I was lucky enough to get to go the opening of the Pasadena Playhouse-Deaf West production of Thornton Wilder’s classic, OUR TOWN, thanks to O RÉJANE Stage Manager Emily Abbott. I bawled through the back half of the play because, especially in these trying times, it hit home loudly and starkly.
“Let’s really look at one another…It goes so fast.” — Thornton Wilder, OUR TOWN
And go look at the production, too, if you can. Thanks to Earl Gibson III for snapping this pic.
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So excited to be in the new Drake Doremus film NEWNESS, written by Ben York Jones, alongside the likes of Nicholas Hoult, Danny Huston, and Laia Costa. This bunch was an absolute pleasure to work with, if only for a short time. And Surprise! the film is headed for Sundance quickity split… THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has the scoop.
Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa appear in Newness by Drake Doremus, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
Watch 3-Time Tony Nominee Kevin Chamberlin read my monologue SUGAR COAT IT at the Zak Barnett Studios S.E.A. Talks – Backwing: A Performing Arts Community event in support of LGBTQ MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY. Wilson Cruz and Darryl Stephens perform pieces by Leah Mann and Alisha Gaddis perform her own pieces — all brilliantly. These, and more, monologues were followed by a heartening ZBS S.E.A. Talks discussion on the intersection of art & activism.
Click here to watch the hilarious video on THE ADVOCATE.
Actors read one page from my new, as-yet-untitled play — best described as a rom-com NO EXIT — at the LAFPI 2nd Annual Holiday Micro Reads Hook Up. ‘Twas the season to read new work!
Zak Barnett Studios hosted an invite-only event last week celebrating the first-ever book of its kind LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny, out now from Hal Leonard Books Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. I MC’d as top-notch LGBTQ actors & their allies read monologues from the book.
The piece that I wrote, Sugar Coat It, was performed brilliantly by three-time Tony award nominee Kevin Chamberlin — which made me swoon. Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Rent on Broadway), the Comedian Comedian Ant, Danielle Macdonald (The East, Every Little Thing) , Daryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc), Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye for a Straight Guy, Rent), Kiff Scholl (Reno 911, Criminal Minds), Emmy- and Grammy-winner Alisha Gaddis (also the editor of the book), and moi also performed.
Post performances, Zak Barnett (who I am honored to call an old friend) moderated a lovely, raw, and timely-all-over-again discussion about the import & intersection of art & activism. #loveislove
Pics courtesy of Lucianna Faraone Coccia and Wire Image.
Three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin
Monologue writers Leah Mann, Alisha Gaddis, Ilana Turner, Jamison Scala
Ilana Turner and Zak Barnett, Owner ZBS Studios
“The Horror Just Out of Frame” is about how my personal Horror story unwittingly became a part of our collective Horror story when “The Blair Witch Project” was shot in Burkittsville Union Cemetery, where my sister is buried literally just outside the frame.
I promise it’s poignant — yet funny! Thanks to FreakSugar for having me back. Happy Halloween!
The Horror Just Out of Frame
Tomorrow I’ll be performing a new monologue I’ve penned, “The Horror Just Outside the Frame,” at Samuel French Bookshop’s 2nd Annual Halloween Monologue-a-Looza. This piece, written first as an essay, talks about how my personal Horror story unwittingly became a part of our collective Horror story when “The Blair Witch Project” was shot in Burkittsville Union Cemetery, where my sister is buried — literally just outside the frame.
The Samuel French Theatre and Film Bookshop is celebrating 65 years in Hollywood as the West Coast’s premier Theatre and Film Bookshop, and I’m honored to be performing there. Please come if you can, and click here for details.
I talk figure skating & bringing the funny with FREAK SUGAR in support of Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny, out now from Applause Books.
Creators Behind LGBTQ COMEDIC MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY Speak with Us