As so often happens, I find myself inhabiting a role of someone so far from myself that I have to take two busses, a train and a horse-drawn carriage to arrive at their point of view. And thus it is with Jack Manningham, the original prototype of the sociopathic bastard. Much to my chagrin, I find I really relish playing Jack. He's so smooth and so polite and so devious.
If you've never heard of the term, "gaslighting," I suggest you turn on the news. The play Gaslight, or Angel Street as it is known here in the states, is the origin of the term. Gaslighting is the act of manipulating someone via psychological means into questioning their own sanity. I leave your imagination to work out what that has to do with this play.
The play takes place at the Angel Street home of Jack and Bella Manningham which, on the surface, gives the impression of the ideal Victorian household. But there is a dark and sinister undercurrent just out of sight of the public eye. It is this darkness that the audience becomes privy to as the play unfolds.
I shall say no more except that this is quickly becoming one of my favorite roles and it would be a shame if you did not come see me.
The play runs for two weekends starting October 27, 2017 at the Avenue Theatre in Rochester, PA. You can find more information at R-ACT Theatre Productions Website.
Well, I'm only a month late in posting this.
My short play, The Princess and the Great Gold Dragon, was selected to appear in RACT Theatre Productions' first show of the 2017 season. Written specifically with this show in mind, the story is that of a Japanese Princess on a quest to prove to her father, the Shogun, that she is strong and brave.
The story is conveyed to the audience via a storyteller who has to dodge the running commentary of the hero while the cast acts out the events as best they can with the limited resources at their disposal.
RACT did four performances and it was very well received by the audiences.
This video was recorded as part of Driftwood Dramatics production of the show in May of 2016.
I will be appearing in the comedy, Deck Chairs by Bill Arnold at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. We're part of Program A and one of 18 world premiers.
The shows are on the Carnegie Stage in Carnegie, PA. It's a really nice venue. You should come out and support the theatrical arts in Pittsburgh.
You can find more information on their website http://www.pittsburghnewworks.org/
As some of you know, I have been batting around the idea for some time now of starting my own theatre company. To be honest, it’s mostly because I’m selfish and want to do theatre my way. A lot of the theatre companies I’ve dealt with lately are unwilling or unable to do new things, try new works, support new playwrights or take risks. Yes, I’m selfish. I’m a writer who would like to see my works on the stage, but I’m also a director who would like to stage things no one else is doing and I’m an actor who would like to be cast in roles I find interesting. See, I told you I was selfish.
Misa and I had initially thought about buying or renting a place where we could have our own little theatre but we were unable to come up with a location that fit within our budget or was in a place that would attract an audience. So we got the idea to be a homeless theatre company based centrally around the Cranberry area. As such, we have named our new endeavor, Driftwood Dramatics.
We have been working for about a month now to identify possible venues for our first production and have narrowed it down to a couple.
The new Company has a website - http://www.driftwooddramatics.com. There's not a lot there yet; it's still a work in progress.
And what will our first production be, you ask? Imaginary Exits, of course. We're looking to have it up sometime in April if things go as planned. We know you're all dying to come out and see it.
I will be appearing in R-ACT's production of Wait Until Dark with some very talented cast-mates.
This is the story of a blind woman who is being conned by three men searching for a missing doll. I'm playing Mike Talman, one of the con-men. He's a complex character torn between the con and his fondness for the mark.
This is a thriller from beginning to end.
Performances are November 13, 14 and 15 at 7:00 PM at the Avenue Theatre in Rochester.