hotINK Festival 2008

There’s no rest for the wicked over here at the ol’ blog. This coming Sunday, immediately following the closing performance of Merry Mount, I’ll be doing a one-night-only staged reading of Joshua William Gelb’s play, The Tragedie of Bour IV. This is part of the hotINK Festival 2008, presented by NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (my alma mater). hotINK showcases new works from around the world: this year’s batch boasts selections from Romania, Australia, France, Canada, Belarus, the U.K., Lebanon, Guadaloupe, Sweden, and the good old U.S. of A.

The role I’m playing, Mr. Lightbulb, is described as “a theatricalized version of Thomas Edison, who’s running a sideshow on Coney Island at the turn of the century, exhibiting the dangers of Tesla’s AC current by electrocuting animals with it in front of the public. He’s part barker, part inventor, part business man, part sadist thug.” Yummy. Also featured in the cast are Alex Coppola, Akil Davis, Cherrye Davis, Kimberly Herbert Gregory, and Justin Nestor.

The reading is being directed by my old NYU chum, Tomi Tsunoda, whose work I’ve admired since back in the day. I’m glad we’re finally working together: I’ve been wanting to for about ten million years now, so I’m grateful to finally get the chance. Thanks, Tomi!

Tomi is also one of the curators of the festival. She and her colleagues have put together a good-looking program that includes new works by Mac Wellman, Eduardo Machado, Anna Ziegler, Crystal Skillman, Jason Grote, and Rob Ackerman, among others. The readings are free and take place at Tisch School of the Arts, located at 721 Broadway, between Waverly Place and Washington Place. Check out the festival’s official schedule and website for further details.

(By the by: The Tragedie of Bour IV goes up at 7:30pm on Sunday night, in the Abe Burrows Theatre at TSOA. If you’ve got a hankering for new work, or just want to see yours truly in action, then come on down.)

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