Earlier this week, Jessica G. Smith and I were a young couple with unspoken issues in Breakfast a 16MM film by Tyler Byrnes. So much thanks and respect for the crew and Dorian, who made the delicious(-looking) morning meals.
Yesterday, Boxed Wine Productions hosted their first (annual?) Boozy Brunch! Three inebriated playwrights were asked to each write a three character short play. These plays were then performed during a three-course brunch by a troupe of intoxicated actors. Had the pleasure of being in Jeb in a Box by A.P. Andrews directed by Lauren Erwin playing Hickle holding a job interview for Hickle Enterprises; and directing & acting in AJ Ditty's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dragon as The Guy allegedly born of spinach and an acting Dragon who spontaneously combusts in front of his co-star. Many thanks to Chef Nick and the bottomless glass of mimosa.
In other news, recently became a member of The Bats, the resident young company at The Flea Theater. The first show I will be doing with this company is christopher oscar peña's a cautionary tail as part of the ensemble and understudying the role of Luke. It's a play about tradition, the future we carve out with the choices we make, and the past we will never be able to escape. Performs May 29 - June 30 at The Flea Theater.
3.01.13 :: that awkward moment when the world doesn't end
tech in Taconic Hills
2013, how you've crept up on us.
Visited home for a month, and while there worked on a vlog mini-series titled Since the World is Ending... about how a man deals with the impending end of the world and decides to cross things off his bucket list. Thanks to Dorian, Gabe, Laura, and Hamlet for playing along.
In February, rejoined my friends at Concrete Temple Theatre and the original cast of The Bystander Project. 02.12.13 :: performed at the NYPL Bronx Library Center with a post-show talk back. 02.26.13 :: a day filled with three performances for the students, parents, and educators of the Taconic Hills Central School District in their beautiful theater.
Also, played a leading character in a short non-narrative art film by Dorian Carli-Jones titled Fugue about two young people who, during a night of passion, realize that the bond between them goes well beyond the world which they think they know. It touches upon concepts such as past lives, twin souls, and reincarnation, as well as the universality of love and the many different forms it takes.
To close up the month, last night I had the honor of being master of ceremony at Boxed Wine Productions' evening of prohibition and 1920s themed revelry Speakeasy: a cabernet cabaret at Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village. It was a swell night of dancing flappers, songstresses, burlesque, stand-up, and even a silent movie with live accompaniment.
Coming up, signed on to play the lead in a short film by Tyler Byrnes titled Breakfast. The script deals with a pretty heavy and rarely discussed topic - one that I'm humbled to be able to address in this role.
Also, have been invited to collaborate with The BASiC Theatre Project on their next piece - a devised documentary play on the topic of an imported religion's impact on a culture in CRUSADES: Uganda.
12.07.12 :: tis the season to be Jolly
This evening is Boxed Wine Productions' one-night-only holiday pageant Jolly the Christmas Walrus created by A.P. Andrews & Michael Lapinsky. Had a fitting this morning at the Public Theater with Heather Stanley, who is busy finishing my outrageous costume for the titular marine mammal. And after the pageant, there will be a carnival with crafts, raffles, games, and even a cake walk! Come, be merry, and share a glass of mulled boxed wine!
All Angels Church Gymnasium 251 W. 80th St. (at Broadway) doors open at 7:30p, pageant starts at 8p, party lasts till 10p
11.23.12 :: an article on DREAMers
Our Chinatown :: “DREAMers” Seeks to Tell the Stories of NYC’s Undocumented Youth :: “We are in New York City and trying to be actors – and what is that but the American Dream? We are privileged youth who can do this, but we’re talking to youth who have a lot of weight on their shoulders,” cast member Alton Alburo said, articulating what has been particularly compelling about the DREAM Act for all U.S. residents, undocumented or not – the fact that the convenient acronym and its implications parallel the myth of the American dream. Many cast members felt a personal connection to the project beyond their roles as actors: “I’m from California, so I have friends with undocumented family members. One of my good friends, his grandfather was deported. My friend is a citizen, so he can still leave and visit him. But [undocumented] kids here, if their grandfather gets deported, they can’t go visit. … I wanted to learn more,” said Alburo. read more...
:: 11.13.12 Just got news that DREAMers will be presented (instead of the December 4th South Oxford Space reading) as part of Theater for the New City's New City, New Blood Readings Series on December 10 at 7pm in TNC's Cino Theater!
:: 11.12.12 Starting tech for Boxed Wine Productions' Off The Map: Three Plays in which I am set designing the three pieces as well as playing a schizophrenic in Do Stop Chattering by Laura Durst - playing this week, November 14-18 at the Access Theater.
:: 11.07.12 Cast as Jolly in Jolly the Christmas Walrus by AP Andrews with music by Michael Lapinsky produced by Boxed Wine Productions. It is an irreverent holiday pageant about a young walrus's discovery of the true meaning of Christmas being performed in the All Angels Church Gymnasium on December 7. The evening will include singing, eggnog, and even a cake walk! 'Tis almost the season.
:: 11.06.12 In commemoration of election day, The Gentlemen's Club For Men has released Wolverbama. It's kind of political, but not really. Maybe? >Wolverbama
:: 10.21.12 Closed the final performance of God, Man, and Devil, directed by Donya K. Washington. The Target Margin Theater Lab still runs for another two weeks with more Yiddish theater - go see some good experimental theatre at the Brick!
:: 10.19.12 Cast in the company for DREAMers, a new play directed by Adam Odsess-Rubin in conjunction with The Civilians Educational Program. The ensemble will be interviewing undocumented youth about their experiences growing in America. Then after compiling, editing, & organizing the interviews, a premiere reading of the piece will be performed on December 4 at the South Oxford Space - a project of A.R.T./New York.
:: 10.07.12 Cast in Do Stop Chattering, a new play by Laura Durst, part of Off The Map: Three One-Act Playspresented by Boxed Wine Productions. I will be playing 24-year-old Miles Wright who lives at home with his mother but spends most of his time with his hallucination, Valentine. Miles is severely schizophrenic and after having undergone treatment has chosen to keep his illness and his dearest, though nonexistent, friend, rejecting the outside world and the flesh and blood relationships that exist there as well. November 14-18 at the Access Theater. Check back for more info to come!
:: 9.26.12 Cast as Khatskl Drahkme in Donya K. Washington's production of God, Man, and Devil part of The Target Margin Theater Lab. This 1900s Yiddish play examines how people are righteous when righteousness doesn’t cost them much, or when it brings them some profit. Satan puts man to the test to show God how much he can depend on even the finest and best of them.October 17-21 at The Brick.
:: 9.25.12 Teaching 5th and 6th graders at Ichabod Crane Middle School about adaptation with Concrete Temple Theatre. The students are creating their own stories as well as shadow puppets to depict them!
:: 9.24.12 Reprising role of Cody in The Bystander Project at Ichabod Crane Middle School with Concrete Temple Theatre. School is back in session.
:: 9.17.12 Playing Manco Capac, an Inca god, in the premiere reading of The Imperialists by Kaela Garvin. This is the inaugural production of the festival/series Undiscovered Countries as part of their residency at Goodby Blue Monday in Brooklyn, NY.
:: 8.23.12 #pinky (writer & actor), the fifth and most relevant installment of Boxed Wine Productions' Summer Series of Shorts, is up and picking up steam! Check it out. > #pinky
:: 8.16.12 Currently in the middle of shooting Panopticon, a short film written & directed by Walter Glass. I'm playing Nate Melton, a young schizophrenic who has become the subject of a film-maker's documentary. Keep a lookout for stills!
:: 8.02.12 Watch me start my day as Guy in Beautiful Morning, another one of Boxed Wine Productions' Summer Series of Shorts! > Beautiful Morning
:: 7.26.12 Tonight It's Raining On Prom Night(s), which I conceived for Boxed Wine Productions, directed, & am playing Danny Zuko, will be performed as part of Fresh Ground Pepper'sEpic Musical: Is The Word at 8pm Roulette in Brooklyn, NY! And it's actually raining. Really, really raining.
:: 7.15.12 Frankie & Francine (co-director & co-writer), the second installment of Boxed Wine Productions'Summer Series of Shorts is a wrap!
:: 6.29.12 Tonight there are two performances of Hansel, Hansel, Let Down Your Beanstalk, or Fairy Fails, which I co-wrote with the cast, directed, and will also be playing Goldilocks. Fun for all ages 5p & 7p in Washington Square Park.
:: 6.24.12 Hey, Sully!, the first installment of Boxed Wine Productions'Summer Series of Shortsis released!
:: 4.29.12 Boxed Wine Productions' first live-action shortHey, Sully! is a wrap! I make a cameo as a technology-absorbed hipster, directed by Dorian Carli-Jones. Stay tuned to see the short!
:: 3.29.12 Cody is back to getting in school fights in Concrete Temple Theatre's The Bystander Project. Happy to be reprising the role in Germantown, NY!
:: 3.04.12 Just concluded a run of Constantin: The Seagull Revisited... that's not right.
:: 2.10.12 Constantin: The Seagull Revisited has been extended to a full run at The Gene Frankel Theatre! Previews are February 17th 7:30p and February 18th at 1p and 4p. Performances are March 1st-3rd at 7:30p and March 3rd & 4th at 2p.
:: 2.01.12 Cast as Constantin Gavrilovich for a section from AP Andrews' new play Constantin: The Seagull Revisited to be presented at the Dark Night Festival of New Works.
:: If you missed your chance to see my production of Shakespeare's classic The Winter's Tale, check out photos from the show on the media page!
:: 11.01.11 Shakespeare'sThe Winter's Talepresented by Boxed Wine Productions is all cast! Excited to direct this twisted tale! Performances are December 2nd at 7pm, December 3rd at 2pm & 7pm, December 4th at 12pm & 4:30pm