Latvia/Latvia

Thrilled to take part in the development of The Latvia Project, a devised theater piece conceived and directed by Jay Stern about his turn-of-the-century Latvian Jewish family.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/544102

Here are my legs, a toy train, and a stage artfully strewn… production photos by the sterling photography Tom Henning.

Latvia_Toy

The silliest short film I’ve ever made

Silliest? or most IMPORTANT? You decide.

Note: This was a challenge to some very bright filmmakers (Jay Stern, Meg Sweeney Lawless, Victor Varnado) to create a short film with a title suggested by an audience member. When they heard the challenge: “Invincible Antichrist Victory,” the first thought was, “How can we do this without receiving a bunch of letters?” The second thought was, clearly, saving the world.

Invincible Anti Christ Victory from Iron Mule Short Comedy Series on Vimeo.

Enjoy!

The Liar Show, December 1st at Cornelia Street Cafe

Andy gives good write-up. Here’s the info:

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! But here’s something to really be thankful for: Our Special Christmas 2011 Gala! Sorry for the delay.

Thanks,
Andy
PS: You get better looking every day. Really, (contact name), I’m not just saying that.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 at 6pm
CORNELIA STREET CAFE
29 Cornelia Street (between W 4th and Bleecker) MAP
$15 admission includes one drink.
Reservations: 212-989-9319

ROBERT HURST – Moth GrandSlam Finalist
BEN LILLIE – TED Talks; The Story Collider
JOANNA PARSON – WNYC’s The Next Big Thing
DIANA SPECHLER – Esquire Magazine; Author of Skinny

Hosted by ANDY CHRISTIE – The Moth Radio Hour; WNYC’s CityScape

“They can lie to me all night long.” The New York Times
“Christie & Co make dishonesty fun again.” TimeOut NY
“Raucous fun is had by all. 4 Stars.” Edinburgh Festival, Three Weeks
“A Winner! 4 Stars.” Edinburgh Festival, The Scotsman
“A detective-comedy extravaganza. A night of solid fun.” -BroadwayBaby

THE STORIES
Every Liar Show performance is unique. A constantly changing cast of writers and comics tell four short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh and probably make you glad you don’t live with them. But only three of these people are telling the truth.

THE INTERROGATION
All four performers return to the stage and defend their honor while the audience rakes them over the coals in a fact-finding session, refereed by the host.

THE VERDICT
Each audience member casts a ballot and when the Liar is revealed, the perceptive geniuses who have guessed correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of “Congratulations, Einstein,” from the empty-handed losers.

Old friends, new friends

I had a great time performing at La Mama Galleria for Discovering Oz’s party this week. Discovering Oz is a rare quantity– a public relations firm with a specialty in non-profits, arts organizations, and genuinely nifty people. On Friday night they took over the Galleria space on East First Street in the East Village, hung the work of artists with whom they’ve had successful collaborations, and invited talented friends to perform to a happy, wine-d up crowd.

I first met Darien Bates, the founder of Discovering Oz, some years ago when I performed in “I, Claudius, Live,” a cult-hit serial– and seriously skewed– version of “I, Claudius.” And I had originally hooked up with Theatre Askew through my friend, Jason Jacobs, who was co-founder and co-director and now is successfully working as a freelance theatre director.

It’s such a pleasure when you realize that you’ve been working in New York theatre long enough to have serious history with wonderful people. Usually there are many pockets of friends and companies with whom you’ve worked, and if you’re lucky, you can reconnect with them like I did on Thursday night. People like the then-comedian and now-writer and creator of Breakup Girl, Lynn Harris— one of the funniest, smartest women I know. And her brilliant co-consipirator, freelance designer and illustrator Chris Kalb, who’s now the art director of City Scoops magazine. When we met, we were excited, energetic, loud in subways, probably hugely annoying. I’m so glad to know not only are my old friends continuing to work in the fields they were dreaming of at that time, the goal of becoming nice, grounded, grown-up people seems to have been accomplished too. And that new friends like Darien Bates can provide excellent excuses for us to cavort again.

And introduce us to new circles– Friday night I saw Talking Band for the first time, a 37-year-old experimental theatre group of which I’m now officially a fan. They create thought-provoking, funny, heart-filled music-theatre work, and they’re who I want to be when I grow up. I’ll be at their next performances, coming March 1-18 to La Mama.

NOTE: My friends and colleagues’ swell-ness may inspire me to create an avalanche of links, in this post and in the future. So sue me.

“Three Chords of the Apocalypse” at All For One Theatre Festival, November 17

I’ll be performing a 20-minute excerpt of a new work, “The Three Chords of the Apocalypse,” at a new exciting solo show festival brought to you by Broadway producer Michael Wolk, on November 17th at Theatre 80 St. Marks.
All For One Theater Festival

On the 17th, I’ll be proud to share the evening with Zero Boy, and Elizabeth Van Meter.

I’ve been working with director Jay Stern on this piece– it’s me, my guitar, and a story about working as a transcriptionist for mass media outlets before and after 9/11. I can also highly recommend many of the events in the festival, including a moving, oral-history based show about Hurricane Katrina by my friend Mari Brown (“23 Feet in 12 Minutes”), and writing workshops with the great Matt Hoverman, and others. Please visit the site and mark your calendars!

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