Earlier this month, Indiana University presented four workshop performances of Joe Schmoe Saves the World. The piece was provocative, empowering, and very well-received by a diverse audience of different ages and backgrounds.
Catch me thisWednesday, December 10th, at 9/8c on ABCfor an appearance on Modern Family.
It’s Haley’s 21st birthday, and the family takes her out to a bar to celebrate. While there, Mitch and Cam encounter a younger gay couple – me and my friend Sterling Sulieman – who make them feel a lot less cool. (Mostly it’s Sterling who makes them feel less cool. If it was just me, they’d definitely feel more cool.)
Here’s how he works. When the doll arrives, he is eye-less. You first decide on a goal or a wish, and then color in the left eye. Then you place him in a visible place so while he works on your goal, you remember to do the same.
Here’s this guy still at work on his goal.
Once the goal is achieved, you fill in the other eye as a means of giving thanks.
And then, according to my friends, the doll is burned or buried as an offering. My Daruma dolls final resting place will be under this tree in my garden.
I received this doll for Christmas last year and set my goal, which I achieved this past month, so this morning I buried him.
Or so says Tony-Award Broadway composer/lyricist William Finn. As Artistic Producer of the Barington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab, Finn hosts an annual concert called “Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should,” and this year he has chosen a song composed by me with lyrics by Brian Pugach.
I first encountered Brian Pugach’s work at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, who produced his show The Next Fairy Tale. We’ve since collaborated on two songs (his lyrics, my music) and have another on the way.
The song is called SAM TAKES PICTURES, and was performed this past weekend by Broadway actress Elizabeth Stanley.
Stay tuned for video of the concert, and recorded audio of the song.
From June 14-June 29th, DARLING will be performed by American Conservatory Theatre’s (A.C.T.) Young Conservatory (YC) at The Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum (221 4th Street, San Francisco).
At A.C.T.’s Tony Award–winningYC, students ages 8 to 19 develop their talents, perform in professional-caliber productions, and gain the confidence to succeed—all in a creative, fun, and encouraging environment. The ten sessions of classes and eight public productions offered throughout the year are designed to develop talent and creativity, as well as communication and cooperation skills, for young people with all levels of theater background. Working professional actors and directors lead students in a spectrum of classes, including acting, directing, voice and speech, musical theater, audition, and improvisation.
Directed by YC Director Craig Slaight and Domenique Lozano, DARLING features a talented young cast from across the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you’re in the Bay Area, please take this opportunity to see DARLING!
Tickets are $20 and available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or going online to www.act-sf.org/ycshows.
Great news from Burbank! Falling for Make Believeis a critical and audience success and so the show is extending by popular demand!
“[Playwright Mark] Saltzman illuminates the self-loathing Hart (Ben D. Goldberg, marvelously invested, if too handsome by half), pulling vintage items from his output with Rodgers (ever-stalwart Brett Ryback) into commentary.” – LA Times
“What Brett Ryback as Rodgers and Ben D. Goldberg as Hart lack in comparable vocal power they make up for in melodic, resonant stylings. And Ryback is so convincing at the onstage piano, that it’s nearly impossible to tell if he’s faking it.” – Burbank Leader
“The singing all by itself is worth the price of admission…It falls to the cast, as brilliant in their character portrayals as they are in their singing, to show us what the party line has withheld.” – My Burbank
The play is set to continue to run through the end of June…however, I will only be in it through June 9th! So before I step out of Richard Rodgers’s shoes, come see Falling for Make Believe at the Colony Theatre!
For tickets call 818-558-7000 ext.15 or visit www.colonytheatre.org. But Hurry – they are seriously going fast!