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 shakespearedallas.com.
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.
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.
Also, Rajiv Joseph (badass playwright who wrote "Gruesome Playground Injuries," along with Pullitzer Prize Finalist "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," episodes of Nurse Jackie, the awesome new Peter Pan inspired musical "FLY," among others) recently had this to say about our production of "Gruesome" in an interview with TheaterJones.com
"This production in Dallas is one of the best I've ever seen. Great company, great actors, great direction and a really nice space for that play...You can be surprised on either end of the spectrum. I've seen some terrible productions and some inspiring productions. With this [Second Thought] production, I've seen some things I never saw before."
Just getting to play such an awesome role in such a great play is more than badass enough, but to please and surprise not only several sold-out audiences but the playwright himself is pretty overwhelming.
I've updated my reel with some awesome footage from and handful of recent projects shot late 2012 and early 2013 (You can also view, rate, and/or subscribe to it on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=omw9xtsgs8w or coming soon on Vimeo). There may be another refresh coming later this year when I get my hands on some additional footage, but for now, enjoy!
Got thoughts or questions about the new reel? Click "Contact" above and I'll get back to you as quickly as I can.
Look at the Ice, Kayleen
GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES closes tonight. Sold out, but if you haven't seen it yet, come try your luck! They've accommodated several folks from the standby list at all sold out performances.
So sad to say goodbye this great play by Rajiv Joseph and awesome production by Second Thought Theatre. As Elaine Liner said over at the Dallas Observer, our director Joel Ferrell's work is truly "inspired" and my co-star Jessica Renee Russell is utterly "fearless" as Kayleen. Thank both of you, everyone at Second Thought, and all of the incredibly open, receptive, and active audiences we've had for making this a remarkable artistic and personal experience.
Gold Pass Award, 2014 Long Island Internal Film Expo
Rising Star Award, 2014 Canada Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Long Beach International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
a new play by Kenneth Talberth
directed by Ed Chemaly
at the Playroom Theater (151 W 46th St., NYC)
Winston Lambert is a renowned dancer and choreographer who, at 55, is ill and homebound. When his live-in
lover, a 21-year-old dance student with enormous promise, arranges a surprise reunion between Winston
and his first love, what begins as a fun, memory-filled reunion escalates into a threat on their
relationship that forces all three men to examine the fine line between the comfort of memories and the
danger of living in the past to avoid the future.
R3G is a comic riff on hero worship that mashes iconic and polarizing NFL star Ray Lewis with the
notorious King Richard III. Using Shakespeare's text and Lewis' words, R3G sifts the classic play
through the wild pageantry of a football game in a sudden-death playoff between two men both revered
Crime lord Grey Matthews and girlfriend Lauren Cobb blackmail a pill-mill running
psychiatrist into helping rob a shipment of controlled substances from a pharmaceutical
company. Meanwhile, as their relationship disintegrates, Lauren usurps power in Grey's