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End of Year Roundup

It's been an incredible year of new places, people, and collaborations while simultaneously re-discovering my roots and original passions as an actor (namely, the plays of Shakespeare) after being away from them since King Lear with American Bard in the fall of 2012. I couldn't have been more lucky.

I'm very grateful that my work and the work of the incredibly acting, artistic, and administrative companies at Trinity Shakespeare Festival has been recognized for Love's Labours Lost and King Lear by a variety of publications in Dallas/Fort Worth. Alexandra Bonifeld at Critical Rant honored me with her Top Male Acting Performance of 2015 for Berowne and Edmund at Trinity, and I was particularly happy to see Blake Hackler -- who blew my mind every night as Don Armado in Love's Labours and the Fool in King Lear: incredibly different performances, but each a comedic masterclass in their own right -- also included in her "First Choice" acting performances.

Mark Lowry at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram included Love's Labours in his top 5 shows of the year and also graciously mentioned Blake and my performances, and both he and Punch Shaw included King Lear in their honorable mentions. Nancy Churnin included both Trinity's Lear and Shakespeare Dallas' production in the Dallas Morning News top of 2015 list, which is particularly exciting because Shakespeare Dallas gave me my first professional roles while still in undergrad, cemented my love of playing Shakespeare, and kicked off this incredible year of Shakespeare with unabridged staged readings of Two Gentlemen of Verona (in November 2014) and both parts of Henry IV as a part of their Complete Works project at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Even more exciting, though, are the new relationships I've developed with so many incredibly talented artists and giving friends: the company at Trinity, working with several old friends at Bloody Shakespeare, the Passion in Practice Ensemble, the artists with whom I shared the 2015 International Actors' Fellowship at Shakespeare's Globe, the company I'm currently sharing an 80-degree Holiday Season with on the beach (when not performing One Man, Two Guvnors at July 04, 2015

Summer of Billy

The first half of the summer launched to an excellent start, as I got to join the Trinity Shakespeare Festival ( for their 7th repertory season, featuring King Lear and Love's Labours Lost. An astoundingly good company of artists all around made for two great shows and an amazing ensemble experience.

If you didn't get to make the shows, you can get a glimpse through some of the press: the Ft. Worth Star Telegram called Lear "first-rate"; the Dallas Morning News called Love's Labours Lost "exuberantly interactive" with a "supple cast" that highlighted how the play was "ahead of its time"; while TheaterJones rave for the festival as a whole focused on the "clarity," "accessib[ility]," and "passion" of both shows.

As badly as a miss those shows and the tight-knit ensemble of Trinity, I'm extraordinarily lucky to step into another process this month where I get to re-unite with an ensemble that deeply affected me as an artist and my approach both to the work of Shakespeare and to my place in an ensemble: Ben Crystal's Passion in Practice Shakespeare Ensemble. We'll be exploring Henry V in Original Pronunciation (more info on their website about just what, exactly, Original Pronunciation is) at Shakespeare's Globe in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (a re-creation of Blackfriars) for the 600th Anniversary of Agincourt, before moving on for a very limited 3 night engagement in the Loft at Tanner Street. For more information, check out links on the side or visit the Passion in Practice website -- if you're in London, would love to see you there!

Shaking Up the Winter

I'm very happy to be involved in several projects of or derived from Shakespeare in the upcoming weeks.

First is as Hal in Henry IV part 2 with Shakespeare Dallas as a part of their Complete Works staged reading series. These are thrilling projects because they are more like workshop stagings than a traditional staged reading, and the plays are presented in their unabridged glory. I'm thrilled to be back for my forth in the series - I began with The Winter's Tale a couple of years back, then Two Gentlemen of Verona in November of 2014 and Henry IV part 1 just a few weeks ago. If you are in or near North Texas, come check it out: more information is available at

Next is Bloody Shakespeare's production of R3G, Neal Freeman's uproarious mashup of Ray Lewis (of the Baltimore Ravens) and Richard the III. The dissonance, and far more frequently, the similarities between contemporary NFL culture and War of the Roses treachery is gut-bustingly hilarious and often surprisingly enlightening. Check out a teaser produced by lupo blu below:

Throughout both of these, I've joined in workshops for latest phase of development on Elizabeth Gorman's Margaret, a beautiful piece that tracks the Henry VI plays and Richard III through the women's eyes. I've gotten to see the adaptation grow and evolve over several years, and it's never been more thrilling or clear than the current version.

Lastly - I was nominated by one of my absolute favorite people, Ed Dixon, to the American Shakespeare Apple Challenge in support of the redevelopment of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre. Check it out below - but be forewarned, it's pretty ridiculous:

Rocket into the New Year

Starting 2014 off with a bang: Check out a great "Front & Center" article in American Theater Magazine about my current project, the new rock musical "On the Eve." We're about two weeks into rehearsals, with some breaks for the holidays, and the show is already even more fun, raucous, and powerful than I had imagined. The defiantly collaborative nature of the process and the raw talent and passion of everyone involved is inspiring and invigorating. 2013 was such an amazing year of taking leaps with artists both new and familiar, I can't think of a better way to round it out and start the next chapter.

You can view a video preview of the show in the sidebar to the right or over at the American Theater magazine link, and exclusively at the American Theater Magazine link you can listen to Home by Hovercraft's recordings of three songs from the show.

Thanks to everyone who inspired and challenged me in so many different ways in 2013, and looking forward to more this year!

A Cold Wind Blows

It's been an awesome and busy fall, starting with the short films "The Monkey's Paw" in Philadelphia and "ANIMALS" in NYC for the Tribeca Film Institute, then the crazy hilarious "Trouble With Women" (an indie comedy feature directed by Alan Ginsberg that's like Sex in the City but with dudes on Long Island), then another short "Aftermath" back in NYC where I play an English heroin addict at his late (geriatric) lover's wake who discovers another young man competing with him for the contents of the will. Then most recently, it's been on to "Oswald: The Actual Interrogation" at Casa Manana in Fort Worth, Texas, which closes this weekend and has been such a blast. A great director and wonderful company, one of those all-too-rare magical mixes of people that's remarkably rewarding in artistic, professional, and personal ways.

And as Thanksgiving nears, I'm looking forward to reading the title role in another play about a presidential assassin in a staged reading of Steven Walters awesome new play "Booth," then playing a coked out thug in a short film teaser for the feature film "Turncoat," and then heading to Martha's Vineyard for "Day 90", an unflinching, funny, and moving look at trying to break free from the drug cycle and, ultimately, grow up -- all before starting work on the brilliant new rock musical "On the Eve" directed by Jeffrey Schmidt, with music by Home by Hovercraft and book by Michael Federico, at Theatre Three. I've been obsessed with this show since I saw a reading of it about two years ago, so, yeah, I probably haven't been this giddy since I was 8 and saw the White Ranger in a McDonald's parking lot.

Current Projects

Measure for Measure

directed by TJ Walsh

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Richard III

directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery returns to Trinity Shakespeare Festival (where he played Berowne in Love's Labours Lost and Edmund in King Lear in 2015) as Angelo in Measure for Measure and Clarence in Richard III.

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