Nov 30, 2017
Douglas Taurel comes in to talk about, amongst other things, his powerful solo show "The American Soldier."
Doug instantaneously fits in and becomes one of my favorite old/new friends. Can't wait to have him back in.
Here's a little bit from his bio:
Whether it’s performing his one-man show to audiences around the country or his appearances on some of television’s most acclaimed series, Douglas Taurel, always gives his best. His resume is seasoned with roles from the stage to the silver screen and continues to grow. It’s not surprising that the media have called his work ‘flawless,’ ‘powerful,’ and ‘compelling.’
Taurel’s solo show, The American Soldier, has been touring across the country for the past two years. What started off as a project to honor veteran and their families, has turned into something much larger and more meaningful than he ever imagined. The play is based on real events and actual letters written by veterans and their family members from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan. The American Soldier has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award for theatre excellence, received 4 stars internationally, been featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and Time Out to name a few and was performed at The Kennedy Center during inauguration weekend. Taurel will close the year out with a performance in Washington, D.C. for the Library of Congress on Veterans Day, November 11th and a special performance for members of the U.S Congress in December. The play has also inspired a TV web series which is being funded by Thomas Edison State Military University, slated to start production in 2018.
The foundation of his training as an actor, are his mentors Wynn Handman and Tim Phillips. Taurel has appeared in numerous television shows including “Mr. Robot”, “The Americans”, “Blue Bloods”, “Person of Interest,” “The Following,” “Damages,” “NYC 22,” “Believe,” and “Nurse Jackie.” His film credits include The Cobbler directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman and the upcoming The Kindergarten Teacher directed by Sara Conlangelo starring Maggie Gyllenhall. In the indie world, Taurel has appeared in many films including Into the Valley (release date in 2018), Delivery at the HBO Latin Films Festival, Help Wanted (Cinequest Online Viewers Choice), La Vida Blanca(L.A Film Festival Winner), and Hagondes (CUNU Festival Winner) to name a few. He also produced and starred in the short film Siesta, co-starring Zoe Mavroudi, performed it in both English and Spanish. It was officially selected and was screened at The Big Apple Film Festival, The Atlanta Short Fest, AADA New York and AADA Los Angeles Film Festival's and the Hamilton Film Festival.
Douglas grew up in Houston, Texas and is the son of Latin American parents. His mother is from Colombia and his father is from Argentina. Always challenging himself mentally and physically, Taurel boxed in college, has run two marathons (New York & Philadelphia), bagged all 10 Scottish Munros, ran with the bulls in Spain on his honeymoon and in 2012 climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He’s lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, loves a good bourbon and is an Ole Miss alumni.