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
Proud to have a monologue, “Sugar Coat It” included in the first-ever book of its kind, #LGBTQ COMEDIC MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY, now available from Hal Leonard Books and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. Scroll down for the scoop & click to order on Amazon. #loveislove
The first-of-its-kind book, LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny, is out now from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, part of the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. For many years, actors have bought anthologies of monologues to use for auditions, but LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny is the first and only book specifically tailored for actors auditioning for LGBTQ roles.
Edited by Emmy- and Grammy-award winner Alisha Gaddis (Lishy Lou and Lucky Too), this hysterical, cutting-edge monologue book features works by LGBT writers and comics, and their allies, who have written and/or performed for Comedy Central, Backstage magazine, NBC, the Huffington Post, the Onion, Second City, E!, and many more. LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny (224 pages, $14.99) is the sixth book of monologues Gaddis has edited in the Applause Acting Series of Monologues That Are Actually Funny.
I am incredibly grateful to have worked for three of the top 11 directors on this list of The 50 Best Commercial Directors in the World — and I’ve worked for one of them twice. Wow. Humbled. #luckyduck