Civil War Voices tells the compelling and passionate true stories of real people who lived through the conflict, using the actual words the characters left behind in diaries, letters, and other writings. All new arrangements of traditional melodies of the period by renowned composer Mark Hayes advance the narrative and sharpen the emotional impact of the stories. Through the lives and words of five individuals, the struggles, hardships and sacrifices of Americans become understandable and real. The extraordinary music of the period reveals the emotions behind the conflict.
A one-hour musical about the journey of immigrants through Ellis Island. Appropriate for school ages 6 – 12 and the entire family. A wonderful supplement to the school curriculum, Ellis Island artfully tells the story of how our ancestors began to call America their home.
The narrator actually assumes seven characters during the course of the play, some antagonistic and others just supply exposition. I had to do plenty of accent work for each character including: Russian, British Manchester Cockney, British RP, Brooklyn and Old Timey Trans-Atlantic.
A one-hour musical based on Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol. The show was adapted for the stage by Cash Tilton and original songs were written by Susan Mondzak. Although abridged, this production stays true to Dicken’s original story.
This is a demanding role with lots of movement, singing and facial hair. I’ve played Scrooge for Sundog five times. Each time, I need less and less grey hair make-up.
Upside Down is an artistic interpretation of the events in the book of Acts. From a first century prison cell, Luke, the gospel writer, tells the story of the people accused of “turning the world upside down!” Performed during the summer of 2016 to six audiences in St. Louis and broadcast to thousands of viewers worldwide.
Hands down, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with a cast and production crew. I’ve been a fan of Steven Johnson’s and Sherwin Mackintosh’s work for 20 years. Getting the chance to work with them on something they wrote was a dream come true.
The Universal Language was produced by Hemlock Theatre Co.
The Universal Language is part of a collection of plays by David Ives called All in the Timing. The other plays include: Sure Thing, Words, Words, Words, The Philadelphia, Variations on the Death of Trotsky and Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread.
In this production, Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread was bumped and replaced with Foreplay or: The Art of the Fugue forcing Hemlock to rename the production Parallel Ives.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this role.
30 Minute or Less, written by Jonathan Galvez, is a humorous take on the Asian perception in America and the absurdity of the modern media, performed at the Connelly Theatre in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and directed by Eliana Meira Rantz.
I played a junior detective in this show who is kind of slow on the uptake. I remember having to be shirtless in a scene where some of the other characters had to make unsavory comments about my nipples. It was the first and last time my nipples had made an appearance in a play. The Connelly Theatre consistently ignored my requests to raise the heat. I suspected a conspiracy was afoot to see how much my nipples would expand from low temperatures in the theatre. Luckily, no production stills of those scenes exist, (at least not to my knowledge.)
At one point, I had to wear a women’s blouse, again no production stills of those scenes exist, (at least not to my knowledge.) I guess you could say I was the comic relief.