Gabings-On Around Town:
Projects, Events, and More
Fantastic Opening this weekend for “Native Gardens” here at the Arkansas Rep Theatre! The show is wonderful, the crowds have seemed very happy and it was a tremendous birthday gift to be doing a Sunday Matinee with such a wonderful group of people. We’ve got a couple more weeks of shows so if you’re in the Little Rock area come on down - tickets are at the box office or at the TheRep.org
This process continues to be such an amazing journey with so many fun opportunities and below is a picture of one of them at a talk we gave at the Clinton School of Public Service. From left to right you’ll see our director Steve Broadnax, and the cast of Rachel Harker, Aurora Leonard, yours truly, and Kurt Zischke.
Check out the following link to see an interview on THV11 with myself and Steve Broadnax, Director of “Native Gardens” here at The Rep:
Hey folks! Writing to you from Little Rock, Arkansas. We’re a couple of weeks into our work on “Native Gardens” here at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre “The Rep”, and I am super excited to open this wonderful play on April 19th! It’s the story of neighbors - a younger Latinx couple and a more established Anglo-American couple, who want to be “good neighbors” but when a property line dispute disrupts things it suddenly becomes much harder for everyone to be quite so neighborly. Hilarity ensues in this incredibly relevant an relatable work by Karen Zacarías.
For tickets to the show check out: http://www.therep.org/attend/2019-season/native-gardens/
In other news, I was lucky enough to participate in a reading done by a local story telling group called “The Yarn” that was centered around stories having to do with neighbors. It was such an honor to get to be a performer AND writer that night as I shared my defense for why my favorite neighbors are the ones that are a little farther than next door :)
More news on the production to come for sure. Opening night approaches....April 19th!
Yesterday was the wrap party for "Dope/Sick" and it was a a lovely gathering of the talented folk who worked on the project. I want to give special shoutout to Enzo Flores who wrote and directed the piece - it was a real pleasure getting to be part of his vision. You'll see yours truly as "Domingo", a member of the underground drug trade in Brooklyn, in the pics below.
In other news, this will be my last NYC post for a while as I will be spending the next couple of months performing at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre "The Rep" in the play "Native Gardens"!
Winter is...here. Snow and cold, and yet, I feel so much warmth. It's been a month of wonderful experiences, starting with the chance to partake in a reading of an original musical being written (in part) by a wonderful, fellow-Penn Stater, Chris Rayis.
Secondly, I'm happy to announce that I'll be playing the role of "Domingo" in a short film called "Dope Sick" Directed by Enzo Flores. I'll be a cool and cruel drug boss - can't wait to send updates from the Brooklyn shoot!
Lastly, got to enjoy a truly FANTASTIC ALP session this evening with Anna Fatica from DGRW. She was a moving reminder that there are genuinely kind, thoughtful, and supportive folks working very hard to help actors on their journeys.
Happy New Year! So much to be thankful for in 2018 and so much to look forward to in the coming year. This year brings adventure with an apartment move (still in lovely Queens), a one year anniversary of being in the beautiful madness that is New York City, and many unknowns that are yet to be discovered and filled.
2019 has already started off on a great note with a WONDERFUL session of Actors Launch Pad featureing Anthony Aiello of One-Entertainment. Got some great advice from the Question and Answer portion and had a blast sharing my monologue.
I wish everyone a year of wonder, curiosity, and grace and look forward to sharing some of my adventures here in the coming months :)
This month has been a lovely one - so much to be Thankful for. I had the opportunity to do a professional staged reading of “Magic the Play” with some fantastic cast members, new faces in the audience, and live music. It was a also great to watch some theatre - “The New One” by Mike Birbiglia as well as Clybourne Park at Penn State (with a particularly memorable performance by Julia Chereson), and most recently “En El Tiempo de Las Mariposas” with Malena Ramirez at Repertorio Español. Excited for the upcoming Penn State showcase in early December and for the delight of this holiday season.
Happy happy Fall! The temperature is dropping, leaves changing, and Halloween decorations popping up across the City. Some lovely things have been takin' place during this beautiful backdrop of an urban Autumn setting - a wonderful workshop with ALP’s Sharone Halevy, a great coaching session with David O’Hara, and a fun headshot appearance on Moodcaster’s website. Moodcaster is an app designed to make self-tape submissions much more seamless and easy for both acting folk and casting folk, you can learn more about it here http://www.moodcaster.com/talent.html
Additionally, I was able to catch some lovely fellow Penn State Alumni and current Faculty in a new Musical staged reading of “Tyrants”. Jack Bowman and Steve Snyder did excellent work as part of a cast who explored the story of Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes. Music and Lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen and a book by S.P. Monahan. It's always incredibly filling to see new work staged and to see old friends working. This upcoming set of months promises fun auditions, delicious Turkey, and ever-more adventuring - let's hope the winter coat doesn't have to come out for just a little longer!
What a lovely month to be in New York. The Sun still shines like Summer but the cooling of Fall is starting to sneak in. I continued my workshop streak with the fantastic David O’Hara and had the pleasure of working in Spanish this time - simpre divertido! Additionally, I headed to Penn State for a weekend workshop in Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement with the ever-brilliant Andy Belser. This Fall promises to hold many treats: ever-more auditions, exciting new workshops, progressing creative projects (which I’m keeping somewhat under wraps but hopefully more on that in the future), changing leaves, cooler breezes, and cider!
Finally, while this is normally a space where I focus on sharing my professional performance life, I want to send all my good vibrations to my home State of North Carolina. Thankfully, friends and family there are safe and sound but for many others Hurricane Florence has been devastating. Much love, kindness, and thoughts to those affected by the storm may the recovery be profound. Carolina, siempre en mi corazón.
August already over?! It has been a whirlwind month and in such a wonderful way. In the last few weeks I had the great pleasure of taking another David O'Hara workshop - this time on streaming comedies, participated in a delightful reading of a new work by Yaakov Bressler, and caught a few works at the "Festival of New American Short Plays" at Theatre 59E59. Additionally, it was a month of travels to San Francisco with my wonderful partner and down to North Carolina to be with mi familia. The performing is much richer when the soul gets to fill up with travel and fantastic company. Going to enjoy the shimmering sidewalks while that Summer sun still shines!