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The Disputation in Sevilla, España

This winter, I traveled to Spain to direct a production of The Disputation, a unique play portraying a public debate between Christians and Jews in medieval Barcelona. 700 college students from around the world saw the play simultaneously interpreted in four languages. In addition to working with the talented cast, crew, and producers, I had a blast designing the projections and soundscape at the gorgeous Fibes Convention Center!

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Two Weeks with the Queen

Assistant directing this Theatre for Young Audiences production was a true joy as Philip Taylor requested lots of my creative input. I really enjoyed choreographing the fight sequences and coaching the actors to use an Australian accent.

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Kindergarten Truck

I conceived, produced, directed, and performed in this public performance experience staged inside a box truck. Audiences were briefly transported back to the magical world of childhood guided by playful actors. Much more information and blog posts can be found on my dedicated website: kindergartentruck.com

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Shluff No More: An Immersive Shpiel Experience

To illuminate scenes from The Book of Esther, I orchestrated a 60-member crew to guide 400 audience members across nine locations of a three-story synagogue in 2 hours.

Organizing the logistics required tremendous planning. With the help of my dear friend Scott Osman, here is a glimpse at how I finally laid out the teams:

Each room featured participatory structures I designed to playfully disarm congregants and help them enjoy greater proximity. Three years later, many participants continue to report how the event deepened their feelings of affiliation and transformed their relationship with the themes of ethnic strife. The image below captured during the Costume Contest, conducted through Silent Disco headphones.

I had also had the opportunity to work with amazingly talented designers. For one example, Chantal Demorial and Gideon Solomon converted the basement into Vashi’s Den. Below is their conceptual sketch and the final outcome.

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Shushan Night Live

I co-authored, directed, and performed in this community-engaged Theatre of Faith performance project on The Book of Esther at Romemu synagogue, framed shamelessly around the structures and sketches of Saturday Night Live

Our “Cold Open” was Caveman Lawyer defending King Ahashverosh against Vashti over her refusal to dance, and from there we were off to the races with other classics: Opening Monologue, Celebrity Jeopardy, Church Chat, Weekend Update, and Spoof Commercials. Here is a snapshot from our version of the Spartan Cheerleaders: Cheerleaders for Compassionate Aggression, which was our symbolic treatment of the war between the Jews and Persians in Chapter 10.

But to me, the pièce de résistance was our ending moment–a live band playing the SNL Closing Theme (Waltz in A) as the cast and crew celebrated together on stage.

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Shushan Style: A J-Pop Purim!?!

This was my 3rd Purim Shpiel at Romemu, a community-engaged Theatre of Faith performance project on The Book of Esther at Romemu synagogue.

This year’s concept was all based on popular media themes. One of my favorite moments was a slow motion battle fought with giant pencils to music from Les Miserables.

The title of the show was a spoof on Gangham Style, the Korean pop song/dance that recently viral on YouTube. And of course, we performed our own version! Here is a clip of it to enjoy, followed by a little sketch based on The Apprentice featuring the Rabbi’s wife playing him to the sheer delight of our audience.

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Featured Videos of Six Characters

NRDC commissioned Six Characters to create these two videos for their climate change awareness campaign.

In Arctic Margarita, I played the President of the United States:

In Global Warmth, I am featured as the Husband in a “Cold” and loveless marriage:

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Six Characters Presents: Best Show Ever!

My award-winning silent physical comedy troupe Six Characters meshed vaudevillian stage antics with video. 

We proudly earned praises from the New York Times.

 

Trailer of “Best Show Ever!”

 

And here’s Andrew in the skit “Tiny Pie Stand”