So proud of the two pride episodes I put together for the podcast this year! The first was called Queer Quips and is an assemblage of quotes from Truman Capote, James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, and Patricia Highsmith, among others, as they encounter each other in a drag club! It's available here!
The second show of the month was a play called Burning Leaves by Tom Rowan. It follows Matt, a gay actor who moves from New York for a fresh start as a drama teacher in a Midwest high school, and discovers that starting fresh may be harder than anticipated. It's got some beautiful performances and I'm really thrilled with it. Take a listen here!
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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