Stealth Fame

Iveys program cover

This was the program cover for the 2014 Ivey Awards. The same image was projected on the screen between acts. However, hardly anyone recognized me with my heavily-make-upped, uncharacteristic scowl, so I am calling it “stealth fame.” Everyone has seen my face; they just don’t realize it. (Though it has also been pointed out to me that, given the shirtless young man photoshopped in front of me, it’s possible no one was even looking at me in the first place.)

For comparison, here is me before the show with my storytelling buddy Ward Rubrecht, (who, when he’s not too busy winning every story slam in town, occasionally covers men’s fashion for local magazines).

Ivey Awards

Phoenix Theater Grand Opening

10445950_274239906098988_4823834103514225567_nI’m performing at the Grand Opening of the Phoenix Theater, which is taking over the old Brave New Workshop student union. I’ve always loved the space and I’m thrilled about having this new venue around — we’re already looking at booking future shows there for Story Arts of Minnesota.

Saturday, November 1, 4pm to 11pm
Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Join us at the Phoenix for the first public welcome of this newly reborn performance space. Doors open at 4:00pm for socializing and tours. Performances start at 5:00pm and continue every hour on the hour.

Performances include:
5:00pm Shel Silverstein shorts performed by Zac and Laura Delventhal
6:00pm: Solo storytelling by Katherine Glover and Jeremy Motz
7:00pm: Physical performance by Kirsten Stephens
8:00pm: Tributante Uptown Ball Burlesque
9:00pm: Concert by Willie Cherry

What I’m Doing in October

Word Sprout logoWord Sprout blog posts, Aug. 12-15
This happened in August, but this is the month I’m telling you about it… Word Sprout had a Blogger in Residence program over the summer featuring various Twin Cities spoken word artists, and each blogger wrote three posts – one about who they are, one giving advice, and one promoting upcoming shows. I won’t link to the third one, since this post already contains all the promotion you could ever need, but here are the first two:

The Man in Her Dreams – Oct. 4-19
The full-length expansion of Dead Wrong runs for three weeks at Nimbus Theatre. More info at www.freshwatertheatre.com.

The Encyclopedia Show – Oct. 11 & 19
We are doing not one but TWO shows this month, one of them a special event tied to a book tour. See my shiny new calendar for details.

Ruination: Cities of Dust – Oct. 18 & 19
A mystery game on bicycles. I will be one of the actors giving clues and challenges. More info via Northern Lights.mn.

The Man in Her Dreams World Premiere

MIHD show imagePresented by Freshwater Theatre Company
October 4-18 2014
at Nimbus Theatre, 1517 Old Central Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Megan Shepard is positive that Jabari Woods is the man who assaulted her and left her for dead in a local park. Nikki Woods knows her husband was home with his family the entire time. And Gloria Woods knows only that she wants her son out of prison. A play about memory, justice, and living with a loved one behind bars.

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What I’m Doing in July

Show photo1. Jumpin’ Jack Kerouac, July 31 – August 10, Minneapolis, MN
I’m in a dance show! At the Minnesota Fringe! The fabulous Windy Bowlsby, who created the hit dance show “Boogie-ography” at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe, has challenged herself to choreograph a group of writers and make us look good. And she seems to be succeeding — I’ve seen some of the pieces I’m not in, and they look adorable. At the Rarig Proscenium; see more details at the Fringe website.

2. This or That, Annapolis, MD
The Colonial Players is producing Alien Love Triangle as part of its 2014 Summer One-Act Play Festival, “This or That.” The festival has two groups of plays — one called “This” and one called “That,” and ALT is part of “That,” which plays on July 18, 20, 24, & 26. It is directed by Lelia TahaBurt and described as “a tongue-in-cheek, sci-fi farce taking place on an alien planet.” I can’t be there, unfortunately, but they have promised to send pictures.

3. Revising ‘The Man in Her Dreams’ for October production!
Freshwater Theatre is producing The Man in Her Dreams this fall so I’m working on some edits of the script before they start rehearsals. The show will run October 4-18 at Nimbus Theatre; I’ll post details as we get closer to the date.

4. Updating my website
Finally. It had been awhile. Oops.

What I’m Doing in February

Billy Markham promo photo1. Fast and Furious, January 31 – February 1, Spokane, Washington
Stage Left Theater selected a monologue of mine, “Some Last-Minute Wedding Vow Revisions,” for their short play festival. I can’t be there, unfortunately, but I’m hoping they post a video…

2. SlamMN Erotica Tournament, February 13-15, Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
This annual poetry slam has been happening for years, but this is the first time it will be a full-on, multi-day tournament, so I just had to throw my name in the hat and compete. More info.

3. Minneapolis One-Minute Play Festival, February 15-16, Mixed Blood Theatre
I wrote two plays for this one. More info.

4. PROMPT: Sweet Sorrow, February 22, Black Forest Inn, Minneapolis
This is the first in Story Arts of Minnesota’s PROMPT series, which features stories based on, inspired by, or tangentially related to various classic works; this show is Romeo and Juliet. I helped produce the series, and I’m hosting this one. More info.

5. Minneapolis Encyclopedia Show, February 23, Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
I’m performing this month; the theme is “Punctuation.” More info.

6. Rogue Festival, February 27 – March 7, Fresno, California
Finally, I’m getting away from Minnesota, where, as I post this, it is currently 43 degrees below zero. I’ll be performing The Devil and Billy Markham by Shel Silverstein.

What I’m Doing in January

So many different things going on in January! Here are the highlights…

1. Celebrity Exception
Black Sheep Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, has commissioned me to write a one-act, Celebrity Exception.

2. Theatre Unbound’s 24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown
January 11, 2014, 8:00pm
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street

I’m writing for this once again, which means that on Friday, January 10, at 9pm, I go into a building and am not allowed to leave until I have written, with a partner, a brand new 10-minute play incorporating elements that will not revealed until I get there. On Saturday morning, while I am sleeping off a long night, the producer assigns directors and actors to each script, and they rehearse frantically until the show starts that night. It is one of my favorite theater events in the Twin Cities. You can buy your tickets here.

3. One-Minute Play Festival
I’ve also been asked to writing something for the 2nd Annual Minneapolis One-Minute Play Festival, which will be held at Mixed Blood Theater on February 15 & 16.

4. The Devil and Billy Markham, by Shel Silverstein
Last but not least, I start rehearsals for this show — the first time in ages I’m performing something I didn’t write. Ben Layne is directing and I’m performing it at the Rogue Festival, February 27 – March 8 in Fresno, California.