This immersive theatre piece was unlike anything I had ever been a part of before, unlike anything I had ever seen or even dreamt of. Bricolage built an entire world and then let 60 people a night come in and live in it, manipulate it, immerse themselves in it. At the heart of the experience, though, was an important and provoking story from conceiver and playwright Michael Skirpan.
In the spring of 2019, Pittsburgh's Quantum Theatre and director Risher Reddick staged King Lear outdoors at a the long-shuttered but lovingly preserved Carie Blast Furnace. We performed the first half in the shadow of the magnificent ruins of the furnace itself and then walked the audience to a second, more pastoral location a quarter mile away for the second half.
HAMLET: WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
It's Hamlet. I played the part in 2009 in this same brilliant, maddening, beautiful and strange adaptation of the play. What a challenge and a joy to re-mount the production with Adam Thomas Smith for The Brick's Shakespeare in the Theatre Festival.
MISS ATKINS ARMY
And just like that, I was a member of SAG-AFTRA. What an incredible experience to play a principal role in this film- a "Femal-driven WWII Spy Thriller."
What a thrill to be back in front of the camera, exploring a character slowly going off the rails. We shot exteriors in the frigid depths of January and took over a bar in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philly. Look for the film on the festival circuit later this year. And catch the trailer here.
Cal MacLean assembled an incredibly talented ensemble to tackle Chekhov's 18 character masterpiece. Helming this large vessel: London's own Michael Fry, an innovative and truly brilliant director. I had way too much fun working on this oppressively sad play.
CALDERON'S TWO DREAMS
This was a labor of love. Over the better part of two years, the amazing artists of NYC's Magis Theatre adapted, devised, and built this unique performance- two versions of Calderon de la Barca's Spanish Golden Age classic, Life is a Dream.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE JERSEY LILY
Directed by the great Carl Wallnau. Every audition since this show, someone has looked at my resume and said, "Oh I love Carl Wallnau."
CHICKENS IN THE YARD
This was such an amazing experience. Paul Kruse's play is a quirky and beautiful piece of ensemble theatre. The actors spend about half their stage time playing chickens and half playing human characters. It takes someone like director Adil Mansoor to crack this nut.
AS YOU LIKE IT
An outdoor romp with an amazing collection of talent.
STUPID F***ING BIRD
Back to Sarasota, an artistic home base since my days at the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory, to work with Brendan Ragan's hot new theatre company. And finally: a chance to work with director Vincent Carlson-Brown! This one was a riot, on stage and off.
This was my first foray into the vibrant word of Philly Theatre. The production was directed by the non-stop K.C. MacMillan and featured a cast of Philly Phamous actors. Beautiful play and unforgettable experience.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
George Bailey. It's a Wonderful Life. Nelson Eusebio directing maybe the finest ensemble of actors and Foley artists I've every been a part of. Christmas time in Baltimore. What more can one ask? Thank you Clarence. Thank you.