NYC. Reading of Small Town Boy for the Pen America World Voices Festival. The play is written by German notable Falk Richter, directed by Nic Benacerraf. Cast includes Jeremy Goren, Neal Gupta, Damon Owlia, Evan Spigelman, and me. Sound by Asa Wember.
NYC. Went to see Alice by Heart today at MCC. Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater are modern day mad magicians. They challenge and re-invent the form of musical theater like no others. Also, their incredibly unique, poetic empathy for the coming-of-age genre is yet again on full display. The piece is gorgeously meditative and eloquent. The cast is, of course, fantastic. Grace McLean was born to play the Queen of Hearts - I honestly cannot think of a better performance of this iconic character. Go see it. A special shout out to the talented Zac Kline who made sure I did! Also, Jason Hart has mad skillz to share. xo.
Truly the end of an era. Rest in Peace, Stanley Donen. To call him a legend is almost an understatement. He essentially created what we know and understand as the modern day American musical. He lived an incredible, long life, and the loss is huge - literally the last of the great Golden Age Hollywood directors. I feel extremely lucky to have known him and to have learned so much from him and his staff, who have all been so supportive of me, too. SD, I hope you are tap dancing with Audrey, Fred, Bob, Gene, Debbie, our friend Landen, and so many more. You will be missed. <3.
I took a break and hopped on over to tech at the Lyceum Theatre to hang out w my buddies Alex and Stephen for Be More Chill on Broadway. Projection designer Alex Koch and director Stephen Brackett met working on Woodshed's The Tenant. Alex is also my producing partner for Staging Film. Make sure to get your tix to this cult hit! I am so excited for them. Congrats to the whole team. 🎉
NYC/Pittsburgh. My dear friend Landen Jones died suddenly, unexpectedly, in a terrible accident on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Landen was a fitness trainer and a performer. He loved the arts, particularly musical theater. And he was beloved by many. Hard to comprehend his death and hard to know what to say. He was truly an angel man; a beam of magic light. He will be deeply, profoundly missed. You can learn more about Landen here.
Here is a link to the GoFundMe page created in Landen's honor. And here is a link to the GoFundMe page created for Jason Jackson (the man Landen died trying to help), who is survived by his mother and 4 young children.
NYC. The Muse Project kicks into high gear with FIVE Muse projects, starting October 15th! Vanessa Aspillaga, Lynn Cohen, Jessica Frances Dukes, Déa Julien, Kyra Miller.
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NYC. I am attending The Flea Theater's annual gala, representing The Muse Project (and, as a former Bat). The Flea gathers at the Tribeca Rooftop for a party called The Flea's Got Talent, a night to celebrate The Bats Past and Present. The evening is emceed by former Bats, MacArthur recipient Taylor Mac and Obie Winner Kate Benson.
NYC. The Muse Project's Kickstarter is LIVE. Please consider making a pledge.
UPDATE: The Kickstarter Campaign is complete. We reached our goal and then some! Thank you to all who contributed!