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It Takes...The Village

March 12 2019

The Drama League has accepted our project, The Village, into its Next Stage Residency program for 2019. Hannah Ryan, the director, with the help of Oscar Lopez, the playwright, was awarded the residency to shepherd the play through its transformation from verbatim play to dramatic powerhouse! Bear Back Brooke Productions has partnered with Frack Theatre to further the development of this work which is based on interviews Oscar conducted in 2013 with members of the LGBTQ community in the West Village

The Bishop of Basingstoke Is Baked...Alive!

September 17, 2018

REQUIEM AETERNAM The people of London show their love for His Grace, Basil, the Bishop of Basingstoke at his standing-room-only funeral at Saint Paul's after he is beaten and set afire by a mysterious man. Some theatergoers may not recognize this part of the story, but for me it is a spectacular death directed by Robert Cuccioli, who also was the Tony-nominated actor to originate the role of Jekyll & Hyde. If you're too lazy to read below, the music is based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and features a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi Grammy and Tony® nominated Frank Wildhorn and double Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse, An evocative tale of two men, one a doctor, passionate and romantic, and the other, a terrifying madman. His story unfolds in this gripping musical thriller. This epic version stars American Idols Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo.

General Glossop Murdered!

18 March 2017

MURDER! MURDER! All of London is terrified that the beloved General Lord George Glossop (aka G. G.) was murdered right outside Saint Paul's. The culprit's got a lotta balls! OK, so the story does not center on General Glossop, but I couldn't be happier to be a part of this great production directed by Paul Stancato, who also directed the most recent national tour of Jekyll & Hyde. As you may know, the music is based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and features a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi Grammy and Tony® nominated Frank Wildhorn and double Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse, An evocative tale of two men, one a doctor, passionate and romantic, and the other, a terrifying madman. His story unfolds in this gripping musical thriller. Come out to Long Island and see it!

Mass Murder Anyone?

11 December 2016

Exciting news to come. But let's just say that a murderous chapter in my career is next! 

Sting Climbs Aboard The Last Ship

23 September 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company's production of Sting's The Last Ship brought many surprises, not the least of which was having Sting come to our performance of his show on September 22 in Salt Lake City.

The cast was invited to a private party after he took bows with us on stage. Meeting Sting was, without a doubt, a highlight of our run. When I joked with him at the party about Joe Fletcher (my role and the father of the main character, Gideon) not having his own song, Sting replied that he would write one for me. We'll see about that!

You can see Sting's curtain speech in the link below.

All Aboard Sting's "The Last Ship"

1 June 2016

How cool to be a part of the first production of Sting's The Last Ship after its well-received Broadway run at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City! I will be portraying the father of the main character, Gideon, as well as singing the beautiful music of Sting in the ensemble. 

 

The New York Times wrote, “A seductive score that ranks among the best composed by a rock or pop figure on Broadway!”

 

Drawing on his own childhood memories, pop icon Sting has fashioned a moving musical about the small shipbuilding town in northern England in which he grew up. A young man returns after years at sea to find the girl he left behind, and discovers that however far you roam, a piece of you always remains in the place you first called home.

Ice Cream!

15 May 2016

For the second season in a row, I will be performing at the Cape Playhouse! This year marks some important milestones too: the Cape debut of one of the most beloved musicals of all-time and it marks the 90th Anniversary Season. Harold Hill will be coming to River City, but he'll have to get through Oliver Hix (that's me!), the town's banker and a member of the School Board. It's so much fun to create a new character each time and I look forward to working with all the folks of the Cape Playhouse in Dennis on Cape Cod. 

"The Little Red Lighthouse" Shines Again this June

April 20, 2016

Jessica Carp's musical adaptation of the children's classic "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" will get yet another reading this summer and I am excited to embody the proud, yet stout, lighthouse. Bring the kids and watch us bring the beautiful story of unlikely friendships to life.

Over $8,000 Raised for the Leavey Foundation

29 February 2016

What a success! With performances in Pelham, New York, in Florida and in the Theatre District in NYC, we performed our final performance at the NYC Fire Museum, the HEART of the FDNY. Throughout the process the author, Anne Nelson, supported and opened our eyes to the stories that lay at the heart of this play.

 

Carol Leavey and her amazing family established The Lieutenant Joseph G. Leavey Foundation years ago and worked with us to do honor to all the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Joe was a firefighter who loved skyscrapers, his men at Ladder 15, but most of all, he loved his community and family, We are looking for future opportunities to perform this powerful play. Click below for more information and to find out ways that you can help.

The Guys to Benefit Foundation

October 29, 2015

A few months ago I was looking for a project to devote myself to while furthering my acting skills. I remembered a play about a fire captain and an editor. Then I was introduced to the reason by the author, Anne Nelson: The Lieutenant Joseph G. Leavey Foundation. Joe was a firefighter who died in 9/11 and as I learned more about him and his life and his family, I knew this was the project for me.

Performances will begin on 11 November 2015 at Manhattan College and will continue with another performance to benefit the foundation in Pelham, NY on 19 November. A third performance has been added on 5 December at Good Shepherd in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. Click below for more information and to find out ways that you can help.

Vow to Protect

October 16, 2015

"It's love. And isn't that what you want to support?" The final quote of the initial video, to be released on 11 November, is the pointed question that I asked. Today, my husband, Eddie, and I sat for an interview with award-winning director Stacy Peralta for the NonFiction Unlimited film Now Protect Love, a campaign funded by Mass Mutual. Its release should be in a month or so, but Ed and I were so honored to be chosen to tell our story. For us, it was a chance to help further the conversation of marriage equality and we are excited to see how this can help.

"Village Voices" Becomes "Stonewall'd"

June 15, 2015

One of the great privileges of being an actor is to be a part of theatrical productions that can make a positive impact on our community. I am happy to announce that I will once again be a part of Frack Theatre's "Stonewall'd" (previously "Village Voices") by Oscar Lopez. I will bring to life the story of Rev. Mark, a gay Lutheran pastor in NYC's Greenwich Village. The story centers on a homeless trans girl living with HIV, a 74-year-old bartender at the Stonewall Inn, and a party boy, with Rev. Mark and a lesbian activist keeping everything grounded in reality. The new play recounts the tragedies and triumphs of New York's LGBT community.

 

What excites me the most about the project is the way Oscar allows us an artistic way to respond to the 2013 homophobic, sidewalk murder of Mark Carson which shocked all of the Five Boroughs.

 

Stonewall'd is scripted from hours of interviews with real-life characters in the West Village. The play examines everything from the AIDS epidemic to the fall of DOMA, all while interweaving oral history and archival documents with music, song and dance, I even have an arrangement of Madonna's "LIke a Prayer" in the production. Village Voices presents a world that is sometimes heart-breaking but always fiercely fabulous and incredibly brave.

 

The reading will take place in the newly-designated historic landmark Stonewall Inn on Monday evening July 13, 2015 at 8:00pm. Tickets at $5 at the door with a 2 drink minimum.

Graduation from William Esper Studio

June 1, 2015

After two years of intensive study at the William Esper Studio, I will be graduating with a renewed love for theater and an excitement for bringing to life the stories that reveal our human connection. Having studied with Bill Esper, often referred to as the best-known of Sandy Meisner's first generation teachers, and his most "authentic protege" for the last two and a half years, I have shared a unique experience with some wonderful and talented classmates.

Shave and a Haircut...

June 28, 2015

Two bits! This August I make my return to the operatic stage in Giovanni Paisiello's Il barbiere di Siviglia. I am happy to be joining the Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's Beaumarchais Trilogy this summer with a former fellow FSU alumnus, Christopher Fecteau, directing.

 

I will be playing two comprimario (supporting) roles which should afford me a perfect opportunity to stretch my character acting legs. 

Summer on the Cape with My Fair Lady

May 30, 2015

I am very happy to be joining the centerpiece of the 2015 season at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts.

 

I will be singing as a part of the ensemble in this first-ever Playhouse production of Lerner and Loewe’s triumph. Tony nominee Hunter Foster makes his Cape Playhouse directorial debut with the unforgettable adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION. Set against the gorgeous scenery and costumes of Edwardian England, I am eager to bring to life some of the greatest songs in musical theater history.

"The Little Red Lighthouse" in Central Park this June

May 20, 2015

Jessica Carp's musical adaptation of the children's classic "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" will get its Central Park reading this summer and I am excited to embody the proud, yet stout, lighthouse.

 

Bring the kids out to the park on Tuesday, 16 June at 7:30pm to watch us bring the beautiful story of unlikely friendships to life.

On "The Hunt with John Walsh"

May 20, 2015

John Walsh transformed his life after the abduction of his son, Adam, in his groundbreaking show America's Most Wanted. Now in its second season, his new show, The Hunt on CNN, has a similar mission to bring the most wanted fugitives to justice.

 

While portraying a criminal like Bruce Sawhill, a convicted child molester, is very difficult, I am honored to help in the effort to bring him to justice. If this show can help bring any new leads to find him, it will have been a job well done!

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