As we have in years past, Heather Schmidt and I co-hosted Fast & Loose at Sacred Fools Theatre on New Years' Eve. For F&L, the night before, a group of writers get variables to work with, they write all night, and in the morning directors and actors get those scripts and rehearse all day, and then at the tail end of all of that Heather and I waltz in, unfairly well-rested compared to the rest of the participants, and we host the show. It's a great way to ring in the new year!
LOFT Ensemble kindly hosted another round of BMLW's Christmas special, which ran for a glorious weekend in December.
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy celebrated Christmas by exchanging gifts, courting with their suitors, fighting over limes, and learning the true meaning of Christmas: putting up with your family when they are driving you insane.
Honored to appear in episode 5 of the 8-part Netflix limited series Unbelievable.
Jane Austen's Emma Frankenstein (written and directed by Jenelle Riley for Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018) was part of Sacred Fools' Monster Mash--three curated Fools-produced Fringe shows with ghoulish similarities.
Emma won "Best Comedy - Indie Voice" and "Best of the Broadwater 2018" and was nominated for "Best Comedy - Hollywood Fringe Fest Awards."
I got to play one of the plot thickeners on Ten Days In The Valley, and it airs at 10p this Saturday on ABC!
Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick) is an overworked single mom who's a showrunner on a cop show that may be getting a little too close to the truth that the LAPD wants hidden. When her daughter Lake (Abigail Pniowsky) gets kidnapped, Jane has to wonder if it's because of what she's writing into her show. Will she find Lake? Who took her?? WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ALL THIS??!?!??
Tune in to find out!
Tonight! Tuesday December 12! at 7pm, come to a Play Club West reading of NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION!!!
I can't think of a more festive way to spend your Tuesday night. It's at The Complex in the Dorie Theatre at 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood 90038, in the heart of Hollywood’s Theatre Row.
Admission is FREE, so come on down. I'm biased but it's one of my favorite Christmas movies.
(where's the tylenol)
Serial Killers at Sacred Fools is back; I played "Griz" in Bill Robens' new piece, "Stone Age Tools," directed by Pat Towne and also starring Lauren Van Kurin, Alisa Tangredi, Travis Snyder-Eaton, Travis York, David Haverty, Eric Giancoli, and Joey Ruggiero. It's several thousand years ago. Or a couple million? Or whatever. Serial Killers is not the place for dramaturgy.
At any rate, we're back for more next week! Tickets here or at the door, and they'll be selling beer and wine at the theater. Come party!
Not only did Jane Austen's Emma Frankenstein win the Serial Killers playoffs this season (YAAAY), but Mint Mint Doodles designed this! It's us! We're adorable cartoons! You can get a Harriett mug or tote bag or hoodie or clock or all kinds of merch! Winning is fun but being immortalized in cartoon form is an honor I dreamed not of.
(btw, Serial Killers will be back before you know it; the new season starts October 14th)
I guess consumers' viewing habits have changed and now no one wants to watch webseries or tv shows or whatever and if you're not doing ASMR videos then you god damn better be doing "unboxing" and "haul" videos where you buy stuff and then show everybody what you got for some reason because capitalism is where it was eventually gonna go I guess?
Dump That Dick (episode 7) and Jane Austen's Emma Frankenstein (episode 5) both advanced to the Sexy Six in the Serial Killers Playoffs! It's part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, tickets here!
Dump that Dick (written by Vanessa and French Stewart, directed by Julia Griswold) has everything. Dancing:
A boy band:
And though not really its trademark, there's some dancing in Jenelle Riley's Jane Austen's Emma Frankenstein too, if that's a deciding factor or anything:
These are for sure my friends and I deciding where to go on a road trip, and here are photos of us just hanging out together. They are NOT stills from the set of a commercial where we pretended to be friends, but if they were, you could probably see this spot while watching a Dodgers game cause I hear it's playing a lot during those.
Did you have a relaxing holiday break, or did you do several holiday-themed shows and spend all that downtime writing, rehearsing, memorizing, and panicking? You did shows?? ME TOO!
There was that Sunday in December where I shunned and shamed Pasadena into repentance, reprising my role as the Angel in the annual Krampus Play at the Church of Angels.
Then the following weekend we brought the March sisters back to Sacred Fools in "Big Men Little Women: A Holiday Special (Not a Porno)" and man, I hope this becomes an annual tradition.
Finally, Heather Schmidt and I rang in the new year by again co-hosting Fast & Loose, an overnight theatre extravaganza (8 playwrights get variables at 8p the preceding night, directors draw scripts/actors out of a hat, the show goes up that night), topped off by a dance party and champagne toast.
She was really eager to hear my feedback so I have high hopes about her performance this year. #goals
Just finished a horror short written and directed by Jake Miller, also starring Heather Schmidt. Can't say much about it yet, but prepare to be spooooked!
Night Witches had a sold out opening night and has been holding its own in a sea of like 300 fringe shows. We've somehow been pulling off Serial Killers too, though our next one is at 11am on Saturday. UNCHARTED SERIAL KILLERS TERRITORY HERE.
"Julia Griswold is the standout of the ensemble, bringing a nerdy and understated brand of bravery to the reluctant but smart aviator she plays." -Amy Lyons, Stage Raw
Nice Things Reviewers Have Said About PAST TIME!
"...hilariously quirky...Weber and Griswold make an endearingly mismatched duo...consistently enjoyable and an ideal date show." -L.A. Times, Critic's Choice (here, read the full review!)
"...wildly funny... The five-character ensemble are a marvel to watch under Jeremy Aldridge's smooth direction...the ensemble are a dream team...A triple threat production: great writing, great direction, great acting! Bravo!" -Broadway World
"... a brilliant play from Padraic Duffy, exquisitely directed by Jeremy Aldridge, and superbly acted by a wonderful cast...Julia Griswold as Meredith entertains us with her great comic chops...Past Time is one of those shows you just sit back and experience. Don't miss it." -Discover Hollywood
"Deeply emotional even in its whimsy, every single element of this production, every character, is perfectly crafted, staged and presented. One of the most emotionally satisfying plays you will experience this year – bar none." -Gia on the Move
"Poignant and funny...it is the magical skills of the cast, fast-paced direction by Aldridge, and often foul-mouthed but totally modern and realistic language by Duffy, that make each moment so true to life that no doubt you will see a bit of yourself in each of their emotional struggles... And who can’t use some great laughs along the way?"
-Culver City News
"The company has a hit on its hands." -Paul Myrvold's Theatre Notes
"Duffy has written a charming, hilarious, yet ultimately gentle play, his rapid-fire, idiosyncratic sense of humor a lovely match for director Jeremy Aldridge and his endearing band of actors." -Arts in L.A.
"WOW... deliciously quirky, often side-splittingly funny, ultimately heartwarming... Griswold’s delightfully deadpan Meredith grows as well...Abundant laughter and charm (plus enough heart to provoke a tear or two before it’s over), Past Time has them all... a delectable winter treat." -StageScene L.A.
I'm working on Past Time, the new Padraic Duffy play at Sacred Fools Theater, which has moved from its longtime home on Heliotrope Drive to Theater Row on Santa Monica Boulevard!
It's a beautiful story about love, loss, impermanence, friendship, and unicorns. We open February 19; directed by Jeremy Aldridge, stars Leon Russom, Ruth Silveira, French Stewart, Josh Weber, and m'self.
The Ovations Awards ceremony isn't until 11/9, but this is from the nominees' reception, where they plied us with drinks and snacks and nominee certificates and Ovation pins and a good time was had by all. Pictured: The Behavior of Broadus All-Star Band.
I'm an actor, and I write stuff too. I do comedy. I'm short. I perform in a sketch comedy show called Serial Killers just about every Saturday.