Tuesday, April 07, 2015


Taking a break from jabbering about the Hannah for a while to talk about what's been taking up all of my time since The Cherry Orchard closed a couple of weeks ago: I'm treading the boards again, for a little while.

First I should mention that the last time I was on stage in a purely acting role (as opposed to playing a musician onstage, which is what I did in my Cherry Orchard cameo) was a few months ago in iHamlet, and whaaaaaa it turns out I got a really nice nod for that performance: Play Shakespeare nominated me for a Falstaff Award for Best Principal Performance, Female. I didn't win, but LOOK AT THAT POOL.

Kate Fleetwood (Goneril, King Lear, National Theater) - Winner
Lily Rabe (Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare in the Park/Public Theater)
Michelle Terry (Beatrice, Love's Labour's Won/Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company)
Melissa Dunphy (iHamlet, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre)
Annette Bening (Goneril, King Lear, The Public Theater)
Jessica Hecht (Regan, King Lear, The Public Theater)

OK, look, I could pretend to be all cool and professional-PR-flavored here, like this is no big deal, almost like I was expecting it, and gosh how nice it is to be nominablahblahblah. But you know what? SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HOLY CHRIST ON A BIKE.

So anyway, since this acting thing is going pretty well, I picked up another job at Philly Shakes in their latest production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

That is not me in this image. I am, however, on the back of the postcard.

Yes, I'm finally playing Puck, which is sort of funny because Puck was one of the first roles I ever auditioned for when I first came to America, at Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival (turned out the role was pre-cast, but I ended up playing a fairy, and that experience is what led to me becoming a composer).

My Official Photographerthe lovely Kendall Whitehouse came and took pictures this past Sunday; you can view the whole set on Flickr. Please note the presence of a WATERPHONE which I have wanted to play for years and years. I convinced the theater to buy one for the show.

We're in previews at the moment, with the official open on Friday, and we're running until May 17 (nine shows a week including student matinees, wheeee!). And Geekadelphia is already saying lovely things.

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