Two years after I ended my first run on the Heartwood boards, I find myself back in coastal Maine performing in a staged reading of Bloomsday by Steven Dietz. Directed by Griff Braley and featuring the talents of Deirdre Manning, Mary Fraser and Cliff Blake, this is a play that... well, it's a bit trippy … Continue reading What’s Bloomin’ this Spring?
The life of a theatre artist is certainly one of constant activity and at times can be a little unpredictable. One day you're sitting in your studio, eager to finally finish the novel you’ve been chipping away at and the next you see a production call needing some stage hands. Hmm… I haven’t done that … Continue reading Mr. Hannam Goes to St. Paul
Speaking of work that gets seen by hundreds upon hundreds of people (assuming you’ve read my previous post), my touring stage adaptation of Frankenstein is once again on the road for the Hampstead Stage Company. As you remember from last year, I was charged to write this play by my bestie Jay Pastucha (Artistic Director) … Continue reading Return of Frankenstein!
Whenever people or the IRS ask what my occupation is, I do say “actor”. That’s what my training was in and I’m fortunate enough to often be cast in something or another. While my occupation may be “actor”, that’s not exactly how I “make my living”, i.e. making the money I need to literally survive. … Continue reading When Work is Play
Life is an interesting thing sometimes, especially as an actor. Asked to portray many strange characters, we sort of grow desensitized that this can seem a little... absurd to people unfamiliar with the craft. Well, following a get together of like-minded, absurd theatre folks, I was asked to play the character Westley from the 1987 … Continue reading “As You Wish” at the Ballpark
Almost is a town in northern Maine that most people haven't heard of. I mean, it's way north - hundreds of miles from any major point of civilization, where the moose and lonely-hearts roam. What the heck am I going there for? What the heck am I going back there for? Well, because Almost doesn't … Continue reading Headed back to Almost, Maine
For those of you who are interested, the adaption of The Oresteia that I was in last year is actually being published! The original is by Aeschylus, of course, but Minnesota writer and poet, Rob Hardy, turned the trilogy of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides into one action-packed narrative. I think it's pretty … Continue reading The Oresteia Strikes Back
In just a few weeks I will have the enormous pleasure to portray Romeo in Mission Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet! The show is directed by Penelope Parsons-Lord and will be at the Crane Theater in Minneapolis from June 2 - 17. What excites me most about doing this show is the chance to breathe … Continue reading Romeo: Ah, Dear Juliet…
With every blog I write here, I try my darndest to make the title as clever a pun as possible. I consider this in the spirit of good journalism. I also consider this in the spirit of my current show, The Ghost Train, which lends itself to a litany of loco locomotive puns. Wow, that … Continue reading All Aboard The Ghost Train
Happy New Year from sunny Jacksonville, Florida where I'm currently employed at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining playing Buddy in Come Blow Your Horn. It's a gem of a comedy by Neil Simon and happens to be the first one he ever wrote, about two brothers desperately trying to escape the overbearing thumb of their … Continue reading I Tell ya Chum, it’s Time to Come… Blow Your Horn