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!
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.
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.
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.
The day has finally arrived: Morning, Miranda premieres tonight! To celebrate, we are offering a special one-night-only pay-what-you-can deal. So if your finances are tight but still want to see this show that I’ve been pimping on social media for the past month, tonight is your night. If you can’t make it, more good news! We have several discount options on the upcoming performances, including Goldstar tickets and discounts for students, seniors and showing up with a Fringe Button. So come, laugh, cry, cheer and love. And make sure to tell everyone you know by using the hashtag #MMiranda on Twitter. Click here to reserve your tickets, or check out my Calendar here to save the date. Hope to see you all there, and enjoy the circus!
Hello all. We are only eight days away from the opening of my latest project, Morning, Miranda! And to celebrate, I’m happy to present our first press notice from BroadwayWorld.com. Click here for the kind words about a show I am very proud of. I’m sure it will be the first of many, and I’ll make sure to include any and all press write ups on the site as soon as they come out. In the meantime, make sure to get your tickets here. We only have 4 weekends of shows and a whole lot of buzz going, so don’t dilly dally with getting your tickets. At the very least, hop over to my calendar here and add the dates to your own Google Calendar with the click of a button! And make sure to join in the Twitter conversation with the hashtag #MMIRANDA. We’ve been posting a lot of rehearsal pictures and the like, and we hope you use it yourself when you come and see us.
And finally, we have another teaser trailer for Season 3 of Veep which premieres April 6, 2014. Still not sure when my episode will be airing exactly, but as soon as I know, so will you happy people. But in the meantime, enjoy the teaser!
Good news, everyone!
Tickets are now on sale for my new upcoming show Morning, Miranda! We have 4 weekends of shows but seating is limited, so make sure to go here to reserve your tickets. Dates are also listed on my Calendar page here and we have an official Facebook event here. Also, as always, feel free to join in the discussion on Twitter using the official hashtag #MMIRANDA. Rehearsals have been exhausting, but amazingly fun. I can’t wait to get this show in front of you lovely people. Hope to see you there!
Since I decided to launch this little corner of the web for myself a few years ago, I’m happy to say I’ve finally hit a first milestone. Today I have passed over 1000 views! While I’m not sure why I’ve gotten hits from Bahrain, Peru and the Russian Federation, why ask why? Welcome, my international brothers and sisters! In order to celebrate, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally added pictures from last Fall’s production of Chupy & The Science Twins, which you can view here. So if you’ve ever fantasized about what I would look like in a mummy costume, your dreams have finally come true.
In the meantime, rehearsals are up and running for Doorway Arts Ensemble’s production of Morning, Miranda. Make sure to mark your calendars with the dates and times here, and make sure to follow me on Twitter here with rehearsal updates and what-nots.
And finally, HBO just gave us a video teaser on the 3rd season on Veep. I actually started watching the series last week, and I’m proud to say that it’s a pretty funny and witty show. It’s nice to know that I’m looking forward to the the 3rd season premiere for a reason other than seeing my handsome face. Still no luck on an upcoming episode synopsis, but here’s a little something to keep us happy for another 52 days.
Hey gang. It’s been a while since I’ve given this site a proper update. To be honest, I’ve been taking a minor sabbatical from the stage. But distance makes the heart grow fonder, and I’m happy to say I’m hitting 2014 running. First, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been cast into the newest play by local playwright Stephen Spotswood, whose past works include 2012 Captial Fringe’s Best Drama We Tiresias and last October’s In The Forest She Grew Fangs. The new play is called Morning, Miranda and will be presented by Doorway Arts Ensemble starting March 20th. For more details, check them out here or check out my Calendar here.
Secondly, if you’ll look to the right, you’ll notice that I no longer have my Facebook fan page synced up. Honestly, there’s no real point to it. Anyone who wants to know what’s going on in my life, they’re free to friend me on my personal page. It’s updated much more often. The link to it is on my Contact Me page here. However, if you again look to the right, you’ll see that I’ve synced up my Twitter account. Yes, I finally have a twitter account. I fought it for years, mainly on the basis that it’s the dumbest word in the history of speech. But if that’s what hip with the kids, Grandpa Adkins will crack this nut as well. Feel free to follow me by clicking the button over there. Go ahead, it’s right over there. I’ll wait.
Did you do it? Don’t lie to me. It makes me sad. Either way, make sure to check back here soon. I have fingers in a lot more pies at the moment, so more updates are on the way. I promise.
You know a good way to get updated on that stuff in real time? Twitter. Honestly, it’s the tops. Just click that Follow button and be transported to a world of pure imagination.