Fresh off its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, Unexpected Turbulence will be performed for the first time in the United States at the Fridge DC, at 516 8th St. SE. Performed by Alexander Burnett of the École Jacques Lecoq, written by Steven Elliott, and directed by me, this airline comedy that is part drag show, part clown show, will play September 26 & 27 at 8pm. Purchase tickets here.
I am thrilled to announce that I’m cast in the ensemble of The Snow Queen at Synetic Theater, directed by Ryan Sellers and adapted by Em Whitworth. This family-friendly theatre for young audiences runs December 3 to 29. Show times alternate between 11am, 1:30pm, and 4pm. Find the performance schedule and purchase tickets here. Learn more about Synetic here.
Join Gerda, a little girl with gumption, a magic mirror, and a quest to save her best friend, as she sets out on a life-changing journey that takes her over mountains and across distant lands to the Snow Kingdom. Once there, she harnesses her inner strength and wit to defeat the coldest threat of all.
I will be joining the cast of Laura Fuentes’ new play By Sea in the Cornelius / Player King track. The staged reading, directed by Dani Turner, will be the culmination of her Playwrights Fellowship with Cohesion Theatre Company. Performances will take place at 7pm, Saturday, September 14th, and at 2pm, Sunday, September 15th. The venue will be Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s space at 3900 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211. Purchase pay-what-you-can tickets here. Learn more about Cohesion here.
Amanda, the steadfast captain of the humble ship Forthright in medieval Elsinore, is trying to keep her business afloat. She must navigate her teenage daughter’s wrath, reluctant noble passengers, rowdy actors, and her unnamed feelings for her first mate all while a certain something is rotting in the state of Denmark.
I am pleased to announce that this fall I will continue teaching with Imagination Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, and Educational Theatre Company. I hope you will join me for a class this autumn. Please feel free to contact me directly for further details on how to get registered.
Fundamentals of Acting: 4th & 5th Grade. Sundays, 11:30am to 1:00pm, September 22 to November 24. Imagination Stage - Bethesda, MD.
Physical Comedy: 4th & 5th Grade. Fridays, 5:00pm to 6:30pm, November 1 to December 20. Imagination Stage - Bethesda, MD.
Fairytale Remix: 3rd to 5th Grade. Mondays, 2:45pm to 3:45pm, October 7 to December 9. Educational Theatre Company at Charles Barrett Elementary School - Arlington, VA.
Drama Club (Resident Voice Instructor): 9th to 12th Grade. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm, October 2019 to May 2020. Baltimore Center Stage - Baltimore, MD.
Young Playwrights Festival Residencies: 2nd to 12th Grades. To be scheduled. October 2019 to January 2020. Baltimore Center Stage at various public and private schools in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County School Districts.
Shakespeare in the Schools: 1st to 12th Grades. Scheduled on a rolling basis. October 2019 to May 2020. Educational Theatre Company at various public and private schools in the Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax School Districts.
I will be joining the cast of Dirty Laundry by Amanda Zeitler as The Tramp, for Nu Drafts, staged readings of five new plays and a talkback presented by Nu Sass Productions for the 18th Annual Page to Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center. This free, public, staged reading excerpt, directed by Nicole Marie Maneffa, will be performed in the brand new venue, the Reach, on Saturday, August 31, from 12pm to 1:30pm. Learn more about the Page to Stage Festival here. Learn more about Nu Sass Productions here.
I’ll be playing the role of Kalman Leny in the Chorus of Workers in River Rouge by Andy Boyd, in collaboration with Naked Theatre Company for the 18th Annual Page to Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center. The free, public, staged reading of this play with music will be directed by Kevin Place, and will occur on Monday, September 2, at 2:30pm in the Terrace Theater. Learn more about the Page to Stage Festival here. Learn more about Naked Theatre Company here.
One was a communist. The other was a capitalist. One was an artist. The other, an engineer. And yet, for the year between spring 1932 and spring 1933, Diego Rivera and Henry Ford were friends. Rivera came to Detroit on a commission from Ford’s son Edsel to paint a mural on the theme of Detroit industry. Rivera and his wife, the painter Frida Kahlo, arrived in a city on the brink of revolution or collapse: bank failures, violent labor clashes, rallies by Communists and Bible-quoting proto-fascists that drew audiences in the thousands. River Rouge tells the story of the year that followed in a dizzying collage-inspired style of vaudeville, docudrama, folk music, protest theatre, and magical realism.
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.
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.
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).
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.