News, etc.

  • End of Summer

    Summer 2016 has been very eventful indeed! Most notably, Seen / By Everyone, the show I developed over a period of about 20 months, had a successful run at HERE Arts Center, directed by Artistic Director Kristin Marting. Here's one of the enthusiastic reviews: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/ob/6_07_16b.html

    Hotel Renoir, a noir short I shot in the spring is set to be released soon. Stay tuned for more updates about that. 

    And VoxFest 2016, our fourth iteration, was an enormous success. We brought some fantastic work up to Dartmouth--pictures to follow.

  • Last Call

    Some images from the set of Last Call, by William Macaulay.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Me as Oberon and Lauren Shannon as Titania.

    For more than a year, I've been working with New Place Players--the company with whom I did Twelfth Night--on their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I'm playing both Theseus and Oberon, two roles that I first played in college. Needless to say, it's been fantastic to revisit them as a professional. The show has been mentioned in Time Out New York, New York Magazine, The Guardian, and a few other publications. We perform through next week, so get tickets while you can at www.newplaceplayersnyc.com

  • The Past Year!

    Well, I've been unambiguously awful about updating my news section, but that ends today! To recap some highlights from the past year: 

    -I produced and acted in The Next War, a new play written by Kate Mulley. 

    -I starred in multiple successful remounts of A Midsummer Night's Dream (which will be the subject of its own post soon). I played Oberon and Theseus, and the show was repeatedly mentioned in Time Out New York as one of the top things to do in the city. The current one is still running! 

    -I starred in two short films by William Macaulay, Your Move and Last Call. Clips of the latter should be up and available soon.

    -I produced, along with Kate and Thom, the third iteration of VoxFest up in Hanover. It was, like all the other years, a huge success--probably our best festival yet!

    -I've been working with a small group of artists on a devised piece called Seen / By Everyone, which will premiere at HERE in June 2016. (More on that to follow!)

    -I've recorded a new Voice Over Demo, which should be done in a few weeks. 

    -I went with to London with most of the original cast of A Legendary Romance--which had its world premiere in 2013--for a backers audition for European producers. 

  • New Headshots

    Recently had new headshots taken--I've updated the headshots section of my website. I've also got a handful of "just for fun" shots that I'll be putting up as the week goes by. All of them by Leslie Hassler, who once again did a wonderful job. Check out her work at www.lesliehassler.com.

  • Summer 2014 Recap

    The summer is drawing to a close, and while I sadly was less-than-diligent about blog posts over the past few months, there’s a lot of news.

    First, in April I got a call from an old friend, Clara Aranovich, asking if I wanted to hop on a plane and co-produce a short documentary about a soccer league for old women in rural South Africa. One week, several shots, and a very long trip later, I was just outside of Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo, South Africa. We were shooting in Shoshego, a township on top of a hill outside of the city. The experience was incredible--Clara is a brilliant director and photographer, and tagging along with her in South Africa was a life-changing experience. The documentary, and Clara's superlative website, can be found here. I encourage everyone to check out her work. 

    Shortly after my return to the states, I went up to the New London Barn Playhouse, in New London, NH, to play Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music. (Production stills can be found here.) It was a wonderful production, and I got a chance to work with some of my favorite collaborators: my dear friend Katie Bruestle played opposite me as Countess Charlotte Malcolm; my mentor, friend, and former professor Carol Dunne played Desiree; fellow Dartmouth alum (and close friend for the last ten or so years) Lillian King directed. 

    Immediately after A Little Night Music closed, I went to Hanover to set up for VoxFest 2014, the new works festival that my theater company, Vox Theater, produces. Thirty participants came up to Hanover to develop six shows over the course of a week.  I acted in Pox, written by Vox co-founder Kate Mulley, and also directed by Lillian King. Pox is the story of a man who develops late-stage syphilis and begins to hallucinate that he’s a 19th century dandy. (Hilarity ensues.) Lillian and I also teamed up for a performance art piece called “Back Biters,” during the Vox Barter, an evening of performance art in Dartmouth’s Hood Museum. (Photos of Pox and “Back Biters” can be found here.) This was our second year doing VoxFest, and the response from the College and the community has been overwhelmingly positive—as it stands now we’re looking to make it a permanent feature of the Dartmouth College summer term.

    After returning to New York, I acted in a staged reading of Emma Stanton’s new play, Bojko and the Glacier, directed by Marina McClure. Marina is another frequent Vox collaborator, and a Dartmouth alumna—working with her is always a joy, and this time was no exception.  

    At present, I’m rehearsing a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be presented by New Place Players at Casa Duse in Brooklyn. I’ll be playing Theseus and Oberon, roles I haven't touched since my senior year of college. (Presumably I'll give a more nuanced performance this go around.) More updates about that production to come!

    Lastly, The Unbelievers, the movie I shot in the winter is just about finished, and will hopefully have a proper screening soon. I saw a rough cut, and I'm very excited about seeing the final product. 

  • Some more stills

    Two more photos from the shoot. Both featuring the lovely Morgan McGuire. Morgan and I have known each other for a long time, first acting together in a production of King Lear, at the National Black Theater of Harlem. That show featured my star turn as Curan the Messenger, who has the distinction of being the smallest named part in Shakespeare. Scholars believe that, because he was named, Shakespeare intended to have him appear in later scenes. Either those scenes got cut or Bill never got around to writing what I'm sure would have been stirring speeches, but regardless, Curan never got demoted to "Messenger 1," and my resume is slightly better-looking for it. 

  • 2014 So Far

    2014 started off with a bang! In January, Vox brought The Reluctant Lesbian up to Northern Stage for their innaugural New Works Now Festival. Kate has conitnued to work on the piece, and Marina McClure directed this iteration. We're now beginning to shop it around to Regional Theaters for a full production somewhere. Stay tuned with that. 

    Kate, Thom, and I are also in the process of selecting plays for VoxFest 2014, and raising the last bit of money. We received around 20 submissions, and selecting five from the bunch proved very difficult due to the high quality of the work. Not a bad problem to have. 

    I also just finished shooting a short film last weekend--I posted a still in the prior update--and am eager to see the final product.

    Lastly, New Place Players is remounting Twelfth Night, and I'm reprising the role of Orsino. We're also slated to start rehearsals in late March for A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which I'll be playing Theseus and Oberon. Very excited to get to work on that! Midsummer has long been a favorite--incidentally, I played Theseus/Oberon in college. It should be fun to revisit the roles.

  • A Production Still

    A Production Still

    A still from an independent short I finished filming two weeks ago. More info to come soon!

  • A Summary of 2013

    Much happened during 2013, with a lot of promising work on the horizon. To name just a few highlights: 

    -I began the year playing Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest at Northern Stage. 

    -My theater company, Vox Theater, hosted a writers' workshop in in Hanover, NH. We then returned to Hanover in July to produce VoxFest, a festival of new works. Check out http://www.voxtheater.org/voxfest/ for more information.

    -I acted in the world premiere of Timothy Prager and Geoff Morrow's musical, A Legendary Romance, at The New London Barn Playhouse, directed by Carol Dunne. 

    -I acted in an adaptation of Madame Bovary in New York. 

    -New Place Players restaged Twelfth Night, presenting it at Casa Duse in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. (The show will continue to be performed throughout 2014.)