Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run!

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Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run!

I'm so excited to announce that this coming June I will be acting in my playwrighting debut with the amazing actress-playwright, Katherine Duff, in the first installment of the The Foxhole Stories.

TWIST, PULL, SMOKE, RUN-MOTHERFUCKER-RUN! IS THE STORY OF ADAM A RECENTLY SEPARATED SERVICEMAN STRUGGLING TO BE BACK HOME AND WANTS TO TALK TO SOMEONE BUT CAN'T. HE INSTEAD TALKS TO HIS OWN PTSD TO GET THE ANSWERS TO HIS QUESTIONS...

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HENRY IV PT.1

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HENRY IV PT.1

I am thrilled to announce that I will be working this summer at my hometowns Regional outdoor theater company; Shakespeare Orange County. I will be in both of their productions The Tempest and my favorite historical comedy Henry IV Pt.1 !

This intimate and innovative staging brings to life some of Shakespeare's most enduring and endearing characters: the immortal and immoral Falstaff, the ne'er-do-well Prince Hal, and the fiery Hotspur.

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OC Register

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The Tempest

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The Tempest

I AM THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT I WILL BE WORKING THIS SUMMER AT MY HOMETOWNS REGIONAL OUTDOOR THEATER COMPANY; SHAKESPEARE ORANGE COUNTY. I WILL BE IN BOTH OF THEIR PRODUCTIONS THE TEMPEST AND MY FAVORITE HISTORICAL COMEDY HENRY IV PT.1 !

Three-time Tony Award nominee Harry Groener, five-time LA Drama Critics Award winner Morlan Higgins, and SCR legend Hal Landon, Jr. lead a stellar cast in this imaginative production of Shakespeare's farewell to theatre.  Internationally noted Scenic and Lighting Designer, Dipak Gupta sets the stage for this magical tale set in South East Asia. Acclaimed international cultural star, Miock Ji fills the island with the sounds, magic and beauty of her ancient culture. Directed by LA Weekly Award winner, Peter Uribe, director of the 2016 award winning HAMLET, and 2015's hit AS YOU LIKE IT. 

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The Orange Curtain Review

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Coriolanus

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Coriolanus

I am thrilled to announce that I will be part of Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey's production of Coriolanus!

Political manipulation, fallen heroes, and revenge meet center stage in this rarely-produced, intense tragedy. When Rome is faced with threats from without and famine within, it turns to its defender, Coriolanus.  The decorated war-hero quickly discovers that his true enemies lie inside Rome’s walls, and perhaps within himself.  A perfect Shakespeare play for an election year!

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A View From The Bridge

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A View From The Bridge

As told by the New York News. "… is a tragedy in the classic form and I think it is a modern classic…the central character is a long-shoreman who, though his mind is limited and he cannot find words for his thoughts, is an admirable man…When two of his wife's Italian cousins—submarines they are, in the waterfront argot—are smuggled into this country, he makes room for them in his home. Gratefully they move in among his wife, his children and the teen-age niece whom he has brought up and whom he has come to love, he thinks, as a daughter. And now the stage is set for tragedy. One of the illegal immigrants has a family in Italy for whom he is working; the other young, extraordinarily handsome, and exceedingly blonde, is single. He wants to become an American, and he falls in love with his benefactor's niece. If he marries the girl he will no longer have to hide from immigration officials. A monstrous change creeps up on the kind and loving uncle. He is violently opposed to this romance and is not intelligent enough to realize that this opposition is not motivated, as he thinks, by a dislike of the boy and a suspicion that he is too pretty to be a man, but by his own too intense love for his niece. Not even the wise and kindly neighborhood lawyer can persuade him to let the girl go. This is an intensely absorbing drama, sure of itself every step of the way. It makes no false moves, wastes no time and has the beauty that comes from directness and simplicity."

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Herman Melville’s: Moby Dick

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Herman Melville’s: Moby Dick

Herman Melville's towering masterpiece is brought to life in this exciting new stage adaptation by Tom Amen. In the reflective fashion of a memory-play, the action follows the adventures of a young sailor, Ishmael, and his voyage aboard the Pequod; an American whaleship commanded by one of the most haunting and enigmatic literary figures ever created, Captain Ahab.

Bent on revenge for the cruel loss of his leg during a battle with a notoriously menacing white whale, Ahab will stop at nothing in his quest for a moment of reckoning with his hated nemesis. Endowing Moby Dick with brutal, malignant, and evil intentions, Ahab pursues the legendary leviathan across whole oceans until, at long last, these two forces of nature collide in the emptiness of the vast Pacific.

Shakespearean in scope and scriptural in tone, Melville's language takes center stage in this dramatic adaptation that is at once faithful to the novel, yet innovative and interpretive in its own right. The result is a powerful, mesmerizing, and thought provoking meditation on the nature of vengeance, obsession, and the extreme complexity of the human heart.

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LA Times

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Love Letters

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Love Letters

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools." While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy's last letter, written to her mother after Melissa's untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

A unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, "needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance." The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

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12 Angry Men

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12 Angry Men

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats—add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature, an experience you'll be proud to present.

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LA Times

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