Only $63 bucks short of an open comment Jellyfish doc!


Only $63 bucks short of $4k! Help us reach $4k today and we’ll make an open comment google doc of my play, Immortal Jellyfish!

Give or increase $5 to get a .pdf of the play!

Give or increase $10 to get a signed hard copy of the play!

Thank you all so much!

Less than two weeks left!

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And $6k to raise. $4k to match our Kickstarter goal. I think we can do it. I think you can do it. I believe in you.

We’ve raised nearly $3.4k so far. That’s enough to fund A Bid to Save the World, and bolster Apotheosis, after online fees.

If we can match our Kickstarter goal, then Bid is funded, and both Apotheosis and Jellyfish get major boosts to their funding.

If we can meet our $10k goal in two weeks, then that’s $1k to Bid, $3k to apotheosis, and $3k to Jellyfish.

Our season will be fully funded by supporters like you. And most of that money will go right back to actors in the DC area.

So again, let’s look at $4k. For actors. For our season. For yourselves. Let’s do this.

10 Great Valentine’s Gifts that Don’t Require Jogging on Friday

art, Theatre Business, Theatrical Process
AAAAAAGGH! Balentine's Jay!

AAAAAAGGH! Balentine’s Jay!

“Oh god god it’s valentine’s day and I didn’t get myself or my significant other a gift!”



“Crap. It’s Valentine’s Day, and I don’t want to jog today off tomorrow. Because tomorrow is Friday.  That’s like, weekly Valentine’s day to myself.”

Life is like a box of these. Delicious, and CALORIC.Don't make your loved one/self do this.

Fear not!  Avalanche Theatre Company may have JUST the solution you need.  Like, 10 of them, for all budgets!

1) A Tweet about your loved one/ yourself.

Cost: $10.  Twitter Immortality: Check.

2) A glitzy letter full of sequins!

Cost: $20.  Sexy Letter to Self: Awesome.

3) A Handknit Scarf!

Cost: $50.  Take that, February.  However you pronounce yourself.  My scarf is handknit by the Liz Hansen.

4) An abstract painting.  

Cost: $50.   Nothing says ‘I love you and/or myself’  like abstract art by Liz Hansen.

5) A thirty second video      

Cost: $50.   Except making a monkey dance for all posterity.  Yours truly would be the monkey.

6) A digital image, done up by yours truly.

Cost: $50.   I’m a very good artist.

7) A Poem!

Cost: $50.  Don’t write yourself/ loved one a poem this year.  Let Jon Jon do it.

8) A Short Story!      

Cost: $50.  Genius!  You get to be the 1% inspiration while Jon Jon is the 99% perspiration!

9) Tickets for two!  

Cost: $100.  It’s a date!  To any of our shows.  Or heck, take yourself out to two of them.

10) VIP Passes        

Cost: $500.  You make it rain, Valentine style.  Impress that significant other of yours.  And/or yourself.

Plus, they all help support an awesome new theatre company.  And look at that, none of these require you to jog on Friday.  Treat Yourself Here.

Rumble Rumble.


Over Three Thousand!

Theatre Business, Theatrical Process

Lookout, world! We’ve raised over 3000 dollars for Avalanche Theatre Company’s first full season, ‘What is Living Without…’

That’s $1000 per show! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped so far!

Most of our show budgets go to help pay out actors. What better way to say ‘happy Valentina’s day’ to an actor you know and love than by donating to a company that focuses on actors?

Share this post to encourage your friends to support us! Find out more at our kickstarter!.

Posted a Donate Page for ATC’s Kickstarter!



A great kickstarter deserves a great donate page.  It’s live over at  You can also just go direct to our kickstarter and help us make 30% of our target goal today – WE are SO close!  

… But not that close.

Get it.


Because that’s Glen Close.



Weekly Appeal: Jan 28

Theatre Business

Kickstarter’s here:

So we’re just about to head into February, and Avalanche Theatre is rounding out our first month of Kickstarter fundraising with about $1600 out of the $10,000 we need to fund the season.

I would like to set a goal of $2000 per week raised for the Kickstarter, starting this week. I think we can do it.

Let’s do some simple math. 200 people giving $10 will get us there. 20 people giving $100 will get us there. 2000 people giving $1 will get us there.

There’s a safe mix as well. Whatever you can give, give at your ability. I am issuing my newest $2000 challenge. I think that together, we can definitely achieve that.

Thanks again for reading!





Jellyfest Begins!

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Working on taking my play back to the polyp stage!


Jellyfish lifecycle from the Baltimore Aquarium

Immortal Jellyfish is a work about the ancient theme of fearing death, and everything that entails.  I was basing it off of the myth of Gilgamesh at first, and wanted the characters to run parallel to the characters from that story.  That said, I didn’t want the piece to feel ‘grand’ or ‘sweeping,’ this was intended to be maybe an hour long play about people, not Kings or Gods.  The work is about real people doing real human things in an implausible time.

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Jellyfish at the Baltimore Aquarium

So far, Jellyfest has kind of reflected that.  I got together with four very real people last night and sat down for what wound up being about two hours of reading.  I am immensely grateful to Randy Snight, Elizabeth Hansen, Robert Bouwmeester, and Kristen Pilgrim.  Randy and Elizabeth get extra snaps and the special mystery prize box because they were there on time, waited for like half an hour, and didn’t even know each other.

Granted, we met at the marvelous Soho Tea and Coffee shop on 2150 P St NW – a little hub which has basically become Avalanche’s unofficial incubator space – so you really couldn’t have picked a better place to have to wait.

Meanwhile, the rest of us got wonderfully lost.  Kristen was taking a car through rush hour, and Rob and I took the metro in to Dupont and then made like Alice in Wonderland going the wrong way down P street.  The numbers should be going up to get to 2150, just you remember that.  Because I didn’t.  And it was COLD.  Like, NASSA cold.  That cold.

So we wound up starting around 7:30pm and got to reading around 7:45pm, armed with tea and food and brilliant people.  I do believe Randy’s Torry voice may be one of the strongest choices I have ever heard for Tara.  Really entertaining stuff.

Now you may not know this, but Randy and Rob are both working actors, meaning that they both act for work and make it work.  There is one kind of person I admire most in this world, and that is the working actor.  Kudos to both of you gentlemen and my thanks for joining me on this largely social outing.   Randy was able to fit in my reading between choreographing FOUR SHOWS and I caught Rob just before he left to start in a Main Role in an Off Broadway show.  I count myself blessed to have gotten such brilliant men to read for me, and more so for getting a chance to see them in the mad dash that is our lifestyle.

Kristen, Liz, and I are in this Jellyfest bash for the long haul, so we’ll see plenty more talented readers together.  Liz, as you all know, is a co-Company Director with Jon Jon Johnson and myself, and Kristen is my director for Jellyfish next fall.  Liz is the fuel behind the fire of Avalanche, to put a phrase ironic on it, and Kristen is one my favorite directors.  She can fight, she can build props, she can get results out of her actors.  You go girl.  I couldn’t ask for better pair to have joined me on this first night out the gate, either.  Both Kristen and Liz have keen critical eyes and solidly grounded personalities, so they give excellent constructive criticism while still making me feel like I’m Neil Labute.

Liz read for Tara, Rob read for Will, and Randy read for Kid.  The work ran about an hour and a half, thanks to a few starts and stops for notes, and one vital phone interruption from the inimitable Mary Myers in Italy (joy, and sadness).

In the script, we found places of repetition, snipped at the odd phrase, jumped on a few lines that could definitely become pregnant pauses, and discussed areas that could be more fleshed out.  Randy helped me keep on where and when the scenes were occurring, and I’ll be adding those notes into later drafts.  We all had a good discussion on the world of the play and its myths, as well as places where I could build character development to make the choices have a greater contrast.  We had a good look at what’s eating Will, being as his character is like, the supreme jerk overlord.  We decided to flesh out Tara’s past a bit, and to give Kid a bit more backstory, while cutting some scenes which really repeatedly get into ‘sex versus death.’  It’s a heavyweight match that really doesn’t need to go longer than three rounds in the ring.

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Jellyfish at the Baltimore Aquarium

In other words, we made The Immortal Jellyfish act like its namesake, taking it from the adult stage, putting it under stress, and reverting it back to infancy.  Kind of fun, really.  I found a good number of places to expand the world I’m making while getting rid of repeated themes and lines (i.e. the phrase ‘speaking of…’  swear to God, that was said four times in the span of two minutes, and both Liz and I just looked at each other and wrote it down as a note).

What I liked about the reading was that despite all the corrections we had for the work, people still seemed to really like it.  I am definitely looking forward to retooling this number and getting more readers exposed to the work.

Thanks again, Randy and Rob, and to Kristen and Liz – cheers!

Those of you who like the sound of this Jellyfish thing, support us on Kickstarter!