Last week Qubit opened the doors of a Harlem Parking Garage for a one-night-only evening of "21st Century Sound Stories!" Here are some photos from designer Marika Kent of the works by Alec Hall, Aaron Einbond, David Bird, featuring the TAK Ensemble and directed by moi!
I'm thrilled to be directing three new works at the intersection of opera and music theater in a parking garage way up in Harlem! This evening (one night only, April 28th) is organized by Qubit, who has recently outfitted this massive industrial warehouse into a performance venue. Definitely worth checking out!
The Hunger Artist returns to the Connelly for 7 performances only this January after acclaimed runs in New York, Edinburgh (Winner of the Lustrum Award for Excellence) and Baltimore. Tickets can be purchased here!
The Ubu Shit Show happened on mischief nacht October 30th, and it was an absolutely hilarious hitjob. Check out the new gallery page to see some of the photos from the one night only event starring Randy Blair, Kate Weber, Grace McLean and more!
Just returning from a spectacular trip to Cambridge where I was invited to speak at Harvard's Houghton Library regarding their Black Crook collection. The talk was called Reviving and Reimagining The Black Crook. So thankful to have been able to finally examine the Charles M. Barras papers, not to mention the rest of their Crook memorabilia.
It's been an incredible run for Jon and Josh and Sinking Ship's Hunger Artist over at Zoo Venues in Edinburgh. Check out all those stars! We also walked away with a Summerhall Lustrum Award for the greatest festival moments! So thrilled to be a part of it and excited to keep it going this December when we go to Baltimore's Theater Project.
Broadwayworld.com has just announced The Tank's 2017 season, and I'm thrilled that The Hunger Artist, which I've been working on with Jon Levin and Josh Luxenberg (of Sinking Ship Productions) will get a full run this coming June at The Connolly Theater.
The Black Crook is a New York Times Critic's Pick, with Laura Collins Hughes calling it a "redemptive love letter to theater history." You can read the rest of the review here! There's been so much written about the Black Crook in the past couple weeks that it's hard to find it all. I've done what I can, and here is a most unbiased list of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This September The Black Crook will be turning 150 years old, marking 150 years of the American Musical, and I am so excited to be bringing it back to the New York stage at the Abrons Arts Center just in time for it's sequicentennial anniversary. This has been a pet project of mine for many years (almost 10?), and I can't wait to share some the new work I'm been doing on it, as well as the incredible artists I've gathered to help me. The Black Crook is a neglected artifact in American History; it is an origin story for the spectacle that is America, and for that reason alone it deserves to be exhumed once again. Abrons Arts Center has generously provided msyelf and my producing partner Moe Yousuf with an incredible amount of resources, but we still need some help getting this epic melodrama back on it's feet. We're trying to raise $8,000 on Hatchfund in the next 34 days, all of which will go to supporting our array of artists. So please consider spreading this link, or even donating yourself (we've got some incredible perks, including a tour of Edwin Booth's bedroom). Help us make history. And if you'd like to see the full clip of Leonard Bernstein discussing the Black Crook, I've uploaded it here.
Since I couldn't find a gif of a bear drinking beer, here's one of a bear belly-flopping into an above ground swimming pool. But for the purposes of this email try to imagine a bear drinking beer, because right now Ars Nova is offering a free beer with every ticket to Bear Slayer purchased between now and midnight Friday (code: BEERBEAR). For the past two weeks Dan O'Neil, Katie Rose McLaughlin, and I have been revamping our 2015 AntFest production as an Ars Nova project residency. It has been such an amazing experience getting to revisit this hilarious play, and I hope you'll join us on either May 25, 26 or June 1 at 8PM.
While I've been busy in Philly, Little Lord's Michael Levinton was interviewed by Clyde Fitch Report's Tim Cusak in a roundup of 2015's most memorable theater events. So excited that Bambifucker was included! And even more excited by Levinton's theater pick for 2016!
Levinton’s pick is a new adaptation of The Black Crook by Joshua William Gelb, opening at Abrons in September: “It’s supposedly the first true piece of American musical theater, and it has this crazy back story, and 2016 is the 150th anniversary of it’s premier.” Gelb also appeared as Bambi with Levinton’s company, so if his performance in that show is any indication, New York is in for a treat.
Thrilled to annouce that The Black Crook has been selected to receive a Creative Engagement LMCC Grant this year! 150 years ago The Black Crook opened at Niblo's Garden on the corner of Prince and Broadway (it's an Armani Exchange now) and I can't wait to share this original downtown theater juggernaut this September at Abrons Arts Center (another downtown Manhattan stallwart) with support from the Lower Manhattan Culture Council!
Thought we'd never finish this silly little short. And honestly, it's still not finished. But it's almost finished. And for that, I am posting this screenshot. #comingsoon