Black Lizard @ Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival

I am thrilled to be cast in Yukio Mishima’s Black Lizard in which I will be playing Amamiya and other characters to be announced. The piece, translated by Mark Oshima and directed by Yale alum Jesse Jou, stars Yuhua Hamasaki, of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame, as the titular Black Lizard. The staged reading culminates the 2019 season of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, where I will already be presenting the previously announced Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers by Williams (and directed by Natsu Onoda Power). The performance will occur on Sunday, September 29, from 10:30am-1:00pm at Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Get tickets here.

Each year the Festival places Williams in conversation with another esteemed playwright in the global theatre canon and programs around that choice. This year focuses on provocative Japanese playwright Yukio Mishima, who became good friends with Williams in the late 1950s. Learn more about the Festival here.

The Black Lizard is Mishima’s outrageous camp classic about a glamorous jewel thief and the handsome detective she enthralls. In this psychedelic mystery set in giddy, groovy, 1960s Japan, we track a battle of wits between private detective Kogoro Akechi and the Black Lizard, the glamorous crime boss who has snatched a rich jeweler’s daughter in hopes the jeweler will exchange her for his prized Star of Egypt diamond.

Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers @ Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival

I am joyed to be collaborating again with Natsu Onoda Power (now two-time Helen Hayes Award-winning), after having worked with her on Alice in Wonderland (National Players/Olney Theatre Center), Bronx Express (Theater J), and the Svanda Theatre residency (Georgetown University). Our current adventure will be the world premiere of an early-career Tennessee Williams play titled The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers, in which I will be playing Emperor Nijo. Natsu will both direct and design, and the remaining ensemble consists of fellow National Players Tour 69 alumni Melissa Carter and Jared Graham. It’s a reunion tour!

The piece, though produced by and previewed at Spooky Action Theatre, will be featured as one of the headlining works in this year’s Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival in Provincetown, MA. The production will be performed via bicycles site-specifically at different venues three times a day, each day of the Festival, which runs from September 26 through 29. Click here for a schedule of performances. Learn more about the Festival here. Previews at Spooky Action Theatre in Washington, DC, occur September 20 & 21. Get those tickets here.

Subtitled “a Japanese fantasy,” The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers is a punchy send-up of love, the perils of first impressions, and our earthly attempts to touch something eternal. The power of poetry seals two strangers’ fates in this charming one-act romance set by Williams in ancient Japan. Our pop-up productions will play all around town in the Japanese kami-shibai style using illustrations, some of which will be sketched live by the performers as Williams’ romantic fantasy unfolds.

Unexpected Turbulence @ Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Back in June, drag performer/Lecoq clown Alexander Burnett reached out to me gauging interest in directing a solo show following the misadventures of a French flight attendant for the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I was immediately hooked, and upon chatting with Alexander, knew this collaboration was going to be a great fit.

Unexpected Turbulence by Steven Elliott, performed in drag by Alexander Burnett of the École Jacques Lecoq, and directed by me, runs August 3rd through 9th at 8:25pm (20:25) nightly. The hour-long piece is at Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) in the Snug Theatre, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL. Purchase tickets here.

Bonjour et bienvenue à bord, bitches! Crystelle Desjardins is a stewardess on a mission to claim the title of “Best Flight Attendant in the Fleet” for the 16th year in a row. The only things stopping her? An old flame, a gorgeous Canadian idiot, and a lemon plant. The captain has turned the fasten seatbelt sign on for the duration of this 60-minute piece of new writing (with more emotional baggage than an overhead bin).

The Infection & The Doors of Impression w/ Longacre Lea

As both pieces were recently made public, I wanted to take this opportunity to share two short films that I collaborated with Longacre Lea on earlier this summer for their Watchlist Festival: The Infection, directed by Séamus Miller, a study of how toxic political discourse has seeped into everyday conversation, and The Doors of Impression, directed by Kathleen Akerley, a whimsical look into how we cross paths with strangers. More about Longacre Lea here.

Summer Intensives 2019 @ iStage, BCS, ETC

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching theatre-based classes all around the DC/Maryland/Virginia metropolitan area throughout summer 2019. If you have taken a class with me before, I welcome you to join in exploring a new topic this summer. Not sure what the right fit for you may be? Feel free to send me an email and we can chat about the best route for you.

  • Musical Theatre (6th-8th). June 11 - 15, 9am-12pm. Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).

  • Physical Comedy (6th-8th). June 17 - 21, 9am-12pm. Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).

  • Voice for Actors (8th-11th). Teen Intensive - Camp Center Stage. July 15 - 26, 9:30am-11:30am. Baltimore Center Stage (Baltimore, MD).

  • Acting: Building the Character (3rd-5th). July 29 - August 2, 9am-12pm. Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD).

  • Acting Out: Comedy vs. Drama (3rd-6th). August 5 - 9, 9am-3pm. Williamsburg Middle School. Educational Theatre Company (Arlington, VA).

  • Page to Stage (3rd-12th). August 12 - 23, 9am-3pm. Fairlington Community Center. Educational Theatre Company (Arlington, VA).

  • Acting Out: Stories! (3rd-6th). August 26 - 30, 9am-3pm. Fairlington Community Center. Educational Theatre Company (Arlington, VA).

To register for an Imagination Stage intensive, click here. To register for a Baltimore Center Stage intensive, click here. To register for an Educational Theatre Company intensive, click here. As always, if you are interested in private lessons, especially college audition coachings, please reach out via the contact form linked here or at the tab above.

Decoding Shakespeare, January 2018, The Asheville School (Asheville, NC)

Decoding Shakespeare, January 2018, The Asheville School (Asheville, NC)