is an announcement I am so proud to finally be able to talk about
publicly. For the past eight months, I have been working on a play with Eric Martindale, something he has been working on for years. Now it is finally coming into fruition.
This July at the Straw Dog Theatre in Chicago you can see the world
premiere of EMPTY BOTTLES, an original work written by Eric and myself
and directed by Eric. It is being produced by Adam Lord and Cody Nicoletti, as the first work by the On Deck Theatre Company.
It will play on July 18th, 19th, and 20th and I will definitely be letting you know when tickets will be on sale. It is starring three brilliant actors I couldn't be more happy with: Curtis Becht, Maeghan Looney and Keith Lipke.
I was up in Chicago this past weekend to sit in during auditions and I
was overwhelmed. My point of reference for auditions have been comedy
movies where there's a montage of "wacky" auditions and then the main
character loudly sighs and then the perfect audition happens at the very
end. That was not the case here where every single person who
auditioned wowed me in some way or another, highlighting unseen nuances
of the characters I thought I completely knew. I'm now "that guy" where I
wish there were more parts for the actors we saw this weekend.
The story of EMPTY BOTTLES is about a young man who finally left the
house of a psychologically abusive father and is now ready to start a
new life with a beautiful stranger and his distant brother. Yet reality
never seems to match the future you envision. It's a dramatic work with
comedy, romance, uncomfortable tension and even has a very silly brief
song parody about Temple Run.
Once again, I am so proud of all
of this. It was my first time being asked to work on something dramatic
and something this large. This has been Eric's personal project for so
many years and I am honored that he allowed me to tinker with it and be a
It has been so amazing to see my friends
work this hard and to make something that's so damn impressive. I can't
wait for this play to come out and for everyone to see it.