Hi, Loyal Friends and Neighbors! A quick little notice to let you know that just because I’ve been quiet on the theatrical end of things, that’s been far from a planned, permanent condition. Cash flow woes combined with seismic historical events conspired to keep me from creating much of my own theatre in 2016 and 2017, although I did a fair bit of acting (although even that’s getting to have been six months ago). I spent a lot of the last few months thinking about new directions, and while it’s not all completely settled in my head, I’m ready to take some tentative baby steps out into the light again, so here are some things happening over the next few months:
SIDESHOW HALL OF FAME/ CONGRESS OF CURIOUS PEOPLES OPENING NIGHT/ Friday, April 6, 8pm/ Coney Island USA/ 1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island
Come see me and a bevy of so-called experts nominate this years’ Sideshow Hall of Fame candidates, including Keynote Speaker Todd Robbins! Last year I think I literally fell off the dais — no promises about this year! Get all the deets here.
THE MOOSE HEAD OVER THE MANTEL/ Thursday, April 26, 7:30PM (running time: 90 minutes)/ Anthology Film Archives/ 32 Second Ave. (corner of 2nd St.), NYC/ Admission: $8 cash at the door
It’s been several years in the making but the horror film I’m in, The Moose Head Over the Mantel, by Inappropriate Films is having its first public NYC screening on April 26. Over the past several months its been playing the festival circuit and taking home well-deserved awards. I saw it in a private screening a few months ago and can attest to its excellence on several fronts: great acting, special effects, a highly original screenplay etc etc etc. My little scene is probably less than five minutes long but please go see it for the overall film and its thrill, chills, laughs and horror-rific history. And this illustrious cast.
FOLSOM AT FIFTY/ Thursday, May 3, 7:30pm (running time: 45 minutes)/ Dixon Place/ 161A Chrystie Street, NYC/ FREE!
Johnny Cash‘s classic 1968 album Live from Folsom Prison is more relevant than ever with record numbers of Americans incarcerated and a new President whose governing philosophy consists of locking people up and building walls. The album was an important childhood musical influence on me and I’ll perform tunes from the record (and other relevant Cash songs and other folk numbers) with a little help from my friends (TBA), and talk about the meaning of the songs, the style of which influenced the music in my musical plays House of Trash and Jasper Jaxon. Above all, a tribute to a great American artist who left us 15 years ago! And a chance to hang out! More info here.
TRAV S.D.’S TALL TALES/ Saturday, June 9, 3pm; Wednesday, June 13, 9:30pm; Tuesday, June 19, 7pm
Brick Theater (Festival of Lies)/ 579 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn/ Tickets: $20
Premiere workshop of my new solo show in which I mine American folk and pop culture, history and my own life to look at America’s four century long love affair with being flim-flammed and hornswaggled. Songs, monologues, humor, pathos, and a few touches of vaudeville. I look forward to coming home to the Brick after a long hiatus!
And coming up a bit father down the pike:
August: West Fest: A tribute to the life and career of Mae West, with lectures, panels, readings, film screenings, etc, details TBA soon!
Fall: The Mike and Meyer Files. The release of Archeophone Records new CD of Weber and Fields recordings, for which I am writing the liner notes. We will have Weber and Fields events around the time of the release!
Fall: And more exciting projects it would be premature for me to announce yet, although I am just as excited about them.