I am thrilled to announce that I'm a nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role in the NYIT Awards for my work last March in Maggie's Cino's production of Three Sisters at The Brick. I share a nomination in that category with the astounding Sarah K. Lippmann. Ivanna Cullinan's work as Olga was recognized in the Featured Actress category. The entire production was nominated for Best Revival of a play. What an honor.
Writer/Director/Genius Maggie Cino has gone all Moscow Arts Theater on her long-time dream of directing Three Sisters, casting a group of friends and colleagues who bring years of personal history to bear on this incredible play. I'm honored/terrified to be playing Masha. We open 23 March for 7 brief performances.
I've been a bit obsessed with Buran Theatre since I saw their production of House of Fitzcaraldo at the Brick back in 2012. (And I lost it entirely over Magic Bullets at Incubator Arts in 2014.) It gives me all the feels to announce that I'm working with them now, developing and performing TB SHEETS in workshop at ART/NY on 6 November and onstage May 2017 at ART/NY's brand new theater complex in midtown. Details on tickets soon.
In the meantime, look at this poster! Artist David Pym is creating a series of images for the piece and I'm delighted to be featured on the very first.
When Dave DelGrosso and I got to do a reading of the first act of That Which Isn't back in January 2013, I remember telling myself to enjoy every second of it, because plays this good come along so rarely. More than three years later, I cannot believe how lucky I am that Dave and I, joined by Mick O'Brien, get to perform the world premiere of this incredible piece.
You should come see it. Then you can say you saw it when.
That Which Isn't
at The Brick Theater
August 11-20th, 2016
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Getting my hairgel ready for tonight's opening night of GOOD BOYS AND TRUE. Retro Productions has revived Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's excellent play about privilege, sex, class, and power. Come see what has, and has not, changed about rape culture since 1988. Also, this blouse.
(7 October) I'm delighted to be joining the cast of Retro Productions' newest adventure, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Good Boys and True. I tangled mightily with Heather Cunningham earlier this year in The Listeners and look forward to working with her and entire Retro team.
We open 28 November. Stay tuned for more details.
(20 March) UTC 61's MoneyLab opens tonight at HERE Arts Center. As Edward puts it, it's "an economic vaudeville, a multi-disciplinary experiment to discover whether economic ideas can be represented through performance. Every night is a new set of acts, set in a framework of economic games."
I'd just say that it is an evening at the intersection of two of my favorite things: making theater and talking about money.
In other news, I have the great good fortune to be working on a reading of Mac Rogers' new play. Watch this space, or just close your eyes and listen; that distant squeee! you hear is me losing my nerd mind over getting to portray one of my personal heroines onstage.
And finally, I did a silly video for the internet.
The Listeners has closed. It was a glorious experiment.
Some varied reactions from Time Out, NY Theatre Review, The Times, nytheater now, and, most thoughtfully, Trav S.D. But my favorite - and most personally thrilling - came from illustrator and genius Carolyn Raship. Produced as part of her Lenten project to draw NYC performers "past, present, imaginary, whatever."
Trapped in a room at the end of the world, and the walls are full of eyes.
(No, I can't read Czech. No, I'm not in the picture. Yes, I will now begin claiming I am "big in Europe.")
In other news, The Listeners is shaping up to a hell of a thing. Veterans of experimental New York theater who remember Michael Gardener's legendary (and prescient, given the current theatrical landscape) stagings of In a Strange Room and Notes from Underground can assure you I am not joking when I say this: get your tickets now; seating is limited, intense, and will likely involve a small box and some peepholes.
The Listeners is the title of the new Matthew Freeman / Michael Gardner play we've been developing since September. You should not miss it. Preview at right, and coming in February 2015 as part of The Brick's new resident artist series.
Development of Michael Gardner & Matt Freeman's new piece continues apace. We're booked for a full run in February 2015 as part ofThe Brick's new resident artist series.
On the docket for Fall is another challenging set of songs from Henry Akona, this time as part of UTC #61's Velvet Oratorio, being given a full staging at the Bohemian Hall in Manhattan in November, December, and January.
In the meantime, be sure to buy your tickets now for the semi-annual divine madness that is the Brick's New York International Clown Theater Festival. (Super Spectacular! Jeff & Buttons! Red Bastard!)
Gideon Productions' The Blueprint Project: First Contact opens tonight at The Secret Theater. It’s an anthology of sorts – four short plays by four different playwrights, all written from the same draft plot. I'm having a ball in two of the pieces; one by Johnna Adams and another by Dan Kois. It's good stuff, and hey, sci-fi theater. SCI FI. THEATER.
Get your tickets.
Update: A fantastic write-up from NY Theatre Review.
The Pig closed with an epic dance party; there was tipsy cymbal smashing.
On a more dignified note, I have several exciting projects in the works. First up is two short plays in in Gideon's Blueprint Project. I've got an artistic crush on these guys; can't wait to work with them.
Oh man, The Pig is going to be SO GOOD. (I mean, the workshop got pretty great press.) Take a beloved Czech operetta, mix it with pointed political satire (in the form of a shaggy-dog joke) from Vaclav Havel & drop those elements into the high-tech, toy-studded confines of 3LD. Oh! And food! Did I mention it's dinner theater? With a bar? A pre-show cabaret act? A post-show Velvet Underground cover band?
Here's some glimpses of rehearsal:
I am honored beyond words. All thanks to Martin & the board of Indie Theater Now and to my amazing community; we make good work and we do it with love.
At right, Jay and me backstage, sharing a flask after our final exits.
Next up, I've got some developmental readings - a new series by Jennifer Gordon Thomas & Mac Rogers, a completely hilarious new play by Mark Staufenberg called The Godzilla Project, and a new play from Stephen Speights about the last bottle of the most expensive wine in the world. (Here's the public reading details for that last one.)