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.
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:
And you can get in for $11! Here’s the poster:
If you’re in the area, go check it out and send me a review!