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.)