Final Draft Big Break Quarter Finalist

Thrilled to announce that CHOKE POINT, the one-hour pilot I co-wrote with Adam Scott Epstein, made the quarter finals of the Final Draft #BigBreak screenwriting competition.

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PAGE Quarter Finalist

Pleased to announce that my one-hour figure skating pilot, CENTER, made the quarter finals of the The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards!

Thanks to the judges, and congrats to all the other quarter finalists!

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New play: MATCH

This March 9 – 19, I’ll be acting in the Inkwell Theater development workshop of new play MATCH by Jennifer Maisel — on whom I’ve long had a playwriting crush. Come see us! Tickets are only $5.

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Here’s the official blurb:
Leo has a wife and needs a kidney. Leyla needs Leo and wants a baby—or is it the other way around? Ben needs a kidney and desperately longs for human connection. Maddy needs redemption—will donating a kidney give her that? Moss deals in flesh, seeking the highest bidder.

As a bromance flourishes and organs are harvested, as faith is tested and baked goods are devoured, these five New Yorkers find themselves asking: Can there really be such a thing as a gift with no strings attached? Match is an audacious new dramedy from award-winning playwright Jennifer Maisel about failing kidneys, delicious muffins, and the lengths we will go to to save the people we love.

(Spoiler: I’m Leyla.)

O Rejane is INSIDE OUT

Thrilled that O REJANE and our action to shine a light on women making theater is included in French artist’s JR’s new INSIDE OUT book. Congrats to O REJANE’s own Joseph Will, who snapped our pics and the pics of our pics on display outside Bootleg Theater.

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King Charles III

Thanks to @pasadenaplayhouse for inviting me to the premiere of the divine King Charles III last weekend. Go, if you can, to see a fabulous cast in this masterfully-written, modern-day iambic pentameter play. #lovedit

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Our Town

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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NEWNESS

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.

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.

3-Time Tony Nominee Kevin Chamberlin Performs my SUGAR COAT IT

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.

1 page from a New Play, LAFPI

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!

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Funny Monologue Published in Funny Book (that you should buy)

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

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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.