Opening the world premiere of Lindsay Joelle's beautiful play Trayf next week! Runs June 4-June 24 at Theater J -- theaterj.org/on-stage/trayf
So grateful to be back with the team of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theater Company, playing Clementine again through May 27th!
Photo by Chris Banks
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Teresa Castracane
Currently playing Sunny in Last Night of Ballyhoo with an incredible group of artists at Theater J Dec. 4-Dec. 31s. Directed by Amber Paige McGinnis.
So thrilled to be in rehearsals for The Heidi Chronicles at Rep Stage, directed by Jenna Duncan. Rehearsals are underway and the show runs Sep 7 - 24. Photo by Sarah English. (with Melissa Flaim)
Monday! One Night Only. I will be playing Queen Margaret in Taffety Punk's annual Bootleg Shakespeare at the Folger Theatre on Monday, July 24th. Tickets are FREE and available in person at the Folger Box Office at 6pm. Go time at 7:30 pm!
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).
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!
I've spent the past two months going back into immersive research on the U.S. anti-abortion movement, workshopping and re-writing and re-developing my play MOM BABY GOD for 2017, and I'm STOKED to finally be bringing it to Baltimore at Single Carrot Theatre and D.C. at Forum Theatre this month! Performs March 10, 11, 30th at Single Carrot in Baltimore and March 27th at Forum Theatre. This time around I've had the amazing opportunity to work with Director Kathleen Akerley, Assistant Director Amelia Powell, Dramaturge Skye Landgraf, Sound Designer Allison Smartt, Projection Designer Roc Lee, Lighting Designer Sarah Tundermann, and Stage Manager Kelsey Jenkins to re-develop the show. Tickets: www.mombabygod.com/schedule
So very excited to bring MOM BABY GOD 3.0 to Baltimore and D.C. this month! We will be at Single Carrot Theatre March 10-11 and 30, and in D.C. at Forum Theatre March 27. Tickets and more info: www.mombabygod.com/schedule.
It was a huge honor to be part of the sold-out world premiere run of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's brilliant, important play Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies at Mosaic Theater Company with this incredible group of artists: www.mosaictheater.org/hooded
Ecstatic to spend January 2017 in rehearsals with an incredible team of artists for the world premiere of Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm and directed by Serge Seiden at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Previews begin 1/25. Tickets:
On Monday we opened this beautiful, dark new play by Jonelle Walker. TAME. is a response to Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew set in Anahuac, Texas in 1960. It's a play about young women's self-determination, with a young queer female character at its center who refuses to conform to society's expectations. I believe so strongly in this play and it has been an honor to be part of the later workshop development stages of this script and put it on its feet in its first full production, running now thru December 11 with WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA. Production photos by Dan Corey / DJ Corey Photography.
This creative team has been incredible to collaborate with, and I'm so excited to get to play for the next 6 weeks in a world created by this amazing team: Set designer Eric McMorris, props designer Becky Mezzanotte, lighting designer E-hui Woo, costume designer Danielle Preston, sound designer Mehdi Raoufi, dialect coach Christine Hirrel, fight choreographer Danny Cackley, playwright Jonelle Walker, director Angela Kay Pirko, stage manager Laura Schlactmeyer, assistant dramaturge Brett Abelman, and dramaturge Maegan Clearwood.
Just closed Antony and Cleopatra with Brave Spirits Theatre, where I played Pompey, the Soothsayer, and collaborated with music director Zach Roberts to lead the percussion interwoven into the production. Very proud to have collaborated with this group of fearless theatre artists and create a world for this massive play in the intimate space of Convergence Theatre Lab in Alexandria, VA.
Part of Brave Spirits' mission is to create more opportunities for women in classical theatre, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play a female Pompey and other traditionally male roles in the production. In an industry where so many underdeveloped female roles exist (not to mention the shows with no women at all), it was a blast to expand the idea of what "playing a female version of a male character" could mean. My friend Vivien Endicott-Douglas recently wrote this amazing piece that really resonated with me, about her experience playing Romeo and the ways gender fluid casting can challenge our ideas about gender itself, and also create space for female performers to expand our notions of who we are, rather than confining us to the narrow definitions of women that we often see onstage and elsewhere (the sister/girlfriend/wife/mother of the male protagonist, described and judged for our appearance and not for our strengths, weaknesses, and complexity as humans.)
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!
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.
Wawa commercial I shot in December is out! This was a blast to work on. Wawa forever <3
Original Soundtrack for Di and Viv and Rose U.S. premiere & 2016 Source Festival
My band Tomboy is writing original music for the U.S. premiere of Amelia Bullmore's West End hit Di and Viv and Rose! Thrilled to be collaborating with this amazing group of female theater artists on this awesome project. You can learn more about the show here. Di and Viv and Rose runs from June 2-19th at Theatre Row.
I'm currently in rehearsals for the 2016 Source Festival, where I'm performing in two 10-minute plays directed by Kevin Place. Performance dates are 6/12, 6/17, 6/25, and 7/3.
Currently in the middle of a 6 week run of Romeo & Juliet student matinees at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. We’ve already performed to over 2,000 students and will perform to over 7,000 by the end of the run. The middle and high school audiences are the best audiences you could ask for. They boo and laugh and applaud when the villains are killed and go crazy when Romeo & Juliet kiss each other. I’m playing the Musician, underscoring the fights with drumming accompaniment and playing music throughout. It’s a ton of fun to be part of such a high-energy production Monday-Friday mornings, and collaborate with such a talented cast.
On April 25th I’ll be teaming up with Shakespeare in the Pub for a staged reading of Richard II directed by Brave Spirits' Charlene V. Smith. The show will take place at The Pinch in Columbia Heights and will involve lots of drinking and general debauchery, with an all-female cast of DC actors.
In May I’ll begin rehearsals for two short plays in the Source Festival, INBETWEEN THE DROPS by Elayne Heilveil and Adam’s Temptation by Jack Earl Piland, both directed by Kevin Place and performing in June 2016.
In June I’ll begin rehearsals for PG County Shakespeare in the Parks’ production of Twelfth Night, directed by Christopher Dwyer and touring to parks throughout PG County.