Current Projects -- Spring 2018

In April I start rehearsals and go into previews for the remount of Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theater Company. The show runs May 2 - June 3 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. I will be returning in the role of Clementine until May 27th, when I go into tech for the world premiere of Trayf by Lindsay Joelle at Theater J! Very excited to be working on these two incredible new plays in tandem. 

Also in April, I am thrilled to be workshopping Philip Dawkins' new play, Spamtown, USA, at The Kennedy Center, co-produced with the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis in the Kennedy Center's New Voices, New Visions Festival, and directed by CTC Artistic Director Peter Brosius. Spamtown, USA explores the 1985 Hormel Foods Corp. strike in Austin, Minnesota from the perspective of teenagers. Check out more info here

I have been very fortunate to workshop several new plays over the past few months!

It was a huge honor to be directed by Ken Ludwig, in a workshop reading of his new play Dear Jack, Dear Louise, alongside my actor buddy Rex Daugherty. A true master class. 

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In April I performed in a Kennedy Center workshop reading of Steve Yockey's beautiful new play To Tokyo and the Moon, directed by Jenna Duncan as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. 

Also in April I had the pleasure of working with Rorschach Theatre to workshop Iris Dauterman's play Sing to Me Now in their Magic in Rough Spaces Festival, directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick and incorporating design into the workshopping process. 

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From January - March I workshopped a new version of my play MOM BABY GOD, including conducting brand new immersive research, overhauling the script, and working for the first time with a full team of designers! The show was produced by Taffety Punk Theatre Co. and directed by Lise Bruneau. We sold out the week-long run and the show was staff pick at Washington City Paper. You can check out reviews of the show in the City Paper here and Washington Post here

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2017-2018 Full Season

August - September 2017 Playing Becky/Denise/Clara in The Heidi Chronicles at Rep Stage. Directed by Jenna Duncan.

October - December 2017 Playing Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Theater J. Directed by Amber Paige McGinnis.

February-March 2018 Performing in solo show MOM BABY GOD, produced by Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Directed by Lise Bruneau.

April - May 2018 Playing Clementine in the remount of Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theater Company. Directed by Serge Seiden.

May - June 2018 Playing Leah in the world premiere of Trayf by Lindsay Joelle at Theater J. Directed by Derek Goldman. 

March 2017 MOM BABY GOD at Forum Theatre / Three Sisters and No Sisters at Studio Theatre

March was definitely the most insane month and I'm so very very grateful to all the collaborators who shared their energy and genius and helped pull it off! I was so fortunate to be able to workshop a new version of MOM BABY GOD under the sharp direction of Kathleen Akerley and assistant director Amelia Powell, and to perform for a full house of so many friends and collaborators on the stage of the #NastyWomenRep (Dry Land and What Every Girl Should Know-- two stunning productions that I was so so glad to see) at Forum Theatre. We also received this really wonderful write-up in the Baltimore City Paper, which captured so much of what the play means to me in 2017. I'm very excited to continue developing this piece in 2017-2018, with an eye towards more performances in the near future. 

While re-writing and rehearsing MOM BABY GOD, I've also been very fortunate to understudy Studio Theatre's crazy amazing rep productions of Checkhov's Three Sisters, directed by Jackson Gay, and No Sisters, a world premiere written and directed by Aaron Posner and performed simultaneous to Three Sisters (sharing half the cast). 

 Backstage at Studio, with approximately a pound of shellac in my hair

Backstage at Studio, with approximately a pound of shellac in my hair

During tech for MOM BABY GOD at Forum, I learned that I would most likely be going on later that night for Three Sisters, for their first performance after opening (before understudy rehearsals had begun). I ended up performing that week in three performances of Three Sisters and one performance of Three Sisters and No Sisters at the same time. 

It was quite honestly the most **insane**, exhilarating thing I have ever done onstage and I'm endlessly grateful to this incredibly gracious cast and the wonderful team at Studio for coming together to help in every possible way to pull it off. 

You can learn more about this incredible rep in the video below!

 MOM BABY GOD at Forum Theatre, directed by Kathleen Akerley

MOM BABY GOD at Forum Theatre, directed by Kathleen Akerley

 Keeping three plays and a total of 11 characters in my head for three months :0 :0 :0 

Keeping three plays and a total of 11 characters in my head for three months :0 :0 :0 

Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Parks), Henry VI Part I (Taffety Punk Bootleg @ Folger Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Brave Spirits Theatre)

I've had the pleasure of spending my summer working on three different Shakespeare productions. Throughout July I performed in Twelfth Night with Prince George's Shakespeare in the Parks, which toured to public parks throughout Prince George's County and provided free professional Shakespeare productions to audiences throughout the DC area. I was part of the Ensemble and group of live musicians, playing percussion in a group led by Bradley Foster Smith.

 

I ended July performing with Taffety Punk Theatre Company to a packed house at their annual Bootleg Shakespeare at the Folger Theatre in a production of Henry VI Part I. It was an honor to be part of this tradition and perform alongside such an incredible group of actors, in one of the scariest and most exhilarating performances I've ever been a part of. To learn more about Taffety Punk's Bootleg tradition, check out this article. Beautiful photos by Bee Two Sweet Photography.

 

In August I began rehearsals for Antony and Cleopatra with Brave Spirits Theatre, which opens September 14th. Check out this beautiful poster! 

Di and Viv and Rose -- Off-Broadway U.S. Premiere -- Original Soundtrack Now Streaming

We soundtracked a play! And then we saw it! (performing at Theatre Row in NYC thru June 19). The performances in this play are *beautiful*-- this review sums up how I felt about it.  And now our original soundtrack for the U.S. premiere of Di and Viv and Rose by Amelia Bullmore is available for you to hear online thanks to our wonderful friends at The Le Sigh. You can also download it via Tomboy's bandcamp. By far one of my favorite projects I've worked on this year. A really special + cool collaboration with an incredible group of women making important theater.