This year I'm excited to be part of two shows in the New American Voices Festival. I love the experience of working on new plays and meeting new people. It's a unique experience rehearsing for a new play. That initial awkwardness that people can experience when meeting new people is thrown aside by the fact that we have work to do, characters to create and give life to, and a show to put up. It's a quick process and because of that it remarkably sheds those nerves and has us laughing and opening up. The two plays this year are:

Thursday 15 Oct
A PLACE IN THE WOODS by Erik Gernand. Directed by John Young.
A dark family secret is pushed to the surface when a gay man is forced to return to his rural hometown to care for his ailing mother. 

I play Shaun, a gay documentary filmmaker.

Friday 16 Oct
ETHEL by Seth Freeman. Directed by Suzette Coon.
Ethel Hurd, an independent woman of strong, idiosyncratic views, runs a motel in the rural outskirts of a the city. When her daughter comes limping home after a disastrous relationship and professional setbacks, Ethel's equilibrium is thrown wildly off balance.

I play Rand Burstyn, a cheating husband who is pretty full of himself.

Details and booking (free!) http://tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/new-american-voicesI