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Empty Space features two people who are rarely represented in films; an overweight young man and a blind girl who find in one another a space to discover themselves amidst an often unkind world.
Empty Space was produced in Chicago and shot entirely on location in small towns across western Illinois.
Synopsis: Tom, an overweight young man takes refuge at his grandmother’s cabin in rural Protection, IL, in an attempt to bury the years of being bullied and feeling rejected. While in town, he meets a precocious blind girl named Lilly, who shows him how to be accepted and loved.
"We provide diverse audiences with original, dynamic, participatory theatrical programming that enhances well-being and creates a more civil and safe society." ImaginationTheater.org
Come see me as professional bingo caller Bucky Fuller in We Gotta Bingo! Head to Der Brew-Ha-Ha for a raucous evening of dinner, dancing, drinking and, of course, bingo! Guests will meet a colorful cast of characters leading the evening in games and good-natured fun, but soon learn they are amongst two rival Chicago parishes, one Italian and one Irish, who are set to be merged with one another. Since neither church can support the expanding congregation by itself, they’ve agreed to meet tonight to raise the needed money the best way they know how – playing Bingo! Of course, this ain’t no regular Bingo night! In between games, you’ll have time for a delicious family-style Italian dinner and enjoy musical interludes where you’ll hear the fine voices of competing parish choir directors and, let’s not forget, dancing to the musical stylings of The Voekel Chords. Come get lucky with We Gotta Bingo, suitable for all ages! Click the picture above for more information and tickets.
News and Updates
Chagrin Falls Opens Tonight!
October 28, 2016
You have from now until Dec 4 to check out the drama I’m a part of, Chagrin Falls, opening tonight at the Den Theatre!
The town’s major employers are a cattle slaughterhouse and a penitentiary where lethal injection is administered. Whether they work at the slaughterhouse, play preacher or guard to death row inmates, or merely offer a bed and a hot meal to those visiting the prison, each resident of Chagrin Falls makes their living off of death and captivity.
Winner of the 2001 American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award Chagrin Falls has also received a Joseph Jefferson Award and After Dark Award for Best New Work (2002), as well as a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Production and first prize in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition.
I’m honored to be mentioned by Olivet’s Alumni Facebook Page!
October 4, 2016
Empty Space at Tallgrass Film Festival
September 30, 2016
Empty Space is going to the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas in October! Find more information and get your tickets here.
Chagrin Falls, Opening in October
August 12, 2016
Check out the press release for a play coming up, Chagrin Falls. It’s gonna be a good one!
We Gotta Bingo in the New York Times
August 4, 2016
Check out the NYT article sharing what’s playing in Chicago, featuring We Gotta Bingo!