Casting Update!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been cast in the hilarious choose-your-own-adventure comedy, “A Merry FORKING Christmas” at Piano Fight in San Francisco!  We had our first rehearsal this week, and I’m so thrilled to be a working with these brilliant people.  We’re set to open in early December.

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Check out Piano Fight’s Website for more information and ticket sales as they become available!

THE MESS!

Having just relocated to the Bay Area, I am so excited to have joined up with The Mess sketch comedy for their Hot Messy October sketch show!  I am excited to work my comedic muscle and work with some wonderful, passionate and hilarious people. Having spent the summer in the Minneapolis, MN area, it feels great to be back on stage.  If you’re in the Bay Area and are dying for a good laugh, come check out the show!

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Tickets can be purchased at the door (as long as they aren’t sold out!) or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/853941

Discovering laughter and classic American theatre shenanigans in “So Help Me God!”

Playing through September 1, 2013 at Theatre Three in Dallas, So Help Me God is a treasure. What an opportunity to work with some of the region’s top actors on a rarely produced but simply authentic look at backstage drama in the world of theatre back in the 1920s. Hope you can see the performance at Theatre Three if you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Up Next: So Help Me God! at Theatre Three

I am very excited to announce that I have been cast in the role of Kerry in Theatre Three’s upcoming production of So Help Me God! by Maurine Dallas Watkins.

“This deliciously sour farce provides the same startled pleasure that comes from discovering a juicy, pre-code Hollywood film when immoralities used to go un- punished in the final reel. The playwright is now best remembered for Roxy Heart, her play adapted into the musical, Chicago. So Help Me God! gets its astonishing energy from that same white-hot cynicism that’s as angry as it is amused. A backstage story of a back-stabbing diva, this strychnine-laced bonbon makes other theatre satires of the era look like fluffy marshmallows. Derailed from the road to Broadway by the stock market crash of 1929, the re- discovered farce portrays a Broadway where commercialism always trumps art, producers pander to an audience’s lowest intelligence, and stars get away with absolutely everything — because they’re famous, damn it!” –Theatre Three

The production runs August 8-September 1, 2013. You can find more info and ways to purchase tickets on the Theatre Three website.

From Playbill – Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominees Announced; Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver Also Honored – Playbill.com

More shows to put on the “to see” list!

Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominees Announced; Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver Also Honored – Playbill.com.

via Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominees Announced; Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver Also Honored – Playbill.com.

Here’s the story from Playbill.com!
Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominees Announced; Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver Also Honored

By Andrew Gans
08 May 2013 

Steve Rosen and David Rossmer in The Other Josh Cohen.
Steve Rosen and David Rossmer in The Other Josh Cohen.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Off Broadway Alliance — the organization of Off-Broadway producers, theatres, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals — has announced the nominees for the 3rd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off-Broadway during the 2012-13 season.

 

Awards are presented in five competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival and Best Unique Theatrical Experience. Winners, who will be announced May 21, are selected by secret ballot by members of the awards committee of the Off Broadway Alliance.

In addition to the competitive awards, Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off-Broadway to Christopher Durang, A.R. GurneyKristine NielsenDaryl Roth, Stomp and Sigourney Weaver.

Visit the link above for more info… 

Meet one of the stars of “Enron”!

Here’s a profile of Doug Jackson that ran in Guide Live previewing Enron.

I’m excited to work with such pros. I’ll let you know how things go in the coming week afer we have an audience and the reviews come in. (Remember: beware the Raptor!)

Theater: Funny guy Doug Jackson plays Ken Lay in Theatre Three’s ‘Enron’

Lawson Taitte
Theater Critic ltaitte@dallasnews.com Published: 24 April 2013 05:53 PM

Doug Jackson is resigned to being a funny guy — most of the time.
For more than 30 years, the Dallas actor has been busy on many local stages as well as in movies and TV ads. At Theatre Three alone, where Jackson begins

performances as Ken Lay in Enron this week, he has helped set many records.

For example, he played the lead, Seymour, when Theatre Three’s 1986 Little Shop of Horrors compiled the longest run of any Dallas theatrical production. He also performed for years in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which broke that earlier record by a mile. He has starred in everything from Neil Simon to Stephen Sondheim, and he has played Harpo Marx onstage four different times. He was even one of the few area actors who worked regularly at the Dallas Theater Center during the Richard Hamburger regime.

“Doug is right up there at the top of the people who are still around,” Theatre Three executive producer-director Jac Alder says. “There are not many people who can do as many roles. He’s a song-and-dance man, and he’s funny — which means he can do anything. You can’t trust an actor who can’t make people laugh.”

From the beginning of his long career, Jackson has known he’s not the leading-man type.
“I’m 5-foot-8 and don’t have a jaw line,” he says. “In The Music Man, I’d love to play Harold Hill. But I’m not Harold Hill, I’m the anvil salesman.”

Still, there’s one type of role Jackson thinks he should land, but fate always seems to get in the way. That’s “the guy who plays the lead who is really supposed to be a character man.” He gets upset when parts such as Cyrano de Bergerac or Fagin in Oliver! go to a conventional leading man.

“If you put a big nose on a pretty face, you are not serving the script,” Jackson laments.

Jackson went out on a national tour after finishing the Theater Center’s graduate acting program alongside other prominent local actors such as John S. Davies and the late Lynn Mathis. On that tour, he met his wife and frequent co-star, Amy Mills, currently starring in Pfamily Arts’ A Little Night Music. Both their daughters have embarked on acting careers, as well. When he’s not onstage or filming movies, such as The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackson is doing computer-aided design to pay for additions to his Oak Cliff house or his daughters’ educations.

Jackson credits a guest director of a Feydeau farce during his Theater Center training for one of his biggest secrets about being funny onstage: “To play comedy, you have to learn to stand still.”

Former Theatre Three actor-director Laurence O’Dwyer told him another: “The number one thing is to make sure the audience understands every last word. You have to get out of comedy’s way.”

Even in serious dramas such as Enron, Lucy Prebble’s study of the business shenanigans that brought down the Houston energy giant, such lessons can come in handy.

“I got excited when I saw Doug’s name on the audition list,” Enron director Jeffrey Schmidt says. “This character can’t be purely evil. He needs to have redeeming qualities. Everyone had a part in this collapse.”

Plan your life

Enron is April 25 through May 25 at Theatre Three at the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St., Dallas. $10 to $50. 214-871-3300. theatre3dallas.com.

(Posted by Team Nicole)

Enron in Dallas, TX

I’m very excited and pleased to announce that I’ve been cast in Theatre Three’s upcoming production of Enron!  As a member of the ensemble, I’ll be playing a variety of roles including Board Member, Trader, and Raptor.

Written by British playwright Lucy Prebble, Enron is based on… you guessed it, the infamous Enron scandal.  “One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic in Lucy Prebble’s new play. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, it follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009.” -Theatre Three

Enron runs April 25-May 25, and more information (and ticket sales!) can be found at:

http://www.theatre3dallas.com