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.
Seriously, I could not be more proud of this production. The cast is stunning, Abigail's directing is legendary, the choreography by David Maurice Sharp has been a blast to watch take shape, Eric's songs are hook-heady gems... costumes, sets, all of it: phenomenal work. I want everyone in the world to see this! Buy tix here! Or click below! (Photo by Andrew Garvis)
Thanks for the shoutout, Broadway World! ----------------------------- "Casting is now complete on THE F#@%ING WRIGHT BROTHERS, part of the New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC 2018. This production is the New York Premiere of this comedy by David Zellnik (Yank!) with songs by David Zellnik and Eric Svejcar (Caligula), directed by Abigail Zealey Bess (The Radicalization of Rolfe) and produced by Glenn Krutoff.
The cast is: Harrison Chad (Caroline, or Change), Jarid Faubel (The Blacklist), Jordan J. Ford (Dogfight @Speakeasy Stage), Montana Lambert Hoover (Old Names For Wildflowers), Joseph Medeiros (Groundhog Day), Randy Merrill (Really, Really) and Tam Young (Law & Order: SVU). Sex! Drugs! Children's theatre! The F#@%ing Wright Brothers is a backstage comedy about non-equity actors on a 58-city van tour of America. For two hours a day they sing about the Wright Brothers. Which leaves 22 hours for hook-ups, meltdowns, petty crime, showmances, seedy hotels, and Broadway dreams.
This play with songs was originally developed under the title Orville and Wilbur Did It! with the New Colony TheatreEnsemble in Chicago in 2013/2014. The revised version now feature five songs and was presented by The York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series. Author David Zellnik says: "Creating the first draft with The New Colony was a blast, and working on this newer version - with more songs, and deeper character development - with an amazing New York cast is so exciting. I can't wait for audiences to share in the lunacy of these tours and the improbable love story at the heart of it."
Director Abigail Zealey Bess adds: "The love story isn't just between the actors in the van, but for these rather amazing children's theatre van tours themselves, which is how so many actors get their Equity cards. I'm fascinated by the giddiness and strangeness of driving through America with five other people who you love, loathe, perform with, have sex with, and, well, expose everything to. And it's the funniest show I've worked on!" Read Article here!
So excited to start rehearsals. And what a cast!: Harrison Chad, Jarid Faubel, Jordan J. Ford, Montana Lampert Hoover, Joe Medeiros, Randy Merrill, and Tam Young. All under the spectacular direction of Abigail Zealey Bess! Can't wait to share with with everyone! Tix look to go fast at FringeNYC. Buy them now! Glenn Krutoff presents: The F#@%ING WRIGHT BROTHERS TUE 10/16 7:00 - 9:00 FRI 10/19 7:30 - 9:30 SAT 10/20 9:30 - 11:30 SUN 10/21 1:00 - 3:00 TUE 10/23 9:30 - 11:30
LOCATION: Fringe NYC will meet ticket holders at the FRINGE HUB and then walk them to the theatre one block away. You must be there 15 minutes early. Tickets already on sale here!
"58 cities. Five actors. One van. A million crazy dreams. No one said paying your dues would be easy. On what they hope will be the road to success, a troupe performing a children’s theater musical about the Wright Brothers find themselves lost somewhere in America. Will they make it to New York—or will they destroy each other with professional rivalry, romantic jealousy, rampant drug use, credit card scams, and completely inappropriate hook-ups? The F#@%ing Wright Brothers explores how dreams survive when you know it’s time to grow up?
So excited that the NYC Fringe is back after a 2 year hiatus... and that we'll be a part of it! Look for news of cast and dates here in the coming weeks and months! -DZ
Here is an interview and article in Globo, Brazil's biggest, most respected news source. It was a thrill and honor to be interviewed there and to have them write so lovingly about Yank! If you watch the video at the bottom of the page, I start speaking (my attempt at) Portugese around 1:20.
...And here is an interview on the gay-themed entertainment show "Contraregra" - I am interviewed around 4:25, again in Portuguese. Such a blast! I already miss Rio so much!