Go see a musical about leaving faith.

While in college I was cast in the premier of a show called Frog Kiss.  It was one of the more enjoyable shows I ever did.

When you can sing, but not dance, they just tell you to put your hand on someone who can dance and it looks like you both can pull it off.

It was directed by a man named Chris Levy and his partner Ned Wilkinson.  They have since moved to Orlando and are making it as musicians.  Well, Ned has written a show about letting go of faith and dealing with mental illness.  As Ned tells it:

I think the funniest thing about ALL of this is that it had its genesis in a short, random conversation the two of us had in the dressing room of Frog Kiss… as far as I know, the only conversation we ever actually had IRL.  You never know what’s going to stick.

I remember that conversation.  I was just being my usual self and explaining why god didn’t exist and why that’s awesome as casually as if I was ordering coffee.  Indeed, you never know what will stick.

Anyway, the show is titled T.J. & Mr. Oaksite.  While I’m the namesake for the protagonist, it’s another character that was modeled after me (and, having read the plot and heard demos of some of his songs, I freaking love what Ned’s done with him!).  I’ve gotten to hear some demo tracks and…wow!  I really want to drop what I’m doing and go audition for this.  There’s a particular song (“Lucky Ones”) that I’m begging Ned to let me record and release as a fundraiser.  Fingers crossed.  I know Ned reads the blog, so maybe if a lot of you beg with me…

Anywho, it’s a professional cast and is debuting in Orlando in May at he Orlando International Fringe Festival at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.  The dates are:

Thu. 5/16
Sat. 5/18
Mon. 5/20
Thu. 5/23
Fri. 5/24
Sat. 5/25
Sun. 5/26

And you can get in for $11!  Here’s the poster:

TJ 11×17

If you’re in the area, go check it out and send me a review!  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Chris

    PS, that’s Ned’s left arm in the upper left corner of the photo, playing his bass. :)

    • Rhubarb The Bear

      Woohoo, it is!

  • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

    Orlando you say? I think I can pick up a couple tickets and give a thorough review. Also, it sounds awesome. Is this part of Orlando Fringe this year?

    • Rhubarb The Bear

      Yup, it is! Come introduce yourself! When I’m not running around in the bear suit (a completely different show, in the Red Venue), I’m very into meeting new skeptics and getting feedback on this show.

      • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

        Absolutely! And so you’ll remember this conversation, the code word is “furbelow”, which means “fringe or ruffle”. Hopefully it’s just out of the way enough that when you hear it, you’ll be all “Oh! The guy from JT’s blog!”


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