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And so it has come to pass that in the middle of my third decade I have become a rock star.
MASS: A Rock Opera. Showing 11 songs from the work in progress on 28 and 29 April. Esther Crow, Rebecca Davis & me, with what can only be described a monster band led by Maria Dessena. Come on out.
A welter of smaller projects to report.
This summer, I sat for Matt Freeman's Silent New York and I read Melissa Gawlowski's Spring Tidesfor Boomerang. In October, I risked life, limb and dignity as an actor in the One Minute Play Festival's Livewriting event at The Brick.
I noticed (actually, embarassingly, my mom noticed) that two older projects of mine are on YouTube; Matt Freeman's Character(s) and Eric Sommer's Total Candor.
And I'm happy to be involved again with that scoundrel Matthew Paul Olmos, reading his The Death of the Slow'Dying Scuba Diver for TerraNOVA's Groundbreakers.
The Pig gets reviewed and discussed: Nytheatre.com,Backstage,New York Theater Review, Scene 4 Mag, Trav S.D., Big Vision Empty Wallet.
'Twas far too short a run.
Pork! Opera! Beer!
I'm working again with UTC #61, this time on the English-language premier of a recently discovered Vaclev Havel play, The Pig, or Vaclev Havel's Hunt for a Pig. It's part of the Ohio Theater's Ice Factory Festival, this year in residence at 3LD.
We open Wednesday, 29 June for 4 performances only. Come see me sing Smetana. Tickets here.
Come on down to the Tenement Museum to see me in a reading of Fire Escape, a gorgeous new play about The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Tues, 22 March. Details here. (Fire Escape is a project ofAmerican-In-Play, a company well worth your time.)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? has opened to packed houses down at 3LD. Grab your mood organ, dial excitement, and go get your tickets.
On your screen! In your mind!
Rehearsal has begun for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep with UTC #61. The show goes up in November at 3LD's toy-filled playground of a theater. In addition to the sheer coolnessof working on one of my sci-fi touchstones, I'm singing 5 arias composed for this show by Henry Akona.
Late September, 2010
Brandywine Distillery Fire is, alas, closed. I loved this project.September, 2010
The press was interesting. Every reviewer puts forth his idea of the show's central thesis; each idea was radically different. New York Times, Time Out, Backstage,NYTheatre.com. Blogger Trav S.D. also weighed in, as did Aaron Riccio.
Brandywine Distillery Fire opens Thursday, 9 September and plays for two weeks at Incubator Arts Project.August, 2010
It's a short run, so please do come in the first few days if you're able. $10 discount seats can be had on Sept 9 and 10 by using the code 'Dogfighting' right here.
(Another) update: Brandywine Distillery Fire is raising money.June, 2010
I'm unabashedly proud of this show. If you can give any amount to help us with our full production at Incubator Arts, I'd be most grateful.
Update: There will be fire and free drinks at the Fundraising Party for Brandywine Distillery Fire. Saturday, 14 August. $10. Worth it.
Brandywine Distillery Fire will open the inagural Fall season at Incubator Arts.
The logical(?) conclusion of the experiments that were Exposition and Denouement, Brandywine Distillery Fire is directed by Michael Gardner and written by Matt Freeman.
Our video trailer is here, in which I somewhat shamefully insult one of the most important theater companies of the last 50 years.
My mom's newest book is now available. The Casanova Chronicles. Sexy, beautiful and thrilling.April, 2010
Denouement came and went.
Exciting news forthcoming. Onward!
Denouement. Like Exposition, but with higher resolution. Coming in May.February, 2010
The Garage Sale for Haiti raised over $1400 in 4 hours. Huzzah!January, 2010
Update: I'm co-organizing a Garage Sale for Haiti at The Brick this coming Sunday, 24 January. Details here. Silent Auction items and bidding here.December, 2009
(2010! It's the future!)
The long prep for Untitled 2011 Project begins.
In the meantime, go check out my work with filmmaker Daniel McKleinfeld at Vimeo: Security and Fee, Water Cooler, and, though I still find it nearly impossible to watch, Still Life.
Exposition is dead. Long live Exposition.November, 2009
In other news, Deck The Hallmans opened like gangbusters last Sunday night. No one more surprised than I that I've returned to long-form improv.
Robert Honeywell, me, Lauri Berritta, Lynn Berg, Jonathan Kaplan
(Alyssa Simon, Iracel Rivero, Audrey Crabtreee & Donetta Riley injured too severely to photograph.)
Come see for yourself what all the bruises are about.
Well. That didn't last long.
In which we attempt to undermine narrative by removing meaning from language. Also, pretty dresses. 19 to 21 November.
Deck The Hallmans
Improv-basedholiday from hell.Part of the Fight Fest. Beginning 5 December.
I'm officially, temporarily, retired.
Over 10 years in New York and I've been fortunate to never have gone more than a few months without a show (or three). But I'm tired, I'm spent. I'm letting my hair grow out and putting away my headshots.
I'm getting married. I bought a house. I'll be back after the honeymoon.
In the meantime, please spend money at your local theater or opera house. For those in New York, I suggest The Brick.
Two readings - one for old friend Trav S.D. andCaveman Robot and one for Jerry Polner and Michael Criscuolo.
In other news, anyone looking for a lovely, quiet and private 1 bedroom to rent on the Lower East Side?
Lord Oxford and Patty have a special invitation, just for you.
(Also, special $10 tickets, 30 Oct to 1 Nov only, using code"LISTDISC" at OvationTix.)
From L: Lynn Berg as Winston, Audrey Crabtree as Patty O'Pattycake, Iracel Rivero as Lucia, Alyssa Simon as Nataliya, Audrey, and Gyda Arber as Greta. Photos by Ken Stein.
Lord Oxford Bring You the Second American Revolution, Live! opens Thursday 23 October!Buy tickets! See production photos! Read press!
Poster has arrived!
Click to see full size. Amazing art courtesy of Jeff Lewonczyk.
Spell has closed, and rehearsal for Lord Oxford ... has begun. Wall to wall talent in the cast: Gyda Arber, Lynn Berg,Audrey Crabtree, Rasheed Hinds, Robert Honeywell, Iracel Rivero,Alyssa Simon. Orchestrations by Matt Van Brink. Developed with Sue Morrison. Written and composed by Robert Honeywell. Directed by me.
Working on a new piece with my old friend and collaborator Ian W. Hill. Also preparing for a filmed performance with Trav S.D., and for co-directing Robert Honeywell's fall piece, a political cabaret as yet untitled.
Notes from Undergroundcloses this Saturday. I wish we could extend our run. We're completely sold out, but there are a small number of tickets released each night at 7:45 to walk-ins.
Notes from Undergroundopens on Friday, 15 February. I'm terribly proud of this one. Startling, intense, funny. Also, the tagline "limited and uncomfortable seating" is not hyberbole. Reserve in advance, and don't come if you're claustrophobic.
Lit by fire! And bile!
Update: The Voice and nytheatre.com and The Brooklyn Paper love us, Time Out and Backstage don't. Divisive! Dostoyevsky would be so proud.
I'm participating in week 45 the 365 Days/365 Plays project. Two pieces I've directed (!) are at the Public Theater on Sunday, 14 October. Tickets are free.
Come see me in The Pretentious Festival (blog,movie).I'm in two shows - Lisa Ferber & Paul Nelson's new musical Dinner at Precisely 8:13 and a theatrical lecture entitled Every Play Ever Written: A Distillation of the Essence of Theatre. The former is delightful, the latter is the most important play ever produced.Ahem.Tickets.
Would that all photo shoots were this fun. The Brick Theater's Pretentious Festival, as photographed by Tim Brown.
Goofballery above committed by me, Robert Honeywell, Berit Johnson, and Jason Robert Bell.
WICKETS has closed. It was a great success, with support from donors, industry and the public. No official reviews, as a 4-day run isn't very editor-friendly, but some reactions can be found here and here.
WICKETS.Created by Clove Galilee and Jenny Rogers.
Thursday - Sunday, January 25 - 28th. HERE Arts Center.
Wicketstickets on sale now! With only 4 performances (and only 55 seats), the show is already selling out. And how could it not? - it's Fefu and her Friends set on a jetliner. You, the audience, sit inside a plane (first, business, or coach - arrive early for your choice). We, the actresses, are your stewardesses, and we perform the play around you while serving drinks and snacks. We have drink carts, safety demonstrations and feminist discourse. Watch video of me from August's showing.
Mountain Hotel. Identity is a small price to pay for happiness. (Update: President Havel changed his mind about his own play after visiting our production.)
how to disappear completelyperforms Friday & Saturday, November 3rd & 4th, in Baltimore at the Creative Alliance.
Still Life is having its premiere on Sunday, 29 October at the Anthology Film Archives as part of the Sinister Six. It was a risky and difficult project; please do come.
I've just started work on Vaclev Havel's The Mountain Hotel, an English-language premiere in Untitled Theatre Co. #61's Havel Festival.
I'm filming Daniel McKleinfeld's Still Life. I play a schizophrenic woman in the middle of a breakdown. I'd say it's Oscar bait, but 8-minute art films don't get noticed by the Academy, do they?
Greed: A Musical Love $tory returns! After our hit run during The $ellout Festival in July, Lindy, Anna Nicole, Joyce, Yeats and J. Howard Smith come back for another go around. See me in the performance that landed me in Time Out.
Wickets. It's Fornes' Fefu and her Friends ... on a plane. I play Fefu, your head stewardess, in this deconstruction/adaptation set on a 1970s jetliner. You sit in coach, business or first class. The actresses are your stewardesses. We wear outfits. We serve drinks and snacks. Indeed. HERE/Mabou Mines artists Jenny Rogers and Clove Galilee are the masterminds and this is only the first showing in what will be an 18 month development process. Two nights only at P.S.122 - Aug 26 & 28. Call 212.529.8696 for reservations.
I've started rehearsal for the dance(!) theatre piece how to disappear completely with Sarah Seely's acclaimed company movement addiction. We'll perform in Baltimore in November and here in New York in 2007.
Greed has closed. I'm taking a nap.
Greed: A Musical Love $tory. Rapturousreviews. Perplexed audiences. Good times. Come to The Brick Theater for The $ellout Festival and see me hold the stage for 68 minutes of singing, dancing, accounting fraud, existential crisis, and boobs. Also, Irish poetry. Also, Chinese food. Also, "one of the best new musicals in town..."
Very exciting. Come to the Metropolitan Museum to see me sing with Steve Ross in A Tribute to Dietz & Schwartz. I'll be appearing alongside Steve, KT Sullivan and Jean Brassard. I'm sinking my my teeth into some gorgeous, and largely forgotten, music. May 16, 8pm. Tickets at 212-570-3956.