MY STORY... continued
“I’m trying to catch the true quality of experience in a group of people, that cloudy, flickering, evanescent – fiercely charged! – interplay of live human beings in the thundercloud of a common crisis.”- Tennessee Williams
Writing and directing has been a natural expansion of my 30+ years of experience as a professional actor. I began my career in New York with credits ranging from the original Broadway production of CITY OF ANGELS to the Off-Broadway hits FOREVER PLAID and JEFFREY, and various Regional Theatre productions. It was during CITY OF ANGELS (and the first Bush Presidency) that I had the opportunity to write and act in a political satire called DAN QUAYLE: IN HIS OWN WORDS as a cabaret to raise money for Equity Fights AIDS. It was a thrilling, tight ropewalk of an experience, and opened up the possibility of creating more content for myself.
Several years later, after I’d come to Los Angeles, I was prompted by a stranger on the closing night of END OF THE WORLD PARTY to explore the life and works of Tennessee Williams, and after a few years of research and wrangling with the Williams estate, the solo play BENT TO THE FLAME - A NIGHT WITH Tennessee Williams was born and began to take me all over the country playing Williams festivals in New Orleans and Provincetown, the Williams Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C., and the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival, where the show garnered the award for “Outstanding Solo Show.”
Over time, I began building my resume as a stage director with productions of COMMENCING, SOAP OPERA, and Patrick Marber’s CLOSER (Fugitive Productions), BELARUSIAN DREAMS (Global Theatre Project), FIRE EATER (Workshop 360) and Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRE (USC School of Dramatic Arts), among others.
Then, in 2017, I began creating for film, and wrote, directed, and acted in my debut short film COMING OF AGE, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Festival de Cannes and went on to play festivals across the U.S. and around the world.
My most recent short, DOTTING THE "I", also premiered at the Festival de Cannes in 2022 and continues to play festivals worldwide, winning awards for “Best Director Short Film” at Barcelona’s Love & Hope International Film Festival, “Festival Favorite” at the Palm Springs Cinema Diverse Film Festival, and “Best Screenplay Short Film” at the SENE Film Festival.
Both films have been acquired by and can be seen on HERE TV - the largest platform for LGBTQ+ content in the world with over 3.1 million subscribers.
In addition to the poetic richness of Tennessee Williams, I am inspired by the unadorned humanity of the work of Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION; A HERO), and his willingness to allow actors to carry the story and audiences to discover their own truth in it.
To present, not preach.
Currently, I am developing my feature film directorial debut, MY MOTHER HAD A BROTHER.