I JUST FINISHED WORKING ON
I was one of the singers in the epic 140-strong rotating choir of onstage performers.
Wait Wait Don't Kill Me
I was so fortunate to be involved in the next iteration of this brilliant piece. We did a three performance staged reading of the full-length version of this hilarious, musical.
Come My Beloved
written and directed by Emma Weinstein
We will be presenting an excerpt from the piece at the New Georges Jam
May 21st at Dixon Place
a short film by John Markert
filming Sunday May 17th
WhEn WE WEnt ELECTRonIC (an ellipses)
by Caitlin Saylor Stephens, with music and lyrics by Caitlin Saylor Stephens and Sarah Frances Cagianese
directed by Molly Marinik
LOCKED UP BITCHES reached its abnormally emotional conclusion this past week (May 7-9) at #serials@theflea. At seven episodes, we became the longest-running serial by a female playwright!
NYLAWN's INAUGURAL BRAWL was a huge success! I had a ridiculous, fantastic time competing as Ruth Hater Winsburg. Congratulations to |the claque| and all involved. Pictures to come.
COME MY BELOVED went up at the Working Theatre Director's Salon at The Wild Project on March 21st. The piece was incredibly well received and we were able to do another reading for the New Georges.
I just finished an incredible workshop presentation of WHEN WE WENT ELECTRONIC. I can't wait to see where this truly beautiful, important piece will go next.
I got to reunite with EMMA, the brilliant artiste who shot my headshots, for a promo shoot for POPCORN INDIANA. I got to try all of their new flavors and had a blast eating and hanging out with the wonderful team working on the shoot.
MEANS OF PRODUCTION, a new company, shot and edited a reel for me. Jeff White and Ben Vigus are lovely to work with, professional, and deliver a high quality product. If you're an actor with more stage than film experience, I highly recommend them for your reel.
WAIT WAIT, DON'T KILL ME finished its first place streak with its fifth and final episode. It was an honor to have such a brilliant team working on such a ridiculous and fantastic piece. Check back for video/audio of the run.
CUTTHROAT: VICTORY LAP ran from January 15th - 25th. It was such a pleasure to work with such a wonderful cast and director once more.
I was lucky enough to get to shoot promotional material for CASPER mattresses at their showroom in the East Village. I definitely fell asleep a few times - so comfortable!
THE CHRISTIANS, DIR. LES WATERS. PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS.
WAIT WAIT, DON'T KILL ME, DIR. KEVIN LAIBSON. THE PIT LOFT.
09.04.15: Kick off a three-show run of our staged workshop presentation of Wait Wait, Don't Kill Me, by Alan Schmuckler and Dave Holstein.
WOMEN FIRST/THE CLINIC PLAY/UNTITLED, DIR. ALEX KEEGAN. ART/NY.
07.27.15: Beautiful closed reading of this powerful new play by Will Brumley.
#SERIALS@THEFLEA. SEPT. 2014 - MAY 2015
intelligent people do dumb shit daily. by Paul Cameron Hardy. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi.
Locked Up Bitches by Catya McMullen. Directed by Michael Raine.
Wait Wait Don't Kill Me music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, book by Dave Holstein. Directed by Kevin Laibson.
Dance School: School for Dance by Brett Epstein. Directed by Kevin Laibson.
AGNOSIOPHOBIA, DIR. RACHEL KARP. THE FLEA THEATER.
12.3.14: Just finished a beautiful closing night of The Cutthroat Series: Night Terror, and I'm proud to announce that Agnosiophobia is the winner of our pod, and will therefore be returning in January for an extended run!
11.22.14: It was an amazing thing to open Agnosiophobia as a part of The Cutthroat Series: Night Terror at 9pm and then close Dance School: School for Dance as a part of #serials@theflea at 11:30pm in the same space. Very proud and honored to be a part of both projects.
10.10.14: We had our first full company read through of all of the plays in Cutthroat Pod #3 today! I'm so excited to be appearing in Agnosiophobia directed by Rachel Karp.
WHEN WE WENT ELECTRONIC, DIR. MOLLY MARINIK. THE FLEA THEATER.
03.18.15: Post-workshop staged excerpt presentation at The Flea Theater.
A staged version of the first 40 minutes with choreography by Amanda Black and sound design by Lee Kinney.
12.19.14: Second presentation at The Flea Theater.
Including major edits to the book and a new song by Caitlin and Sarah.
10.2.14: First presentation at The Flea Theater.
We had a fantastic presentation of the work we've done so far on when we went electronic at The Flea today. I'm looking forward to further work and our next reading!
08.05.14: We had our first read through today of when we went electronic and I'm already so excited to be working on this play. Being reunited with my stage-wife Eliza Simpson is a gift, and we had such a productive first rehearsal. Can't wait to hear the music!
Additional highlight: Meeting Molly's amazing dog Gus. All rehearsals are improved by French bull dog snuffles.
THE FOURTH TIME, DIR. PAUL BEDARD. THEATER IN ASYLUM.
11.01.14: Tonight I'll be doing a one night only performance of The Fourth Time, created by Paul Bedard as a part of Theater in Asylum's The Trending Imperatives Project. Then it's my final week of rehearsal before tech for Agnosiophobia, and then #serials returns!
CAT CALL, DIR. JILLIAN ROBERTSON. RULE OF 7X7.
09.19.14: Rule of 7X7 was amazing last night! Two full houses with incredible energy. Thanks to Jeff Ronan for writing such a fun piece and for being such an amazing scene partner in Cat Call.
AS YOU LIKE IT, DIR. PAUL MOSER. THE SECRET GARDEN, DIR. ZACH WEINBERG. OSTF.
07.23.14: Tomorrow some of the company and I will be traveling to Grafton Prison to perform select scenes from As You Like It for inmates who have been studying Shakespeare. I'm very excited to hear their thoughts on our production!
07.11.14: The Secret Garden opens tonight! I'm so proud and excited to share this beautiful show with an audience!
06.27.14: As You Like It opened tonight to a fantastic house! I'm relishing in this opportunity to play one of my favorite characters of all time.
06.09.14: We had our first stumble-through ofAs You Like It yesterday and our first read-through of The Secret Garden tomorrow! I'm thrilled to say that I'll be interviewed about this summer's season, along with Matthew Wright and Annie Winneg this Friday on the AM930 WEOL Morning Show!
THE MYSTERIES, DIR. ED SYLVANUS ISKANDAR. THE FLEA THEATER.
05.26.14: Yesterday the original cast of The Mysteries had our final show. I honestly can't think of a show I've done that has meant more to me than The Mysteries. It has been a true honor and a privilege to work with such an amazing company and such amazing writers, designers, and collaborators.
My sadness at ending my time with The Mysteries is tempered by the fact that I head to Oberlin tomorrow! I'm about to start rehearsal for the 2014 Season of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, where I will be appearing as Rosalind in As You Like It and Martha in The Secret Garden.
04.21.14: Tonight is our third and final opening night! Reviews have started coming in and I continue to be in awe of the response we've been getting. What a truly spectacular production.
04.03.14: The Mysteries starts previews today! So proud to be sharing this amazing show with an audience!
01.15.14: I'm incredibly honored, excited, and nervous to be performing one of the plays fromThe Mysteries at The Flea's Benefit at MoMA tonight! Kate Thulin, Colin Waitt, and I will be performing The Next Supper by Lloyd Suh, sharing the stage with fellow BATS, Lewis Black, LAVA, James Waterston, and Sarah Jessica Parker!
12.28.13: I've just been cast in the final production of The Mysteries at The Flea and am now officially a BAT! Learn more about this incredible project! So excited and proud to be working with this incredible group of people on such inspired text.
11.27.13: Thrilled to announce that I've been offered a spot in the workshop of The Mysteries, a new show being created at The Flea under the direction of Ed Sylvanus Iskandar! I'll be able to work with 50 playwrights on this incredible new piece.
The Mysteries is a New York Times Critic's Pick!
I am floored by the reception we've been getting. What a thrilling feeling to have a project we've all poured our hearts and souls into recognized in such an amazing way.
Not only are the reviews excellent, but our audiences give us such a warm, loving reception each night - it reminds me why I love creating live theater. Many of the reviews highlight The Next Supper by Lloyd Suh, which I still feel honored to perform with Kate Thulin and Colin Waitt.
"There is an amazing scene in the third part when two Brooklyn girls meet and clothe Jesus; it is the most moving and poignant five minutes in the entire six hours - plus it's funny - and I appreciated the sentiment." - Joseph Samuel Wright, Theater is Easy
The good news keeps coming with the announcement of the 2014 Drama Desk Award Nominations. Our genius costume designer Loren Shaw was nominated for her 350+ distinct looks in The Mysteries, and our fearless leader Ed Sylvanus Iskandar was awarded the Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award for his work on The Mysteries and The Golden Dragon! We're all so proud!
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, DIR. DOUGLAS N. HONOROF. BAITED BEAR.
11.14.13: I got my first NY review today for Merry Wives:
"Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, played charmingly by Eliza Simpson and Eleanor Philips respectively, are wickedly funny as they aspire to make a fool out of Sir John. They turn the gender stereotype of women being weak-willed right on its head."
Read more about the production here!
10.24.13: Merry Wives opens tonight! Working with this incredible group of actors has been such fun - looking forward to playing with them for the next three weeks.
09.04.13: Began rehearsals for Merry Wives today - so excited to be working with such a talented cast and company.
06.21.13: I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be playing Mistress Ford in The Baited Bear Players' inaugural production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
A MATTER OF FEET, DIR. ANNA STRASSER. THESPIAN PRODUCTIONS.
05.12.13: I'll be playing Audrey in A Matter of Feet by John Lane, directed by Anna Strasser in Thespian Production's Theatre Madness, June 20 & 22nd at 8PM. Buy tickets here. - I unfortunately had to leave the production due to a personal emergency, and was replaced by the lovely and talented Kat Lee.
THE STARS IN ILLINOIS, DIR. YASMEEN JAWHAR. BAR BELLE, DIR. TIFFANY JAMES. LOVE CREEK.
04.10.13: The Stars in Illinois runs this weekend, in a series of one-act plays at The Producer's Club. Performances are 04.12 at 8PM, 04.13 at 8PM, and 04.14 at 7PM.
04.05.13: Bar Belle opens tonight, in a series of one-act plays at The Producer's Club. Performances are 04.05 at 8PM, 04.06 at 8PM, and 04.07 at 7PM.
03.14.13: I've just been cast in two one act plays: The Stars in Illinois by Dallas Woodburn, directed by Yasmeen Jawhar, and Bar Belle by Janis Butler Holm, directed by Tiffany James. Rehearsals have started and I'm having a blast.