Way excited to be sitting in this week on the workshop of the Kilbanes WEIGHTLESS at Z Space. So cool to see this killer group of musicians under the direction of Kate and Dan creating rock music theater right now.
The fabulous Lisa Steindler of Z Space is making out fair city ground zero for just the kind of boundary pushing hyper-creative music theater.
In any one-man show, audience and performer face one another in an uniquely focused way. We have nowhere to look but at the performer. Whatever we desire of him — whether to be entertained or enlightened — is directed straight at him, while his expectations of an audience — laughter, tears, attentive ears — are focused straight at us.
Alex Knox has a particular gift for this kind of head-on performance. He never hides his gaze, and never hides from the gaze of the audience. He manages to always receive attention with grace.
In NO STATIC AT ALL, we have embraced this relationship by keeping the design and staging stripped-down. Alex is mission control — he is in charge of the theatrical space. He plays the records, he cues the lights. In this way, he can be completely engaged with his audience, responding in the moment to the ups and downs of their energy, as they respond to the ups and downs of his.
Working in Alex’s Orange County living room last weekend, we created a new ending to the show based on a recent experience that brought him a new understanding of this journey he had undertaken. I felt a sudden relief at the closure we had found — not just for the story, but for the experience described within it. It was as if I myself had been searching for the answers that Alex was seeking. That is his gift, and the gift I hope this show gives audiences.
NO STATIC AT ALL, Alex Knox’s one-man show that I directed & developed over the past year is on its way to NYC! We open at the NYC Intl. Fringe Festival on Saturday August 9 at 8:30pm.
Alex and I have crafted this 55 minute monologue from over 70 pages of material he wrote about his search for enlightenment and how it culminated in a rather other-worldly obsession with the rock band Steely Dan. The journey includes stops at untamed beaches in Kauai, West Village jazz clubs and a tiny town in Israel that hides an earthshaking relic.
I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Alex again, along with the incredible Tilted Field crew. My partner in crime Jacob Padrón, along with Roberta Pereira will be producing (in their time off from their work on The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park & Off-Broadway’s The Opponent, respectively). Our all-star design team is JiYoun Chang (lights) & Michael Locher (sets) along with special guest artist Paul Carey (costumes).
SF Playhouse has invited Annie and me to work on the Antigone Project with them this spring!
We are looking forward to being part of this beautiful season that features Julie Hebert, May Andrales, Aarons Loeb and Posner & many others.
I will be directing Karen Zacarías’s THE BOOK CLUB PLAY in its West Coast Premiere at fabulous Center Rep in Walnut Creek, CA.
The play is a spot-on send-up of our politely fame-obsessed culture. A story about books, and the people who love them.
Opening January 30.
I am working on a new adaptation of Antigone with Annie Saunders of The Wilderness, exploring “universal values” within the body politic and the body corporeal.
More details to come soon.
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