My most recent sketch class at the Brody Theater had their student show last night, and it was a raucous success! I directed and produced the show based out of the best writing to emerge from the 7-week class. The writing was excellent, the performers nailed it, and the sold-out crowd ate it up.
Congratulations to writers Anton Cobb, Sean DeNicola, James Hartenfeld, Danny Hendrix, Jonathan Hopp, DJ Hupp, Cara Parker King, Nick McCann and Jayne White. And big thanks to performers Scott Engdahl, Kerry Leek, Monique Fleming, Corin Garratt, Jay Flewelling and DJ Hupp, and Tech Direction Sophya Vidal and Assistant Director Nick Beaird. It was a great night all around!
A NIGHTMARE ON ELF STREET opened to a fantastic crowd on Friday, 12/6! On Saturday, 12/7, I pulled double-duty as a writer/director with another great performance of NIGHTMARE at 7:30pm, and then directed/served as head writer for the second episode of season 3 of LATE NIGHT ACTION WITH ALEX FALCONE at Action/Adventure Theater at 10:00pm.
LATE NIGHT ACTION featured a sketch I wrote for NIGHTMARE called “Seriously Worst Christmas Ever.” It’s a parody of A Christmas Carol and other other heart-warming holiday stories. The cast came along and energetically performed the sketch for the sold-out late night crowd. Guests that evening were Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl and The Stud Book, April Baer, host of State of Wonder on OPB, and HUMAN BEAT BOX MACHINE Fogatron.
All in all, an awesome weekend! I celebrated by sleeping all day Sunday.
We’re back with more NIGHTMARE this Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the Brody Theater – come out and get some holiday spirit shoved down your throat!
I had the pleasure of writing for the final week of SCRIPT TEASE, a new show at the Brody Theater that aims to bridge the gap between scripted and unscripted performance. I wrote the first six pages of a brand-new play with six characters called GAME NIGHT. After a cold read of the pages, the performers will drop the script and improvise the rest of the play. Directed by Domeka Parker, the show has sold out all its other performances and is getting rave reviews from audiences.
I can’t wait to see what they come up with! Check out the great write-up of the show in The Oregonian.
For the past few months, I’ve been working on putting together a Christmas show comedy show. Working with a talented team of writers and actors, we’re about to launch A Nightmare on Elf Street, a 90-minute trip through Santa’s worst Christmas. I directed, produced and co-wrote the show. Below is the press release:
Santa’s been kidnapped! The only thing standing between the jolly fellow and certain death at the hands of his holiday-hating captor is a treasure trove of festive sketches. Will Santa’s storytelling save him, or is this Christmas nightmare just beginning?
The Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, Portland, OR
December 6th– December 21st, 2013. All shows run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for students
Tickets can be purchased on the Brody Theater website: http://brodytheater.com/nowplaying.html
Nick Beaird, Jay Flewelling, Corin Garratt, Megan McGeorge
Nick Beaird, Alex Falcone, Erik Gernand, Caitlin Kunkel, Neven Mrgan
Directed & Produced by: Caitlin Kunkel
Assistant Director: Neven Mrgan
Technical Director: David Wester
All artwork designed by Neven Mrgan.
My latest crop of students from the Brody Theater are having their final sketch performance on Saturday, November 16 at 9:30pm. I will direct and produce the show, and Neven Mrgan will assist direct and produce. Fish, ghosts and superheroes all feature prominently.