So excited for this production of Yank! directed by the Tim Spradlin, who I had the great pleasure of meeting in New York this year! And look at the great pics below. I couldn't love them more! Tickets on sale now! Opens March 1., 2019!
Photos below by Gary Nelson. Castmembers pictured below (not in this order) are: Jonathan Krouse, Tanner Brunson, Isaac Becker, Josh Cox, Dominic Piedmonte, Scott Fleshed, and Jessica Hawkins.
It was a fabulous night and we were honored that so many people came to celebrate. Below are some pictures of: me and composer Eric Svejcar, cast members Harrison Chad, Troy Iwata, Mason Alexander Park, and Conor Ryan, and Loveville Supporters David Cromer, Seth Sikes, and Sam Maher from launch sponsor YesBroadway! (Also can't wait to be able to post the interview we did with The Theatre Podcast and Call me Adam)!
Henry studies dead languages. Rachel studies living languages. And Rajiv is the artist who lives with them both in a squat in Berlin, enmeshed in a post-collegiate tangle of friendship, love, and sex.
Ten years later, Henry is gone, and the long engagement of Rajiv and Rachel is fraying. In the course of one day and over a series of competing memories, the characters of “The Letters” wrestle with the past and chart the future in a language they still have to create...
So excited that THE LETTERS will finally have its work premiere at the Bridge Street Theatre! And I'm thrilled to be working with John Sowles and Steven Patterson, friends and colleagues for years, and new friend Shivantha Wijesinha (below), an amazing actor who will be playing the lead, Rajiv. Dates and more casting information soon!
So excited to announce at last: “Loveville High” – a musical podcast series – launches January 7th 2019 with the first three episodes available free at www.lovevillehigh.com and on iTunes.
A sexy, sweet, and comic take on adolescent love and friendship in nine interrelated episodes. Book and lyrics by me, music by Eric Svejcar (Caligula, Peter Pan Jr).
Each “Loveville High” episode is a self-contained ten-minute musical which takes place on the night of the prom in the fictional town of Loveville, Ohio. Each tells a love story -- new love, old love, romantic love, friend love, gay and straight, cis and genderqueer -- that together form a 90-minute portrait of one high school class on the biggest night of their lives.
The podcast stars - Kathryn Allison (Disney’s Aladdin) as Madison - Harrison Chad (Caroline, or Change (OBC), Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast) as Noah - Troy Iwata (Be More Chill) as Kyle - Gizel Jiménez (Drama Desk Nominated Outstanding Actress Miss You Like Hell) as Wanda - Jay Armstrong Johnson (Phantom of the Opera, On The Town, Hands On A Hardbody) as Zeke - Hailey Kilgore (Once on This Island, Tony Nominee) as Jane - Conor Ryan (Desperate Measures, New World Stages) as Johnny - Mason Alexander Park (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, First National Broadway Tour) as Jendrix - Isaac Powell (Once on This Island) as Cory - Ryann Redmond (Escape to Margaritaville, If/Then, Bring It On) as Chass - Ali Stroker (Oklahoma! @St Ann’s, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening) as Amanda SUBSCRIBE NOW!
A cross country bus and truck tour of children’s theater—what could possibly go wrong? The F#@%ing Wright Brothers takes the premise of a children’s theater tour (in this case, an educational show about the Wright Brothers called Orville and Wilbur Did It!) and turns it into its own show. What happens when you put a group of young actors together in a van on a cross country tour?
Jen (Montana Lampert Hoover) is the ambitious stage manager and van driver. Zack (Randy Merrill) has done one of these tours before and is back because he needs health insurance. Pandro, Melitta and Jasper (Harrison Chad (of Caroline, or Change), Tam Young, and Jordan J. Ford, respectively) are all thrilled to be on the tour and getting their Equity cards. And Scraggs (Jarid Faubel)—well, Scraggs is another story.
The conceit of the show is truly clever, and I’m pretty sure this is the first musical about a musical about the Wright Brothers, wrapped up in a story about a bus and truck tour. The writing is hilarious (book by David Zellnik of Yank!) and remarkably polished for a Fringe show. The songs—all in the show within the show—are really catchy, while still definitely hitting all the marks of educational kids’ songs.
Expertly directed by Abigail Zealey Bess, the pace of the show is perfect, and the cast is uniformly great. The ensemble has great chemistry and while all individually talented, they also feel like real friends. Catch this show at the Fringe if you can, but I'm sure we'll see it somewhere else soon.
The F#@%ing Wright Brothers is by David Zellnik (Book) and David Zellnik and Eric Svejcar (Music). Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess. Choreography by David Maurice Sharp. Costume Design by Megan Quarles. Set and Lighting Design by Shelby Loera. Graphic Design by Heather Helprin. Production Stage Manager is Jen Wiener.
The cast is Harrison Chad, Jarid Faubel, Jordan J. Ford, Montana Lampert Hoover, Joseph Medeiros, Randy Merrill, and Tam Young.