, June 15, James Anthony Ircink & Dolores Regina Datka were wedded at Sacred Hearts Church in Franklin (now St. Martin of Tours), with the reception following at Clifford's Supper Club in Hales Corners. Or they met at Clifford's and the reception was at Jolly's. They remain wedded today and Brother Jas & I are very, very happy for them.
I made the corsage and boutonnière from flowers in my garden - a personal touch my parents loved. Here's a very quick video of my mom "pinning" my father, to "their song", "She Wears My Ring" .
We had a lovely time at Glen Mar - my place in Greendale - with music, stories and drinks - followed by dinner at Joey Gerard's Supper Club in Greendale. An evening very special for all of us.
My parents - James Anthony Ircink & Dolores Regina Datka - were married 50 years ago today, Saturday, June 15. The wedding ceremony was at Sacred Hearts Church (now St. Martin of Tours) in Franklin and the receptions was at Jolly's Supper Club (now Carl's Catering) in Greendale.
Quite a feat - 50 years. I wish Jimmy & Dee Dee peace, God's blessings...and much love.
Me, Brother Jason (right) and Mom & Dad last fall at Cousin Joe Nowak's wedding. Read more!
The Datka's - my mom's side of family - were firmly planted in the Hales Corners, WI farm fields (across from Menard's where the Hales Corners Speedway used to be) for...I don't know, many years. Grampa Myron & Grama Helen raised 9 children there and I spent many youthful days with my family and cousins doing what kids do on farms, I guess. Very happy times. Grampa passed away when I was 5 so my recollection of him is faint. Grama passed in 1976 (don't quote me on that).
Tough, hard-working, salt-of-the-earth. And dear people....
Cousin John and wife Cheryl hosted this little shindig last Saturday at their home in Dousman. Wonderful time. Uncle Ronny and Aunt Karen couldn't make it and Uncle Jerry and Uncle Ralph have passed.
Left to right: Uncle Rocky, Uncle Butch, Mom (Dolores), Uncle Bobby and Uncle Kenny.
First cousins. There were 15 in attendance. Now - double that and add 9 and you have the total number of Datka first cousins. Impressive. Let's see if I can do this: Top row - Me, Brother Jason, Sarah, Julie, Matt, Susie, Kenny, Glen. Middle row - Myron, Diana, John. Bottom row - Theresa, Billy, Elizabeth, Ralph. ;)
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Roger Ebert's tweet on our film, "PASS THE SALT, PLEASE".
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Original Plays by JEFFREY JAMES IRCINK Available for Production:
* THE GOLGOTHA CRUX. * CHROMOSOME 21 * STAN'S ADDICTION * "HELLO, ENGINE. I'M JAKE HOLMAN." * HOW TO KILL A BOY
* "PASS THE SALT, PLEASE." * 4 1/2 MINUTES (give or take) TO CLIMAX * JESSICA, PARIS, BRITNEY AND LINDSAY MEET BRETT FAVRE ON THEIR TRAIN WRECK * THE BED * CHOKING THE CHOAD IN BEL AIR * JESUS PUSHED A GROCERY CART * BILLY BALFOOR WANTS AN APOLOGY * TWISTED NICE MIRAGE * CONOR FRANCIS COMES HOME TO BALLYCULEN
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Bo Svenson (Walking Tall II, The Great Waldo Pepper, North Dallas Forty, Inglourius Basterds, Kill Bill II) andEarl Hamner, Jr. (creator of The Waltons, Falcon Crest, writer of the movie, Charlotte's Web and various Twilight Zone episodes) each have one!
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Helen Keller Goat Path in Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary.
Check back for updates on my trip to Ireland with Michael Browne in Sept/Oct 2009. Click on the link below this picture and you'll be whisked to "Good Craic. Welcome to Eire". Slan!
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Check out this read on Brett Favre.
My blog post on the Favre piece, "Here Goes Nothing", which was written by Jeff MacGregor, appeared in the New York Times Play Sports Magazine on Sunday, November 2, 2008. It briefly touches on Favre's departure from the Green Bay Packers after 16 years and his virgin season with the New York Jets. If you appreciate Brett Favre and would like to read a well-written, objective piece on him, read this article.
In an ideal world, what would be your perfect job? Time and place are meaningless. A king overseeing your own feudal lands in Great Britain? A fireman in 1890’s Chicago? A poet laurette? A diver for Jacques Cousteau?
Keeping in mind my interests, influences and talents, watch the the two guys in the video above. THIS would be my perfect job.
By the way, that’s Jan & Deansinging, "From All Over the World". Now – go find your perfect job. I mean, isn’t that what we’re all looking for?
What's your Perfect Job?
My email to Ingraham in response to her attack on Favre:
As an actor, my approach to roles has been what would I do if I were this character in this situation? Similarly, as a playwright, dialogue – not so much what is said but how it’s said – and subject matter are the elements I’m most concerned with. I tend to place myself in circumstances few people contemplate, and then develop a plot around those circumstances. I love extremes – a tap on the shoulder isn’t nearly as effective as a punch in the gut. That being said, when I write about the last smoker on the planet or four people from WHEEDs (We Help to Eradicate Ecosystem Demise) who live in a 500 square foot home or one man’s attempt to rid the world of the most evilest boy on the planet, I’m not going out of my way to be different as much as I’m trying to bridge the gap between my tastes and that of the audience. In the end, if the “unreal reality” I’ve helped to create on stage affects one person’s “reality” – I’ve accomplished my mission.