It's been an incredibly busy and productive summer back assisting at White Heron on Daddy Long Legs and About Alice as well as helping out with the rest of the season.
We also mounted a full production of Nantucket: The MusACKal to huge success! It got great reviews and was extended a week and sold out through the majority of the run with lines down the block to get tickets during our final week! Can't wait to get back to it and make it even better for next summer.
I'm so thrilled to be back in Nantucket making my directing debut with White Heron! I've been working with them for years and am incredibly excited to finally be at the helm on such a beautiful classic story. It's been a quick process but the show has come together beautifully and it's been a joy to work with a cast of white Heron favorites.
The show re-opens for its second weekend today! Tickets are available here!
I'm thrilled to announce I'm co-directing a new production of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy along with Aaron Latham. It's a beautiful story of the perils and and heartache of finding and following your passions.
Joe Bonaparte’s potential to become a concert violinist hits a detour when boxing manager Tom Moody and fight promoter Roxy Gottlieb steer him towards greatness in the boxing ring. As his athletic star begins to rise, Joe is torn between loyalty to his art and family, and the allure of fame and fortune. As mobster Eddie Fuseli promises him glory, and girlfriend Lorna Moon (Moody’s fiancé) promises him love, Joe faces the biggest dilemma of his life: to win the crown or to set himself free.
The production also supports a group called StoPD (Support and Training to Overcome Parkinson's Disease), and will be a testament to the strength of the Parkinson's community as the cast features professional actors who are living with Parkinson's disease in two of the major roles. In addition, many of our production and creative team members have Parkinson's, and have devoted themselves to creating this unique and memorable production.
It's such an honor to get to bring this story to life and I would love to see you there. I'm loving being back in rehearsal with the team from Orphans, plus some great new additions. Tickets are available here for the run, from tomorrow, November 9th to the 19th.
I'm so thrilled to back at Long Wharf continuing the journey with Matthew Barber's Fireflies, and assisting Gordon Edelstein again here in New Haven. It's a beautiful production of a sweet and incredibly funny story!
Eleanor Bannister, a retired schoolteacher, lives a sleepy life in tiny Groverdell, Texas. Until one day, when walking alone through the brambles barefoot and in her nightgown, she encounters Abel Brown, a mysterious drifter. Brown has been wandering around town, looking for houses to fix and, rumor has it, single women to talk to. Brown is nothing but a drifter, but despite their obvious differences, Eleanor and Abel find themselves drawn to each other. This beautiful new romance by Matthew Barber, Tony Award-nominated author of Enchanted April, shows that connection can be found in the unlikeliest of places and in the unlikeliest of ways.
The show opens tomorrow and runs through November 5th. Click here for tickets and more information!
This post is a bit delayed but we recently wrapped up the run on my most recent project, Nick Payne's Constellations, at White Heron. It's always great to be back assisting Lynne Bolton and this was a particularly special production. Getting to work with incredible actors on an deeply amazing script is always a pleasure! And audiences and critics loved it, calling it "a powerful rendering" and the performers "astonishing."
Last week I lead a developmental reading of a new musical about the history and culture of Nantucket called Nantucket the MusACKal here on island. We had a great bunch of actors and there are some really incredible, catchy songs that I've been hearing around town since the presentation. It has music and lyrics by Matt Savarese and Jeff L-E and a book by Ryan Runstadler. Look out for more news in the future!
I'm thrilled to announce I'm directing this show that opens in less than a week at the inaugural edition of the Broadway Bound Theater Festival. It's an exciting, complicated play about moral relativism and what people will do for their families. Come see what happens when a Texas high school football coach, facing enormous pressure to win at all costs, must decide what's more important: his ethics or his job.
We only perform three times: Sunday, July 30th @ 6:30PM; Thursday, August 3rd @ 4:00PM; and Tuesday, August 8th @ 7:30PM. We're at the 14th Street Y. Tickets for all three shows are available here and are $5 cheaper in advance! It's gonna be incredible and I'm so excited to get to show it to an audience! Come check it out, and take a look at some of the gorgeous and talented people bringing it to life
I've just come off assisting on a reading of Fireflies by Matthew Barber at White Heron in Nantucket. The reading featured Marsha Mason and Judith Ivey and was a great start to the 2017 season! Look for the play at Long Wharf in the fall!
After many months I'm getting ready to open Rootless, a new site-specific, traveling, outdoor play about home, heritage, and what it means to be caught in between the two. Rootless is currently in production for a fully-realized production in Wagner Park June 3 and 17, 2017. Written by Sara Lyons and directed by yours truly, performances each day are free and take place at 1 pm and 3 pm.
Rootless follows Jenny on her journey to find what she’s lost. When her late grandmother’s comb is stolen from her by some reckless boys, her friend Murray jumps in to help her find her comb, her roots, and herself. Dance, music, and the magic of our surroundings carry us with her on a site-specific journey to meet an exciting ensemble of characters, including a mysterious woman who’s always just out of reach. Who is she, and what does she hold in store for Jenny? Join us to find out!
Take a look at the facebook event for more information!
I've recently returned from assisting on this beautiful new show at Long Wharf and tickets are available here for the run through May 28th!
"From the brilliant minds of The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and award-winning composer David Shire (Academy Award winner and multiple Tony and Emmy nominations) comes a joyful new musical about a tiny family restaurant. David Kaplan is a chef’s chef, making beautiful, simple food of uncompromising quality in his lovely Union Square restaurant. He and his wife Claire have made the restaurant a welcoming one for their friends and family. But in the crowded, cutthroat and expensive Manhattan food scene, is that enough to survive and compete with the next big thing? Enter Sergio, an old friend, rival, and possible savior. This hotshot celebrity chef has offered David a chance to give his restaurant a make-over. Will David sacrifice his pride (and perhaps his happy marriage) to save his beloved little restaurant?"