On The Shore Of The Atlantic…

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I’m so excited to share that I’m in the American premiere of On The Shore Of The Wide World.  Our playwright Simon Stephens’s work (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) has been celebrated around the world and I can tell you the hype is well deserved.  Led by the smart and engaging Neil Pepe, our stellar cast is having a wonderfully tender time exploring the depths of the world Simon created.  It’s a gem of a play, The Atlantic is an institution and the house is fairly small so I expect we’ll sell well and quickly.  Get more information and tickets here.  Hope to see you at the theater!

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Summer Happenings…

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I just reunited with Sibyl Kempson and Graham Reynolds to work on The Securely Conferred Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S. at New Dramatists.  It’s a sort of kaleidoscopic meditation on Mary Shelley’s life, monsters and the outdoors.  We had a week to work primarily on music but we also managed to try out some new theatrical conceits that proved super fertile during our concert reading.  It was a treat to have so much time to work with artists I admire and adore.

I’m thrilled to begin work on another musical this week at Ars Nova.  Created by a wildly talented couple–The Bengsons–with additional lovely thoughtful work on the book by Sarah Gancher, it’s called The Lucky Ones and is being directed by Anne Kaufman.  I love working with Anne as much as I love watching her work.  So I’m very excited to be in this room and sing these songs and return to the freedom and delicious that is Ars Nova.  Last time I performed there it was in the original production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 so partnering with them again feels like home.

I’m also doing a short film with my friend Shane Kearns.  He wrote the script, won a grant from BMCC and is hard at work to make his vision a reality.  It’s called Remedial Love and we’ll star in it together.  I’ll share our fruits as soon as I can.  Stay tuned cause I’ve got another play on the horizon…

 

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Another Airdate!

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I’ll be on Blindspot on NBC on Wednesday March 29th at 8PM EST. What a well oiled machine this crew is!  Though I suppose there’s no other way to pull off stunts, special effects and fight choreography while three cameras film simultaneously!  I had so much fun shooting this scene and working with all the talented folks on this show.  Tune in to find out if I survive the episode!

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Screen Time!

Masquerade Premiere

With Writer/Director Andrew Hawkins and costar Max Lawrence (photo: Ryan Maxwell)

A short film I’m in Masquerade: A Story of the Old South was accepted into the DC International Film Festival.  Incidentally this screening was also our world premiere so most of the people who worked on the film travelled to be there.  Shooting that film was the kind of experience so special and singular it bonds everyone involved so it was wonderful to reunite to celebrate and be celebrated for our efforts.

Last month I was lucky enough to book a guest star on Bull on CBS.  I’ve had enough time on camera now to be able to relax and have fun on shoot days so it was a really fun few days of shooting.  Their set is filled with people so skillful, friendly and efficient it was a real pleasure to be a part of their ranks.  The episode I’m appearing on is titled “Free Fall” and airs Tuesday March 7th at 9PM (EST) on CBS.  I’ve got another little network something coming up soon so stay tuned…much is in the works!

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Signature With Susan Lori Parks!

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I can’t express what a blessing it’s been to be a part of the cast of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World at Signature Theatre.  Written over 25 years ago it’s sadly still (if not more) relevant.  It’s been wonderful to reunite with Lileana Blain-Cruz (director) to reimagine this epic ritual.  Prophetess Susan Lori and our gorgeous talented ensemble have been a dream to work with.  Do yourself a favor and join us in the great hole of history…  Performances until December 18th.

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Summer at Second Stage!

 

Layover Second Stage QUINCY DUNN-BAKER (Kevin/Arno) Also at Second Stage: Trust and Wildflower (2ST Uptown). Off-Broadway: By The Water (MTC), The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature, Drama Desk Award), The Forest (Classic Stage Company), The Good Negro (The Public), The First Breeze of Summer (Signature), Romeo and Juliet (The Public/NYSF) and Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout) Regional: Magnetic North (Portland Stage), A Streetcar Named Desire (Triad Stage), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Germany/ Switzerland), Deathtrap and Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theater).  TV: “Chicago Med,” “The Blacklist,” “ Dead-Beat,” “The Following,”  "Blue Bloods,” "A Gifted Man,” "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: CI," "Nurse Jackie," "CSI:NY," "As The World Turns," "One Life To Live," "Guiding Light”.  Film: Cigarette Soup, Draft Day, The Word, The Big Wedding, Hannah Has A Ho Phase, Teleglobal Dreamin' (SXSW), and Sister. BFA, The North Carolina School of the Arts.  	ARICA HIMMEL (Lily) age 11, Arica is honored to be making her off-Broadway debut in The Layover.  A native New Yorker, Arica is a pianist and aspiring filmmaker. She's an avid reader and baker. Arica began training at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre at age ten. 	ANNIE PARISSE (Shellie). Second Stage: Becky Shaw (Lortel Nom.). Broadway: Clybourne Park, Prelude to a Kiss. Select Off-Broadway: Antlia Pneumatica, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, The Internationalist (Drama Desk Nom.) , Monster, and The Credeaux Canvas.  TV: “Vinyl,” “The Following,”  “Law & Order," "Rubicon," “House of Cards,” "The Big C," "Person of Interest," and "Unforgettable". Film: Anesthesia, And So it Goes, Wild Canaries, Price Check, One for the Money among others. Member: AEA. 	JOHN PROCACCINO(Fred) Broadway: Our Mother’s Brief Affair and An Enemy of the People (MTC), A Time to Kill, An American Daughter, A Thousand Clowns, Conversations with My Father, Art. Off-Broadway: Love and Information (NY

For the last month I’ve been working on Leslye Headland’s The Layover at Second Stage. This world premiere production is being directed by her frequent collaborator and dear friend Trip Cullman. This dark and funny new play is as revealing as it is unsettling. We have a fabulous little cast and it’s a joy to share the stage with them. We started previews last week and have 8 shows a week through September 18th. I have a few things cooking for the fall so stay tuned and I hope to see you at the theater! For tickets visit 2st.com

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A Lush Spring

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I had a ball at Humana Festival!  So many extraordinary artists flock there it was an honor and pleasure to be a part of it.  I loved spending time with both old and new friends while exploring so many incredible new American plays.

A few weeks ago I received the Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists at their annual Spring Luncheon.  The entire Broadway community came out to honor Audra McDonald so it was a fairly lush affair full of surreal moments.  I was so touched to be there and am grateful to New Dramatists for acknowledging my dedication to play development.

And finally, if you’re in New York I’m performing in Julia Jarcho’s fierce sexy new play Every Angel Is Brutal. We’re kicking off Clubbed Thumb’s SummerWorks at The Wild Project and are in previews until the 30th. Closing is next Monday the sixth so it’s a super limited engagement and we WILL sell out so get tickets sooner rather than later.  It’s basically an action movie onstage so yeah you want to be there!  More info below.

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Introducing Willie Rosemont!

Here’s a first look at me playing passing starlet Willie Rosemont in Dizzy With That Dame.  The wonderfully resourceful and talented makeup artist Mai Shimura had her work cut out for her with these luscious brows okay!?    Click here to see a clip from the film!

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Harvest!

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This fall has been chock full of new developments!  I’ve been in residency at The New Museum since the end of October.  They’ve created a pop up repertory company called X-ID Rep in an effort to further explore the theme of their season: persona.  More to the point: the company is investigating “cross play” in the theater or playing someone of a different race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. and what the politics of that are.  We’re talking stereotypes, appropriation, xenophobia, history, language, privilege and so much more.  It’s been a difficult heady tender meta journey to have the talents of eight performers, four writers and four directors meet.  But overall, everyone’s skills are so varied and wonderful it’s been a real gift to share this time and space together.  We’re essentially an ongoing exhibit at the museum until we have our final showing in January.  So anyone can stop by and check out the process during open studio hours.  More information including open studio hours (and eventually details regarding the final showing) can be found here.  Justine Williams is writing a series of articles about the project for Culturebot that can be found here.

I attended the Audelco awards a few weeks ago as Dancing on Eggshells (a show I was in the world premiere of earlier this year) was nominated for Best Choreography and Best Ensemble.  We didn’t win but it was wonderful to be acknowledged and invited.  There was a lot of talent in that room.

I just watched a final cut of Masquerade, a period short I’m in that tells the true story of William and Ellen Craft’s escape from slavery (see post below for more info).  It’s being submitted to festivals and will premiere in 2016 so I can’t post clips yet but I do have this screen shot to share:

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Last month I was in PlayTime at New Dramatists, which is one of their longer developmental workshops  (lasting two weeks) for five of their playwrights in residence.  What’s amazing is that they take such great care of everyone and go to such pains to make sure that people working on different shows intersect that it feels like a retreat though almost everyone in the company was in the city they call home.  There were free meals, yoga classes and writing workshops and the whole thing was totally kumbaya and rejuvenating.  I was lucky enough to work with Sibyl Kempson (writer/director) and Graham Reynolds (composer) on The Securely Conferred Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S.  Sibyl is endlessly smart and creative and operating on a frequency that resonates in yet undiscovered parts of the psyche.  Graham’s music is inspired and hearty and satisfying.  Love them.  Love the work.  So excited to see what else we can make together…

Finally, I’m so excited to announce that I’m in the world premiere of Laura Jacqumin’s Residence directed by Hal Brooks at Humana Festival.  Humana is such a hotbed for great new American plays it’s been a goal of mine to be a part of it.  I’m really happy I’ll get to go with such a great creative team and more than a relieved to miss the worst of winter in NYC 🙂 More info here.

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