• Upcoming Projects for 2017

    Happy New Year!

    Much of my business in the last quarter of 2016 was personal--including getting settled as a New Yorker again (my mailing address and home for much of the month is in NYC, now, but I still spend considerable time each month in Washington, DC, where I work with The Alliance for New Music-Theatre) and making progress on writing projects--so I haven't posted. But, a New Year has dawned, and I have a couple of projects booked:

    This winter, I'll be on set for a couple of days on John Gallagher's new film,  Sarah Q, a serio-comedy about the adventures of a young woman who moves to New York to become an actor. The cast includes a number of wonderful, old school New York actors, including Burt Young, Tony Sirico, Sally Kirkland, Lucie Pohl, and Vincent Pastore, as well as less familiar faces.

    For my part: John and I met more than a year ago at One on One, in the class he teaches, "Improvisation for Film," where we hit it off, and laughed a lot. For SARAH Q, John's decided to take advantage of my experience playing Shakespeare on stage, and so has cast me as the 'flamboyant Shakespeare teacher,' by which I'm utterly delighted. I hope to make a fool of myself in the best possible way.

    In the spring, I will be returning to the Prague Fringe Festival to perform with Alliance for New Music-Theatre in our production of Protest, by Vàclav Havel, which follows our well-received run this past September at The Czech Embassy, in Washington, DC, and at the Czech Cultural Center, in NYC. We're in the process of building a tour of PROTEST that will take us across the US and abroad, and I look forward to posting more about it, as bookings develop, through the summer and fall of 2017, and beyond. Meanwhile, we're slated for a run of nine performances at The Prague Fringe, in an unusually long and prominent run for the annual festival. I loved Prague when we were at the 2015 Prague Fringe performing Metamorphosis, so I'm delighted to be going back.

    Other projects are afoot and I'll share them as provisional plans turn into hard bookings. Meanwhile, here's to a productive and exciting (and not too alarming) 2017 for all of us!



  • Quick update

    Our initial run of Vaclav Havel's PROTEST was a success, selling out all our public shows at The Woodrow Wilson House, in DC, and at the Czech Cultural Center, in NYC. Performing the show for some in the audience who were survivors of the Prague Spring, and lived to see the Velvet Revolution, was both moving and humbling. We look forward to performing PROTEST again in DC and Prague, and possibly elsewhere.

    Elsewise on the agenda:

    • I'm co-writing a limited episodic series, which we hope to make in Portland, Or., and I'll share more as we get further along.

    • I booked a small role in an upcoming indie film to be shot in NYC, and tv/ film auditions are picking up for me all of a sudden, as fall casting picks up for winter productions. I'm happy to have recently joined SAG/AFTRA, as it's making opportunities available that would not have been, otherwise. 

    • I'm mostly back in NYC, now, with plenty of time spent in DC. I anticipate being in Portland, Or., both to write and audition. See you on the rialto!

  • Hello, Portland, My Old Home Town!

    After rehearsing PROTEST in both NYC and DC, in August, I came out to Portland, Or., to meet with my wonderful agents at Ryan Artists, walk a lot in Forest Park as I work to get off book, for PROTEST, on what is virtually a 25 page monologue, and to see many old friends. It's been wonderful to walk and work under these old trees, out here.  I hope soon to do some bicycling and get to the beach. Oregon has so much natural beauty, as you know, and I never get enough of it. I've motorcycled across its deserts, skied and hiked its mountains, and bicycled its back roads. I love it. Portland, itself, is no longer quite the town I remember living in, before I left it for Houston, in 2007, but it's still beautiful and interesting and, as a powerful exemplar of economic and social trends happening almost everywhere in the country today, a rich setting for story telling, which I think has only begun to be tapped, despite the wealth of fiction and nonfiction writing, independent filmmaking, and episodic tv, that for a long while now has been finding inspiration here. I have ideas about that.

    Over the past weekend, I also submitted self tape for a national network tv show, back east, for a casting director who saw my work in a recent meeting. I've worked hard over the past year to get to know NYC casting. It feels good to be more part of a scene that's increasingly familiar, and less scary, to me. I like living increasingly 'bicoastal,' too. I enjoy the different vibe of each coast: it's refreshing to be reminded that we can still be shaped by region. We're not yet one monolithic culture shaped solely by tv! Historical legacies still live through culture, which still differs, from place to place. I feel fortunate not only to have traveled much of the country during my life, but to have extensive friendships in cities as diverse as NYC, Philadelphia, Houston, and Portland.

    Peace out!


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