2012-2013


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By this time, I'd met enough playwrights — Tommy Smith, Krista Knight, Eric Meyer, Kate Benson, and others — that I was getting called in a regular basis to develop new work.

Still unrepresented, though, I wasn't optimistic about securing auditions for bigger budget projects.  That is, not until Jess, associate director for Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher, got me an appointment for that show’s first national tour.  

In the second half of 2013, for the first time in my life, I made the majority of my income as an actor.

 

Sara Farrington

Sara Farrington

PERFORM-A-THON - "EXTERMINATION"

Devised Workshop

January 8, 2012

by Sara Farrington, dir. Yana Landowne

New Georges


OUR PLANET

Workshop Production

February 6, 2012

by Yukio Shiba, dir. Alec Duffy

Eliza Bent, Nikki Calonge, Ryan Eggensperger, Juliana Francis Kelly, Mia Katigbak, Godfrey Simmons and Paula Wilson

Role: Teacher

The Japan Society

Our Planet was an unlikely but beautiful mashup of Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Playwright Yukio Shiba skyped in from Japan for the talkback.

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Ben with composer Barry Brinegar

Ben with composer Barry Brinegar

SALAMANDER LEVIATHAN

Performance (Musical)

February 13, 2012

by Krista Knight and Barry Brinegar, dir. Jess Chayes

with Emily Perkins, Alison Scaramella, David Skeist, and Steve Stout

Role: Salamander Leviathan

The Public Theater/Joe's Pub

Joe's Pub is the coolest cabaret venue in downtown New York, and performing Salamander there was a dream come true.


THE EXTINCTION OF FELIX GARDEN

Staged Reading

February 15-18, 2012

by Sarah Hammond, dir. Mary Birnbaum

with Clea Aslip, Kevin Hoffman, Scott Kerns, and Ellen Maddow

Role: Felix Garden

Firework Theater Company

"There’s a gargoyle catching prayers on the roof and her downstairs neighbor is raising a tiger in his bedroom. Brooke and Felix fall for each other. Felix’s tiger eats Brooke’s cat. A love story bent on destruction."

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WINTER WRITING RETREAT

Closed Workshop

February 26, 2012

new plays by Brian "Dialekt" Kushner and Andrew Kramer

The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group


WE CAN'T REACH YOU, HARTFORD

Benefit Reading

March 3, 2012

by Stephen Aubrey and Jess Chayes

dir. Jess Chayes

with Edward Bauer, Jean Ann Douglass, Jeff Kitrosser, Emily Perkins, and Justin Yorio

Role: Thomas Barber

The Assembly @ Spoke The Hub

We Can't Reach You, Hartford, The Assembly's inaugural production, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006, three years before I joined the company. Edward reprised his original role; the rest of us were reading the play for the first time.

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WOMEN'S CENTER STAGE FESTIVAL -

"RUFUS AND KATE: A LOVE STORY"

Performance (Short)

March 10-11, 2012

by Ben Beckley, Kate Benson, Rachel Bonds, Anna Abhau Elliott, Dan Kitrosser, Tommy Smith, and Caridad Svitch

conceived and dir. Jess Chayes

with Alley Scott

Role: Rufus

Women's Center Stage Festival and The Culture Project @ The Living Theater

Asked to create a short play related in some way to the prompt "economy", Jess suggested we put together an experiment in theatrical economy comprised entirely of loosely linked one-sentence plays. I solicited micro-plays from my favorite playwrights and even wrote a few of my own.


The Prince of Homburg

Closed Reading

March 20, 2012

by Heinrich von Kleist, dir. Joseph Cermatori


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MURDER IN CELEBRATION

Closed Reading

March 24, 2012

by Dave McGee

with Annika Franklin, Lisa Michelle McKeown, Laura Moss, Wil Petre, and Tomi Tsunoda

440 Studios

In the mid-90s, Disney created the perfect American city — Celebration, Florida — with all the carefully calibrated nostalgia of a Norman Rockwell painting. Then a brutal murder shattered the perfect illusion of American security.

Dave McGee — a smart political playwright with a wicked sense of humor — wrote a play about it.


LITTLE ROCK

Closed Reading (Musical)

March 28, 2012

by Tommy Smith, music by Estelle Bajou

with Jessica Smith, Mary-Jane Gibson and Ben Vershbow

The Lark Play Development Center


GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Closed Workshop

April 2, 2012

freely adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens

by Steve Aubrey, dir. Jess Chayes

with Edward Bauer and Emily Perkins

Roles: Abel Magwitch, Miss Havisham

The Assembly

The first workshop of what would become That Poor Dream.

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THE FOOD PROJECT

Closed Workshop

April 3-5, 2012

by Nastaran Ahmadi, Nick Choksi, Lauren Feldman, Charise Castro Smith, and Leah Nanako Winkler

dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh

with Nick Choksi, Jackie Chung, Joby Earle, Lanna Joffrey, Eric Miller, Rachel Rusch, Josh Sauerman, Charise Castro Smith, Elvy Yost, and Jehan O. Young

Roles: The Maid, Telemachus

New York Theatre Workshop

Conceived by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, The Food Project investigates how food is produced, prepared, commodified, and consumed.

It's a huge topic, and Pirronne brought on five writers to explore it: Leah wrote a scathing satire about a wealthy, wasteful binge-eating college girl, Lauren created a heart-rending drama about a poor family struggling to feed themselves, Nastaran wrote a food-focused riff on Homer's Odyssey, and Nick and Reese wrote songs and interstitial material, respectively.


BUTTER: A LOVE STORY

Closed Reading

April 15, 2012

by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, dir. Portia Krieger

with Matt Dellapina, Charise Castro Smith, Johanna Weller-Fahy, and Stephanie Wright Thompson

New Georges

In Butter, I played a huckster so peculiar, brilliant, and self-assured that he rivals the complexity of the diabolical title character of Herman Melville's Confidence Man. A singularly talented playwright, Mary Hamilton captures the yearning loneliness at the center of contemporary life like maybe no one else.


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D.B. COOPER PROJECT

Closed Workshop

April 22-May 13, 2012

by Tommy Smith, dir. Teddy Bergman

with Dan Cozzens, Evan Enderle, Erin Felgar, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Scott Nath, Kate Roberts, Jenny Seastone Stern and Joe Tippett

Roles: John List, D.B. Cooper

Woodshed Collective

In 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727, extorted $200,000 from the airline, and parachuted from the plane, never to be seen again.

Since then, dozens of men (including murderer John List) have been suspected of being the real "D.B. Cooper" (as the press erroneously called him). Tommy decided to write a play about all of them.


ZINNIAS

Workshop Production (Opera)

May 15-May 23, 2012

music and lyrics by Dr. Bernice Reagon and Toshi Reagon

text by Jacqueline Woodson, dir. Robert Wilson

with Francesca Harper, Randy Jeter, Karma Mayet Johnson, Jennifer Kidwell, Derrin Maxwell, Josette Newsam-Marchak, Robert Osborne, Aja Salaka, Sheryl Sutton and Darynn Zimmer

The Kasser Theater @ Montclair University

Robert Wilson is one of the most influential and celebrated experimental theater directors of his generation, and Dr. Bernice Reagon and her daughter Toshi Reagon have spent decades at the forefront of chronicling the black American experience through music.

Working with these three incredible artists was one of the most demanding and rewarding experiences of my life.

an image from Zinnias 2013 premiere

an image from Zinnias 2013 premiere


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HAL AND BEE

Closed Workshop

May 29-June 1, 2012

by Max Baker

with Janeane Garofolo, John Glover, and Laura Ramadei

Role: Rocco Nuncio

A longtime fan of John Glover, I was thrilled to share a scene with him in Hal and Bee. Glover played Hal, an aging leftie intellectual, and Janeane Garofalo — famous for her work in comedy, film and politics — played Bee, his once-radical wife.

I played an Italian exterminator who attempts to coax Hal out of his existential despair. "There is an Italian saying my mother tell me, my grandmother.... For you it means: 'Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.'"

 


SUNK

Closed Reading

June 4, 2012

by Cory Finley, dir. Kip Fagan

with Katya Campbell and Curran Conner

Role: Matt


NUDE MAN WHO LOCKED SELF OUT OF HOUSE DELIVERS MOVING TREATISE ON THE HUMAN CONDITION

Internet Video

Role: Naked Guy

The Onion News Network


THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH

Staged Reading

June 18, 2012

by Thornton Wilder, dir. Niegel Smith

with Jocelyn Bioh, Reg Cathey, Stephanie DiMaggio, David Greenspan, Austin Lysy, Nikiya Mathis, Taylor Mac, Chivas Michael, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, and Stuart Luth

Roles: Homer, Conveener, Mr. Tremayne

A spectacular play with a wonderful cast. I was thrilled to do another project with Taylor Mac (after working with him at CSC in 2010) and Reg E. Cathey (after working with him at The Flea in 2008).


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AMANUENSIS

Closed Reading

June 25, 2012

by Lauren Feldman

with Jackie Chung, Daniel Hartley, Jen Kwok, and Rachel Rusch

Role: John Milton

Abrams Artists Agency

A cold reading in the offices of Lauren's literary agent.

The play centers on Milton's daughters, who served as his assistants and secretaries and, as his sight faded, took dictation, line by line, as he composed Paradise Lost.


THE MARRIAGE TRICK

Closed Reading

July 12, 2012

by Riley MacLeod, dir. Stephanie Johnstone

with Julie Baber, Edward Bauer, David Gould, Cassandra Johnstone, Justin Nestor, and Doug Paulson

Role: Edmund


HOME/SICK

Production

July 25-30, 2012

written and created by the ensemble, dir. Jess Chayes

with Edward Bauer, Kate Benson, Anna Abhau Elliott, Luke Harlan, and Emily Perkins

Role: Tommy

The Assembly @ the undergroundzero festival @ The Living Theater

The legendary Judith Malina saw this re-mount of HOME/SICK, and in a post-show talkback, she had some very nice things to say about it.


PLAY ABOUT BRECHT AND HIS GIRLFRIENDS AND BOYFRIEND AND WIFE

Production

August 8-18, 2012

written and directed by Sara Farrington

with Jack Frederick, Megan Gaffney, John Gasper, Tatiana Gomberg, Sandrine Hudl, Yuki Kawahisa, Erin Mallon, KatieRose McLaughlin, Gavin Price, and Robbie Tann

Role: Bertolt Brecht

Foxy Films Productions

John Fuegi's Brecht & Company claims Brecht plagiarized much of his work from the secretaries he seduced, brutalized, and manipulated. In The Village Voice, Michael Feingold called the book a "massive collection of half-truths and hysterical accusations", while Publisher's Weekly hailed it as a "gripping, myth-shattering biography" and a "brilliant, graphic portrait of Brecht and his circle".

True or not, the biography inspired Sara Farrington's powerful and provocative play on the subject.


MODERATO CANTABILE

Closed Workshop

August 18, 2012

by Marguerite Duras, dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh

with Nick Choksi, Lynne Rosenberg, and Leah Walsh

Role: Chauvin


THE ABSENCE OF WEATHER

Closed Reading

October 2, 2012

by Ken Urban, dir. Stephen Brackett

with Michael Cumpsty, Polly Lee, and Stephen Kunken

Role: George Kennan

The Lark Play Development Center

Ken's brilliant play chronicles the rise and fall of James Forrestal, America's first Secretary of Defense and one of the early architects of The Cold War. Acutely paranoid and increasingly isolated towards the end of his life, Forrestal ultimately fell from a sixteenth-story window to his death. To this day, no one knows whether it was murder or suicide.

This reading featured some of my favorite actors in New York — none of whom I'd ever met before.

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George Kennan


Harry K. Thaw

Harry K. Thaw

THE BROKEN UMBRELLA

Benefit Reading

October 19, 2012

by Eric John Meyer, dir. Jess Chayes

with B. Brian Argotsinger, Edward Bauer, Kate Benson, Phil Callen, John Carlin, Jean Ann DouglassSeth DuerrKatherine Folk-Sullivan, Emma Galvin, Emily Perkins, Nathaniel Kent, and Justin Yorio

Role: Harry K. Thaw

The Assembly @ JACK

Eric Meyer's take on the once-famous love triangle between young chorus girl Evelyn Nesbitt, famed architect Stanford White, and deranged millionaire Harry K. Thaw.


FAMOUS PEOPLE DREAM IN CABRINI-GREEN

Closed Reading

October 22, 2012

by Jordan Seavey, dir. Niegel Smith

with Jocelyn Bioh, Nick Choksi, Tracy Hazas, Kalon Hayward, Katie Iacona, Tiffany Jewel, Stuart Luth, Brendan McDonough, Ayesha Ngaujah, Nicole Ventura, and Jason Zeren

Role: Professor Brash

DreamLab

DreamLab was the brainchild of Niegel Smith, who brought together two dozen of his favorite actors and writers whenever our schedules permitted, to devise and develop new work.

Niegel never achieved his lofty ambitions for the company, but DreamLab did provide a satisfying creative outlet for all involved, Niegel included.


THE CONSULTANT

Closed Reading

November 1, 2012

by Heidi Schreck, dir. Anne Kauffman

with Maria Dizzia

Role: Jun Suk

Playwrights Horizons New Works Lab

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the entire subway system was shut down, and the actor scheduled to play Korean-American Jun Suk could no longer make the reading, which had been relocated from Playwrights Horizons' midtown Manhattan offices to director Anne Kauffman's Brooklyn apartment.

Heidi gave me a call, and I came in to read the part.

"You were incredible," an audience member told me afterwards, "And you are never, never, never going to play that part."


HOME/SICK

Production

November 2-18, 2012

written and created by the ensemble, Jess Chayes

with Edward Bauer, Kate Benson, Anna Abhau Elliott, Luke Harlan, and Emily Perkins

Role: Tommy

The Assembly @ The Living Theater

When Hurricane Sandy stripped the Lower East Side of electricity for days, scuttling our tech rehearsals and opening performances, we decided to mount the show in the dark. The audience — some of them walking from miles away, since the subways were down — brought flashlights and lit the performance themselves, and The Assembly donated all proceeds to Sandy relief.

It was an unforgettable experience.

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THE RETREAT

Closed Reading

November 26, 2012

by Hillary Miller, dir. Niegel Smith

with Jocelyn Bioh, Nick Choksi, Tracy Hazas, Kalon Hayward, Katie Iacona, Tiffany Jewel, Stuart Luth, Brendan McDonough, Ayesha Ngaujah, Jonathan Tindle, Nicole Ventura, and Jason Zeren

Role: Professor Brash

DreamLab


WATERHOUSE

Closed Reading

December 3, 2012

by Tim J. Lord, dir. Niegel Smith

with Jocelyn Bioh, Nick Choksi, Tracy Hazas, Katie Iacona, Tiffany Jewel, Stuart Luth, Brendan McDonough, Ayesha Ngaujah, Jonathan Tindle, Nicole Ventura, and Jason Zeren

Role: Joseph Waterhouse III

DreamLab


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SALAMANDER LEVIATHAN

Closed Reading (Musical)

December 8, 2012

by Krista Knight and Barry Brinegar, dir. Jess Chayes

with Zach Harrison, Caitlin Mehner, and Emily Perkins

Role: Salamander Leviathan

Magic Futurebox


ALL THE HOLIDAYS AT ONCE

Benefit Performance (Musical)

December 8, 2012

by Krista Knight, Barry Brinegar, and others

with Barry Brinegar, Zach Harrison, Krista Knight, Caroline McGraw, Caitlin Mehner, Sarah Pauley and Emily Perkins

Magic Futurebox

Magic Futurebox had committed to produce Salamander Leviathan in 2013, but instead they went bankrupt shortly after our fundraiser, taking all our donations with them. 

Still, the benefit performances themselves were terrific — particularly Caroline McGraw's deconstructed striptease, equal parts savage satire and vulnerable autobiography.


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GOLDOR $ MYTHYKA

Closed Workshop

December 8-17, 2012

by Lynn Rosen, dir. Shana Gold

with Nick Abeel, Joe Boover, Christopher Gerson, Adam Harrington, Barbara McAdams, Jenni Meador, Garrett Neergaard, and Bubba Weiler

Roles: Jim, Funbeam

New Georges


THE DESERT

Closed Reading

January 9, 2013

by Hilary Bettis, dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh

with Rebecca Hart

Role: Necali

Carol Ostrow Productions


A DOLL'S HOUSE

Closed Reading

January 19, 2013

by Henrik Ibsen, dir. Rachel Chavkin

with Megan Ketch, Tom Lipinksi, Stephen O'Reilly, and Kristen Sieh

Role: Dr. Rank

This first reading of A Doll's House was just a casual table read at Megan's apartment, but we've returned to the material since, and we hope to mount it some day soon.


ANATOMY OF A SNOWFALL

Staged Reading

February 19, 2013

by Sara Stridsberg, dir. Lisa Pettersson

with Karin Agstam, Yvette Edelhart, Will de Meo, Alfred Gingold, Nina Ingemann, Clayton Dean Smith, and Anna Zastrow

Role: The Philosopher (Rene Descartes)

Columbia University's Swedish Program @ Deutsches Haus


DRACULA, MICHAEL, and FOR DEATH RIDES QUICKLY

Closed Workshop

February 23, 2013

by Bram Stoker and Jamie Poskin, dir. Jamie Poskin

with Louiza Collins, Paul Gasbarra, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, Jason Gray Platt, Molly Rice, Matt Schloss, and Henry Vick

Roles: Harker, Dracula, Michael, Romeo, Kwon

The Performing Garage

Inspired by Brace Up!, their incredible, whacked-out adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, I'd interned for The Wooster Group from June 2004 to May 2005.

One of the most important experimental theater companies in the history of New York, The Wooster Group has its offices directly above The Performing Garage and regularly stages its work there. This workshop marked my first time actually performing at The Performing Garage, where I'd once sat in on rehearsals for Poor TheaterHamlet, and Gatz.


I'M PRETTY FUCKED UP

or THE HOWLS AND SOUNDS PLAY

Staged Reading

February 23, 2013

by Ariel Stess, dir. Jess Chayes

with Frank Boudreaux, Edward Bauer, Megan Emery Gaffney, Brian Hastert, Lucy Kaminsky, and Keilly McQuail

Role: Security

Dixon Place

Months later, while I was back on tour with Starcatcher, Clubbed Thumb put together a critically acclaimed premiere of I'm Pretty Fucked Up.

I was sad to miss the show. Ariel's voice is unique: unabashedly strange, unfailingly specific, and replete with barely muted longing.


LEE MILLER

Closed Reading

March 31, 2013

by Kate Benson, dir. Portia Krieger

with Anna Abhau Elliott and Emily Perkins

Role: Man Ray

The New Georges Jam

Kate Benson, who would received a 2015 Obie Award for her play A Beautiful Afternoon on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, self-identified as an actress, not a writer, until Jess Chayes asked her if she'd like to write plays and invited her to join The Jam.

Kate and I co-wrote HOME/SICK (with the rest of the ensemble), and we've worked together on Twelve OpheliasThe Confidence ManThree SistersI Will Look Forward to This Later, and several other projects


LIBERTY BANK - "CELEBRATE"

Regional Commercial

March 20, 2013


DEUS MACHINA EX:
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT VS. THE GOD MACHINE

Closed Reading

April 10, 2013

by Jonathan Goldberg

with Lara Hillier, James Kennedy, Kate MacCluggage, Emily Marro, Brett Robinson, and Colleen Werthmann

Role: The Wild Man of Borneo

Shelby Theater Company 

One of my favorite readings of the past few years. Jonathan Goldberg, who mashes up history, philosophy and absurdity with Pynchonesque glee, is the mad scientist of contemporary American playwrights.


THE PRESIDENT PLAYS

Closed Reading

April 17, 2013

by David Henry Haan, dir. Liz Thaler

with Edward Bauer, Megan Gaffney, Rob Hille, Jake Lasser, and Kathy Searle

Roles: Aaron Burr, Tobias Stansbury, Preston Brooks, and William Henry Harrison

David Henry Haan had a weird and wonderful idea: write a short play about the death of every President in the history of the United States. Ranging from the historically plausible (pneumonia) to the truly bizarre (spontaneous combustion), always informed but never limited by historical research, The President Plays are an awful lot of fun.


THE VAULTS

Staged Reading

April 17, 2013

by Caroline V. McGraw, dir. Portia Krieger

with Peter Albrink, Megan Byrne, Matt Dellapina, Laura Gragtmans, Danielle Slavick, Alex Trow, and Brian Wiles

Roles: Gus, Employee, Malcolm, Ned

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

This reading marked the first time in twenty years that I was asked to do a Scottish accent — a skill that came in handy a few months later, when I began understudying a Scottish role in Peter and the Starcatcher.

The Vaults premiered in May 2014, while I was away on tour.


GOLDOR $ MYTHYKA: A HERO IS BORN

Production

April 3-27, 2013

by Lynn Rosen, dir. Shana Gold

with Jaspal Binning, Christopher Gerson, Kristin Griffith, Adam Harrington (replacement), Jenni Meador, Garrett Neergaard, Rob Leo Roy, Jenny Seastone Stern, and Bubba Weiler

Roles: Goran, Jim, Funbeam, Rush Limbaugh

New Georges @ The New Ohio

Goldor $ Mythyka got me my equity card, and gave me the opportunity to develop nearly half-a-dozen different characters. 

Lynn Rosen's play chronicles the somewhat-true tale of two down-and-out Dungeons-and-Dragons lovers who took on fantasy personas and robbed an armored car.

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VIGILANCE

Closed Reading

May 6, 2013

by Wallace Charles Bossie III, dir. Tommy Smith

with Bradley Anderson, John Bernhard, Finn Kilgore, Lauren Lewis, and Mary Jane Gibson

Role: Cleveland

The Lark Play Development Center

1860s in the territory of Montana. No law but brutality. No mercy but death.

Vigilance brought together the three actors who had played Brian in major productions of Tommy Smith's White Hot: me (at HERE Arts Center), Bradley (at The Flea), and Tommy himself (with West of Lenin, in Seattle).


MFA WRITING WORKSHOP

Closed Reading

May 3, 2015

under the direction of Stephen Karam

GORDY CRASHES

by Sam Byron

with Dee Nelson and Tom Ridgely

The New School, MFA Playwrighting

A FEW THINGS BEFORE I LEAVE YOU

by Dan Kitrosser

with Matt W. Cody, Dee Nelson, and Tom Ridgely

The New School, MFA Playwrighting


AND IF YOU LOSE YOUR WAY:

A FOOD ODYSSEY

Workshop

May 13, 2013

by Nastaran Ahmadi, Nick Choksi, Lauren FeldmanCharise Castro Smith, and Leah Nanako Winkler

dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh

with Nick Choksi, Joby Earle, Meera Kumbhani, Natalie Kim, Rory Lipede, Rachel Rusch, Josh Sauerman, and Stephanie Wright Thompson

New York Theatre Workshop

Another iteration of Pirronne's ambitious theatrical extravaganza exploring how and why we eat.

The enormity of the project — five writers, all with markedly different takes on a very broad topic — eventually seemed too daunting, and not long after this workshop, Pirronne winnowed the writing team down to a single playwright: Lauren Feldman. Workshops continued while I was away on tour, and the play finally premiere in June 2014.

You can view pictures from that production here.


THE CIVILIANS' R&D GROUP

Workshop (Excerpts)

May 30, 2013

BARABBAS

by Matt Dellapina, dir. Jess Chayes

with Will Brill

Role: Barabbas

REVENGE

by Emily Ackerman, dir. Jess Chayes

with Colleen Werthman

Role: Chase

The Civilians


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SPRING RECITAL

Performance (Excerpts)

June 6, 2013

LEE MILLER

by Kate Benson, dir. Kate Benson and Portia Krieger

with Anna Abhau Elliott and Emily Louise Perkins

Role: Man Ray

LIFTED

by Dipika Guha, dir. Sarah Krohn

with Megan Gaffney, Ethan Hova, Babak Tafti, and Marisa Lark Wallin

Role: Detective John Grant

The New Georges Jam @ Dixon Place

In a famous photograph of avant-garde photographer May Ray, the artist has carefully shaved the left side of his face, leaving a beard only on the right side.

Eager to follow suit, I shaved the left side of my face to play Man Ray in Kate Benson's Lee Miller; then, later in the evening, I returned fully shaven for Dipika Guha's Lifted.


THE PROPOSITIONAL FUNCTION

Workshop (Solo Performance)

June 13, 2013

written and directed by Barbara Cassidy

Little Theater @ Dixon Place

A dark meditation on contemporary life illuminated by streaks of noir, Kafka, and absurdism.

Little Theater, curated by avant-garde playwright Jeff Jones, is an invaluable incubator for new work in New York.


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LUANDA-KINSASHA

Video Installation

June 23, 2013 (Principal Photography)

conceived and directed by Stan Douglas

Role: Audio Engineer

Video artist Stan Douglas creates museum installations that utilize obsolete media.

For LUANDA-KINSASHA, he painstakingly recreated Columbia's 30th Street Studio (where Miles Davis made Kind of Blue), and filmed a fictitious recording session between Davis and a coterie of jazz and African musicians. The film, which has been shown at galleries and museums in New York, Munich and Dublin, runs over six hours.

For a clip of LUANDA-KINSASHA, click here.

Reviews: The New York Times


THAT POOR DREAM

Workshop Production

June 26-29, 2013

text by Stephen Aubrey and the ensemble

dir. Jess Chayes

with Stephen Aubrey, Edward Bauer, Ray Campbell, Moti Margolin, Ayesha Ngaujah, Emily Louise Perkins, and Terrell Wheeler

Role: Miss Havisham

The Assembly @ The Ice Factory/The New Ohio

Arguably New York's premiere incubator of works-in-progress, The Ice Factory features plays that are fully designed, teched, and realized--but that all still very much in development.

That Poor Dream freely adapted Charles Dickens' Great Expectations to address the company's anxieties about rising income inequality in America and to explore our often fraught relationship to class identity. For this version, Steve Aubrey played himself; a professor at Brooklyn College, he gave lectures about Dickens' novel that evolve into deeply personal revelations about his struggles to come to terms with his own lower-middle-class background. (Steve's character was fused with the character of Pip in future incarnations of the piece.)

I played Miss Havisham, a role I had to relinquish when I left the following month for the first national tour of Peter and the Starcatcher.

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AUTODESK

Voiceover (Online Tutorial)

July 15-16, 2014

You can hear my tutorials for Autodesk here.


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Production (First National Tour)

August 15, 2013-May 25, 2014

 

August 15-September 1, 2013: The Denver Center (Denver, CO)

September 17-29, 2013: AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas, TX)

October 15-20, 2013: The Hobby Center (Houston, TX)

October 22-27, 2013: Majestic Theatre (San Antonio, TX)

October 29-November 3, 2013: Moore Theater (Seattle, WA)

November 5-December 1, 2013: Curran Theatre (San Francisco, CA)

December 3, 2013-January 12, 2014: The Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

January 14-January 19, 2014: Gammage Theater (Tempe, AZ)

January 21-January 23, 2014: Wharton Center (East Lansing, MI)

January 28-February 16, 2014: Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.)

February 18-February 23, 2014: Bushnell Memorial Theater (Hartford, CT)

February 25-March 2: Providence Performing Arts Center (Providence, RI)

March 4-March 5, 2014: Stanley Theatre (Utica, NY)

March 7-March 9, 2014: Peabody Opera House (St. Louis, MO)

March 11-March 16, 2014: Orpheum Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)

February 25-February 26, 2014: Harris Center (Folsom, CA)

March 28-March 30, 2014: McCallum Theatre (Palm Desert, CA)

April 2-13, 2014: Bank of America Theatre (Chicago, IL)

April 29-May 4, 2014: Knight Theater (Charlotte, NC)

May 6-18, 2014: Hippodrome Theatre (Baltimore, MD)

May 20-25, 2014: Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh, PA)

 

by Rick Elice, dir. Alex Timbers and Roger Rees

with Harter Clingman, Jimonn Cole, Joey deBettencourt, Carl Howell, Nathan Hosner, Rob Franklin Neill, Rachel Prather, John Sanders, Benjamin Schrader, Luke Smith, Megan Stern, Ian Michael Stuart, Edward Tournier, Nick Vidal, and Lee Zarrett

Roles: Smee, Slank, Alf, Mrs. Bumbrake, Fighting Prawn


THE BROKEN UMBRELLA

Staged Reading

September 9, 2013

by Eric John Meyer, dir. Jess Chayes

with Phil Callen, Jean Ann Douglass, Rachel Duddy, Jeb Krieger, Emma Galvin, Josh Gelb, Mike Goldstein, Keilly McQuail, Alley Scott, David Skeist, and Justin Yorio