The Detonation Game

April 30, 2015

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Two weeks ago Working Group Theatre closed our first large scale musical- ALL RECIPES ARE HOME. A play about food, farming and feminism, set in a timeless Iowa. It was great- three different venues in 9 days (a large performing arts center, an outdoor ampitheater and an operational barn). We sold out houses, got standing ovations and then we tour it all down.

And now we are starting to do it with Working Group in and of itself.

We started a little over five years ago in Iowa with a site specific production. We started in earnest with a piece called ODYSSEUS, IOWA- an all ages show that took the Odyssey and adapted it to dust bowl era Iowa and took place on an operational farm. We then produced MAYBERRY (about racial stratification in Iowa, post Chicago Housing units being torn down); RUST (on closing auto plants); BROKEN CHORD (about Alzheimer’s); OUT OF BOUNDS (a two play cycle on bullying form kids and adults perspectives); FINDER’S DAUGHTER (about Czech exodus from Europe to the American Midwest); a number of solo pieces (KILLADELPHIA/JUST KIDS/DOGS OF RWANDA) and now ALL RECIPES ARE HOME. [click to continue…]

Home

January 13, 2015

For ten years I’ve toured solo shows around the country. It happened both by accident and design- I wanted to do solo work at certain periods, at others I didn’t have a choice (KILLADELPHIA happened very much because producing theaters refused to do an ensemble version of the play).

I get emails through here quite often asking me how you do it, or advice in general for touring. And I feel for the folks writing me but have no good answers. i did the same thing when i started out. I’d write playwrights and performers who had blogs and asked for advice, as if there were some silver bullet to it all.
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Goodbye 2014

29.12.2014

A new year a new start. Head into production for a new film- THE JANITOR (a horror) in a few weeks. And a lot of honors for THESE HOPELESS SAVAGES. Last week we got accepted to our 21st Festival- the Richmond International Film Festival. In the past year I’ve been nominated for Best Actor in […]

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Killadelphia- the radio effect

17.06.2014
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THESE HOPELESS SAVAGES

24.03.2014

Over the Summer I was lucky enough to take a screenplay written by myself and Matt Dellapina and have the opportunity to direct it with the estimable Kaitlyn Busbee. We gathered a great cast of theater and film vets including Mackenzie Meehan (who you may have seen in Scorcese’s WOLF OF WALL STREET this Winter). […]

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DIY- a tale from the LastOnePicked

18.03.2014

I almost didn’t get into grad school. I was wait listed at Iowa. Rutgers acting problem took back their offer to me that they’d already made when I told them I wanted to wait a little bit to see what I heard from other programs. I remember the time. I was living with a girlfriend […]

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SHOTS FIRED: Is hope the crutch of the American Theater?

10.03.2014

1. My wife is teaching Waiting for Godot. This is at a community college. Her students are from all over the map- they usually have a lot more going in life than their elective classes- so their commitment can be variable. But they love Waiting for Godot. Not a lot of the other plays being […]

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Horizontal Living

15.02.2014

I had a meeting yesterday with Megan Gogerty a wonderful playwright and friend in the neighborhood. She had come back from the Kendeda Anniversary banquet at Alliance Theatre (a weird confluence, I was in Atlanta the same week performing DOGS OF RWANDA at Horizon while also working on an NNPN Commission). We talked a lot […]

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Those State School Kids

13.01.2014

I went to Suny-Binghamton. It now calls itself Binghamton University. Because Binghamton University sounds like poor kids don’t go to it. Whereas Suny anything sound slike a ragtag mix of kids from Queens and Fredonia and keggers and… When we were in acting classes we were often told how we were going to have a […]

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The International

26.12.2013

I’ve been back in the States for three days. It’s insane- a week ago I was performing KILLADELPHIA at the Universitat del Teatre in Barcelona. It was received so well- despite language barriers- a really moving event. I finished my collaboration with La Pell Teatre of Spain, Barracuda Carmella of Bogota Colombia and Jump Current […]

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