My ambitions to blog my way through the August workshop of Dostoevsky kindly forgiven, I’m back with an update of what I’ve been up to, and where I’m headed in the new year.
The workshop of Cheer Up, Dostoevsky was a thrilling week. The reading that took place at the end of it was one of the most enlightening and inspiring afternoons of my life. With a lot of submissions for development opportunities in the air, I hope to have news for you soon about the next step for this piece. For now...scenes and songs are being re-written and re-imagined, and I am hopeful for the future of my two-act musical dream of life “after the age of the internet”.
In the months since then, I’ve been busy at work as an actor/instrumentalist at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. From September - October of 2018, I played Andrej in their production of Once. It was a lovely chance to tackle a challenging and fascinating role and play some kick-ass folk music with a truly lovely group of artists. The show was well-received, even better-attended, and I think brought a lot of joy and depth of feeling to people’s lives. That feels like a pretty great thing.
From there, actor-Alex jumped into the Arden’s production of Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. I play John Arable and the Gander in the show. I also drive a good deal of Christopher Colucci’s original music/sound design in the piece: playing Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, and Clarinet. The show is incredibly fun, heartfelt, and wildly theatrical. If you’re in Philadelphia between now and February 3rd, 2019, I would highly recommend seeing it. Especially if there are little ones in your life. Here’s a link to tickets...
So. Now that we’re in 2019, it’s time to start looking forward to the future, yeah? Yeah. In March of 2019, Lightning Rod Special will premier The Appointment — a raucous, unyielding musical comedy about Abortion. I’m the composer/lyricist and a member of the lead writing team for this devised piece, and I am incredibly excited for it. We’ve been working on the piece for about 3 years now. Through many workshops, showings, head-scratchings and soul-searching, it’s finally time for the piece to meet an audience in a full run of shows. I can’t wait. Here’s a link to tickets for that ...
In April, I’ll be back at the Arden, composing original music & sound design for their production of Treasure Island. It looks to be an incredibly imaginative, unstoppably fun production for all ages. More on that to come.
And in April - May, The Appointment will ride again. Hot on the heels of its Philadelphia premier, our world-premier comedy with songs will play a limited run at New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door space.
All this and more. I’m writing music for a new musical that I’ve been dreaming of for a while. Songs are starting to come, and the story is starting to take shape. It’s small, and sad, and I’m really stoked about it. More to come, more to come ...
I hope that 2019 is filled with wild, wonderful joys for you. And I hope that the sorrows, when they find you (and they always do, yeah?), are sorrows you can make friends with. Toss them in your sidecar and steer your motorcycle forward. We’ll get there together.