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This weekend, I will be playing The Stranger in Endstation Theatre Company’s premier presentation of Scott Gendel and Nick Lantz’s new musical “Unearthed.”

“Set in the Blue Ridge foothills in 1900 and 2000, Unearthed utilizes traditional mountain music, musical theatre, and opera to tell parallel story lines. It follows the troubled lives of Alzy and Wade, who in their own time each discover the same strange man buried in the woods. The mysterious stranger promises to grant wishes to his rescuers, but wishes come at a cost, and Alzy and Wade struggle to set their tumultuous lives right. UNEARTHED is rooted in stories from traditional mountain folklore with references to historical events from the Central Virginia region.”

Performances take place on Sweet Briar College Campus July 26, 27, and 28 at 7:00 p.m.

WVPT’s Shakespeare’s American Home

This wonderful documentary, aired by WVPT, provides plenty of interesting insight into The American Shakespeare Center and its affiliated Shakespeare and Performance graduate program. I was fortunate enough to appear midway though the program trying some unexpected cold-reading with the inimitable Amy Simpson Grubbs.

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival's Comedy of Errors

Please join my friends at The Ohio Shakespeare Festival for their 2013 summer production of “Comedy of Errors”. They are a first rate professional company with over a decade of successful work in Akron, Ohio. The preduction’s preshow performance will once again feature a parody song that the festival commissioned me to write.

“Return to the Forbidden Planet” at The American Shakespeare Center

Working with The American Shakespeare Center’s Fall/Summer Season

I am currently working as an understudy and production assistant with The American Shakespeare Center’s production of Bob Carlton’s Return to the Forbidden Planet.  In this production, the  ASC’s talented cast and crew have crafted a well received mixture of Shakespeare’s verse, classic rock, and sci-fi send ups that has played to packed Blackfriars houses since its mid-June opening.

"Blasting off, from left, are Josh Innerst on guitar, Chris Johnston on banjo, and Benjamin Curns on bass. Photo by Pat Jarrett, American Shakespeare Center."
“Blasting off, from left, are Josh Innerst on guitar, Chris Johnston on banjo, and Benjamin Curns on bass. Photo by Pat Jarrett, American Shakespeare Center.”

Eric Minton’s “Shakespeareances.com”  review of this “Conscious-Altering Experience” generously mentions my tentacle puppeteering work and can be found by accessing the URL below.

http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1618

Shakespeare Association of America Conference and Guest Lecturing Opportunities

This semester  has presented me with a several educational opportunities. The final week of May saw me volunteering for six days in Toronto, ON with the Shakespeare Association of America’s annual conference. The position provided me with an incredible glimpse at some of the brightest academics currently working in Shakespeare and early-modern drama.

Upon returning to Staunton, I was privileged to present a collaborative “Inside Plays” pre-performance lecture at the American Shakespeare Center and teach a class on King Lear at Eastern Mennonite University.

These wonderful educational opportunities coincided with my semester-long Professional Writing Teaching Assistantship with Mary Baldwin College’s English department and my Graduate Assistantship with the college’s Shakespeare and Performance program.

This week’s SAFD certification with K. Jenny Jones marked the end of my first semester with Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance program.  In addition to honing my Rapier & Dagger Basic Pass, I will spend next semester TAing an undergraduate professional writing course and playing the the title role in Shakespeare’s Pericles.  

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at The Maryland Renaissance Festival

Having closed Richard III with Buffalo’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park, my next project will be The Maryland Renaissance Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. In my first season with the festival, I will be playing Peter Quince and performing original music of my own devising in director John Sadowsky’s environmentally inspired production.

See the MDRF website for more information on the production and festival: