i'm always doing something. here's the most recent:
THE IDES OF MARCH ARE COMING...
I am currently in rehearsals as Cassius for Independent Shakespeare Company’s JULIUS CAESAR.
Inspired by Orson Welles’ 1937 Mercury Theater production, this pared down version of the text immerses the audience in the multiplicities of the conspiracy to save Rome. Part ghost story, part political murder thriller, the plot to save the Republic comes to vivid life in ISC’s first ever mounting of one of the greatest hits of the Elizabethan stage.
I’m taking my best stab at it, and would love to see you there!
…WORKING AND WINNING...
Through the Fall/Winter, I worked on a number of voice-over projects, workshops and readings of new plays, and saw/supported dozens of LA theater projects.
On January 28, 2019, I attended LA Stage Alliance’s 29th Annual Ovation Awards. Our production of KAIDAN PROJECT: WALLS GROW THIN was the most celebrated of the night, taking home honors for Scenic Design (Intimate Theater), Sound Design (Intimate Theater), Video/Projection Design (Intimate Theater), Music Composition for a Play, and Puppet Design. What a testament to an incredible, inventive company of artists!
It was a joy celebrating the work and connecting with the wonderful people that make theater happen in Los Angeles.
Last September, I was thrilled to return to my alma mater Gordon College to play a hero of mine in FREUD’S LAST SESSION.
The play is an imagined conversation between the legendary psychoanalyst of the title and his guest, a rising young Oxford don named C. S. Lewis, on the day England enters World War II and just weeks before Freud takes his own life. Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God and the meaning of life in this deeply touching play filled with humor and wit, exploring the mind, heart and soul of two brilliant men who come at the greatest questions of all time from very different perspectives.
…BACK FROM THE ASHES...
I was beyond excited to appear in the remount of WOOD BOY DOG FISH, Rogue Artists Ensemble's macabre take on the Pinocchio tale. Following our smash hit run at the Bootleg in 2015, we played to packed houses at the Garry Marshall Theatre (formerly the Falcon) with new and improved dangers, desires, and delights. I played the Fire Eater last time around, and was delighted to take on the duel roles of the Cricket and titular Dog Fish.
...FINDING MY VOICE...
This year I've been privileged to perform audio descriptions and voice dubbing for a number of studio feature films. Audio descriptions help those with low or no vision to more fully access film and television media. Describers like me translate visual images into audio images, thanks to a talented team of post-production geniuses.
...IN AN IMMERSIVE PLAY...
I was thrilled to appear in the Ovation Award winning world premiere of KAIDAN PROJECT: WALLS GROW THIN, a collaboration between East West Players and Rogue Artists Ensemble (the theatrical wizards behind the 2015 smash-hit Wood Boy Dog Fish).
KAIDAN PROJECT is a multi-sensory, site specific, immersive experience refracting ancient Japanese ghost stories through a modern, multi-cultural lens. A small group enters a mysterious warehouse and ascends to the fifth floor in a creaking freight elevator. A voice calls out through the shadows, drowning you in echoes of wells and engines and graveyards, in tangles of hair and snow.
...SUMMER ON STAGE...
I just closed a fantastic run of AT THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE, a hilarious backstage political farce by Nagle Jackson. I played Piers, a romantic, radical(?), repertory actor with a hole in his heart.
This Summer was also filled with auditions, workshops, readings, and project development. I shot two short films, worked with companies/artists all around Los Angeles, taught workshops, and have some exciting things in the works.
..A THEATRICAL GEM...
This Spring I appeared in my first show in San Diego, via a wildly successful production of THE ILLUSION by Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Lincoln). Freely adapted from the French play by Pierre Corneille, it is a joyfully theatrical show which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theatre. True to form, I played multiple characters who meet a variety of fates.
...IN THE WORKS...
Last year, I had the privilege to participate in a number of performance workshops, engaging with fellow theater artists to create exciting new work.
In November/December, I was thrilled to collaborate on KAIDAN PROJECT, a workshop with Rogue Artists Ensemble and East West Players. It is a multi-sensory experience involving the Hyakumonagatari Kaidankai (the telling of 100 supernatural tales). Kaidan Project premieres in 2017, with workshop presentations on December 4, 2016.
In October, I worked alongside director Alexis Macnab with Chamber Shakespeare, a new company staging classical theater in audiences' homes. Chamber Shakespeare is currently working to bring productions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and All's Well That Ends Well to a couch near you.
In September, I was in San Francisco working on /peh-LO-tah/, the latest multi-disciplinary performance work by award-winning poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph and director Michael John Garcés. This followed our previous workshops in Atlanta and Chicago. The project links culture and sport to the complexities of soccer as a conduit for both global joy and global corruption. /peh-LO-tah/ premiered November 2016 in San Francisco, and will tour throughout 2017.
In August, I worked with The Industry on their upcoming production of Lou Harrison's opera Young Caesar. Presented with the LA Philharmonic, Young Casear premieres June 2017 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
I spent my eighth summer working at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. Teaching voice/speech for their youth and high school camps, and directing/mentoring their professional acting interns. It's an incredible artistic community, and one of the highlights of my year as a teaching artist.
...PHYSICAL/MYTHOLOGICAL THEATRE ...
I loved being part of the critically-acclaimed THE SUPERHERO AND HIS CHARMING WIFE with Not Man Apart, a physical theater ensemble. Written/directed by Aaron Hendry, it was an action packed surreal mash-up of the modern graphic novel and Joseph Campbell’s “Hero with a Thousand Faces”. A fun and thrilling fable about our fear of the unknown and the heroic act of confronting our darkness – wild, terrifying, ridiculous, and tender.
Also, DIRTY TALK is back! This three person docudrama draws from real-life interviews and accounds of sexual assault/intrusion.
After last year's successful tour, we're again visiting LA area colleges (and beyond!), and were featured in American Theatre magazine.
...PULLED A FEW STRINGS...
I appeared in the wildly-successful WOOD BOY DOG FISH, a macabre take on the Pinocchio tale from Rogue Artists Ensemble. I played the Fire Eater, master of entertainment, who rose from the depths to rule the main stage.
Over ten years in the making, the show combined mask, highly expressive physical performance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, and illusions.
...A LITTLE COMEDY...
I appeared in CANDIDE, a world premiere stage adaptation by Jon Jory, based on the novella by Voltaire.
How does your worldview hold up to your life experience? Candide believes that everything is for the best. But after encountering paradise, horrors, love, and sheep, he may need to rethink things a bit. Voltaire wrote the novella in three days. We rehearsed it a bit longer.
I played a host of characters in various hats, wigs, and accents.
At Sacred Fools in Los Angeles September 11-October 17, 2015.
...A COMMERCIAL AGENT...
I recently signed with Aqua Talent, booked my first commercial (!), and am thrilled to continue my professional development with them.
Super Bowl, here I come!
...FOR ALL THE JANE AUSTEN FANS...
I was thrilled to appear as Mr. Darcy in PRIDE & PREJUDICE at the Actors Co-Op. This was my second show with the company, following my turn as Mr. Hyde in last season's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.
"While [Sir Laurence] Olivier, in the film, played Darcy as a romantic figure, Turbiak gives us a forbidding man imprisoned in his own rectitude, whose romantic side is revealed only gradually as love shatters his composure." --Arts in LA
At Actors Co-op in Hollywood February 6-March 15, 2015.
...IN SOME SURPRISING SHAKESPEARE NEWS...
I appeared in a gender-reversed production of R&J, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET. I played Julian, the only Capulet son, who falls in love with rival family heir Romea.
By simply reversing the genders, a very familiar tale becomes foreign. We hear/see famous lines and scenes differently, relate to characters in new ways, and (hopefully) rediscover the power of the play.
At Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood November 7-16, 2014.
...AND NOT TOO LONG AGO
I enjoyed a wildly-successful run of EQUIVOCATION by Bill Cain at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. This was my sixth season with the company. I played Armin--Shakespeare's fool--as well as a dozen different characters. Check out our LA Times CRITICS PICK review!
Mike Peebler directed the truly all-star cast of Ted Barton, Alan Blumenfeld, Dane Oliver, Franc Ross, Taylor Jackson Ross, and myself.
At Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga September 5-October 4, 2014.