Ooh! Here we go! A few weeks ago, I performed at Broadway Sessions with my ridiculously talented cast from Bedbugs!!!
And here's the footage to prove it! Fun stuff!
I've been working a lot this year. Which I am SO grateful for. And I'm just feeling really inspired and a little antsy. Since Bedbugs!!! has ended, I'll have a bit of time on my hands til my next project, so I'm starting to do a little writing of my own! I'm pumped to be taking Sketch 101 at The PIT. Our class performance will be in December. Woop!
We wrapped today on Float -- and what an experience it has been. This has been my first short film as a lead puppeteer and I learned a ton and had a great time. The premiere is set for Spring 2015. Can't wait!
Today was the first day of shooting this charming and sincere film. And I'm so happy with the results so far! The folks working on this little gem are just fantastic. Plus, I'm breaking out my puppeteering skills for film this time round! I'm the only puppet in a human world and… spoiler alert… the puppet has been built to look just like me! So, that's equal parts awesome and creepy. I could probably do an episode of American Horror Story next, where I get turned into a puppet. Just sayin. FX, call my agent.
Bedbugs!!! closed its critically acclaimed, nearly sold-out run at the Arclight Theatre this past Sunday, Nov. 2nd. This closing is especially bittersweet. I am so proud of this production and the work we've all put into it. Not gonna lie, my heart is aching just a bit.
I'm so grateful to have had this incredible opportunity to create so many exciting characters within such a unique piece of theatre. The creative team was top notch and the cast was just mind blowing. It's ever so rare to say that you've worked on something where every single person involved was on the same wavelength and added something valuable to the production. This is when magic is made. And every single person who saw Bedbugs witnessed that.
Closing was emotional. Tears were flowing faster than bugspray. But it didn't feel like an ending… Hopefully my gut is right and the show gets picked up and moved to a bigger, better, buggier space.
Til then, sleep tight… don't let the Bedbugs bite.
Ooh goody! The cast of Bedbugs!!! has been invited to perform at my favorite cabaret night, Broadway Sessions with Ben D!
We'll be performing TOMORROW NIGHT at 11pm. And -- get this -- the accompanist (the musical genius Joshua Stephen Kartes) and I worked together back in the day in Chicago! I'm talking about 6 years ago or so. Small world!
Can't wait to belt out a tune! For more info, visit their facebook page HERE.
Well, golly! Looks like everyone is loving this show! Not only did we get Critic's Pick in the Times, but we also got Critic's Pick in TimeOut NY! AND they gave me a special shout out…
"The rest of the cast is winsome too, including the go-for-broke Gretchen Wylder in multiple roles. If you like musicals that earn their exclamation points, this may be what you've been itching for." ~Time Out NY
Go-for-broke. Well, I guess that'll be my official tagline til the end of time.
For other great press and shout-outs about moi, meander over to my press page, why don't cha?
Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times gave FIVE STARS to Bedbugs!!!
Here are some of the review highlights…
"A theatrical breath of fresh air! The supporting cast rides the juggernaut commendably, even when asked to embody some creaky stereotypes."
Read the full review HERE!