Tonight is the night: The opening of my two one act plays for the Silver Spring Stage One Act Festival. For tonight’s premiere, we’re offering a Pay What You Can performance. So come on by at 8 with whatever cash you have in your pockets and see my glorious return to the stage. In Six Seven Three Twenty, we go into the draft room of a struggling football team who are in the middle of an internal power struggle. Then, in Alternate Theory, we present a new darkly hilarious theory on the assassination of JFK. Both of these shows are a lot of fun and I’m excited to get them in front of an audience. For ticket details on the remaining weekend, please click here.
Hope to see you all there!
Hello all. Just wanted to give a quick update from a little bit of awesomeness.
For the past few weeks DC Metro Theater Arts has been listing their picks for the Best of 2014, and there have been honors for both Nightfall and God of Carnage. Specifically actors Elliot Kashner, Jen Bevan, Stacy Whittle & director Mark Kaime have been listed for Nightfall and my entire cast for God of Carnage (Alyssa Sanders, Andy Greenleaf, Bob Harbaum & Lauren Kieler) have all been specifically mentioned. And I’m happy to say that I got my own listing as one of the Best Directors of 2014 for God of Carnage! A huge thanks again to my cast, producer/stage manager Bob Scott, my designers Star Johnson & Nathaniel Collard and Silver Spring Stage. Feel free to read it yourself here or check out the rest of the reviews for God of Carnage and Nightfall here.
Until next time, kids.
God of Carnage Closes, The Scottish Detective Runs Through October & a Trailer and Tickets For Nightfall!
Things continue to roll along, friends. First of all, let’s start with the past. Two weeks ago was the closing night performance of God of Carnage. The entire process was an absolute pleasure and I couldn’t have asked for a better cast and crew through the process. Much gratitude goes to Silver Spring Stage for giving me the opportunity to strut my stuff to very receptive audiences. I can’t wait for my next project with them, whatever it may be.
Next, let’s move on to the present. The Scottish Detective is currently running every Monday night for The Hope Operas. We placed 4th in the first weekend and 3rd in the second. Therefore, logically, we should have the top spot by the final weekend. Come see five shows (specifically The Scottish Detectve of course) all fight for your votes, with a brand new episode tonight. Plus, all the money goes to charity! Seriously, I can’t possibly make this sound better. For more information, please visit their website here.
Finally, let’s look to the future. Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe is currently in rehearsals. We’re bringing four of Poe’s most famous tales of the macabre to the stage for you starting November 6th, and tickets are already selling out quickly. That’s not just promotion, either. We’ve already sold well over a hundred tickets and we’re still weeks away. So make sure to reserve yours at Moltov’s website here. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a trailer for the show. Hope to see you there.
The fun never stops, ladies and gentlemen. This weekend God of Carnage returns to brand new audiences. Tickets are really starting to fly now, so make sure that you reserve your tickets here before they sell out. To celebrate, I’m happy to have yet another glowing review to bring to you. This time from MD Theatre Guide, with such fantastic snippets as:
“The cast worked well together. They made the shift in emotions seem effortless.”
Always nice to hear. I hope that you can enjoy this fantastic show sometime within the next few weeks. Please click here for the full review, or check out my Press page for all the reviews in one easy to find spot.
Next, I’m very excited to bring Molotov’s Staged Reading of Gallery to a captive audience this Sunday night at 8pm at Fantom Comics. We’ve been rehearsing this spirited staged reading with a fantastic cast all week, and I think we’re going to be showing you guys something special. Remember, this is an absolutely free reading with a reception before and after. Depending on the turn out and reaction, we may be bringing this to a full-scale production. So make sure to come and give us your feedback. Please click here for more information. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek from our rehearsal:
And finally, I’m happy to say that I will be returning to the stage this November with Molotov Theatre Group’s production of Nightfall. The show is a collection of four Edgar Allen Poe stories and I’ll be involved in all of them, specifically playing Roderick Usher in Fall of the House of Usher. I’m very excited to get back on the other side of the lights, especially following in the footsteps of a personal idol of mine Vincent Price. The dates and location are on my Calendar page, and make sure to check back here for more information soon.
Well that’s about all for now, my dear friends. Have a fantastic weekend, and hopefully I’ll see you at the stage. All the best!
After all of the work that has gone into directing my first full show in the DC Metro Area, I am proud to say that God of Carnage is finally open! We had a great opening week, with well over half the house pre-sold before Saturday’s performance. I could not be prouder of my cast and crew. This really is a show that I’m incredibly proud of. We have three more weekends of performances, so make sure to reserve your tickets and mark your calendars here.
Along with our opening weekend, we were lucky enough to have a representative from DC Metro Theater Arts in the house to write us a fantastic review. Here’s just a little sample:
Enough can’t be said for the talent Director Adkins has assembled. All four actors are seasoned veterans and are very exciting to watch on stage. Adkins keeps the timing tight and the movement of the play engaging.
Along with the review, I’m happy to have some pictures from the show, snapped by the very talented Harvey Levine. You can check them out on my Pictures page here. Please enjoy the sneak peek below.
Finally, this week is the week that we go into rehearsals for our staged reading of Gallery for Molotov Theatre Group, premiering Sunday night at Fantom Comics. I’ll just remind you that this play has been described as No Exit with Batman super-villains. I don’t know what more needs to be said. Make sure to click here for all the information on how you can join us for this awesome reading.
That’s all for now, everyone. Make sure to check back soon for more theater happenings. Be seeing you!
The big day is almost here: God of Carnage opens this weekend! It has been such a fantastic process getting this show moving from concept to execution and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Along with the upcoming slated shows, of which you can get your tickets here, we have a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday for those of you that are a bit more cash conscious. Either way, I hope that you’ll come out to see what we’ve created. I am incredibly proud of this show and am very excited about getting it in front of an audience.
Along with that notice, I have a couple of Press notifications that have been buzzing through. The first is a preview piece for God of Carnage from DC Theater Metro Arts, which you can read here. The next is a preview piece for the upcoming Gallery staged reading with Molotov Theatre Group written at Broadway World, which you can read here. I have quotes in both and they should get you hyped up for my next to projects. They’re also both accessible on my Press page, along with all of my other clippings from shows past. In the meantime, make sure to mark your calendars for dates to come see both of these awesome shows and hopefully I’ll see you at the theater soon!
It’s official: tickets for God of Carnage at Silver Spring Stage are now on sale! Rehearsals for this project have been going amazing and I can’t wait to get this in front of an audience. The show is a dark comedy, with focus on the dark. So actually getting people to see and react to it will be an absolute treat. To reserve your tickets, please visit the link here. Along with the dates listed, we will be having a Pay What You Can preview the night before our opening on September 18th. So if you want to see what we’ve put together but money is a bit tight, we have your hook up. Make sure to reserve your tickets and mark your calendars.
There are other projects that are on the horizon of course, including a Staged Reading with Molotov Theater of Gallery, featuring five Batman villains during an Arkham Asylum breakout. That will be performed September 28th and the tickets are free. Also, the Hope Operas is just around the corner. The Scottish Detective is shaping up to be a very funny show, so hopefully you will be joining us every Monday in October to check us out. Details for both of those can be found at my Calendar.
And finally, a big thank you to Jenny Splitter of Fuse Productions, Kristy Simmons and the entire cast of Cosmetic Consciousness for making our staged reading for Page to Stage such a success. It’s always a treat to work with such a great group of people and I was honored to be a part of it.
That’s all for now. But keep your eyes peeled for more updates just around the corner. See you at the theater!
Hello all. It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to post an update for the site. The irony is that it’s because of how incredibly busy I’ve been lately. First of all, God of Carnage rehearsals are in full swing. I have a fantastic cast that I’m working with that is 100% on the ball. Things are shaping up very nicely at the moment and I’m already excited to get this production in front of an audience. We open on September 19th, with a Pay What You Can preview on the 18th. Make sure to check out my Calendar to reserve your dates.
But before God of Carnage goes up, I’m happy to announce that I will be directing a staged reading that goes live this Labor Day. The play is called Cosmetic Consciousness and is written by my good friend Kristy Simmons. We will be performing it as part of the Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center on September 1st from 3-5. Again, more details are at my Calendar.
But that’s not the only staged reading coming up. On September 28th I will be directing a staged reading for Molotov Theatre Group called Gallery. This is a pretty awesome play involving Batman’s Rogues Gallery during an Arkham breakout. The Joker, Two Face, The Riddler, The Scarecrow and Poison Ivy are all involved and verbally joust with each other while trying to solve the mystery as to who orchestrated the breakout. We’re going to be doing this up right in connection with Phantom Comics in DC, so make sure you don’t miss this one-night-only showing. Details are once again at my Calendar.
Finally, I’m happy to say that tonight is audition night for the Hope Operas. I will be directing a new play for 1Up Theatre called The Scottish Detective and we will be performing it all throughout the month of October. For pity’s sake, just check out my Calendar already.
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!
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!
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.
So I was going to hold off on making these two official announcements, but fudge it: I’m too excited. First of all, I’m happy to announce that I’m finally getting a chance to direct a full show in the DC area! Come mid-late September I will be directing God of Carnage for Silver Spring Stage! I’ve worked with Silver Spring Stage on a few different projects in the past and have always been charmed by their level of professionalism. And now I’m even more charmed by this great opportunity they’ve given me. Auditions will be held at the end of the month, so stay tuned for updates. I hope to see all of you amazing actors there to give me plenty of casting options.
And just as awesome as getting a directing chance, I’m happy to announce that I will soon be joining Molotov Theatre Group as a company member! For those that don’t know, Molotov is a professional theater company in DC that puts on some really great shows. I had the opportunity to see their production of Extremities last Fall and was blown away by how good it was. This is a really cool opportunity to expand my horizons with a company I believe in, and I’m very grateful for the chance. Make sure to check them out here, and give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter.
And, of course, The Narrow Gate returns to the Source Festival for performances tonight and Saturday at 8pm. Click here for tickets. Or if you’re a little cash shy, try to snab a discounted ticket at Goldstar here.
That’s all for now. But make sure to check back here soon for more updates as they come across the wire.
See you on the other side, Ray.
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!
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!