THEATER - "Beardo" Workshop
August 17, 2016
I got to workshop a wild and brilliant show for Pipeline Theater Company this week. Beardo is a retelling of the Rasputin story in the form of a play with songs. The lyrical and ridiculous liberetto is by Jason Craig (Banana Bag & Bodice) and the music is by Dave Malloy (Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet). I'm a big fan of Dave's work, and now I'm also enamored with Jason's writing. It was a lot of fun reading for Beardo and performing some of the music. Be on the lookout for that production early next year!
THEATER - Mettawee River Theater Company
July 2, 2016
I'm out of town for the next three weeks working in pastoral Salem, NY with some of my favorite people: the Mettawee River Theater Company. The show this year is an adaptation of a Korean folktale titled Before The Sun and Moon. The puppet/mask adaptation has been co-written by director/designer Ralph Lee and my long-time collaborator Krisitne Lee. I've worked with Ralph and Casey, who run the company and collectively design all the shows, for about six years now. I'm thrilled to be up here in dairy country making new theater for small-town upstate audiences. I'll be doing a lot of swimming and ice-cream-eating in my down time. You can find out more about Mettawee and our performance schedule here.
THEATER - Workshop of Complex
June 27, 2016
I'm back in the city for five days between out-of-town summer projects and have crammed a new play workshop into that space, naturally! I'm stoked to be working on a play by Dominic Finocchiaro and directed by Sanaz Ghajar called Complex. We read this one around a table earlier this year and I fell immediately in love with it. We'll be at New York Theater Workshop all week playing with text, staging, choreography and a little karaoke. There will be a sharing at the end of week. Reach out if you'd like to attend!
THEATER -Blessing at Yale Institute for Music Theatre
June 14, 2016
I'm up in New Haven for the next two weeks working on my southern gothic musical Blessing with my writing partner Andrew Farmer. We're feeling very fotunate to be a part of this year's Yale Institute for Music Theatre, working with a cast of brilliant professional actors and Yale Drama students. Kent Nicholson is directing and Rick Burkhardt is music directing so we're absolutely decked out. You can see readings of our show (and the other show in the Institute) on the 24th or 25th as part of the Arts and Ideas Festival. There's more info about the project, us and the Institute here: http://drama.yale.edu/2016-institute
THEATER - Political Subversities: Third Party Ticket at The PIT
June 3, 2016
My musical-sketch comedy group Political Subversities is back in action this summer! We've been working all spring developing new material and are kicking it into high gear for a summer run at The PIT. I won't be performing this round due to my out of town gigs, but I've been writing and a bunch of my songs and sketches will be performed in the show by my brilliant cast mates. We've got some new faces joining us for the summer run and you want to see them, trust me. We have shows every Friday at 8pm from 6/10-7/22! More details on our website here.
PODCAST: pilot of a new episodic show
June 1, 2016
I can't share any details about this yet, but I had an awesome opportunity to work on the pilot of a new narrative podcast that hopefully will get picked up by a big-deal media company for full production in the fall. It has been a blast to record and fit snugly into my crazy early-summer schedule.
THEATER - Blessing at Yale Institute for Music Theater
April 6, 2016
Andrew Farmer and I are incredibly honored to be part of this summer's Yale Institute for Music Theater with our show Blessing. We'll be spending two weeks in New Haven with a stellar group of actors working on this show that we originally created on commission for Playwrights Horizons Theater School. YIMT is an awesome opportunity and you can come see what we'll have accomplished at open rehearsal-readings on June 24th and 25th.
THEATER - Dog Gone Day at BAX
April 6, 2016Dog Gone Dayconceived by Kristine Haruna Lee & Andrew R. Butlerwritten by Kristine Haruna Leedirected by Andrew J. ScovillewithJess Almasy, Andrew R. Butler, Mike Mikos, Josh Gelb, Tony Lopez and Eliza Bent.4/22 & 4/23 @ 8pm, BAX 421 5th Ave. Brooklyn
A is an expert on memory.
K has synesthesia.
But together, they can’t seem to remember that thing…
So they sit and fear a porcelain bathtub, which sits high in the attic.
They go to Cabo, 1992.
They try to find it in a medieval forest,
In the doctor’s office,
At past lectures-
But only nonsense can make sense of this logic.
Dog Gone Day is a trip inside one person’s intimate memory palace, where travel takes place on neurological impulses, and scenes arrive and dissolve as quickly as the fleeting thoughts in our brain; they have the distinct weight of life altering memories falling like sediment to the floor of our subconscious.
THEATER - Fresh Ground Pepper Play Ground Play Group
April 6, 2016
I'm feeling lucky to have been accepted into Fresh Ground Pepper's 2016 Play Ground Play Group! I'll be working on my project Rags Parkland over the course of the year alongside other brilliant artists working on their own peices. Director Jordan Fein will be joining me in the group to continue our collaboration on Rags, which I'm hoping will expand to include other performers for the first time. Sometime in December there will be a culminatory performance, though I'm hoping to try out some new material along the way. Sci-Fi folk geekery here we come!
THEATER - Finn the Fearless in the Polyphone Festival
March 7, 2016
My Floridian story-telling folk-musical Finn the Fearless is getting a concert-format workshop production at The Polyphone Festival! Polyphone is a new musicals festival put on by The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. We're working with a group of awesome students, directed by Kent Nicholson, and a local Philly bluegrass band. We've put two new songs, a bunch of rewrites, and a whole lot of love into this newest incarnation of the show, and we're excited to share it over three performances: March 22nd, 25th and 26th at The Merriam Theater in Philadelphia! We're also floored to be in the company of the other incredible creative teams in the festival, including Heather Christian, Stephanie Johnstone, Josh Gelb, Cesar Alvarez (who is also the artistic director of the festival) and Dan Fishback! On Saturday the 26th, you can see the four new musicals in the festival in one day!
You can get tickets (they're five bucks!) and more information HERE.
THEATER - The White Stag Quadrilogy
January 10, 2016
I'm reprising the role of Jerry Wolfert for On The Rocks Theater Company's newest show The White Stag Quadrilogy. We follow Jerry and his North Hollywood misfits as they attempt to complete his art-film saga, The White Stag Quadrilogy, while on house arrest at their now-defunct Gentlemen's Club, The Plaza Michelle. It promises to be a ridiculous romp, full of elaborate and silly dances by Chloe Kernaghan, megolamaniacal speeches from Jerry, and a new solo section of the show featuring Jerry's ex-wife Pearl (played by Rebeca Miller).
At Dixon Place
Fridays/Saturdays - Feb 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm
THEATER - The Elementary Spacetime Show
December 14, 2015
I'll be in a reading of César Alvarez's newest musical, The Elementary Spacetime Show, this Friday at Ars Nova! 2pm. I play Herman Melville. (duh). Tickets are free! Come hear what César has been writing in the Uncharted writing group for the past two years. My writing partner Andrew Farmer and I have been working on our show Finn the Fearless in the same group! (Farmer is also in the reaading Friday!) (It just gets better and better!)
THEATER - Finn the Fearless reading at Ars Nova
December 7, 2015
This Friday we'll be sharing our full draft of Finn the Fearless in NYC for the first time! We've got a super exciting line-up of actors and musicians joining us at Ars Nova. It'll be at 2pm and tickets are free! Kent Nicholson is directing and Nathan Dame is music directing (AND PLAYING BASS!). And check out these actors!
Featuring: Andrew R. Butler, Andrew Farmer, Gideon Glick, Annie Golden, William Jackson Harper, Ken Marks, Jeanna Phillips
This is the culmination of our residency at Ars Nova through their Uncharted writers group.
THEATER - WIP showing of Dog Gone Day at BAX
November 18, 2015
Kristine Lee and I have been working on a new play she's penning called Dog Gone Day through her residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. We'll be showing what we've got so far on Sunday at 2pm. Jess Almasey will be performing with me and I couldn't be more excited about that. She is A WILD ANIMAL OF THE THEATER and is thrilling in every moment. What a great pairing for Kristine's text. We've also got some lights and sound from harunalee company members Sarah Lurie and Stivo. Andrew Scoville is directing. It's gonna be a blast! and it's Free! See ya there.
THEATER - Futurity video!
November 2, 2015
Check out this neat little promo vid that Ars Nova made for Futurity. There's a series featuring a few of the musician/actors in the show and this one is me!
WEB - The Impossibilities Nominated for a Gotham Award
October 28, 2015
The web series I was in last year, The Impossibilties, has continued to draw accolades at festivals around the world and most recently it was nominated for a Gotham Award! That's a pretty big deal, and I'm super excited for the show and for writer/director Anna Kerrigan who truly deserves the recognition. Fingers crossed a second season comes into being and my character returns from touring with James Taylor to get tangled up in the world of the show's oddball protagonists!
THEATER - Futurity
October 23, 2015
I'm very thrilled to be in Ars Nova & SoHo Rep's production of César Alvarez's FUTURITY, running until November 22nd at The Connelly in the LES. We got a great review in the Times (though I've been avoiding reading it till the show is done!), and audience responses have been truly exciting. Working with César, who I first met through Ars Nova's Uncharted Music/Theater Writers Group, is always inspiring and this show embodies his spirit and mind in ways that are hard to describe in words. The show's Off-Broadway union contract is also allowing me to join Equity! So that's pretty cool too. Come check us out if you haven't already. We're marching into music/battle/the future 7 or 8 times a week.
Here's a production photo I snagged from the internet! (It's by Julia Cervantes.)
THEATER - Dog Gone Day at BAX
October 14, 2015
My most frequent collaborator, playwright/performer Kristine Haruna Lee, was awarded an Artist Residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange this year, through which she and I are collaborating on our next show with our theater company harunalee. We'll be at BAX a few times a week well into next year developing Dog Gone Day, a peice we've been working on in short bursts for about a year now. We've been doing a lot of research on the ancient art of memory, abnormal psychology, Rennaissance occultists, and nonsense. There will be a few work-in-progress showings where you can get a peak at what we're cooking up. This fall we've been working with director Andrew Scoville and our showing will be on Sunday November 22nd at BAX.
THEATER - HAIL OBLIVION concert!
October 9, 2015
I am deeply joyful over an upcoming concert of one of my favorite theatrical projects, Stephanie Johnstone and Joshua William Gelb's HAIL OBLIVIAN: a pirate fantasia. And get this: BRYCE PINKHAM is singing the role of Errol Flynn this time around! After being a part of workshops in 2009 and 2012, my heart was warmed that Stephanie and Josh invited me back to sing one of my favorite tunes for the concert and wail along with the pirate chorus! Here's to hoping for an epic future production of this musical, but in the mean time come hear it brought to harmonious life at JACK in Clinton Hill on Monday!
THEATER - FINN at Theatre Aspen
August 30, 2015
My co-writer Andrew Farmer and I just took our musical Finn the Fearless to Theatre Aspen in Colorado for a two week workshop and a concert reading! We finished our first full draft of the show and got some lovely press about the workshop from the local paper. The reading went extraordinarily well and we're looking forward to our reading at Ars Nova on December 11th!