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!
I'm so excited to get another chance to collaborate with Kirt Shineman after working on his play Good Grief last fall. I'm doing a reading of his new play Where They're Going When They Leave this Monday the 8th at 9pm EST. You can join us on zoom here
.My latest Standby venture, Leonce and Lena, by George Buchner is out now! I wanted to continue to explore Buchner's work after tackling Woyzeck and this one was a lot of fun. It's a warped fairytale of a prince and princess that explores power, bureaucracy and free will. Episode one is available here
Lately I've been back on Nantucket working on White Heron's virtual gala presentation of our Nantucket Christmas Carol. The main event is an audioplay version of Nantucket Christmas Carol featuring Christopher Plummer, Judith Ivey, and Celia Keenan-Bolger among others. It's been great to be in a theater for the first time in a while creating an holiday intro video. Though the event has passed, the play is still available here.
It's been my pleasure over the last few months to be a part of creating and producing a new radio play podcast called Standby for Places. My co-creators and I were looking for a way to create over the course of the pandemic and this is what we came up with!
New episodes come out every Wednesday on spotify, apple podcasts, and on our website here! So far we've put out all of The Importance of Being Earnest, part of An Ideal Husband, and my directing debut on the pod, Woyzeck.
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I was so excited to get to be a part of Theater Breaking Through Barriers' third virtual playmakers intensive InUnion! After months of quarantine I was so glad to get to work with this randomly selected team. I feel like I really lucked out and I'm thrilled to share the final product, streamed live, here.