- Day jobs are taking over my life! However, I have some projects on the horizon and am looking forward to posting about them soon.
-One wonderful thing: I will be collaborating with Science Fiction Theatre Company (I worked with them on On Ego) to workshop a new original work, Solace. I will be playing "Bethany", which...Well, she's not a victim, that's for sure. I will be performing in the Friday and Saturday staged readings. The information is as follows: https://www.facebook.com/events/564725233542628/
- I will be playing "Nina" in a staged reading of Anton Chekov's The Seagull (Tom Stoppard adaptation) on October 30th with the Epic Theatre Company alongside GAMM Theatre Resident Artists Wendy Overly and Steve Kidd, as well as players from 2nd Story Theatre and other local favorites. Bring the tissues. Bring extra for me! And, as this is Epic's way of bringing theatre beyond its Providence borders, the reading will be at the Marion J. Mohr public library in Johnston and is completely free! Show starts at 6, hope to see you there!
- Thrilling news: I have been hired as a part-time Teaching Artist by the Huntington Theatre in Boston! This is an incredible opportunity to work with a company that does amazing work both onstage as well as in the educational world, and I'm incredibly excited to start.
- I have an IMDB credit now! That's just plain awesome. I should start building up more film credits, but I just can't stay away from the stage. Some day I'll learn how to balance both AND not burn pancakes. Life goals.
- Kevin Broccoli and I can't seem to stay away from each other creatively, and I'm quite all right with that! I will be performing an original piece for Epic Theatre Company's "Pop Goes the Culture" series, alongside local favorites Bob Colonna (Artistic Director of The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre, Director/actor, 2nd Story Theater) and Vince Petronio (actor, 2nd Story Theater), and Ashley Hunter Kenner as the Disney counterpart to my Hans Christian Anderson "Little Mermaid". Per the press release:
Endings get turned on their heads on Saturday, September 22nd at 8pm, when a group of local actors takes famous finales and imagines what could have happened.
As part of our first Writer’s Challenge, authors were given notorious resolutions and were asked to dismantle and reconstruct them in a new way.
So what did we wind up with?
"It Doesn’t Have to End This Way"
Presented by Epic Theatre Company
Part of our "Pop Goes the Culture Series"
Featuring the Works of:
Taking on Harry Houdini, Anna Karenina, Thelma and Louise, Nora from "A Doll's House," Don Quixote, Captain Ahab, The Little Mermaid, Julius Caesar, Ichabod Crane, Lolita, Romeo and Juliet, The Old Man and The Sea, Janis Joplin, Maria from "The Sound of Music," and many more...
Saturday, September 22nd at 8pm
Zabinski Music Studio
Located in the Hope Artiste Village
999 Main Street
Hope Artiste Village
General Admission $10. For more information, call 401.368.7689
- From the crazy talented brain that brought you Charlie's Funeral and the "This/That Might Not Be..." series comes a new production, "The Acting Company". I will be performing on August 3rd and 4th and could not be more excited for this unique opportunity! From the press release:
"Kevin Broccoli is at it again. The Acting Company, his latest world premiere event, features more than 150 local actors. Here’s Broccoli’s synopsis: “The Orpheus Theatre Company and its Acting Company is celebrating its 50th year, and to commemorate the event, actors, directors, and audience members from over a half a century are showing up to tell their story. Some are funny, some are touching, and some reveal a dark side to an American institution. As times change and the arts become endangered, the theater’s very existence is challenged. Can it survive only on its history, or will it become just another ghost’s anecdote?” The Epic Theatre Company will unveil its new space at the Zabinski Studio in the Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket, where The Acting Company will be staged on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and on Sunday at 7 through the 26th | $10, reservations @ TheActingCompanyShow@yahoo.com "
I have known Kevin since I was a sophomore in college and his growth as an artist has been not only ridiculously impressive, but something that I've been lucky enough to benefit from when I perform in his pieces. I was in one of Epic Theatre Company's first shows and love being able to return to my Providence roots whenever I can. What a beautiful community of artists. This is not to be missed!
- This is a fun one. I will be playing "Princess Vespa" in a staged reading of Spaceballs on Sunday, July 29th at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, RI (five minutes outside of Providence). The performance starts at 7:00PM and will feature many Providence fringe actors, as well as one from Boston who just can't stay away (hello!). The best part? The performance is free! Set your ship to ludicrous speed and come share in the nostalgia with us!
- This month I will be filming a live-action trailer for the upcoming novel The Unholy Grail, in which I will be playing the role of "Mary Magdelene". Having seen the location and the test shots, I can't wait to get started!
- Exciting news: I will actually have a media section up and running soon! I have received a digital copy of the Shakespeare showcase I recently performed in and will be receiving digital copies of everything I've worked on film-wise in the last few months, so I'm excited to finally have that on the near horizon...Until I notice the spinach stuck in my teeth, of course.
- Wow, what a run On Ego has been having! We've had amazing reception from the Boston audiences, full houses (a couple of standing-room only performances, as well), and reviews that make us all proud of the work that we've put into this production. I couldn't feel luckier. We have one more week of runs and then my Boston theatrical debut is over. It's bittersweet, as I couldn't have asked for a better welcome to the city's arts scene but will be so sad when this is over. For reviews, audience reactions, cast bios and show/ticket info, please visit http://sciencefictiontheatrecompany.com/OnEgo/index.html . I hope to see you there!
- While performing in On Ego, I have once again begun training at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Rhode Island, where I am currently taking a classical scene study class with Fred Sullivan, Jr. While the majority of my professional career has been based in classical theatre, I'm an actor who never wants to stop learning and improving my craft, so this has been a wonderful experience thus far and will culminate with a showcase at the theater on May 7th. The showcase is free, so all you need to bring is your love of Shakespeare (but cookies will always be welcomed)!
- After this show closes, I will be headed back to Hartford Stage at the end of April to once again take part in Write On!, a program that helps foster the writing and creativity of young local playwrights, who get to see their shows performed for the first time by professional actors. It's an amazing, rewarding program to take part in and I'm very excited to return to it! More information can be found on the company's website: http://www.hartfordstage.org/education/youth/young-company/write-on/
- More exciting news! I will be collaborating once more with Kevin Broccoli and some of New England's finest actors in "This Might Not Be the Time: A Play in 100 Acts." The description is as follows:
Unexpected complications. Kidnapping. Remodeled kitchens. Memory. Death. Love. Trains. The very nature of time itself are all touched upon.
Come see the show that will have everybody checking their watch.
...In a metaphorical way of course.
"This Might Not Be the Time"
Written and Directed
By Kevin Broccoli
Featuring 100 Local Actors
All shows at The Artist's Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
$15 General Admission, $12 Students
This is going to be a great experience, as Kevin has written monologues that are tailor-made to each individual actor that he asked to be a part of the project. The show opens on March 2nd and runs through March 18th. I will be appearing in the March 3rd and 10th performances (both at eight), but if you can, be sure to check out as many nights as possible. If you were lucky enough to experience Charlies Funeral, you know that each night will be its own animal. Hope to see you there!
- Well, it looks like I'll be starting off this year by diving into rehearsals for a new show! I will be playing "Alice" in Mick Gordon's critically acclaimed play On Ego, which is being produced by the Science Fiction Theatre Company in Boston. The play premiered at the SoHo Theatre in London and is best summarized by The Independent:
"The piece takes place in a world where the teleportation of people is possible through the transmission of digitally encoded information about them. The original person is always vaporised in the process to prevent doubling. But a hitch occurs, and the protagonist, now arrested and threatened with execution, must face up to the fact that a replica, who has perfect psychological continuity with him, has gone to meet his wife for dinner. According to his own theory, it shouldn't matter to him that the life he would have lived and the books he would have written will now be achieved by this indistinguishable surrogate. But it does, and the horror of his predicament is compounded by the fact that the wife is succumbing to Capgras syndrome, the neurological delusion that someone you love has been replaced by an impostor."
So there we go, a tragic love story wrapped in sci-fi. The play is a beautiful, moving piece and I am so excited to be a part of it! Performances will take place at the Factory Theatre starting March 30th and running Thursdays-Sundays through April 15th (excluding April 8th - Happy Easter!). More details will soon be found both here and at the company's website, http://www.sciencefictiontheatrecompany.com/