The Mini Released Nationally

May 11, 2010

Poking my head into the blog after months of absence.  Still no internet at the house, so I do what I can.

Just wanted to note that the movie I was in, The Mini directed by Ron Beck, has been released nationwide today.  Huzzah!

We’re quite proud of this little film, and thrilled that it will see the light of day.

For more information, or to buy or rent it click something below!

The Mini official website

The Mini on imDb



Maverick Films (our distributor)



Best Buy




Doug Wilder – Speed Reader

July 14, 2009

This is old news, but I just found out about it.  A guy I know made a big splash in Congress a few months ago:

Rachel Maddow Interviews The Congressional “Speed Reader”

Doug and I worked together at Wayside Theatre in Virginia, and now he is working in the DC area.  I just did a show with Matt Eisenberg, who Doug refers to in the interview.  That’s how I found out about it.

Wild.  And Wilder.

DrekFest 3 at Stage Left Theatre

July 11, 2009

DrekFest at Stage Left Theatre Chicago

My old theater company back in Chicago, Stage Left Theatre, is hosting DrekFest 3, their 3rd annual search for the worst short play in America.

The first contest of its kind (as far as we know!), DrekFest is on a mission to expose bad writing for what it really is: damn funny. DrekFest is also on a mission to expose the new-play development process for what it sometimes can be: pretty damn ridiculous.

We are not out to make fun of writers or those who love them! What we are doing is asking good writers to intentionally write awful plays that make us laugh on the inside (especially if that’s noted in the stage directions) — and out loud.

Looks like they are well on their way.  The finalists this year…

Above the Sheets
by Daniel Bonventre

Looking Back to the Dawn of Time, Philbert Meets a Nut, Yes, Sir, Really
by Pam Dickler

“Scarecrow” or Some S***, Call It Whatever You F******* Want I Don’t Care
by Randall Colburn

Someone Has to Die Tonight, Indeed He Does
by Pam Dickler

The carnage is on Tuesday, July 21st starting at 7:30pm.  If you’re in Chicago, you may want to check this out.

Loving Hating Hamlet

June 30, 2009

Oy.  It’s been hard to get the blog going again after taking some time off.  But here goes.

We are opening I Hate Hamlet tonight at Totem Pole Playhouse.  This is a delightful comedy.  A young TV actor’s series has been cancelled.  He’s given a chance to play Hamlet.  He rents the apartment that used to be occupied by the legendary actor John Barrymore.  After being “summoned”, the ghost of John Barrymore returns to coach the young actor to do this difficult role.

This show has been great fun as well as a huge challenge.  My character is a hyped up LA type who is trying to lure the young actor back to Hollywood.  I haven’t played a character like this for awhile and am having a difficult time finding his voice.  Maybe I should find that before we open.  Ya think?

Very excited to get this up and running.

And Hello Again Again

June 4, 2009

After a few months off, it’s time to return to the blog.  So hello again!

It was hard to get back in the swing of things.  The move from Virginia and from Wayside really threw me for a loop.  After being so firmly and comfortably established there, going somewhere else made me feel like a Freshman again.  I thought I was too old to feel like that.  Apparently not.

That said, I’m feeling fairly settled in to what will be my home for the summer.

Totem Pole PlayhouseI’m writing to you now from my temporary digs in Fayetteville, PA, where I’m working at Totem Pole Playhouse.  They are celebrating their 59th season of producing, so the theater has a very rich history.  This stage has seen the likes of Jean Stapleton, John Ritter and Mary Tyler Moore to name a few.

We are currently performing a remount of Wayside’s Cotton Patch Gospel, and it seems to be going over fairly well here…despite a few walkouts.

This is a modern-day retelling of the book of Matthew and some folks are just not ready to have their Gospel reinterpreted.  To some, what we are doing is sacrilegious.  I have some  strong feelings about that, but I think that may be for another post.

Anyway, it’s nice to be back in the blogsaddle again.  This time around I may not be posting every day.  That got to be a bit much.  I’ll try to come here when I actually have something to say.

And I’ll come here on Fridays.  So we can all dance.

See you tomorrow.

[Photo: Totem Pole Website]

Cotton Patch – Closed. For Now.

April 26, 2009

So much is happening, but there’s no time to write about it.  Isn’t that always the way?

We closed Cotton Patch Gospel yesterday with two really strong shows.  The end of that show signified quite a few milestones.  It was the end of Wayside’s 47th season, it was the end of Warner’s 10th season as Artistic Director, it was the last show for our current intern company and it was my last Wayside show as a resident actor.

I think that covers all of the ends and lasts.  Now for some beginnings.

In a few weeks, we will take this production up to Totem Pole Playhouse.  Having that production to look forward to did help take away a little of yesterday’s melancholy

Of course a new intern company will arrive shortly and the 48th season will begin in earnest with Man of LaMancha.

But as they prepare for that, I will keep packing getting ready for my own next chapter.

Cotton Patch – Closing

April 25, 2009

Much to do, so another quick one.

Last day for Cotton Patch Gospel at Wayside Theatre.  Also my last show at Wayside in 2009.

Haven’t had a chance to really soak that in, since I’m still packing and preparing to travel, but I’m sure it will hit me later.