Ok, folks. This is a whopper of an update, so bear with me.
1.) The Goodbye: it is with both sadness and pride that I announce my departure from Drunk Shakespeare. To say it has been an incredible ride would be a massive understatement. I am forever grateful to the cast and crew for trusting and supporting me; I have learned so much from them in these past two years.
But why am I leaving, you ask? Excellent question!
2.) A Welcome: This summer, I am joining the union! So I will be bursting into fall audition season as a new member of the Actors’ Equity Association!
But HOW did you manage to join Equity, you query? Another great question!
3.) The Welcome Back: I am thrilled to announce that I am heading back up to the Chenango River Theatre to star in their World Premiere of Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. This terrific new comedy set in 1973 follows Linda O’Shea - the oldest daughter of a lower-middle class, Irish-Catholic family - as she attempts to reenact the most turbulent and transformative day of her life. Written by Katie Forgette and directed by Drew Kahl, it is sure to be a blast!
BUT WHAT DO I DO NOW, you demand!? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered:
To catch me in my final two months of performing with Drunk Shakespeare, reach out to me through my Contact page for scheduling and possible comp tickets.
And for more information about Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, including how to purchase tickets and travel to Greene, visit the Chenango River Theatre’s website!
And if neither of these options work for you, I’ll see you in line outside the Equity Building this fall!
About a month ago, I had a blast recording the pilot for The Mercy River Incident with Zev Hurwich. He wrote this audio drama for AEAEA, a production company specializing in Sci-Fi podcasts. And I’m delighted to announce that final edits are complete! In a few days, you will find clips from the pilot here on my website under Media, or you can check out the full recording at aeaea.net.
Still buzzing after tonight’s incredibly successful staged reading of The Hope Hypothesis. This dark comedy, written and directed by Cat Miller, was presented as the final installment of Voyage Theater Company’s 2018 Parts Unknown Reading Series. I was honored to be a part of the talented team that brought this play to life for the first time!
Final edits on HURRY UP & WAIT are finally complete! I thoroughly enjoyed shooting with John Tanner’s team and playing a sassy, insensitive casting director.
Check out my video page for a sneak peak of this hilarious comedy!
I am positively giddy to announce that starting next month, I will be joining the cast of The Fool’s Lear as Cordelia and making my debut at the IRT in Greenwich Village!
This retelling of the Bard’s famous tragedy (adapted and directed by H. Clark Kee) will be presented by Oldest Boys Productions in association with the Accidental Repertory Theater. For more information, check out this link! And to purchase tickets, click here!
Because it is a short run, I will be performing in both Drunk Shakespeare and The Fool’s Lear from January 9th-26th. This will be my first time performing in two Off-Broadway Shakespeare productions simultaneously! Needless to say, I have a lot to be thankful for and look forward to in 2019.
I am delighted to announce that come September, I will be heading back to the Chenango River Theatre to perform in the regional premiere of Papermaker by Monica Wood.
During a paper mill strike in small-town Maine, CEO Henry John McCoy and his daughter Emily find themselves stranded at the doorstep of a local, long time union worker and his wife. Tensions run high as discussions of the strike pit family against family; man against child; generation against generation. What follows is an emotional, sometimes humorous, and ultimately uplifting drama about the ties that bind us and the need to be a part of something greater.
Performances run September 28th through October 14th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. See the link below for ticket and venue information:
So a lot has happened within our warm and wacky Drunk Shakespeare community in the past month:
1.) I have taken on another role! I now perform several times a week as Lady Macbeth in addition to playing Banquo and several other roles.
2.) We have moved to the spacious 2nd floor theater at 777 8th Avenue, just a few blocks north of our old location. Our stage is longer, our bar is bigger, and our thirst is greater than ever!
3.) Last week, I had the supreme pleasure of celebrating my 100th show with this incredible company. I cannot believe how the time has flown, and I couldn't have asked for a more generous audience to get festive and feisty with that night!
In light of all these exciting milestones, I raise my invisible glass to many more shows and many more milestones in our beautiful new space! Cheers!
It is with great excitement (and terror) that I announce that tonight marks my first ever performance with The Drunk Shakespeare Society! I have the great pleasure of playing well-known roles such as Banquo, Malcolm, the Porter, Lennox, a Witch, and the ghost of Patrick Swayze.
If you are interested in checking it out, please send me a message and I'd happy to let you know which performances I'll be appearing in! Ticket information is available here:
I'm very pleased to report that on Sunday, I will be heading back to upstate New York with the Adirondack Shakespeare Company for their summer tour! This should be an exciting season, as we'll be performing some lesser known Shakespeare plays as well as a world premiere of a children's show! My roles include Loki in Thor; Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well; and Camillo in The Winter's Tale.
Check out this link to learn more about this wonderful company: http://www.adkshakes.org/Adirondack_Shakespeare_Company_home.html
And click here for ticket information: https://adkshakes.ticketleap.com/
And last but not least, please stay tuned for a very exciting project announcement coming later this summer!
I am beyond thrilled to announce that I have accepted a role in the World Premiere of Sheila Cowley's new play, Flying. On Monday, I will be traveling up to the Chenango River Theatre in Greene, NY to start rehearsing for this fantastic and moving new play.
Flying is drawn from oral histories and memoirs of the WASPS (Women's Air Service Pilots) of World War II. These female pilots flew dying planes to the scrapyard, transported cargo, and even trained rookie male pilots for combat. This play follows several of these unsung heroines, now home from the war, as they fight to keep their small airfield alive. I am honored to be portraying one of these incredible women and to be sharing this story with audiences for the first time.
Performances run May 26th through June 18th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. See the link below for ticket and venue information:
I know I'm a week behind, but I had to say what a pleasure it was remounting Beowulf: A Comedy? at the 2017 New York Shakespeare Convention! With only four rehearsals, Ross Hamman did a brilliant job jumping in as our new Beowulf. And on the big day, we couldn't have asked for a more supportive audience: game for anything and eager to play with us all the way through!
For those who have never heard of #ShakesCon, it an exciting annual event for Shakespeare companies, classical actors and Bard enthusiasts in the city to connect over interesting workshops and fun performances. It was founded by Caitlin White and Nat Angstrom, artistic directors of Bottoms Dream, and I had the pleasure of joining them and the rest of the team when we reprised some of the music from our winter production of The Bride. Still curious? Find out more on their website!
AND STAY TUNED FOR AN EXCITING SPRING ANNOUNCEMENT COMING VERY SOON!
I know I am two weeks late, but I absolutely had to post about the wonderful experience I had performing in the The 3rd NY Indie Theatre 1 Minute Play Festival: America Is... at the New Ohio Theatre. With over 70 actors, 60 playwrights and 10 directors contributing, what an incredibly rewarding experience this massive undertaking turned out to be.
Each 1-minute play contributed to the conversation about post-election America in an original way, but it was the combined effect of all the pieces, performed rapid-fire in a single event, that left me breathless. One audience member commented that the evening felt like flying in a blimp over New York and taking one-minute rest stops at various locations; peeking into different windows and doors for just 60 seconds before flying away to the next one. Being part of that journey, and thus part of the NY Indie theatrical community, left me bursting with pride.
And what's more, I finally got to reunite with director Cat Miller and actor Jes Bedwinek on this project. Having last worked all together almost five years on The Diary of Anne Frank as part of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival's 2013 summer season, it was a joy to be in the big city with them, making art for a great cause.
I'm very excited to announce that we are just one week away from opening Bottoms Dream's The Bride, an original weaving of Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing. It has been a pleasure working, devising and discovering with this generous team of actors, artists and musicians. I've so enjoyed bringing new incarnations of Costard and Margaret to life, and I cannot wait to share them with you!
Join us for performances February 16th-25th at the Access Theater (380 Broadway in Manhattan, 4th Floor). Below is a link where you can get your tickets, but buy them quickly because it's a limited run with limited seating!
Purchase tickets here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11116
For more about Bottoms Dream and what their company does, check out their website: http://www.bottomsdream.org/
Looking for something to do tomorrow night? Come see me perform in a reading of a new play TAROT READINGS BY DEBBIE* by Charlotte Lang!
*Sponsored by Dunkin Donuts
This reading is part of Exquisite Corpse Company's Drinks and Drama series titled Out of the Darkness. Join us at 7pm on Tuesday, November 15th at the Art Cafe (884 Pacific Street in Brooklyn) to hear two new plays and drink to your heart's content!
One night only! Hope to see you there!
More information here: http://www.exquisitecorpsecompany.com/drinks--drama
I'm so excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for Underlings' newest popup production "Beowulf: A Comedy?" Performing three nights only - November 17th, 18th and 19th at the Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center - seats for these shows sell VERY fast, so get them while you can!
My good friend Sean Lounsbury conceived and wrote the majority of the script, with help and feedback from this crazy cast. If you like drinking wine and watching me make an absolute fool of myself, please check it out!
Get your tickets here:
And learn more here:
Following our final performance of Sherlock!, I was utterly shocked and honored when Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen and Managing Director Keith Stevens named me with the 2016 James Whitmore Award recipient. This accolade is given annually to one member of the Second Company who demonstrates excellence both on and off stage throughout the season. Working with the Players has been such a rewarding experience, due in no small part to the loving community the company has built over the years. I'm forever grateful to my fellow Second Company members, to the talented staff, and to the many actors, directors and designers who made this season possible.
First, a huge thank you to everyone who made it out to ShakesCon on Saturday and our pop-up performance of The Merchant of Venice in Brooklyn on Sunday. I am very sad to have to say goodbye to the folks at the Adirondack Shakespeare Company.
BUT I'm delighted to announce that I'll be joining the Peterborough Players this summer, performing in their Second Company! You can catch me in SHERLOCK! as Mrs. Hudson; in the mainstage show PYGMALION; and in MISS NELSON IS MISSING (my first musical in almost five years)!
Hope to see you there!
Not prepared to travel all the way to the Adirondacks to see some Shakespeare? Never fear! We will also be performing at ShakesCon 2016 on Saturday April 23rd in New York City! And stay posted for more information about another possible NYC performance date next month!
Check out this link for more details about that day's performance:
And this link for more details about our April performance schedule:
I'm incredibly excited to announce that I will be spending the month of April performing with the Adirondack Shakespeare Company! Their spring season includes:
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which I'll be playing Portia, Octavius, and more...
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, in which I'll be playing Solanio, the Duke of Venice, and more...
Patrick Siler's Songs of the Iroquois: Turtle Island, in which I'll be playing Sapling!
Check out their website for more info: http://www.adkshakes.org/Adirondack_Shakespeare_Company_home.html