Post-Apocalypse Now

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A cloud of smoke rises following an airstrike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, northeast of Damascus, on February 5, 2015 (AFP Photo / Abd Doumany)

There’s an ad I often hear on NPR featuring a film critic saying, “I can’t wait for the real post-apocalyptic dystopia to arrive so we can finally stop seeing films about it.”

Every time I hear it I think:hodgins-yes

I so often see synopses for new films or tv shows or plays that take place in this post-apocalyptic landscape, particularly written by younger, (I’m just guessing here, but…) white, male writers.

I totally get the impulse. It’s hugely dramatic after all. What do you do after the worse possible thing has happened? You fight the man and reclaim the day! Does matter how vague, contrived, or illogical the details. Hell yeah! Tune in! Continue reading Post-Apocalypse Now

The KID with the KEYS

Join me as Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal presents the debut of The Kid With the Keys.

It will be a classy night of troublemaking, immaturity, and kid-play featuring music from the Millennial Generation of composers including Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Daniel Maté, and yours truly.

Tickets are $38 for VIP Reserved Seating, or $28 for General Admission Seating, both of which include the Entertainment Cover and the $10 Food and/or Beverage Minimum.  RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST.  Please call 818-754-8700 .  Patrons enjoying dinner are encouraged to arrive between 5:30-6:00pm.

Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal is located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601.  Valet Parking is available directly behind the Federal ($3.50 with validation).  Ample street parking is also available.  The dress code is upscale casual.

The Bitch is Back

August 22nd, you WILL NOT want to miss this event.

Me and the Queen, Off-Broadway

Those of you who have seen the delectable Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita before in All Hail the Queen know what a fun, sexy, and all-out HILARIOUS evening this is.

And now she’s back with a brand new show.

New Songs.
New Stories.
Same Boobs.

AHQ: The Bitch is Back is ONE NIGHT ONLY – Wednesday, August 22nd, 8pm @ Supperclub LA.

Get your tickets now!

It’s like we’re doing the Eiffel Tower, except we’re banging you with our vocal chords.

UPRIGHT in the Press

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“Brett Ryback as the accompanist…almost steals the show with the variety of his piano playing. His turn on stage as Kiddo’s Russian instructor at Juilliard is a gem and you will not recognize him in the denouement scene.” ~Theatreworld

The Upright Grand reviews are in from San Francisco Examiner,  San Jose Mercury News,  the San Francisco Chronicle, and Stark Insider!

And writer John Orr wrote a lovely feature on me for Triviana.com.

Take a look below – or click here for the page.

UPRIGHT GRAND Previews and Opening

For those in the Bay Area, UPRIGHT GRAND begins previews this Wednesday and opens officially this Saturday, July 14th @ 8pm.  Tickets and more info here.

Check out TheatreWorks’ newsletter:

And these awesome pics of our key set pieces in process!

UPRIGHT GRAND Previews and Opening

For those in the Bay Area, UPRIGHT GRAND begins previews this Wednesday and opens officially this Saturday, July 14th @ 8pm.  Tickets and more info here.

Check out TheatreWorks’ newsletter:

And these awesome pics of our key set pieces in process!

THE PRINCE in Print

This summer’s July/August issue of American Theatre Magazine will feature the complete version of Steven Drukman’s The Prince of Atlantis along with photos of me in the world premiere production, which played at South Coast Repertory this past April.  Grab a copy and check it out!

Even if you just page through it at the magazine rack, you’ll look super intellectual to all the passersby…

First Look!

Here’s the first press photo of UPRIGHT GRAND, a new play by Laura Schellhardt.

Dan Hiatt plays Pops, Renata Friedman plays Kiddo, and I play the piano.  Not literally “the piano”.  I play ON the piano.  As well as four other characters.  None of which is a piano.

Meredith McDonough directs – at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto July 11- August 10.

Check out more info and cool design photos here!

MILWAUKEE’S STILL BUZZING

After The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter already made a splash when its public reading filled the Cabot Theatre and brought together two companies (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Skylight Music Theatre), this article recently came out in “M Magazine” – Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine.

 

 

 

Writer Joan Kazan and I talk about my Milwaukee roots, my aspirations for the future, and how booking jobs can really mess up a well-planned schedule. 

(Click on the article below to be able to enlarge it.)

FREE BEER!

In celebration of the song “Free Beer” from The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter, Milwaukee’s famous Lakefront Brewery will be offering Free Beer samples before the staged reading of TKD on Monday, Feb. 27th.

The samples will be available starting at 5:30pm in the Skylight Bar, along with brats and other gnosh.  Food and drinks will also be available following the reading.

Check out the song, and then check out the reading!