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Photo Shoot!

I did a photo shoot with my beautiful and diversely talented friend Christine Jean Chambers last weekend.  She wanted to recreate some images of Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean taken by Sid Avery using our mutual friend Samira Wiley and myself.   We shot in Harlem and then relocated to Brooklyn where our friend Lauren Davis joined us.  Below are some of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed getting together to make them!

as Elizabeth Taylor with Samira Wiley as James Dean for CJC

as Elizabeth Taylor with Samira Wiley as James Dean for CJC

As Elizabeth Taylor with Samira Wiley as James Dean for CJC

As Elizabeth Taylor with Samira Wiley as James Dean for CJC

 

photographed with Samira Wiley by Christine Jean Chambers

photographed with Samira Wiley by Christine Jean Chambers

photographed with Samira Wiley by CJC

photographed with Samira Wiley by Christine Jean Chambers

 

photographed with Samira Wiley by Christine Jean Chambers

photographed with Samira Wiley by Christine Jean Chambers

photographed with Samira Wiley and Lauren Davis by Christine Jean Chambers

photographed with Samira Wiley and Lauren Davis by Christine Jean Chambers

photographed with Samira Wiley and Lauren Davis by Christine Jean Chambers

photographed with Samira Wiley and Lauren Davis by Christine Jean Chambers

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One Night Only!

I’m starring in a new play this Tuesday August 20th at 7PM in Fort Greene Park  (near Washington Park). It’s being presented by MOCADA as a part of their Soul of Brooklyn Festival.  The play is smart, funny, relevant and full of vibrant and familiar characters (see blurb and indiegogo page below). And the fact that I am attempting to get off book for a single performance is really a testament to this play and the wonderfully talented group that’s assembled to bring it to life.

Also, it’s free and open to the public (no tickets needed)! There should be a really interesting seamless sort of organic meta feel in terms of the relationship between audience and performer, which will hopefully get some interesting and healthy conversations started. I’m really excited to explore that dynamic while watching the sun set over Fort Greene Park. I’d love it if you could join me.  Check out the festival flyer below for more information.

About the Play:
H Street is a comedic play that follows Frankie, the newest resident of the rapidly gentrifying H Street, any city, USA.  Armed with a city grant to build a community center, she has dreams of building the perfect home for her new neighbors – but quickly discovers it takes more than good intentions to unite a neighborhood.

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Life at The Goodman

I’ve had a ball working on By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at The Goodman this spring.  It’s a terribly smart play that gave me the opportunity to play four different characters (one on-screen and some with accents).  Working with Lynn Nottage is a real personal triumph–she was one of the first playwrights I came across that taught me that I could have a voice in the American theater.  So I’m proud to say that I’ve finally had the opportunity to cross paths with her (we’re both in the seated row).  Also, Chuck Smith and the Goodman team are a dream to work with, and I’m thrilled to have developed a relationship with them.

At the Goodman with Lynn Nottage

At the Goodman with Lynn Nottage

In rehearsal for By the Way Meet Vera Stark with Patrick Clear at the Goodman

In rehearsal for By the Way Meet Vera Stark with Patrick Clear at the Goodman

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Natasha, Pierre and friends continue to reap rewards!

Last fall I was in the world premiere of Dave Malloy’s hit non traditional opera Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.  I’d never done or seen anything like it and am so happy to have been a part of helping Dave and Rachel’s shared vision come to life.  The show was named one of the best shows of 2012 by Time Out New York, awarded a 2013 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, given a Special Citation by the Obie Awards, and nominated for two Drama League Awards and five 2013 Drama Desk Awards!

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Juicy and Delicious!

1_IMG_0089I’m doing a reading this week of Juicy and Delicious— the play that the film Beasts of the Southern Wild is based on.  I met Lucy Alibar last year when I was at the Vineyard Arts Project.  She’s a warm force of a woman whose work embodies that same magic kind of energy.  I’m so excited to explore her work along with a strange, wonderful and sickly talented group of friends and artists.  The reading is Thursday night at 7 at The Canter Center, 36 East 8th Street.  It’s a free event and a part of the Fusion Festival.  For more info feel free to click here http://www.fusionfilmfestival.com/schedule/    Hope to see you there!

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News!

This spring I’ll be performing in By The Way Meet Vera Stark at The Goodman.  Lynn Nottage is one of my favorite playwrights that I’ve never worked with.  Her work has inspired me countless times and this piece is no exception.  I fell in love with this play when it was first produced in New York.  I remember reading it and wishing that everyone I knew had read it because it begged discussion.  It’s an incredibly nuanced, dynamic, smart, funny, tragic work.  And I am so honored to have the opportunity to explore it on one of Chicago’s premiere stages.

Also, I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve signed with Paradigm Talent Agency in the commerical and voiceover divisions.  The team there is just so helpful and accessible and agreeable.  I’m so happy about the union and excited for all of the work we’re going to do together.

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Joe’s Pub

20120212-_MG_0795Dave Malloy’s been invited to do a night at legendary Joe’s Pub and he’s decided to do some material from Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812!  So he’s graciously invited the entire gang back onstage with him, which means that I’ll be performing there on the 16th.  If you’d like more information or tickets please click here: http://www.joespub.com/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,6525

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Best of 2012…

I’ve been so inspired by Dave Malloy’s material and had such fun with the wonderful assortment of experimental and creative types he attracts.  So it was a real gift to work on Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 this fall. It’s now an added honor for it to have been called one of the best shows of 2012 by both David Cote and Adam Feldman of Time Out NY– with Adam giving it top billing.  Check out their lists here: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/the-best-and-worst-theater-of-2012?pageNumber=3

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Short Film Screening

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I was recently cast in a short film by Shana Darabie called Reunion.  It’s about 2 people who have a (surprise) reunion of sorts.  We shot it last week in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  It was a relaxed informal shoot with a small dedicated crew.  We had a lot of fun together and I’m excited to see our work at its premiere at SVA on the 14th.  For more info on Shana check her out on Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/user13184454/videos

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Right Now…

I’m very excited to share that the feature I shot with Roberto Faenza in 2010 titled Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You was finally released in the US.  It played for a limited run at Village East Cinema earlier this month. It’s a tender coming of age story with a stellar cast (ie: Deborah Ann Woll, Lucy Liu, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, etc.).  Seeing myself onscreen was surreal and exciting and sobering and all kinds of things I did and didn’t expect.  All in all though I felt a real sense of pride and accomplishment to have helped bring the story to life with such an impressive group of people.  Feel free to click the link below for more information.

http://www.villageeastcinema.com/angelika_film.asp?hID=166&ID=948346f.4v685404m0z149oby.23

And guess what?  Ready to smile?

I’m in an opera y’all! It’s the world premiere of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and it’s based on part of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I know that might sound somewhat inaccessible, but I promise you it’s an exciting night of theater filled with delightful music.  The audience is transported to another time and place altogether upon entering the theater; Ars Nova has transformed their space into a Russian supper club complete with complementary vodka and pirogies!  The action takes place all around you as the performers and band are spread out around the space– so your auditory experience changes based on where you sit.  Musically, it’s the most ambitious undertaking I’ve ever been a part of.  Also, singing with live instruments is a divine pleasure that every human being should experience!  We’ve had a wonderful time creating the world that is this play together and I am very proud to share it.

The response from critics and audiences alike has been so amazing that our show sold out only a few days after opening!  So we’re extending a week!  Tickets go onsale midday on 10/24.  If you’re interested in coming please click the link below.

http://arsnovanyc.com/great-comet

Also, if you want to have a look at the cast, here’s a silly little video they made while we shot press photos at the Russian Tea Room:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_xazCUw-IU

Finally, if you were unable to catch me in Tender Napalm at 59E59 last month please take a moment to read the generous review Ben Brantley gave us in the New York Times by visiting the press page or by clicking the link below.

http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/theater/reviews/tender-napalm-by-philip-ridley-at-59e59-theaters.html?_r=0

Thanks for your support!

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