At the Taft Museum I came across a Claude Lorrain oil (on loan from the Wadsworth Athaneum) ostensibly about St. George and the dragon. But history, here, is a vehicle for landscape: the dragon ain’t no thang. Which got me to thinking about all the feedback I’m getting about how my play The Whistler could [...]
Life’s exigencies have occasioned the replacement of Reggie Willis in the role of Joshua Hemings with the exquisite Tony Darnell Davis, who has taught theater (including improv) at the University of Cincinnati and elsewhere, has been an actor, director, producer and writer for decades, as well as President of the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company. He [...]
In which our hero rewrites his entire play in a weekend…
Michael Bath will play the role of Henry Hunter in The Whistler. He’s funny, he’s smart, he’s one of us.
Back in Cincy to audition a Robin, work the script, meet the team, know the place & con the space.
The actress who plays Deerslayer, the talking rifle in The Whistler, happens to be Juilliard-trained cellist and composer Gerri Sutyak, who wrote and performed the score for the short film below. Her musical talent will figure prominently in my play as well. And she can whistle loodles. You can watch a clip of Gerri as [...]
Here’s the latest and best take on The Whistler yet, as we reveal more secrets about the play…
Life magazine’s coverage of the Watts riots in 1965 has a lesson for the Treyvon Martin case today.
Did I say The Whistler would be on Court Street, and the tickets $10? Oh la! My partners on the ground have found a better space literally around the corner at 815 Race Street. It wasn’t a Prohibition beerhall but you gotta love the name “Speakeasy on Race.” We’ll have less work to do to [...]
The role of Joshua Hemings in The Whistler will be realized by Cincinnati actor Reggie Willis, whose film credits alone run to a list as long as my arm. He’s done crime, comedy, family movies, action, thrillers, sci-fi, and of course plenty of drama. His manifold stage credits included a 2003 “Best of the Best” [...]
14 Nov 2012
Making a play for a vampire
6 Sep 2012
All those of you who, like me, are working on vampire plays may appreciate a short list of the books I’ve found useful among many that were not: Despite its garish cover, [...]
Durang/Durang by Christopher Durang–seriously
27 Jul 2012
If you live in the Triangle you really ought to know the actress PJ Maske.
Playing with history
4 Jun 2012
At the Taft Museum I came across a Claude Lorrain oil (on loan from the Wadsworth Athaneum) ostensibly about St. George and the dragon. But history, here, is a vehicle for landscape: [...]