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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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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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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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Currently…

A few months ago I was given another opportunity to work with David Adjmi– this time on Marie Antoinette for Yale Repertory Theater– which was (as usual) a real treat.  Rachel Taichman directed David’s delightfully irreverent and emotionally raw script with humor and grace.  It was a joy to work alongside Marin Ireland’s earnest and volatile portrait of Marie Antoinette.  Marin’s the real deal.  Her choices were exciting and inspiring–such a gift.

At the beginning of the summer I booked and shot a short film titled The Pressure with Astrolab Films.  It’s a psychic thriller that’ll be released later this month.  It’s my first sci-fi film and I hope it’s not my last, as I am (in general) attracted to scripts that stretch boundaries and the genre pretty much demands that.  This also basically means that you get to do stuff that looks really cool and that you would otherwise never have the opportunity or ability to do.  I was struck more than once by the fact that I was spending long hours with a creative and focused group of adults in a sweaty warehouse way out in Brooklyn playing dressup and pretend amongst buckets of fake blood.  I love my job!  For more information about the project feel free to checkout the Kickstarter campaign link below (there are two teaser videos):
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thepressure/the-pressure-a-psychic-terror-thriller

In July I worked on Lauren Whitehead’s stunning, still at the Vineyard Arts Project with Colette Robert, Sheldon Best and Malcolm Madera.  VAP is a wonderful (relatively) new artist development center on Martha’s Vineyard.  The studios are bright, the houses are comfortable and the land is just beautiful.  We spent our days listening to the play and pulling it apart.  We spent our nights cooking family meals, looking at stars, playing games and sharing poetry, songs and whiskey.  It was like an arts-intensive summer camp for adults!  Fertile grounds for creativity.  When Lauren arrived she had six scenes.  By the time we’d given our last performance we’d discovered that she was actually writing a three act musical.  She’s an incredibly brave and instinctual writer with a background in spoken word and so much heart.  stunning, still is Lauren’s first play, so it was a real gift to have the time and space to work on it away from New York and everything else.  The success of this magical place is due in no small part to the amazing team of women who run it.  They are absolute gems and I urge you to click on the link below and take a look at some of the amazing artists they’ve had in residency.
http://www.vineyardartsproject.org/

This month I’ve been busy auditioning for both the big and small screen while rehearsing for the American premiere of Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm.  It’s about a young couple struggling to stay together while coping in the aftermath of a tragedy.  The play itself is poetic, searing, fantastical, sensual and just so well made.  It has not yet ceased to reveal new parts of itself to me.  I’m excited to invite you to this production where I fight hard, play hard, and fall in love, with the smart and generous Blake Ellis.  With only three weeks to rehearse this two-hander we’ve been lucky to have a wonderfully supportive director and a stellar coterie of coaches, designers, and creatives to help us meet the challenge.  It runs from August 23rd until September 9th and seating is limited.  For more information and/or tickets click the link below.
http://59e59.org/moreinfo.php?showid=88

Many thanks for your support and I hope to see you at the theater!

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