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!
Good news, all: I have some new projects coming up! After a bit of a respite, I will be performing in two new shows.
The first is with Landless Theater’s 3rd Annual Mashup Festival. I’ll be in two shows: The first is a combination of Winnie The Pooh and World War II films called Saving Private Pooh. The second, and the main event (at least for my stage time), is a combination of The Walking Dead and The Flintstones called The Walking Fred. Written by the fantastic Maurice Martin, who penned the award-winning R.U.X. from last year, I’ll be on stage as Fred Flintstone fighting off a zombies in the city of Bedrock. Rehearsals for both shows have already begun, and it’s going to be a great night of theater.
And speaking of R.U.X., the robots return this summer! As part of the DC Summer Fringe Festival, Naked Theatre Company will be mounting R.U.R.: The Grand-daddy of R.U.X.. Premiering in the 1920’s, R.U.R. was a huge leap forward in the world of science fiction and actually invented the word “Robot”. I’ll be joining them in bringing this benchmark in world drama to DC, and I can’t wait to get back into the lab.
Tickets will be going on sale for both productions soon, and I’ll make sure to post the information here when it becomes available. Until then you can visit Landless and NTC for more info about the shows, and make sure to visit my calendar to mark the dates.