I'm so excited to be back with Theatre Breaking Through Barriers for another round of their Virtual Playmakers Intensive. This time, I directed a play by Shellen Lubin called Preamble, about two women trying to find common ground and get present. You can check it out below!
This week brought the debut of another great project with Kirt, Snapshots of Weegee, which debuted on zoom as part of the Dramatists Guild Southwest Footlight Series.
Weegee, the (in)famous black-and-white tabloid photographer, aka Arthur Fellig, graphically captured grisly deaths and gaudy news events in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. His obsession to capture the next photo where calamity collides with curiosity, derails his personal life. Constantly chasing his dream, he fails to see Wilma Wilcox, the woman who loves him for fifty years. Eventually, Weegee becomes the next story of the failed American Dream.
I'm so excited to be back with another piece on Standby by my friend Kirt Shineman with a really stunning cast of actors! In 1824, after Lord Byron’s death, five of his closest friends gather to decide the fate of Lord Byron’s memoirs. They decide whether to publish the manuscript or not. Is it suitable for public consumption? If they publish the memoirs, lives might be ruined. What are the damning secrets his friends need to protect?
You can check it out here!
I was so thrilled to get to take on directing responsibilities for this year's A Nantucket Christmas Carol at White Heron. Getting to experiment and find different solves for many of the play's moments, magical and otherwise, was so wildly fulfilling. I had an incredible company of actors, a practically sold out run, and a wonderful review to top it all off!
I'm so excited to have directed this great little virtual play recently. Check it out below!
EVERY OTHER DAY by Colin Murphy (Drama)
After loosing his partner, Cooper, in a shooting, Grant at last meets Cooper's family. However, before he died, Cooper never told his family about his sexuality
Thrilled to get to take Good Grief to Pheonix with many members of the original cast and to be able to present it as a reading exactly two years to the day after we opened our previous workshop production. It's one of my favorite pieces I've ever worked on and I'm truly thrilled to get to revisit this play and these characters two years later.
I'm so excited to have opened an in person show for the first time in far too long. The White Heron season opens with Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher. It's been a thrill diving deep into this world as dramaturge and assistant director and it's been a blast getting to have a hand in the controlled chaos that is this show. Tickets are available here for our run through August 6th.
A quick update on two recent Standby for Places projects. First off, I was thrilled to work with Larry Phillips again to bring his play Talent is Sexy to the pod.
Cal and Noah meet on a dating app. Cal and Noah have a coffee date. Cal and Noah hit it off. Cal wishes Noah wasn't an actor. Talent is Sexy is a tender comedy about the sacrifices we make for love and art.
You can listen here
That was followed by Vista Grande by my friend Derek Liakos. It was such a pleasure working on this one to cap off pride month with a great team of friends and former collaborators.
In a remote town in the New Mexico desert, a man and his estranged adult daughter reunite for the first time, thirty-five years after he abandoned his family.
Check it out here!
I've had two recent episodes of Standby for Places that I directed that I'm really thrilled with. There's August Strandburg's Miss Julie and Leurana by my friend Enrique Huili (a reading of whose play Is This a Graveyard was my last in person performance pre-pandemic).
Check out Miss Julie here!
Here's a little more about Leurana, my first new play for Standby. In the aftermath of their children’s murders, Jean and Leurana struggle to navigate their life together. While Jean seeks to find redemption, Leurana resists his forgiveness. As their relationship crumbles, they are plagued by visions of their dead children and are forced to confront the ever-present question: Can they forgive one another?
Leurana is available here!
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Last night I had the pleasure of directing yet another zoom reading of another play by Kirt Shineman for the Theater Artists Studio.
In Whitewashed we discover how covering up the outer appearances never changes the inner truths. It is 1916, and the famous artist John Singer Sargent (played by Marc Comstock) is bored with painting portraits. Yet, his friend, Isabella Steward Gardner (played by Linda Peterson Warren), keeps lining up more portraits. At a dinner party, the President of the Boston Museum of Fine Art commissions John to paint the museum rotunda. He could, but he has no inspiration. Thomas McKeller (played by Alex Patrick), an uneducated Black hotel elevator operator, thrusts himself upon John to be his model. John hires Thomas. In secret John completes portraits of white men and women using a Black male model and goes on to create his final greatest work, the ceiling at the Museum of Fine Art, with White gods modeled on a Black man. All the while John is drawn to Thomas, they embark on a journey of love, but a journey they must never reveal.
We had a great response and I'm hopeful this is the first of many steps for this piece!