The Donut Problem, or What’s the Matter with Ingénues?

Photo by: Thomas Kelly

The term isn’t mine, but the problem is one that lots of writers fall into. The Donut Problem describes what happens when your main character is nowhere near as interesting or as active as all the characters that surround her.

There are several reasons this may occur. Continue reading The Donut Problem, or What’s the Matter with Ingénues?

Post-Apocalypse Now

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

Last Chance for BWAY BOUND

Tonight through Sunday is the last week to see Broadway Bound at La Mirada.  The audiences have been absolutely wonderful, and the critics have only fantastic things to say about everyone.


“[As Stanely and Eugene,] Ryback and Alda are ideal…Ryback embodies Stanley’s astoundingly unshakeable faith in, and readiness with praise for, himself and Eugene as great comedy writers.  Sweating out their first assignment for radio, Ryback’s Stanley is absolutely driven.” ~OC Register
mtn8pu-b781175088z.120130924115535000g3u1g38e0.1“As Stanley, Brett Ryback provides the almost frenzied ambition and creative anxiety against which Eugene’s own creativity blends or bumps. He must always vibrate with urgency, and Ryback makes that both believable and highly entertaining.” ~Long Beach Press-Telegram


The show is a delightful, heartfelt experience and I would love for you to get to see it.

To purchase you may call the Box Office at 562.944.9801 or order online.



Photo Credit: Michael Lamont


Broadway Bound in La Mirada

photo(2)I’m thrilled to share the news that I will be playing Stanley Jerome in McCoy/Rigby’s production of Neil Simon’s masterwork BROADWAY BOUND in La Mirada.

I’ve long been a huge fan of Simon’s work and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to play one of his characters.  The semi-autobiographical story centers around the Jerome family as they all move on from their home in Brighton Beach.

Ian Alda

Eugene and his older brother Stanley are working toward becoming comedy writers for CBS amidst family troubles that threaten to tear the home apart.

Ian Alda
, with whom I performed in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, plays my brother Eugene.

The rest of the cast includes Gina Hecht, Cate Cohen, John Mariano, and Allan Miller.
Jeff Maynard directs.

We have a short run of performances from Sept. 20 – Oct. 13, 2013.
(W-Th: 7:30pm, F: 8pm; Sa: 2pm & 8pm; Su: 2pm.)

Get your tickets at the Box Office at 562-944-9801 or ORDER ONLINE.

Discounted tickets are available from Goldstar!