In the last two months, I traveled roughly 12,000 miles. I ate alligator, I rode in a sidecar, and I pulled more all-nighters than I'd care to admit. Suffice to say, situation normal. Here's what I've been up to...
1. I flew out to L.A., to act in a short film (currently titled The Manifesto of Michael Feldt) with the wickedly talented Isaac Garcia. Really neat project to work on - it's an indie flick about a cult, + a man with a bomb. I'll say no more. Finished product should be available for viewing sometime later this winter, but in the meantime, enjoy some stills!
2. I performed Bicycle Face in Philly for a night (with the help of designer-genius Sara Outing, + the assistance of co-producer Classic Reinvention) in early November, before we embarked on a week-long tour of New Orleans! The show ran in the Razor's Edge Solo-Performance Festival. We had a blast sharing an updated version of the show with a fresh new audience. And New Orleans was spectacularistic. Footage coming soon! But in the meantime, enjoy a lil "how it all came together" video, to the right. And if you're on instagram, you can relive the journey at #bicyclefacenola.
3. Soon as we returned, (because we couldn't get enough of it), we performed a segment of Bicycle Face at BYO Muse, a curated evening of art and performance produced by Night Kitchen, centering on, well, THE MUSE. Shout-out to Jenna Spitz for putting this powerful ish together, and to all the rad rad other artists who performed.
4. I appeared as a guest in the final episode of Greg T. Nanni's web series, Bar 'N Tavern. I'll say nothing else. (Check out a truly horrifying photo, stage left. Sleeve tats ftw.) Oh, and check out Greg. Because he's the bees knees.
5. I've had the pleasure of participating in a series of devising workshops for a piece currently titled Solastalgia, led by the brilliant Michael Osinski. It's about climate change, the future, and, well.....The Muppets. Follow the project at #solastalgiaphilly. Ish is gonna be beautiful. 6. In early December, I performed (alongsgside some very lovely, very very silly ladies) in DIE CLOWNSHOW (die). It's exactly what it sounds like. (More info here.) Shout-out to lead artist Rebecca Schaffer. Check out her fierce company, Viscosity Theatre. They're making waves.
7. Over the past few months, I've had the privilege of shooting the first two installments of an installation art series by Emily R. Johnson, titled "A Series of Valuation by an Archivist." It's breathtakingly beautiful. Learn more about the project here, and check out some stills from the first installation here.
(And now, some upcoming things....)
8. Because Bicycle Facewill never die, I'm taking it to my hometown! I'll be performing it for two night only at the Cotuit Center for the Arts this February. Deets on the Bicycle Face page, here. The performances will benefit two fabulous local women's organizations, WE CAN and Independence House. So if you're Cape-local, please oh please come and bring your friends and neighbors!
9. I'll be performing this Saturday at 2 pm in a reading (open to the public!) of an in-progress script by a brilliant high schooler, through Philly Young Playwrights's Paula Vogel Mentors Project. Learn more about PYP and this incredible program here.
10. And now, to be appropriately vague: I have a BIG NEW THING COOKING. And it's cooking inside of an EVEN BIGGER CONTAINER OF A THING. And that is all. I'll. say.
(Check back soon, folks. 2016 is gonna be massive.) That's all for now. Love, love, love.
It's been nearly nine months. Goddamn. Suffice to say, I need to update this ish more regularly. In the future, I'll be posting shorter monthly updates (for real this time!) - the latest will be featured regularly on my homepage. So, that'll be a thing.
But more importantly. These last nine months have been the zaniest, most electrifying, most artistically productive nine months of my life. I'll start at the top.
1. Bicycle Face I made a solo show, for Philly SolowFest last June. It's called Bicycle Face. Together with an incredible artistic team (shout-outs to David O'Connor, Sara Outing, Devin Barney and Travis Braue-Fischbach), we were a top-pick for the festival, we got great reviews, and we nearly sold out our run. And now....we're prepping to take the show to New Orleans! Bicycle Face was accepted into Razor's Edge, a prestigious solo-performance festival affiliated with the New Orleans Faux/Real Festival. We'll be having a preview/send-off show in Philly before we leave, and then a showing in December, after we return. I could go on about the show, about NOLA, about women and bicycles and solo performance. But I won't. Because I already have - it's all here.
2. The Winter's Tale Over the summer, I rehearsed and performed in Shakespeare in Clark Park's The Winter's Tale. I played Mopsa and Emilia. I also played guitar, and sang, and danced (sorta) and operated a giant cardboard bear puppet. Over 5,000 people saw the show. So, yaknow, that was pretty darn cool. Shout-out to director Kittson O'Neil, who made it all happen. Shakespeare gives me feels. (Sidenote - the show features a huge chorus of local Philly kids. Extra shout-out to the kiddies.)
3. Fifty Days at Iliam In the Philadelphia FringeArts festival, I made a devised show about the life and work of abstract expressionist painter Cy Twombly. It was the hardest thing I've ever made, and wouldn't have been possible without a truly spectacular and giving ensemble of actors and designers. We were a top-pick for the festival (Phindie, The Inquirer, CityPaper). We sold out our entire run. We got incredible press. And then I cried a lot when it was over. I could go on, but I already have - it's all here. Shout-outs to William Steinberger, Sara Outing, Elizabeth Audley, Amanda Jill Robinson, Richard Chan, Joseph Ahmed, Megan Slater and Eric Baker.
4. Eggs and Apples Once Iliam ended, I had the pleasure of directing a workshop and staged reading of Karen Smith Vastola's dark-lovely-heart-breaking new play exploring gender identity, Eggs and Apples. Shout-outs to Karen, to New City Stages, and to muh terrific cast.
5. Love's Labour's Lost After Eggs and Apples, I performed in Revolution Shakespeare's delightful production of Love's Labour's Lost in Hawthorne Park. I played Katherine. And also the drums. And the guitar, a lil. It was, well, delightful. We got some lovely press (check it), and we brought some free Shakespeare to some incredible folks in South Philly. Shakespeare. Gives. Me. Feels.
6. La Ronde Over the past few weeks, I've been rehearsing and performing in La Ronde, directed by Brenna Geffers and staged immersively at the Powel House in Old City, Philadelphia. I play The Poet (traditionally a male role, but...oh well). In the production, the cast leads folks around the house to observe our sexual escapades. It's weird, and awesome, and weird. Lovely press about the experimental aspects of the production, courtesy of Phindie.
7. The Manifesto of Michael Feldt Next weekend, I'm flying out to L.A. to film a short with my friend and artistic compadre, Isaac Louis Garcia. The script is awesome (and weird. and awesome). I'll be playing a character named Tongueless Jenny. That's really all I have to say about that. Except that I can't wait to share it, when it's all done up!
And that's what I've been up to these past nine (Nine? NINE!!) months. I feel like I gave birth to a huge crop of art-stuffs. Holy Bajeesus. Thanks to all who've kept up with me, who've checked out my work, who continue to support all of the things I do and make. I love my job. Much love from the Illadelph!
(P.S. Alright, okay, there's one more thing I'm working on. Because boredom is a thing I despise mightily. Announcement coming this week. So, yaknow. Check back soon. It involves......clowns.)
Herro! Happy belated new year, folks. Hope everyone is enjoying (*surviving*) the snow/cold on the East Coast. It's been an incredibly inspiring/productive /generally rad month and a half, let me tell you. Starting with....
1. Pig Iron. During the first two weeks of January, I spent upwards of eight hours a day in a workshop with Pig Iron Theatre Co. called "Something from Nothing." During the workshop, we focused on building a strong/creative ensemble (we were a group of eighteen), and as the name would suggest, creating original work "from nothing." We did a lot of improv, we learned to sing in Norwegian, we explored Greek myths, we created super strange characters based on photographs of the Western U.S. landscape, we studied Charlie Chaplin, we bonded. I can't recommend this school/their educational programming more highly. Such an intense and incredible way to jump-start 2015.
2. Cape Cod Philanthropy Day. Back in December, I went home to the Cape to participate as a panelist in Cape Cod Philanthropy Day. It's a pretty fabulous event on Cape Cod, facilitating community engagement and honoring do-gooders in the human rights/arts scene. I participated on a panel (with my lovely mother) about inspiring and educating the next generation of philanthropists. Philanthropy is important n stuff.
3. Bicycle Face! I've spent the last few months drafting a solo show. It's about ladies and feminism and academia and bicycles. It's set in the past, present and future. And if all goes as planned, it'll be debuting in the Philly Solow Fest this spring. More info coming soon, as I start to workshop this beast!
4. Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. That thing I was an extra in (back in October), debuted in January on ABC. Check it out! (To be more specific - I was an extra in Episode 8 of History Making Productions' series about Philly. The piece explored the early life and contributions of Ben Franklin.) I'm in 0:53-0:58 - the grimy/grinny girl in the cape on the boat. Congrats to my buddy Andrew Carroll, who plays young Ben Franklin.
5. Fifty Days at Iliam. As of this past weekend - I've officially embarked on another exciting new project. Myself and a team of *roughly* ten other Philly/New York (and beyond) - based theatre artists are collaborating to devise a piece about the Trojan War. We are using the Fifty Days at Illiam paintings (by abstract expressionist painter Cy Twombly) as our working vocabulary and source of inspiration. They reside in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and are described as Twombly's take on the final fifty days of the decade long siege of Troy. Here's our facebook page, if you want to learn more about the project. Some stills from our first session devising to the right. The project will debut in the 2015 Fringe Festival - though in the meantime, we'll be having free monthly showings of the work-in-progress! Next one is March 8th. Deets will be posted on my homepage.
5. Other stuff!In my *free* time, I've been lucky to see some really wonderful art n theatre in the city. Shout-out to InterAct and their astonishing production of Jen Silverman's The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane. A stunning piece, with the subtle power of a sledgehammer - tackling the political sphere in S. Africa, particularly with regard to corrective rape policy and journalistic privilege. Also had the chance to check out a reading of When The Rain Stops Falling at the Wilma, as well as a screening of the documentary Under Fire. Also also caught Brat Productions remounting of The Future - a super fresh/funky punk cabaret post-apocalyptic clown show/concert. Woot. Lastly, I participated in a workshop reading of a really exciting play-in-development by a really exciting local playwright.... Brian Grace-Duff! Check him out.
6. Mixtape Poetry Project. On Feb 24th at 6pm, I'll be reading (along with lots of other poets) at the Kelly Writers House as a part of Michelle Taransky's Mixtape Poetry Project. Taransky has assembled twelve poems into little "mixtapes" (4"x2.65") and is distributing 'em. We'll be reading the poems we submitted as part of the launch. Check out Michelle! (Her poetry is super duper exciting).
7. Coming soon.... Got a few other things cooking on the back burner, too. So. Check back soon! (A reading, that poetry-chapbook I keep talkin' bout, etc.)
Herro folks. Happy winter. Hope y'all are keeping warm. (Note: today in Philly, it's a balmy 72 degrees. I kid you not.) In any case, here's what I been-a-upto:
1. Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. Back in October, I acted in an episode of History Making Productions's Emmy-award winning documentary series about colonial Philadelphia. I played a traveler. In a rowboat. With young Benjamin Franklin. Check out the project site. Episode to debut on ABC 6 in January. More deets to come. (I'll be the one with stankface, in the front of the rowboat.)
2. Blood in the Bathtub - TJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb. Later last month, I shot a Tj Kong music video. Directed by Brian Melton (with assistance from Claire Abribat). It was weird and lovely and involved bath tubs and grotty packages and charcoal makeup. Still to the right, and full video here. (I pop up around two minutes in). Check out TJ Kong if you haven't already. They're crazy good. They describe themselves as: "a band of so and so's who sound like Bob Seger high on cocaine and lost in the apocalypse....a throwback, if such a thing is still possible, to the swinging, drunken dancing memories of jump blues and roadhouse rock and big band leaders and Elvis."
3. Directors Gym - Directors Gathering. Just before Halloween, in proper fashion, I participated in a "Romeo and Juliet and Zombies" workshop for one of my favorite local organizations, Directors Gathering. The Director's Gym event gave three directors a chance to spend two hours with actors, developing and presenting for feedback a brand-new theatrical idea. Our work was led by William Steinberger (from Marbles. Check out his awesome company inVersion all day erryday). We danced to pretty sweet 90s playlists, talked about the intersection of low-brow and high-brow culture, and got to make a lot of iambic-pentameter-ish zombie noises. Good stuff.
3. Headshots n Berkshires n TryCaviar. I had the chance last month to do some shooting in the Berkshires while visiting with my family. Also took some headshots (check out Marie Gantz Photography) and did another shoot for TryCaviar, at Plenty Cafe. Nom nom nom. Some stills to the right. Even more shots under the photography tab, if yer interested.
4. Upcoming: Something From Nothing & MixTape Poetry Project. This January I'll be participating in the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training's Winter workshop, called "Something From Nothing." Check out Pig Iron. They do fabulous, inventive, physical/devised theatre. Couldn't be more stoked to get to know and learn from these folks. There's a performance date at the end of the workshop, too - deets on the homepage. Also also, just contributed to the Kelly Writer's House's Mixtape Poetry Event. Curated by my once-teacher Michelle Taransky, the project includes four monthly mixtapes which each include 12 poems (or parts of poems) selected by 12 participants. The poems are on their own sheet of 4" by 2.65" paper and stuffed into an actual plastic cassette case. There is a reading for the event in February, in which I'll be participating. (Also has deets on the homepage.)
5. What Else? I went to the Orbiter 3 Launch last week. Don't know what that is? Oh man. Check these guys out. Suffice to say, they're exploding in the playwright/theatre/awesomeness scene in a big big beautiful way. Features Safe Spaceplaywrights Emily Acker, Emma Goidel and Doug Williams/director Maura Krause. I'm continuing to work on a solo-show-type-thing, which I vaguely alluded to in my last post. Gonna continue to be vague until there are specifics to share. (heh. heh.) Stay tuned! Last but not least, I returned to Penn last month to see my lovely iNtuitons's fall show, The Opposite of Loneliness: A Disconnection Project. Proud of these kids. (Performed with them for four years, served on their board for three, and directed their fall show in 2013.) Check these fools out. They're making awesome, awesome stuff.
Thanks for reading. Errybody stay warm(?), and have a happy Turkey Day. Finally, enjoy this derp-tastic photo from Safe Space to the right. Taken by JJ Tiziou Photography.
Happy Fall, friends! Just like that, the Philly FringeArts Festival is over, and autumn is upon us. Hope y'all are enjoying the leaves/boots/cider/scarf weather as much as I am. And now, for some updates (I guess, or whatever).
1. Marbles! It happened. Wowza. We had five completely sold out shows, two excellent reviews, and an all-around marvelous time bringing this new piece to the folks of Philadelphia. Check out what citypaper and Phindie had to say. And see some pics from the fabulous JJ Tizou. Not sure what's next for M and F - but will keep y'all updated. Thanks again to all the gorgeous, gorgeous peeples who helped make it happen!
2. Safe Space! Also happened! I was a lucky kiddo this Fringe Festival. Check out the citypaper's review of the show (!). We had a marvelous run - a lovely time, working with lovely, talented artists. (Peep Emma Goidel, Doug Williams and Emily Acker, the stupidly-talented playwrights.) And some more photos by JJ.
3. Barnstable @ 375 - About a week and a half ago, I had the enormous pleasure of performing in my hometown for their 375th anniversary (Woo! History! Pilgrims!). An incredibly grainy video of the performance is chilling right here - I wrote a poem for the event about being from Barnstable. Big thanks to Jung-Ho Pak and the Cape Cod Symphony for having me.
4. Naked - This weekend (Fri/Sat) I'm participating in Plays and Players' 2nd Annual Fringe Recover 24-Hour Play Festival: Naked. Produced by Amber Emory, featuring a slew of frabjous Philly actors, directors and playwrights. Check it! All material created, as the name would suggest, in a 24-hour period/completely from scratch. (More deets on my homepage.)
5. TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb - Also this month - shooting a music vid with the funky (folksy) folks of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. For their new album KONG. Stay tuned. And check 'em.
6. A Pinch of Pandora - That chapbook! That I wrote! Before I graduated college! I sort of finally have some downtime this month, and so. Will be actually self-publishing that shiz. Deets and links to come. Yay poetry yay page poetry wahoo huzzah!
7. TryCaviar - Also had the pleasure of doing another shoot for TryCaviar, a fab new food delivery service in the Illadelph. Check out their now-launched-gorgeous site. I shot Aya's Cafe and Cuba Libre. (A picture of some delicious meat platter thing to the right. Yum.)
8. And last, but certainly not least....I'm writing something new. Probably gonna be a solo show, of sorts. Will say nothing else, cept that it's real exciting to be working on something new these days.... And to the right there, there's a little photograph/hint. ASSUME NOTHING. ASSUME EVERYTHING.
Thanks for reading! That's all for the moment. AND NOW EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND GO JUMP IN SOME LEAVES.
It's September, and the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival is underway. I open two shows this week! Here are some life/art/rambling updates:
1. Since May, I've been hard at work on Marbles. It's a new short play about love, technology and anxiety. I wrote it. And am producing it. And acting in it, alongside my friend Sam Sherburne. (Doing ALL of the things!) The piece is staged in a South Philly coffee shop, which is super fun and intimate and lovely. It features wonderful direction by William Steinberger. We are a Phindie and a uwishunu pick for the entire Fringe Festival, which is beyond thrilling. We open THURSDAY. And.....We are almost sold out for the run! There are still tickets for Thursday at 8, Friday at 6:30 and *a few* for Friday at 8. The rest is standing room. Wahoo! It's been a real pleasure and challenge to develop this piece, and I feel extremely lucky for the support of a fabulous artistic team throughout this process. Here's our fb page, our fb event, and our ticketing page. CHECK US OUT! Can't wait to share it with the folk of Philadelphia.
2. Safe Space opens tomorrow! (Technically....today!) Eeep! It's a new piece about college students playing a LARP game (look that ish up... I hadn't heard of it either) written by the brilliant Emily Acker, Emma Goidel and Doug Williams. Directed by the inimitable Maura Krause. It's fun, silly, engaging, inventive, immersive, theatre. We perform in different rooms on the third floor of Doug's house; audience members get to follow the actors around in a "choose-your-own-adventure" sort of narrative. Here's the fb event and the show blog, where you can get ticket info/check out some of the fabulous press we've received! Psyched to open this project, and grateful for the enormously silly and giving cast and crew.
3. Shakespeare in Clark Park's Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine was a smashing success, and an all-around joy. I got to play camp counselor to a group of kind, talented, enthusiastic Philly adults turned warriors for a month! And then I led them in battle as their punchy (albeit under-qualified) lieutenant. The show received some lovely coverage - the 100-person community army really struck a chord with people. Check out philly.com and newsworks reviews of the show. And check out this making-of video, this army interview/battle footage compilation, and this goofy video of the actual battle, set to Led Zeppelin.
4. Other than making lots of theatre....I've been taking some pics! Here are a few from a recent shoot with TryCaviar, a super awesome new food delivery/catering service for fancy restaurants in the Philly area. (These are from Aya's Cafe. Yum.) More on them later....look them up!
That's all for now, folks. Will update soon with other exciting things! But in the meantime, girl needs her sleep before a long few weeks of shows. Happy almost autumn! Happy Fringe! Much love!
(Oh, last thing. I adopted a kitten. Her name is Cleopatra. I think that's really all that needs to be said on the subject.)
SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING. I mentioned in my last post that I had a fringe project in the works. I am so pleased to announce that it is "officially" on. It's called Marbles, and it will premiere in September in the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. I'm writing it, producing it, and also acting in it. We're describing it as: a deconstruction of the contemporary "boy-meets-girl" against the backdrop of the information age.
So now I'm gonna be a shameless starving artist, and direct your attention to our indiegogo page. Because, unfortunately, art rarely happens without some ca$h to back it. And I am very out of pocket for this one. Please check it! Tell your friends! Help some young ambitious folks make a really cool project happen! (Also check out our facebook page.) Money aside - I am truly thrilled to be working on this show. There are more deets in the indiegogo description - I encourage you to read further. (Hint: it involves free coffee!) And check out our promo vid to the right.
And now for some other exciting updates....
1. Safe Space. Thrilled to announce that I will be working on another fringe project, called Safe Space. It's a brand new play - directed by Maura Krause and written by Emily Acker, Emma Goidel and Doug Williams. Maura tells me: "it is an immersive house play about a group of college students from an environmental science class, who develop a LARP (live action role play game) around a global warming apocalypse scenario to win a class contest." Sounds awesome, right? Runs Sept 10-20. Deets on my homepage.
2. Shakespeare in the Park. I've been in rehearsals for Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine for the last few weeks. Basically, I'm a camp counselor for really awesome adults who agreed to be in our 100-person army scene. (i.e. I play a lieutenant.) The show runs July 30-Aug 3. And it's FREE. You don't wanna miss this shiz.
3. Best of Craigslist. (It happened! And it was a blast.) Some photos to the right. I had a lovely time meeting the fabulous folks at Simpatico, and am uber grateful for the opportunity. Devised theatre is cool and stuff.
4. I've been checking out some really fab readings lately, too. Props to Chris Davis for his new work, "Anna K." And to Emma Goidel for "A Knee That Can Bend" and Jeremy Gable for "A Greener Peace" at InterAct. Oh man. I am lucky to live in a place with so much superb new work from such superb folks. Can't wait to see what happens next with all three of these works.
Right. Daz all for now. Happy belated Independence Day, and thanks for stopping by!
Hello! Two months later and I'm a college graduate. (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?) As such, I'm moving into a new apartment east of University City, and trying to get my life sorted. Huzzah!
And now for some updates.... 1. Romeo and Juliet, after 59 performances, has closed. Whew! What a lovely experience. Enormous thanks to the superb cast, the patient crew, and especially director David O'Connor. Check out production stills here. (I'm floating in the back of a party scene shot.) Check out some press here, and generally check out Philly Shakes here. (Turns out they're one of only a handful of theaters in the country that do exclusively Shakespeare year round.)
2. Best of Craigslist is underway. We have a script in order (based on personal ads both the cast and director Amber Emory brought in), and we are putting it on its feet this week. What a lovely group of ladies. We run June 13-15. Find out more about Simpatico Second Stages here!
3. Stuff Happens opens tonight (what?) yes, TONIGHT! I've spent the last two weeks rehearsing for this staged reading at New City Stages with a fabulous cast of twelve actors, and my extra fabulous stage manager Rebecca Adelsheim. It's been a terrific learning experience, and I can't wait to share it with an audience. (It's an ensemble play based in recent history, exploring the U.S. entry into the Middle East subsequent to 9/11, centering on characters including Bush, Rumsfeld, Powell, Blair, and the like.) It's FREE. And I think its message is significant. Find out more here. (See a rehearsal shot to the right.)
4. Currently in the works is A Pinch of Pandora - a chapbook of poetry I wrote during my undergraduate career. I compiled a full draft as part of an independent study this spring, and am working on finishing touches. More deets coming soon as I go to print!
5. Had the chance to work on a funky little project - the Penn edition of the First Kiss video trend. I'll say no more, except that it was awkward and lovely, and has made for a good conversation starter in Penn circles, Check out the original here, and the Penn edition above and to the right.
6. The video I filmed in March, Breed: X, just dropped its trailer! Props to director/editor/screenwriter Audrey Hamm, and her fantastic team. There's some creepy alien-Hannah time around 1:04 and 2:22, I believe. Also some voiceover stuff. Full movie coming in August! Check it. Also spent a good portion of my spring shooting By Tuesday, a short student film through Penn's Bent Button Productions. Thanks to writer and director Ann Molin for a great time, and a lovely experience. Should be dropping this summer.
7. Have also had the chance to do lots of shooting of my own over the past few months. These include a shoot for Penn bellydance troupe "Yalla," some Penn senior friends of mine, some fellow actors, as well as salon events for the Directors Gathering. Some shots are to the right, and are also up on my photography tab under recent captures, as well as in the general galleries. Check out some more of the DG photos here from their inaugural salon.
8. And now....Last but certainly not least....I'm just getting underway with a piece that will be performed in September in the Philadelphia Fringe! Featuring myself and fellow actor Sam Sherburne, directed by Will Steinberger, with Creative Producing courtesy of Rebecca Adelsheim. It's tentatively titled Marbles. Will be coming at you soon with more deets about the project, including our indiegogo to fund this shiz.
WHOO. Okay, that's all for now! Thanks for reading. As always, leave comments if you wanna chat! Hope everyone is having a lovely May, wherever they are. :)
Happy Spring! Winter has finally left us in Philly. It's been an exciting few months - I am currently staring graduation in the face and trying not to blink!
Updates: 1. Romeo and Juliet! We opened Wednesday, and we run through May 18th. The 9-show-a-week schedule is rough, but I am loving the show. It was a good process, and I'm super proud of what we've created. In our production, we feature four contemporary sonnets written by students and adults. As part of the promotion for the show, we recorded the top ten sonnets (there was an open call for submissions) to release to the public. So here's a mildly embarrassing video of me doing one (to the right). Check out the show! (Fb event).
2. Breed X! I was in New York for a few days this March, filming a project called Breed X. To learn about the project, check out their kickstarter and their facebook. Or, yaknow, check out a really terrifying photo from the shoot (to the right). I played "The Guide." The project is written and directed by the fabulous Audrey Hamm. Makeup by Alisa Ortiz. Yay film!
3. By Tuesday -- I also have begun shooting a Penn student film, called "By Tuesday," produced by Bent Button Productions. It is written and directed by Ann Molin. Will post the finished product when we finish! It's about a couple college-age room mates. I play a lady named Chloe. So far, I've gotten to eat a lot of popcorn on camera. Which has been fabulous.
4. Directors Gathering - I also recently photographed the first monthly "Directors Gathering" salon meeting. The DG is a fabulous service organization for Philadelphia theatremakers. Check out their website and facebook, and the album from the event!
5. Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine -- I have been cast as a lieutenant in the army for the annual Shakespeare in Clark Park summer show. They're doing Henry IV! Haven't started yet....but thrilled to be a part of it. Apparently they're using a HUGE civilian army. Cool beans.
6. Dischord - Dischord A Capella, a fabulous group on Penn's campus, recently had their spring concert. I took a bunch of promotional photos. Check out a few of my favorites to the right. Will be uploading more soon, under "recent captures" on my photography page. Also: their website! Their facebook!
7. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo - The theatre group iNtuitons (I'm on the board! I directed for them this past fall!) just had their spring show. Check out some rehearsal room shots I took during the process. Fabulous group. Oh, and their website!
Whew. Other things brewing/upcoming -- Stuff Happens is still in the process of casting. Can't wait to get started. Circle Mirror Transformation is likely happening in May! We had to change dates, due to an issue getting rights...but now it's full steam ahead. And.....Yalla, the bellydance troupe at UPenn, also has an upcoming show. I will be shooting some promo shots on Monday. Photos to come!
Whew. It's been a freezing cold winter in Philadelphia. I'm currently enjoying second semester senior life - i.e. taking only three classes, writing a thesis, and auditioning like crazy in Philly/NYC when I can get there.
Lots of updates!
1. Really stoked to report that I will be acting in The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's Spring production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by David O'Connor. I will be playing Balthazar as well as a few other ensemble roles, in addition to playing percussion for the show. Couldn't be more excited to embark on this project! Rehearsals begin March 4th, and we open in April/run through May.
2. I have also just begun the process of DIRECTING(!) a staged reading of David Hare's Stuff Happens for New City Stage's presidential reading series. The show will run for four performances in May, along with two other pieces directed by Will Steinberger and Mark Rudd. Specific dates and times on my homepage/more info on their website! We just started the first round of auditions. I'm already learning lots - it's a challenging play, but one about which I am extremely passionate. It uses *mostly* public statements made by politicians and journalists as a means of dramatizing the U.S. entry into the Middle East following the attacks on the twin towers. Definitely a far cry from Midsummer (my last directing project).
3. I was also just cast in Simpatico Theatre Project's Summer Production, The Best of Craigslist. The piece is, as the title would suggest, comprised of skits based on Philadelphia Craigslist ads. The segment I'll be in is called "How Craigslist Distances Us," and will be directed by Ambor Emory. We don't begin rehearsals until May, and we run July 12-15. Wooo devised theatre!
4. I've been hitting up NYC lately to go in for some film project (and occasionally theatrical) auditions. It's been fun! Pleased to report I will be shooting a piece with New School student Rebecca Tiernan this Saturday, based on Samuel Beckett's Come and Go. It's an art film she's developing as part of her thesis - check out her work.
5. Had an incredible time on Cape Cod in January, doing a show with Excelano to benefit WE CAN and Independence House, two fabulous organizations that provide support for abused women/women in transition on Cape Cod. A playlist of the show will be uploaded to youtube in the coming weeks!
6. Also got a chance to perform in UPenn's Vagina Monologues this February. I acted in "Then We Were Jumping," which was this year's spotlight monologue. The show raised over $50,000 for W.O.A.R., the only full-service rape/crisis center in Philadelphia. Check out their campaign to stop the violence. Wonderful experience, INCREDIBLE group of women.
Those are the biggies!
Also....have had the chance to see some awesome theatre in Philly this winter. Shout-out to Bright Invention/White Pines Productions. LOVED their show "Click!" Was convinced in an evening that long-form improv is probably the coolest thing I'd never heard of in Philly. Check 'em!
And, for your viewing pleasure: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/VIDEO-Idina-Menzel-Cast-of-IFTHEN-Lead-FROZEN-Singalong-on-GMA-20140226#.Uw4O6PRdWUB