National Players Tour 69

I am thrilled to share that I'll be acting, teaching, and traveling with National Players Tour 69 across the country through May 2018. Now in its 69th year, National Players, produced by Olney Theatre Center, tours three shows in repertory with a company of ten artists throughout the U.S. My roles on tour include:

  • Cassio in Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Jason King Jones;
  • Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, adapted by Simon Levy, from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, directed by Amber McGinnis;
  • Caterpillar and Others in a new, ensemble-driven, multimedia-based version of Alice in Wonderland, directed and adapted by Natsu Onoda Power, from the novel by Lewis Carroll;
  • Stage Manager for Alice in Wonderland;
  • Assistant Master Electrician throughout the tour;
  • Company Manager throughout the tour;
  • Facilitating post-show talkbacks and leading workshops in Text in Context, Stage Combat, Improv, Shakespeare, Voice & Speech, and Movement.

Learn more about National Players here. Meet the company here. Find out information about tour dates and locations here.

The Beacons @ INTAR

I'll be assistant directing Penny Pinball Presents The Beacons by Georgina Escobar, running at INTAR Theatre from June 27th through June 30th, under the direction of J. Julian Christopher. INTAR is located at 500 W. 52nd St., 4th floor. Learn more here. Purchase tickets here.

Penny Pinball Presents The Beacons is an action-packed, heavy-punchin', uber-stylized story following a pinball narrative that re-imagines Manhattan as a Debtors' Prison. Siblings blur the boundaries of game and reality as a mysterious woman calls for a multi-spective approach to storytelling. Loosely inspired by pinball and the 1970s cult classic The Warriors, this femme fiction includes original music by Red Light Cameras and Zechs Marquise.

Reading of The Guilt Mongers @ Repertorio Español

I am thrilled to be participating in a reading of The Guilt Mongers by J. Julian Christopher at Repertorio Español on Monday, June 19, at 6:30pm. The staged reading, in English, will be directed by José Zayas. Repertorio Español is located at 138 E. 27th St., New York, NY 10016. Learn more about Repertorio's programming here.

The Guilt Mongers, or Los Traficantes de Culpa (for those not willing to submit to the anglicization of our people) follows Bruno Santiago, a man estranged from his family. They have never accepted his unapologetic Queerness. When his mother is admitted to hospice in the Bronx, he rushes to her bedside, along with his partner and their new 23-year-old Mexican boyfriend. His aggressively disapproving extended Puerto Rican family is outraged. Fights, tears, and heartbreak abound and the spirit of the Santiago's dying matriarch uses a hospice nurse as a vessel to communicate.

Fool's Paradise @ the Brick

I'm pleased to be participating in a production called Fool's Paradise, a commedia dell'arte inspired play that follows a fool's naive search for bliss through a series of abstract encounters. Directed by Duncan Gregory, several artists were brought on board to devise physically rich, soundscape-driven "worlds" through which a central clown traverses.

Tuesday, May 30 at 8pm. The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn), off the Lorimer L train station. Purchase tickets here.

Graduating from NYU Tisch

After officially graduating last December, I'll be receiving my diploma at commencement exercises this May from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to a BFA in Drama, I'll have completed minors in Psychology and Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technologies. I will also receive an Honors Certificate in Theatre Studies, for the completion of my thesis, "Pedophilia and Performance: Pedophilic Treatment Through the Lens of Fantasy, Reality, and Ethics."

BFA Thesis Readings @ NYU/DDW with The Bats

I'm very excited to be participating in the Department of Dramatic Writing's BFA Thesis Readings at NYU Tisch, in conjunction with the Bats at the Flea Theater. I will be reading for:

     DEDGIRLZ in Apocalyparty V by Bria Smith, directed by Kimille Howard;

     Victor in Add Nauseum by Maria Corrales, directed by Marina McClure;

     Batista in American Quality by Christian Mendonca, directed by Marina McClure;

     Jerry in Believeland by Hannah Leach, directed by Kristan Seemel.

Excerpts from Apocalyparty V, Add Nauseum, and American Quality will be shared on Wednesday, May 3rd. An excerpt from Believeland will be shared on Friday, May 5th. Each evening of readings lasts from 7pm to 9pm in the Goldberg Theater, on the 7th floor of NYU Tisch's 721 Broadway.

The Maids @ PHTS/NYU

I am thrilled to be playing Claire in a production of The Maids by Jean Genet, in a translation by Benedict Andrews & Andrew Upton. Produced by NYU Tisch's Playwrights Horizons Theater School, director Benny Pitt's queer envisioning of the piece will play in the White Box at 440 Lafayette, on the third floor. Reserve tickets here.

April 20 @ 9pm. April 21 @ 9pm. April 22 @ 1:30pm. April 22 @ 8:15pm.

"We're in the shit now -- arms deep -- but we're rising up, taking shape and rising up. We become real in the shit."

Dress-Up is a sacred ritual for Claire and Solange. When their mistress is away they sneak into her rooms and pretend to be her, they posture and strut to see through her pretty-picture world, and then they kill her. (But not really, it's only a game.) But what happens when playing isn't enough to survive on anymore?

Reading of Catherine Fletcher's Terminal 4 @ La MaMa

I will be reading for the role of Mike Rivera in Terminal 4 by Catherine Fletcher, developed during her residency at the La MaMa Umbria International Playwright Retreat 2016, at the La MaMa Playwrights Showcase this weekend. The reading, directed by Richard Caliban, will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the La MaMa Galleria (47 Great Jones St. between Bowery and Lafayette). Admission is free. More information on La MaMa Umbria Celebrates 2017 here.

Terminal 4 is an absurdist dramedy work-in-progress that depicts seven individuals trapped at an international airport in the American Midwest during the course of a single day. Hailing from a range of cultural and economic backgrounds, the characters' lives grind to a halt through a seeming combination of a blizzard and technical failures. Interwoven with monologues by the Chorus as well as chatter from air traffic control, the play's action gradually becomes derailed as the actors playing the characters refuse to act as scripted and blur the boundaries between what's real and what's not.

Salim Salim Workshop with the Bats @ ART/NY

I'm excited to be playing Fadel in an English translation workshop of Salim Salim, an award-winning play at the Israeli Fringe Festival by Stav Palti-Negev, a Public Theater Emerging Writers Group fellow. The workshop will be directed by Benjamin Kamine, and will be open to audiences for a reading at 5pm on Friday, March 31st, at ART/NY in Studio B. ART/NY is located at 520 8th Ave. on the third floor. For further information on attending, please contact me directly.

Salim Salim takes places in the no-man's land between Israel and Gaza and follows a Palestinian man's journey home after ten years in prison.



TDF Performeteria with Blessed Unrest @ Baruch PAC

Blessed Unrest has been invited to participate in the first-ever Theatre Development Fund (TDF) PERFORMETERIA, an immersive theatre festival featuring brief 10-minute works by "the most innovative Off-Off Broadway theatre and dance companies in New York City." Travel through multiple levels of theatres, nooks, and hidden venues within Baruch Performing Arts Center (BPAC) to discover unique, site-specific works.

After having joined Blessed Unrest's training group last summer, I am very excited to be physically devising with this ensemble around an excerpt from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, in a new adaptation by Matt Opatrny, to present at TDF Performeteria. The piece will be directed and choreographed by Jessica Burr.

Baruch Performing Arts Center: 55 Lexington Ave @ 25th St. Monday, March 20 & Friday, March 24. Four staggered entry times per night: 7:00m, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm.

Purchase $9 tickets here.