Hello friends. Another year has ended and I couldn’t have possibly been busier. Throughout 2014 I performed in 5 plays (Morning, Miranda, The Narrow Gate, Saving Private Poo, Nightfall and A Klingon Christmas Carol) and directed 4 more (God of Carnage, The Scottish Detective, Cosmetic Consciousness and Gallery). I got to do some more background work for Veep, filmed some industrials with FJC Media, shot a short film and joined Molotov Theatre Group as their Special Events Coordinator and a company member. All in all, it’s been an excitingly exhausting year and I’m proud of everything and everyone I’ve gotten to work with. However, as the year closes, we look forward to 2015 with a brand new project. The Margins will be debuting with Molotov in April. The story centers around a group of psychics who are brought together to create a spirit, similar to the famous Phillip Experiment in the 1970s. However, once they bring their powers together, they discover that their creation is stronger than even they can imagine. It’s a creepy script, likely made all the creepier by us at Molotov. Expect some splatter with this one, kids. For more information, check out Molotov’s page here.
I also have a bit of a site update, as I was finally able to add pictures from both Nightfall and Saving Private Poo. Both sets came out pretty awesomely and you can check them out on my Pictures page here. Here’s just a little sample:
Why yes, I am insane. Thank you so much for asking.
That’s about all for now, my dear readers. In the meantime, make sure to mark your calendars for The Margins, and hopefully I’ll see you there.
Another glowing review recently came in for Saving Private Poo from DC Theatre Scene. Here’s what they have to say about yours truly:
“The play’s strength really lies not in the script, but in the committed performances of the individual actors…Adam R. Adkins’ delightfully depressed Eeee-Ooorrr [is a] true stand-out in this regard.”
Aww shucks. To see the other nice things people have said about us, check out my Press page here. There’s only 3 more performances of Saving Private Poo until it closes, so make sure to get your tickets now. Our next performance is this Saturday at 6:15 at the Redrum. Hope to see you there!
In other news, this coming weekend I will be holding auditions for God of Carnage with Silver Spring Stage. If you’re planning on auditioning, make sure to bring your headshot and resume. Sides will be provided. For more details, make sure to check out the press release here.
More reviews should be rolling in for Saving Private Poo in a few days, so make sure to check back here for all the goodness. Until then, I’ll be seeing you round the Fringe tent. Cheers!
This year’s Capital Fringe is up and running, and Saving Private Poo celebrated with shows on both Saturday and Sunday! And I’m happy to announce that we have the first of several reviews out, which gives us 5 stars and names our show one of the “Best Of The Fringe”! While I’m certainly flattered, I can’t say I’m shocked. This is a very fun play that hits several different emotional levels. We only have 4 performances left, including one tonight at 10pm, so make sure you don’t miss them! For the review, please check out my Press page here or get the direct link to DC Metro Theater Arts here. Also, make sure to reserve your tickets here. Seats are limited and tickets are expected to go quickly for the last few performances.
The clock is ticking. Only 2 more days until we re-release Saving Private Poo to the world. We’ve all been working our nailed-on tails off, and we’re chomping at the bit to get this in front of an audience. Our official opening is Saturday at 12:30 at the Fort Fringe Redrum. We’ve already had some very strong pre-sell numbers, so you might want to reserve your tickets here to make sure you don’t miss out on this awesome event. And if you do come, make sure to join in the chat on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags #SavePoo and #CapFringe14.
Next bit of news, the press release for God of Carnage is up and running. We’ve posted it all across the net and I’ve already had some great responses. To read it yourself, check it out here. Hope to see you there!
Finally, I have a bit of early news. As soon as God of Carnage closes, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be jumping right back into the director role for my third involvement with The Hope Operas! For those of you who aren’t aware, The Hope Operas is a yearly theater festival consisting of weekly installments of a handful of different plays. Each play is associated with a different charity, and whichever play wins the weekly audience voting, that play gets the most money for their respective charity. It’s an awesome way for the theater community to give back to those who need it, and it’s also an awesome way to try out some things that you can’t at a different setting. Nearly three years ago, we first mounted R.U.X. at Hope Operas. We had such a fantastic run, we parlayed that into a Fringe mount and ended up winning Best Comedy that year. So awesome things can happen with The Hope Operas, and I owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.
With that, I’m glad to be back with them again. This time I will be directing a new play written by my Saving Private Poo compatriots Steve Custer and Devin Gaither. Details are still forthcoming, so make sure to keep yourself posted on this site for more info. Until then, feel free to check out The Hope Opera’s website for more details on the festival.
That’s all the news for now. I hope to see everyone at Fringe for Saving Private Poo or, at the very least, stumbling around the tent in an alcohol and heat-stroke induced stupor. See you there!
Just a quick little note today. We had some press come in for the Source Festival’s Mortality 10 Minute plays from DC Metro Theater Arts and they said some nice things about Valeka and I and the show in general:
“The six short pieces in Mortality make you think about not only mortality and the fragility of life, but the lives of those who are left behind after we die. If you are looking for a thought provoking, emotional, sometimes humorous night out, this is definitely the show to go see!”
I’ll take that as a thumbs up. To read the entire review, and specifically what they said about me, check out this link here. Or to read where else I’ve been mentioned, check out my entire press listing here. We only have one show left: This Friday at 6pm. Tickets are still available, but they may not be for long. Make sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets here.
Also just a quick reminder that tickets are now on sale for Saving Private Poo at the Fringe this summer. Hope on over to the Fringe website to get your tickets in advance.
Hope to see you there!
Audition and Performance Dates for God of Carnage, Tickets on Sale for Saving Private Poo and more Narrow Gate Pictures!
A lot of really good stuff today. Firstly, Silver Spring Stage and I have been able to nail down audition and performance dates for God of Carnage. We will be auditioning on July 19th and 20th with callbacks on the 21st. I realize that this is smack in the middle of the Fringe festival, so if you want to audition but simply cannot make the dates I will be seeing a very limited number of people before callbacks on Monday (which is dark for Fringe). There will be more details on this, as I’m currently working on drafting a press release, but this is just an early heads up. Also, God of Carnage will be debuting at Silver Spring Stage on September 19th and will run until October 11th. All of these dates are on my Calendar page here, so make sure to mark them now with plenty of time to plan!
Speaking of Fringe, today is the day that tickets go on sale! Saving Private Poo is hot and ready for your ticket buying pleasure. July 12th is the official premiere date! Rehearsals are off and running and they’ve been a lot of fun so far. This is a weirdly funny, ridiculous show that I can’t wait to get in front of a Fringe audience. To reserve your tickets, click this link here.
Finally, I’ve added some new pictures from The Narrow Gate on my Media page. Here’s a preview:
Look at that face. That’s the face of someone who doesn’t want you to miss his last two performances. The Narrow Gate returns Sunday, June 22nd at 4pm and gives its final performance on Friday, June 27th at 6pm. Make sure to get your tickets here for a really fun night of 10-minute plays featuring yours truly.
As always, more updates to come soon. Keep checking back and get hyped for the future.
First of all, thank you all so much for the fantastic response I received for my latest blog post. The first few days that it went live, it absolutely blew up. And in the two and a half years I’ve had this website, that single post has been responsible for over 15% of all site traffic. That is amazing and special thanks to anyone who shared it across the web. In case you did miss it, however, it’s still live and going strong. Make sure to give it a read here and join in the discussion. This week I will be going back to the goofy side of life and doing a new Saturday Morning Sludge, but I’m sure there will be another social issue that pisses me off sooner than later.
Next, onto business with a quick site update. I just received some promo pictures for Morning, Miranda and have added them to my picture gallery here. Since the number of pictures was small, I also added a close up shot I used for promotion on Facebook. Enjoy the nightmares.
Just a quick notice that rehearsals for Saving Private Poo start beginning next week! This play is just weird enough to be a huge hit at the Fringe, and I look forward to playing a war time Eeyore. Make sure to follow both me and the show on Twitter to get all of the awesome rehearsal updates, promo codes, etc.
And finally, tickets for The Source Festival have officially gone on sale! The piece I am involved with is called The Narrow Gate and opens this Friday. I am very proud of it and hopefully you get the chance to come out and see it. I’m starring opposite Valeka J. Holt and we’re directed by Angela Pirko, and rarely have I completely gelled with an actor and a director from Day 1 as I have with these ladies. You can buy the tickets here and mark your calendars with the dates and times here.
See you in the Exoverse.
Today I’m introducing a new feature to the site. Often times different thoughts and observations tend to run through my head. Rather than keep them to myself and let them slowly destroy me from the inside, I’m happy to announce a new blog section called The Peanut Gallery. It’s going to be a general blog with musings of the world. However, to start off with a bang, I’m posting a hopefully soon-to-be long running segment called Saturday Morning Sludge. With it, I’ll be taking a look at some of the worst Saturday Morning cartoon shows from the 80s. We had many good quality cartoons from that decade, and oh so many shit ones. So check out my first one for Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. How can a rock and wrestling cartoon have very little of either, but still include bagpipes and zombies? You’ll just have to see for yourself.
I hope everyone enjoys it. If they do, I’ll attempt to keep this as a bi-weekly segment along with any other rants, raves, gibes and gambols that I feel like venting about.
Also, while I have your ear, make sure to check me out for both the Source Festival in June and the Fringe Festival in July. Check out my calendar for dates, and make sure to follow me on the Twitters for all the fun updates.
Plenty of happenings and goings on in the last few weeks. Last weekend I had the opportunity to go up to Bel Air for BOOM! Theatre’s 2014 Brave New Works Festival and perform in a new One-Act show called The Dog Therapist, written and directed by the talented Kristy Simmons. I had a great time bringing a new work an audience with such a great cast. And I have good news. If you missed it, you can catch it on the Youtubes! Just jump over to my Videos page and check it out, along with a newly-discovered trailer for an indy film I did years ago called The Portrait and a few other clips.
Last weekend proved even busier as I also got a chance to shoot with DC Dogs for their 48 Hour Film Project. While I’ll hopefully be able to post it on this site sometime in the future, you can see it with the rest of us at the premiere this Thursday at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring. As a long time film geek, the opportunity to see my oversized head on an AFI screen is a pretty exciting prospect. And you’re welcome to join in my excitement by buying your tickets to the screening here.
And lastly, I finally have all the dates and times for my upcoming shows. Firstly I will be in the Source’s One-Act Play Festival in a piece called The Narrow Gate. We had our first read through last week and I can’t think of another first reading/rehearsal where so much progress was made. This is going to be a fantastic piece, and I hope all of you can come out to see it. Once that closes, I’ll be just about ready for my DC Summer Fringe show Saving Private Poo. So reserve the dates on my Calendar page, and make sure to follow the Poo action on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Or you can just follow me on the Twitters and I’ll keep you all up to date. Be seeing you.
Well, after several months of rehearsals and 4 weeks of shows, Morning, Miranda finally closed on Saturday. While I’m proud of our run and I’m ready to move on to my next project, I’m sad to leave such an amazing group of artists. From our first rehearsal in January to our strike of the set last Sunday, rarely have I had such a fantastic time with a rag-tag group of theater professionals. I wish my cast and crew nothing but the best, and hopefully we’ll get to work together again very soon.
But as one door closes, another opens. I’m happy to announce my project for this year’s DC Summer Fringe Festival: Saving Private Pooh! Originally performed as part of Landless Theater’s Mashup Festival last year, this fun piece is a combination of Winnie the Pooh and World War II films. And rather than playing a nameless Nazi who gets the wrong end of Pooh’s claws like last year, this time I’ll be stepping in as Eeyore! So if you’ve ever wanted to see me get nailed in the butt, here’s your chance. Dates have been announced, and they’re on my Calendar page here. Make sure to check back soon with Ticket information and fun updates.
Also, as I’ve mentioned before, I have a few different festivals coming up. The first is BOOM! Theater’s Brave New Works Festival, which will be premiering on May 4th. Tickets are available here. Also, I’ll be performing in my very first Source Festival piece in June! Performance dates are TBA, but you can read up on the festival at their site here.
That’s all for now. But stay tuned for Source dates, Pooh ticket info and hopefully some pictures from Morning, Miranda to pretty up the site. See you then!
After a fantastically fun month, the 2013 DC Summer Fringe Festival comes to a close. And with it, R.U.R. meets a fantastic end. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see the original robot show. I had a fantastic time working with a brand new company, Naked Theatre Company, and was honored to be in their very first show. Hopefully this is only the start a great working relationship.
A special congratulations to all of the great productions I was able to see this year, especially the equally fantastic 43 and a 1/2: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies and The Continuing Adventures Of John Blade, Super Spy. Nu Sass did an amazing job with the amount of fun to be had in Shakespeare deaths, and you could tell that the audience loved watching it nearly as much as the actors loved performing it. And the new company Live Action Theatre had an amazing debut with one of the funniest and most action-packed shows I’ve ever seen. One joke in particular combining self love and Tony Horton is maybe the funniest I’ve heard in any Fringe show (R.U.X. excluded, of course). Make sure to keep an eye on both of these companies as I’m sure more great things will be coming in the future. And of course an extra congrats to my friends at Grain of Sand for their Best Drama win with their show Tell-Tale. Even if R.U.R. didn’t walk away with the prize, I’m glad it went to a company that’s taking such rewarding chances and risks.
But enough talking about people that aren’t me. I pay the bandwidth for this site, and I have a new show to plug! On August 15th I will be opening a One Act Show with Silver Spring Stage as part of their annual One Act Festival. The Navigator is a new short play written by local playwright Brian Doyle. It’s a fantastically written piece about a man who has kidnapped a woman, murdered her husband, and set sail in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Pinteresque writing with a realistic setting, this is probably the deepest character work I’ve done in quite a while. I will be sharing the stage with my close friend Jackie Walter and, under the direction of David Dieudonne, I think we’re creating something very interesting. With only four performances, get your tickets early. This is something you won’t want to miss. Click here for ticket information or go to my Performance Calendar here for dates and times.
And as always, make sure to check back often with more updates. The theater life has been on a non-stop roll since May, and it shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Until then, I’ll see you on the stage!
Once again, we say a bitter-sweet goodbye to a fantastic show and experience. The Walking Fred and Saving Private Pooh closed last Friday to a fantastic crowd. Theater can be difficult, exhausting and frustrating. But only with the best of shows do you beg for just one more chance to brave it all again for another chance to bring it to an audience. And I certainly feel that with The Walking Fred and Saving Private Pooh. But the good news is we have some fantastic pictures, thanks to our photographer John Tweel. They are available here for your viewing pleasure. And as a special bonus we have a fantastic review and write-up for our Friday performance from DC Metro Theater Arts where I am considered to have a “mastery of vocal mimicry”. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, so I’ll let them do it for me here.
But we now look to the future. The immediate future, as a matter of fact. In only 11 days, I go back into the lab to build the robots. Presented by Naked Theatre Company, R.U.R. is priming up to be a runaway hit at this year’s Capital Summer Fringe Festival. There’s only five chances to see this show, so make sure to get your tickets here A.S.A.P. You can also go to my Theater Calendar here for show/ticket/date information.
And there’s even more theater happenings in the future. In August, I will be performing again with Silver Spring Stage in their One Act Festival. Directed by David Dieudonne and co-staring my close friend Jackie Walter, it’s a very intriguing 2 person piece called The Navigator. I am very excited to start digging into this play, and I’m even more excited to get it in front of a hungry crowd. Ticket and time information will be available soon, but I have the dates already marked on my Theater Calendar here.
Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks, and hopefully I’ll see you soon from the stage!
After a few days of uploading, editing and configuring, there’s a brand new update for the site! I’ve added pictures from all of my 2012 shows, including Into The Woods: In Concert, Stop Kiss, Trespassing and both Fringe performances of R.U.X. Better late than never, right? They’re also uploaded into a new format, which is much more user friendly and just flat out nicer on the eyes. Check them out here.
And as a special bonus, I have two short clips of the Fall Fringe performance of R.U.X. in my Videos section. Such a fun show, and it’s great to have a little video evidence of two great scenes in the show. They can be viewed here.
And as always, “Like” me on the Facebook box on the right to get instant updates of all my theater doings.
A great but sad day on Sunday. After 3 runs in a little over a year, R.U.X. has finally been put to bed. Will it ever return? Never say never, but for now, we’re all looking forward to future projects. Check out my Resume & Press page here for some very kind words written about R.U.X.‘s Fall return, or click here and here. And as always, make sure to Like me on Facebook there to your right to get the latest updates of my upcoming theater happenings!
No rest for the wicked.
After a great run with Ambassador Theater for Trespassing, we move full steam ahead to the rebirth of R.U.X.! Opening this weekend and running the following weekend, we cordially invite you to join us for the Best Comedy at the Summer Capital Fringe Festival. Now with brand new scenes, never seen before! We’re like the George Lucas of the Fringe Festival, only our new stuff isn’t raping your childhood. I am extremely proud of this show, and I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Click here for my calendar to check out the dates and click here for tickets.
See you there!
We’re barely more than two weeks away until Trespassing opens with Ambassador Theater. And since we aren’t a juggernaut theater (yet), we’re reaching out to our community for a little extra support. Even a $5 donation can go a long way, so please click here to support local theater in the D.C. area. And click here to reserve your tickets for the upcoming shows. Hope to see you all there!
And while I have everyone’s attention, we have the dates for the Fall Fringe return of R.U.X.! Visit my Calendar page above or click here to make a date with the winner of the Capital Fringe Audience Award for Best Comedy! And make sure to click here for ticket information. Sexbots will never die, but they do get a little sticky after a while.
So the rumors are true: R.U.X. will be making a triumphant return to the DC Capital Fall Fringe! If you missed your chance to see the multi award winning show over the summer, here’s your chance. You don’t get alot of second chances in life, so don’t let the opportunity pass you by! Stay tuned to the site for more info on performance dates and how to get your tickets, and make sure to check out the show website here.
And in the meantime, I have yet another show coming up with Ambassador Theater! And even better, I’ll be on the stage rather than in the booth! The show is called Trespassing and features the United States debut of two shows by Egyptian playwright Alfred Farag. Our first previews are on October 16th and 17th, and our grand opening is on October 18th. Tickets are on sale now, so click the link to find out how to reserve your tickets.
Hope to see you all there, and stay tuned for more upcoming theater goodness.
Wow. What an amazing month of theater it’s been. First of all, thank you so much to Silver Spring Stage for inviting me to be a part of Stop Kiss. I had such a fantastic time with the cast and crew, and we put on a great show. Special thanks to all who came out to support me, the show, and high-quality community theater.
And speaking of fantastic times, in case you were too square to be at the Capital Fringe Tent last night, R.U.X. walked away with the Capital Fringe Audience Award for Best Comedy! After five amazing performances (2 of which were sold out beyond Standing Room), this was just the cherry on top of an amazing experience. Thank you so much to all of the cast and crew who made this show so successful and an absolute pleasure to be involved in, with a special thanks to Maurice Martin (our playwright/producer) and Sun King Davis (our director) for bringing me back on for this project. And thank you to everyone who supported the show with your tickets, your laughs and your votes. So what does the future hold for R.U.X.? Will I ever don the coveralls again? All I can say is; Robots live forever.
So after working two amazing shows in a month, I will be taking a bit of a theater break to catch up on some of that ever-elusive sleep that I’ve been hearing such great things about. But stay tuned, because if I know DC Theater, I’ll be back in the lights in no time.
Reviews-a-plenty for Stop Kiss and R.U.X. are up today! First, here’s a review from DC Metro Theater Arts on Stop Kiss, where they make the point that “The raw talent in this show is astonishing.” Read the entire review here.
I appear to be the talk of the town over at DC Metro Theater Arts, as they joined us for our R.U.X. opening and wrote another fantastic review for us. Read all the details here.
Fringe & Purge have also shown their support of R.U.X., with the mention that yours truly is “especially deft in his handling of this material”. Read their review here. Or listen to their podcast where our reviewer says that R.U.X. is his favorite show of the DC Capital Fringe so far. Listen to the first minute, then pick it up again at 22 minutes to get all of the R.U.X. goodness.
Tickets are still available for both shows. You can get those tickets here and here. Tickets are being snapped up for the last weekend of Stop Kiss, and we were nearly sold out for our first two shows of R.U.X. So now is not the time to dilly dally. Hope to see you there!
A review has been posted for Stop Kiss, which includes a special mention for yours truly. You can read the review here. There’s only a few dates left for the show, so make sure to get your tickets here before you miss your chance.
Also, R.U.X. opens this Friday! I’m really excited about this show, and I can’t wait to get in infront of an audience of adoring fans. To reserve your tickets, which are selling faster than hotcakes made of iPads, click here.
In just 2 days, Stop Kiss will be opening at Silver Spring Stage. But if you’re a little short in the wallet, how does a Pay-What-You-Can Preview sound? So if you want to come and see a great show (and spread the word), stop by Silver Spring Stage tomorrow night, June 28th at 8pm and pay whatever your heart desires. If you can’t get over to us tomorrow, fret not, because we have shows all the way through the 21st of July. Reserve your tickets here.
And of course, tickets are on sale for R.U.X., which opens on July 13th. Tickets are available here. Make sure to reserve them quick, because there are only 5 shows that are selling fast!
The Silver Spring Stage has updated their website, and tickets are now available to purchase online! We are open on June 29th (after a June 28th preview) and run through the 3rd weekend of July. In total, that’s 13 chances to see a show that I’m becoming very proud of.
Along with that, the calendar tells me that it’s the 18th of June, which means that you can now buy your tickets for R.U.X. at the Capital Fringe Website! Even on the first day they’re starting to fly, so now’s the time to reserve your seats. We have 3 evening shows, one night performance and a matinee, so anytime you want to enjoy your theater, we have you covered.
Come see both shows and you get a special prize: a huge hug from yours truly! If that won’t sell tickets, nothing will. Wet, sloppy kisses available by request only.
The theater life stops for no one. Last weekend was my opening for The Sunshine Boys for the Chevy Chase Players, and tonight you can come and see me in a staged reading for a new play called Render. Check out my Calendar for details on how to see both shows. But more good news comes down the pike: I will be performing this summer in Stop Kiss for the Silver Spring Stage! I’m very excited about this project, and I can’t wait to dive into the deep end with this talented cast & crew. More details on the show will be coming soon but, as always, my Calendar page has all the updates. And still, R.U.X. will be hitting the DC Capital Fringe stage in just a few months. I hope to see you there!
Busy times in the theater world! While R.U.X. prepares for the Washington DC Fringe Festival, two more projects are in the works. The first is a new 1 Act play called Capsmittment. Written by Jean Koppen, it’s the story of two best friends deciding to get season tickets for the Washington Caps. But does their relationship have what it takes to make such a big step? Winner of the 2012 Sportaculture Playwriting Competition, it’s being performed as a part of the Sportaculture 1 Act Festival.
The other upcoming project is a staged reading of a new play called Render. It will be performed one night only at the Round House Theater Education Center. For more details on both shows, check out my Calendar page. See you there!