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GIRLS

I had a short & sweet moment on the latest (and last) season of GIRLS. Check it out: 

THE SURF REPORT @ NOFF

I'm stoked to be traveling to New Orleans this week to support THE SURF REPORT which is screening at the New Orleans Film Festival. It screens October 15th at 2p!

THE LION IN WINTER

Excited to announce that I'll be heading to Red Bank, NJ to play King Philip in THE LION IN WINTER at Two River Theater. Tyne Rafaeli directs! 

Michael Cumpsty and Dee Hoty to Star in Two River Theater’s THE LION IN WINTER; Cast Announced!Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the cast and creative team for its production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter, directed by Tyne Rafaeli. The production will run November 12-December 4, 2016, with the opening night on Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The lead production sponsor for The Lion in Winter is Monmouth University.

Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Michael Cumpsty (The End of the Rainbow, Hamlet) and three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty (Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The Will Rogers Follies) star as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in this American classic, written in 1966 by James Goldman and adapted into a 1968 film starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. Also featured in the company are Noah Averbach-Katz (John), KeiLyn Durrel Jones (Richard), Ronald Peet (Philip), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Geoffrey), and Madeleine Rogers (Alais).

Set during Christmas 1183, The Lion in Winter crashes through castle doors as King Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John spend a memorable holiday revisiting old wounds-and making new ones-as they fight over who will rule the land after Henry’s death.

”The Lion in Winter feels like a bitingly relevant conversation in light of our upcoming presidential election,” says Artistic Director John Dias. “Questions about the battle for succession and the demands of leadership have never felt more pertinent. What makes The Lion in Winter feel so immediate and fresh is how it bridges great political posturing and intense personal and domestic intrigue. The play is not only about the battle over succession-it’s also a family drama, and very fun to watch.”

Director Tyne Rafaeli was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University. A longtime Associate Director to Bartlett Sher, she has directed classics, new plays and musicals in London and the US. She was awarded the 2013/14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. Her current and upcoming projects include Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, a new musical by Marc Acito, at Goodspeed Musicals and My Fair Lady at Playmakers Rep.

The creative team for The Lion in Winter includes scenic designer Kristen Robinson, costume designer Andrea Hood, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and Sound Designer Josh Schmidt. The fight direction is by J. Steven White, the casting is by Jack Doulin & Sharky, and the stage manager is Jenny Kennedy.

Inside Two River: Open Rehearsal: On Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm, audiences are invited to join Two River Theater to watch an open rehearsal in the Rechnitz Theater with director Tyne Rafaeli and members of the cast as they work on scenes from the play. To reserve a spot, interested patrons should call 732.345.1400 or visit www.tworivertheater.org.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, creates great American theater performed by award-winning artists. We produce American and world masterpieces, and new plays and musicals. Two River Theater offers new-play commissions and artistic development activities that support the most adventurous artists in the American theater; invites its audience to be part of the creative process through readings and open rehearsals; and cultivates students and young people to participate in innovative arts-education programs and become a new generation of theatergoers. Founded in 1994 by Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, Two River Theater is easily accessible by car, train, or bus, with great restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the theater.
— Broadway World

Sam Salmond @ JOE'S PUB

I got to sing a few songs in a concert at Joe's Pub celebrating Jonathan Larson Grant winner Sam Salmond. It was a star studded event! 

Photo: Marjorie Becker

Photo: Marjorie Becker

#tbt GOLEM write-up in the Bahamian Tribune

I had the pleasure of having a little blurb written on my involvement in THE GOLEM OF HAVANA back in January by the Bahamian Tribune 242. I'm a Bahamian citizen and it was a point of pride to have my people recognize me! 

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/feb/22/bahamian-actor-stars-musicals-acclaimed-run/

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PEERLESS

It was a blast doing peerless by Jiehae Park at Barrington Stage Company this summer! Here are some shots: 

KENTUCKY featured on PLAYBILL.COM

Playbill.com did a little photo shoot for KENTUCKY (EST/P73). Here are some highlights:

(Photo: Monica Simoes)

(Photo: Monica Simoes)

(Photo: Monica Simoes)

(Photo: Monica Simoes)

(Photo: Monica Simoes)

(Photo: Monica Simoes)

http://www.playbill.com/article/exclusive-photo-shoot-with-the-cast-of-kentucky

NAKED ANGELS' HOLIDAY SOIREE

I'm stoked to be playing Naked Angels' Holiday Soirée on the evening of December 7th. 

Info: 

6:30 pm - Premiere Cocktail Hour
7:30 pm - The Soirée

Featuring: Live Musicians, a Holiday Radio Show, Specialty Performances, Winter Libations, Sweet & Savory Treats, a Photo Booth, Raffle, and more!

All proceeds will support our Core Artistic Programming: Tuesdays@9, 1st Mondays, Angels In Progress, Naked Radio, and 3T!

Location: Ramscale Studio, 463 West Street, Penthouse, NY NY 10014
Attire: Festive Cocktail

TICKETS

TANGENTS

I'm looking forward to narrating Shal Ngo's new web-series entitled TANGENTS. Shal describes it as: each episode is a combination of memoir, philosophy and storytelling. His films are visually stunning and it'll be great to be part of them! More to come!

OSF's PLAY ON! (THE TEMPEST)

I'm excited to be reading FERDINAND in Kenneth Cavander's new translation of William Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST next week as part of a developmental reading for Oregon Shakespeare Festival's PLAY ON! Program. 

More on PLAY ON! : 

OSF is commissioning 36 playwrights and pairing them with dramaturgs to translate 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare into contemporary modern English between now and December 31, 2018. By seeking out a diverse set of playwrights (more than half writers of color and more than half women), we hope to bring fresh voices and perspectives to the rigorous work of translation. Each playwright is being asked to put the same pressure and rigor of language as Shakespeare did on his, keeping in mind meter, rhythm, metaphor, image, rhyme, rhetoric and emotional content. Our hope is to have 39 unique side-by-side companion translations of Shakespeare’s plays that are both performable and extremely useful reference texts for both classrooms and productions. We are also excited about the potential for a highly engaging national conversation about language that this project could prompt, and we hope you’ll join in that conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Play on!

 

THE PETROL STATION

I'll be acting in a workshop production of Sulayman Al Bassam's new piece THE PETROL STATION produced through NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. The workshop will last for two weeks and culminate in a showing on the evening of Monday, November 16th at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts.

More info to come...

DEAD AIR RADIO

In honor of Halloween, I'll be reading in Lauren Yee's THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE as part of DEAD AIR: A MACABRE EVENING OF HAUNTING RADIO PLAYS AND STIFF DRINKS. This is happening next week Thursday (10/29) from 8-10 in the Garden District Lounge at Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room. Annie Tippe directs. 

Here's how it's being billed: 

An invited group of playwrights pens short radio plays inspired by ghost stories of yesteryear, performed live with music and song interwoven throughout the evening. The inaugural, prototype event premieres just before Halloween in a sleek, speakeasy-like cabaret space in Gramercy, for an intimate, invitation-only audience.

The evening is recorded and the pieces released on SoundCloud. The event is ideally developed as an annual Halloween performance, with a new source of ghost-story inspiration every year.

This is a celebration of goosebumps and folklore, storytelling and the Supernatural. This evening we invite Death into the room with us for a drink.

If you’d like to request an invitation to attend or more information, please click here.

NEW VOCAL: THE FOG

I had the pleasure of recording some demos for Jahn Sood's IN A SEA OF FACES a few weeks ago and now I've uploaded one song called THE FOG to the VOCALS page! Take a listen!