What I Learned from Heads Up Productions

I’ve been performing for quite a few years and have always thought of myself as a pretty good actor.  Working with Heads Up, my eyes have been opened.  I’ve discovered more in these last few months than in all my years of acting– both as an actor and as a person. I usually tend to […]

A Happy Ending

As referred to in Managing Artistic Director Benjamin Rexroad’s essay, Theatre: An Actor’s Medium, Heads Up is an artist-centric organization – placing the actor at the heart of the creative process. The actor is charged with not merely discovering the form but filling it. Heads Up’s ensemble uses its training to instill a certain level of […]

Director’s Notes Redux

When I first wrote the director’s notes for The Pillowman, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say.  They came out as disconnected paragraphs, each the start of a different, but interconnected, idea. Here’s what I was trying to say: Heads Up Productions is in a state of flux.  This has been weighing heavily on […]

Beyond “The Pillowman”

I approached The Pillowman rehearsal process hesitantly. I am an actor but was asked to be stage manager–a title with which I have no previous experience and, as Heads Up does not operate like a normal theatre company, I would not have the same responsibilities as a normal stage manager. I was left trying to […]

The Pillowman: Behind the Scenes Video

DISCLAIMER: Contains some material not appropriate for children. (Video recorded 7-6-2011) A video blog documentary of the rehearsal for the entire scene, “The Writer and the Writer’s Brother” (one of the pivotal stories within the play “The Pillowman”) and interviews with four of the cast members. Performances are Thursday August 4th through Sunday August 7th […]

A Moment of Crisis

Life is not scripted. Each moment is new, unique, different. Many people cling to routinely determined patterns, subconsciously believing repetition will keep them safe. But the only true constant is change, so why not embrace it? Change is not our enemy or our friend. Change simply is. Accepting the idea that change is a part […]

A Family Within a Family

A family is there for each other. A family tells each other the truth even if it is hard to hear. A family listens to each other. A family communicates in an honest, healthy way in order to avoid the unnecessary moments of hurt and to enjoy the often-missed moments of happiness. A family creates […]

Good V.S. The Pillowman

There is one particular question I find myself struggling with– no matter what I think I know or what conclusions I have drawn– it always comes back. Is anyone a truly good person? When someone does something good, it is rarely a selfless act.   Broken down, it is for their own personal gain– they wish […]

The Curious Case of Katurian K. Katurian

A playwright pens the words of a character and provides a context for those words. I say those words on stage. That’s acting, right? As an actor, I already have the words. Then I try to rationalize why I am saying them, how I say them and what I really mean by saying them.  I […]

Pillowman Dates Have Changed

A Note:  Our production of The Pillowman is no longer playing July 7-10.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  This is because we are moving to a permanent home.  I can’t say the place because nothing is finalized, but we’ll be performing Pillowman there August 4-7. (Check back for the big reveal!)