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Currently based in Bloomington, IN and Philadelphia, PA. Willing to travel.
NEWS & UPCOMING PROJECTS
~I’m directing CHARLOTTE’S WEB for Cardinal Stage, October 18-November 3, 2019. Joseph Robinette’s faithful adaptation preserves the special friendships and heartfelt wisdom of E.B. White’s classic novel. The best children’s literature refuses to talk down to its audience, and CHARLOTTE’S WEB is a great example of that. And for those of you who saw Cardinal’s previous production, you’ll definitely want to come back, because we have some special tricks up our sleeve to really wow both you and your kids.
And for the first time in Cardinal’s history, the final performance (4:00pm, Sunday November 3rd) will be a special “Sensory Friendly” performance, for audience members with such needs. This will be a first for me too, and I’m looking forward to learning a lot as we adapt our production to make it accessible to more members of our community.
~I’ll also be acting for Cardinal this Fall. I’m playing George Wilson and Mr. McKee in THE GREAT GATSBY, September 5-22, 2019. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s powerful little novel is adapted by Simon Levy. I’m a big fan of novels on stage, and this one feels like it has a lot to say in our current moment, about class and privilege and who gets to claim the American Dream as their own.
~I was honored to be back again directing for the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington this past May! After the sold-out run of CHURCH & STATE in 2018, I directed CHERRY DOCS by David Gow, May 9-19 2019.
A neo-Nazi Skinhead is charged with murder in Toronto. Legal Aid assigns him a Jewish lawyer, and they collaborate on a defense. The Skinhead is pushed beyond his prejudice, while the lawyer is forced to examine the limits of his own liberal tolerance, and the demons that might be underneath it. CHERRY DOCS is a white-hot examination of hate and how hard it is to uproot from society.
~Only two weeks before CHERRY DOCS opened, I shared a very different project with Bloomington: directing a bunch of 3rd-6th graders in HONK! JR. for Stages Bloomington. The kids learned and grew so so much, and the result was quite charming (if I do say so myself). A charming musical comedy based on the “Ugly Duckling” fable, HONK! JR. shows us how being different can be a wonderful thing.
~Fall 2018 I played Associate Pastor Joshua in THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath at Cardinal Stage. It was a powerful, thought-provoking story, and a great group of people to work with.
I could link to the reviews, but what sticks with me is the woman we heard from in the lobby after one performance. She wasn’t a person of strong faith, but she had family members who were, and after seeing our production she felt she understood them a little better.
I’m so grateful we were able to share this story with that woman, and with everyone else who came. I truly believe that theatre has the power to promote empathy better than any other art form, because the raw material of theatre is real live people, sharing the same air with the audience.