Saving Private Poo Opens Saturday, Press Release For God Of Carnage & A New Directing Project
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!
Hope Operas, A Veep Appearance & Plenty Of Site Updates
Hello friends. Lately I’ve been slacking on this site for a bit. Things have been insanely busy but with so much new happenings, I figured it was time I let you all in on my life. First of all, many thanks to Jackie Walter, David Dieudonne and all of Silver Spring Stage for a fantastic run of The Navigator in their Annual One Act Festival. We put together an amazing show and Jackie and I even walked away with Acting Awards for our efforts. I always feel that if I’m not tired after a performance, I haven’t given it my all. And this show, even though it’s only 30 minutes long, left me exhausted every night.
Secondly, I’m proud to say I recently was invited to be a part of the Emmy-Award winning show Veep. Alright, fine, it’s only featured background. But I saw some of the playback and I’m fairly certain you’ll be seeing my handsome face alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus for my television debut. Keep an eye out for me in the upcoming Season 3!
So what’s next? How about a triumphant return to The Hope Operas in a brand new Maurice Martin show called Chupy and the Science Twins? Premiering October 7th at the Comedy Spot in Ballston, I’ll be returning with Amy Kellet, John Tweel and director Sun King Davis of R.U.X. fame among other talented people to bring you a twisted take of Saturday morning cartoon mystery shows. Can we have another clean sweep like our robot love did 2 years ago? Come by to find out and support some great charities. Visit The New Hope Operas Website for more details.
And finally, I’ve added a bunch of new stuff on my site. I have an updated Resumé and Bio here, added pictures from The Navigator here, a new article from The Sentinel where I’m quoted on my Press page here, some new links to some favorite people here and finally my Theater Calendar with the dates, times and locations for the upcoming Chupy and the Science Twins here.
Hope to see you all in Ballston!
2 New Shows: Zombies & Robots!
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.
Updated Pictures And Videos!
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.
Another Great Run Of R.U.X. Comes To A Close!
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!
R.U.X. Returns This Weekend!
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!
Trespassing Kickstarter & R.U.X. Dates!
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.
R.U.X. Returns & Trespassing With Ambassador Theater!
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.
And The Winner Is…R.U.X.!
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.
The Glowing Reviews Just Keep Coming!
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!
Stop Kiss Review & R.U.X. Opens This Friday!
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.
Pay What You Can At Tomorrow’s Stop Kiss Preview!
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!
Tickets For Stop Kiss & R.U.X. Now Available!
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.
Stop Kiss Coming In June!
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!
New Upcoming Projects
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!
R.U.X. Returns This Summer!
Great news: R.U.X. is returning this summer! Featuring at The Warehouse for the DC Summer Fringe, R.U.X. is a hilarious show about sexbots and the people who (try to) create them. Going against time, money, the law and possibly basic human decency, Louis Rockwell Jr. and his design team set out to make the perfect companion for anyone and everyone. This show was the runaway hit at the Hope Operas last fall, and I’m very excited to be reprising my role of Gary the hardware designer. The show is funny, touching, poignant and even philosophical. This is my favorite show I’ve worked on in quite a while, and you can see why this July! The performance dates are: Friday, July 13 @ 8:15pm; Saturday, July 14 @ 11:30pm; Tuesday, July 24 @ 6pm; Saturday, July 28 @ 5:30pm; Sunday, July 29 @ 2pm. All performances will take place at The Warehouse, 645 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001. Please check my calendar for more info, and check back soon on how to reserve your tickets! For more info, head over to our official website at www.surlyrobot.com.