Final Weekend of the Immortal Jellyfish, Scripts are now available!

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Couple of big items this week!  The Immortal Jellyfish performs its last weekend at the FallFRINGE!  Check out Alex Alferov, Johnny Day, and Mary Myers as they rock the socks off this new, original script… that I wrote!  Holy moly!

Speaking of new and original scripts, the Immortal Jellyfish is available for purchase online at http://blur.by/1eMxxa1!  Follow that link  to nab your copy of the World Premiere Edition of the Immortal Jellyfish!

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Second Weekend Starts Tonight!

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Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology

Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology


Tonight at 6:30, check out the World Premiere of The Immortal Jellyfish!

You can nab tickets here before 5:30: https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/shows/265-the-immortal-jellyfish

I’d tell you more about it, but I think Hunter Styles does a fine job here:

http://dctheatrescene.com/2013/11/06/immortal-jellyfish/

The Immortal Jellyfish Opens this weekend!

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Tonight at 6:30 and tomorrow at 1:00pm, you can catch my latest play, The Immortal Jellyfish, presented by Avalanche Theatre Company as part of the FallFRINGE!

Starring Mary Myers, Alex Alferov, and Johnny, this sci-fi take on an ancient epic combines romance, madness, humor and horror in a 75 minute thrill ride through the human genome… and beyond! Directed by the illustrious Kristen Pilgrim and Stage Managed by the incredible Kathryn Dooley, this piece is the culmination of nearly a year and a half of work and revision.

We hope to see many familiar faces tonight and tomorrow!

Macbeth, Religion, and Pain

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I’m playing a witch in Kathleen Akerley’s redux of Voodoo Macbeth.  Super stoked, the cast is all actors I know/ know of and highly respect, and the concept is really thrilling.  I’m honored just to be in the room.

Our big pitch for tonight started with the idea of creating a belief based on some parameters.  I chose my relationship to ‘what came before.’  And, as a philosophy hobbyist with friends of many faiths and lack thereof, I really enjoy the idea of pain as a basis for religion rather than a counterpoint to it.  So, I figured I’d make a belief based on pain.  

I figured, what if I am the pain of the thing that came before?  What if the ‘nothingness before everything’ felt that existence was a cancer – what if the void could feel and was being oppressed by existence?  This was kind of my starting ground.  One of the issues was that, whatever the relationship, we had to somehow glorify that ‘thing before’, etc, and create a method of worship.  So I had to simultaneously find a way to celebrate the thing I was, by existing, causing pain.  This lead to a huge philosophical game of point-counterpoint, of easily foreseeable schisms and sects within the belief, and… well, over all, I’m also a hobby gamer who plays Dark Eldar and Call of Cthulu, and really, it was a fun way to play off of those religious mechanics as well.

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So. Yeah. Great first rehearsal.  Looking forward to the rest.

Overall it really reminded me of the excellent imersiveness of the artistic process, and why I am so stoked to be working with Avalanche Theatre this coming year.  To help us out, check out my donate! page, or just follow this link here: http://kck.st/ULb8iX

We Call them Moving Images

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog as a Fringe Producer.  Mea culpa.  One big reason is that I’ve been working with WSC avant bard for the past few months on a new project: video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEp13CYVxQI&feature=g-all-u&context=G2897e9dFAAAAAAAAKAA

Avant bard is a great company; they take classic works and add a new spin.  They’re Arlington- based, and for a DC theatre company in the 20-year-old range, they’re more vibrant and edgy than their peers.  I actually got involved thanks to Tom Mallan, who I met through the Education Theatre Company, another great organization to whom I often recommend my fellow actors (and for whom I am also working on video).

When Tom interview me to work for ETC, I mentioned that I was interested in taking theatre and making the process more public, and he expressed interest in my business ideas.  

The pages fly off the calendar, and we cut to work on a ETC film camp, where work is winding down, and Tom approaches me about his own adaptation of Henry I(V), parts 1 and 2, at WSC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2f8jEYpgIU&feature=g-all-u&context=G2083040FAAAAAAAAJAA

The project is some ‘behind-the-scenes’ work, and fortunately, he has some equipment I can use, to take my idea of highlighting the theatre process and make it happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa3VOEdmmnQ&feature=g-all-u&context=G25eac24FAAAAAAAAIAA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myTfAOmKhag&feature=g-all-u&context=G2cab68cFAAAAAAAAHAA

cut to the Artisphere two months later, and I’m working with KJ Fisher (WSC’s brilliant Managing Director), planning out a new series of videos for something called ‘Les Justes.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdYY2Yg1Ea8&feature=g-all-u&context=G22509d0FAAAAAAAAGAA

Both the show and my videos have a very different feel from the Henry show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx3MaE6Q2jI&feature=g-all-u&context=G2368c4fFAAAAAAAACAA

The weeks turn to months, and another show is up.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfqQ0N0LekA&feature=g-all-u&context=G20db6f9FAAAAAAAABAA

I’ve frantically run from arlington to fairfax, working on borrowed equipment and time, and producing, despite it all, products that real people are publishing on the internet.

I’ve gotten my own camera (a rebel t2i) and started saving up for an imac.  And here we are on two more shows, The Tooth of Crime and The Bacchae, in rep at WSC.

It’s been quite the learning experience so far, with equal portions of trial (read: technological issues) and tribulations.  I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people, not least of which are Tom and KJ, but Connor Hogan as well.

Here’s my latest vid.  Hope you enjoy, let me know your thoughts.  I’ll be checking in more often: I promise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBlGFwou6f4&feature=g-all-u&context=G220e6adFAAAAAAAAAAA