A Farewell to The Matchmaker

Today saw the closing of my first professional show in the Twin Cities (we did rehearse in Minneapolis and perform in St. Paul, after all), The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder and I have to say it was a really special one for me. Beyond it being my first, it was the welcome wagon to the incredible theatre scene here. I moved in May 25th and our first read through was the 26th.

It was a gorgeous production from Girl Friday Productions that featured an ensemble of twelve of the best actors I have ever known! The direction was bar-none, of course, and the designers really brought 1880s NYC to life for me. I could go on and on about the experience but I will let this trailer speak to the adventure.

“Even if I have to dig ditches for the rest of my life, I’ll be a ditch-digger who once had a wonderful day!”


Looking for Summer Fun….?


Coming this summer to the Minnesota Fringe Festival will be the world premiere of my play, Looking for Fun(Bags), from Up Top Theatre Company!!!

Friends, it has been more than two years since I first cooked up the idea for this play while driving to a rehearsal one night at UCF. My bud, Bryant Hernandez, was in the car with me and we were running late and I posed the question, “What if we tried to reconnect with a past girlfriend but all we really wanted was to just fulfill a certain fantasy that we never got the chance to.”

After we laughed about it, I said, “You know.. there’s a play in there.” Then we laughed some more. While I admit the initial joke was shallow and immature, it did spark an idea about  something that would evolve heart and meaning, with characters I wanted to flesh out and make people care about. Yes, the play is definitely rated R, but my aim is to use that in order to showcase the real struggles we have with relationships and sex these days: The misconceptions, our preconceived notions, and all the false-expectations that are constantly dished out to us through too many sources.

Of course on the other hand, it is also a good old fashioned sex-comedy about four people who have no idea what they are doing and shenanigans ensue.

Therefore, despite the fervent profanity and frank talks of sex, I really think it has a little bit for everyone. Except maybe children. No, definitely not children.

Looking for Fun(Bags) has given me a real playwright’s experience; watching the play evolve, the characters grow, and ultimately being able to share the story with so many people. I remember in Orlando at UCF, we staged a reading of the play and I thought that was the tops. We had a great cast and crew, sound effects, and an audience that really enjoyed the evening. And man, I gotta admit I was a little nervous. What would people think? My reputation! Well, my worries were unfounded because people not only loved it, but gave me extraordinary feedback on how to fine-tune the piece even more.

Now the culmination of that process is the Minnesota Fringe Festival in a land far from Central Florida, but still full of friends and warm-hearted audiences. This play has only ever been possible with those key ingredients and I am forever thankful.

If you want to know even more about the show and would like to consider a financial contribution please click here!

What: Looking for Fun(Bags) by Vincent S. Hannam presented by Up Top Theatre

Where: The Ritz Theater at the Minnesota Fringe Festival


7/30/15 8:30 PM
8/2/15 2:30 PM
8/7/15 4:00 PM
8/8/15 5:30 PM
8/9/15 7:00 PM

With: Philip Muehe (Director), Sarah Wolf (Stage Manager), Vincent Hannam (Brandon), Alyssa Brooke (Shirley), Mike Swan (Bud), Diana Jurand (Jackie)

The Matchmaker in Minneapolis

I am VERY pleased to finally announce that I will be making my Twin Cities theatre debut this July in Thornton Wilder’s classic, THE MATCHMAKER, from Girl Friday Productions! I will be playing the role of Barnaby Tucker in a large and talented cast, headed by Craig Johnson our director.

Following my year in Lanesboro at the Commonweal Theatre, this is the next step in my career as I make a permanent move to Minneapolis- St. Paul to pursue theatre as an actor, director and writer. I cannot express enough just how pleased I am to be a part of this show- and based on our first read through, it promises to be a hell of a show at that.

Come one, come all to THE MATCHMAKER this summer in the Twin Cities!

For more info, click here: http://www.girlfridayproductions.org/

Girl Friday Productions presents The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

Because adventure should be shared!

Directed by Craig Johnson

July 9-26, 2015

Playing on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre.

“When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent clerks, spirited millineresses, snooty waiters and other eccentric characters become delightfully entangled in 19th century New York. Thornton Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and adventure features the signature humanity, wit and relevance of one of America’s greatest playwrights. A tonic for our troubled times, The Matchmaker celebrates the spirit of generosity and living life to the fullest.”

Festival Recognition for “Almost, Maine”

Extraordinarily please to share the news that the play I co-directed at the Lanesboro Community Theater, Almost, Maine has come back from the MACT Festival in Cokato, Minnesota with a few feathers in its cap.

MACT stands for Minnesota Association of Community Theatres and every year there is a festival/ competition with workshops and 60-minute stagings of represented theaters. Well, this year Lanesboro threw it’s hat into the ring with Almost, Maine and came away with a 3rd place finish and acting awards for Blake Norby and Barbara Benson Keith and Ryan Lee and Pete Keith. Many congrats to you guys and everyone else!

Cast of Almost, Maine

Festival Selection for THE FOOL

The short film I co-produced with Mischief Film, The Fool, is receiving its premiere at the NewFilmmakers NY Spring Series! It will be shown April 8 at the Anthology Film Archives, so if you are in New York City please go check it out!

Written and directed by Max Hannam, The Fool tell the story about a young man hounded by uncertainty and fleeing from the police, who flirts with love and an idyllic life while on the run.

For more information on the screening click here: http://www.newfilmmakers.com/ or visit http://www.mischieffilms.net/the-fool.html for more information on The Fool itself.

The Fool (2015)

Press Release: Mary’s Wedding

From the Fillmore County Journal 

by News Team

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

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LANESBORO, MINN. —The Commonweal Theatre Company proudly presents the capstone production of the 2014 Apprentice Company, Mary’s Wedding playing March 19 through March 29.

From Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte, Mary’s Wedding tells the story of a young couple named Charlie and Mary who are falling love. Their blossoming relationship, however, is tested when Charlie is called to defend his country at the onset of World War I. The couple promise to write each other every day, but when letters are not enough, they are able to transcend reality and come together again in Mary’s dream. The play asks what it can mean to truly love someone. Commonweal Resident Ensemble Member Megan K. Pence will direct. “We found this script to be very timely,” says Pence, “seeing as it is one of the centennial years of the First World War. It’s rare to find a piece that features a first-hand account of war and yet blends it so seamlessly with a love story that you almost forget that war is even a part of the backdrop. The play exists as a dreamscape, which gives us a lot of freedom to play around with conventions and we’re excited to bring our audiences on an imaginative journey where time and space coalesce as they experience Mary and Charlie’s relationship both backwards and forwards.” The current Commonweal Apprentice Company features Vincent Hannam and Anna Lee Murray, both of whom appeared in Arcadia last season.

The cast of Mary’s Wedding will comprise the duo, with Murray as not only the eponymous Mary Chalmers, but also as Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew (based on the real-life Canadian war hero). Hannam is cast as Mary’s lover and innocent soldier, Charlie Edwards. Ashley Willingham, a member of the 2015 Apprentice Class, leads the production team as stage manager with Commonweal company members Gary Danciu as sound designer and Thomas White providing lighting design. The production’s costumes and props are being designed by Hannam and Murray, respectively.

The Commonweal Theatre’s Apprentice Program is a ten-month commitment designed for recent college graduates or young professionals with commensurate experience who would benefit from a prolonged relationship with a small professional theatre company. Focused primarily on experiential learning through a traditional mentor/apprentice relationship, the program affords artistic opportunities, regular classroom instruction, and administrative responsibilities in the areas of Marketing, Development, and Production.

Funding for Commonweal Theatre’s programming is provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the McKnight Foundation, and private funders.

All performances are at the Commonweal Theatre located at 208 Parkway Avenue North in downtown Lanesboro. Tickets are $20 with a student discount available upon request. To reserve tickets for the production call (800)657-7025 or emailtickets@commonwealtheatre.org.


Mary’s Wedding runs on the following dates and times:

Thursday, March 19—Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 26—Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m.

See the original article here: http://fillmorecountyjournal.com/single.php?article_id=35251