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"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."

-  Alfred Hitchcock

News from My Nose

Here you will find bulletins about shows I'm currently in, upcoming project alerts, and other such random nonsense. Enjoy!!!



Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Getting Sea Legs in a new role

and re-visiting an old one in the same day.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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Tickets Now On Sale for Redlands Theatre Festival

April 25th, 2018

You can now start purchasing your tickets online for all the shows at the Redlands Theatre Festival. Sweeney Todd opens July 13th, but that's just ONE of the FIVE DIFFERENT FANTASTIC productions that you have to choose from, and you'll get an opportunity to see many of our brilliant actors appear in different roles. You like Aaron Pyle as Judge Turpin? Well, come on back and see him as Trig in Stupid F___ing Bird and/or Sandy Tyrell in Hay Fever. We also have some of the same performers appearing in Circle Mirror Transformation and The Pajama Game, which are in our season line-up too


Or, why not just buy a season ticket? Then you can see ALL THE SHOWS, for one low price :D. Click that link below. 


https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-redlands-theatre-festival-6763703809

Darling, You Slay Me, at the Irvine Spectrum Holiday Inn

April 28th, 2018

This Saturday, April 28th, at the Irvine Spectrum, Holiday Inn, I am returning to my roots with Gourmet Detective. The role of Ira "Skippy" Crumbein, in the 1920's Broadway-themed Musical-Dinner-Theatre, Murder-Mystery Comedy/Thriller, Darling, You Slay Me. 


Also, look for Robert May, as Anthony Badger, Karl Jaecke, as Fritz Lardi, Don Schlossman, as Dick March, Lisa Meadows, as Themla Velduisen, Tree Hensen, as Marjorie Worthington, and of course our fantastic musical-director/composer/writer, Tom Shelton, as Tweed, on the keys. Click that link below to make your reservations right away. This is sure to be a treat.


http://www.gourmetdetective.com

SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Redlands Theatre Festival, and other ish ...

August 17th, 2018

Good morning, friends. Long time no read. I know it's been awhile since my last update, and I ask that you please pardon the long dry spell. Some major changes in my life have kept me by and large offline for awhile, but I'm back now with a vengeance. 


And speaking of tales of vengeance; a huge hearty thank you to everyone that came out to see me reprise my favorite role, Sweeney Todd, at the Redlands Theatre Festival. You've made this year's festival a huge success. For those that have not seen it, you still have one more chance. We close out the 46th Season of RTF, this Saturday, August 18th, at 8:30pm. Just click the picture of the logo at the top left of this message, and you'll be instantly transported to the festival ticket page, where you can make your reservations. Enjoy, and happy hunting. 

Poe, Scrooge & The Usual Suspects

November 1st, 2018

Good afternoon, faithful followers. Long time no ... uh ... type?

Anyway, a special thanks to everyone that attended my performances of A Dream Within a Dream: The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe, in Chino, Fallbrook, and San Diego, last month. PoeFest at the Old Adobe Chapel turned out to be a HUGE success, and I've been invited to return next year. More about that later. For now, I'm delighted to announce that I am returning to another of my previous iconic roles. That of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Only this time I will have the joy of singing, "Bah, Humbug," as well as yelling it. Christmas Carol: The Concert, under the brilliant musical direction of Ransom Wilson & director A. Scott Perry, will be performed by the Redlands Symphony, at the beautiful  University of Redlands Memorial Chapel, 1200 E. Colton Ave. Redlands, CA 92373, on Saturday, December 15th, at 8pm. To purchase your tickets now, click that picture in the upper left of this update, and it will whisk you away to the Redlands Symphony website. . Thanks so much to you all, and a Hap Hap Happy Holiday to everybody. 

Edgar Allan Poe haunts the Sibert Theatre of Illinois College

February 11th, 2019

Good afternoon, friends. Long time no um ... read. Long time no Poe. Or some words to that affect. Anyway, my apologies for not updating the site in quite some time. It's been a busy last couple of months. At any rate, I'd like to share with you some extraordinary developments. Last week I had the honor of performing my one man Edgar Allan Poe show, A Dream Within a Dream: The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe, for the first time out of state. The kind and gracious tech director and instructor, Craig Steenerson, whom I met two summers ago at Redlands Theatre Festival, and the rest of the theatre arts dept. of Illinois College, in Jacksonville, Illinois, sponsored a trip to their school for me, so that I could bring the show to their stage. The Sibert Theatre of the McGaw Fine Arts Center was packed, and the audience could not have been more wonderful. It was one of my grandest experiences doing the show. Stay tuned to this page for photos of the event. I also got to visit the Abraham Lincoln Historic Presidential Library & Museum, and Lincoln's Tomb, before my return to California. Keep an out for photos of that experience, as well. (Above and to the left is the extraordinary promo poster of the show that Craig whipped up for me. Click my sweaty face in that image, and you'll be linked to a separate page, with a great promotional write-up that the brilliant Angela Bauer of the Journal Courier did for me. Enjoy!!! :D

One very TALL character and another very SHORT character collide.

February 16th, 2019

Howdy doody time, fans. I'm happy to announce that I'll be returning to the beloved Redlands Theatre Festival this summer. Now is the time to make your reservations. I'll be playing Lurch in The Addams Family, and Big Harp in The Robber Bridegroom. For those millennials who are less familiar with The Addams Family, Lurch is the butler, played in the original series by Ted Cassiday, who was 6 foot 9. For those even LESS familiar with The Robber Bridegroom, Big Harp is essentially a SEVERED HEAD CARRIED AROUND IN A TRUNK. So, this summer I get to experience the joy of playing both a vertically gifted AND a vertically "CHALLENGED" character :). It's going to be a lot of fun. Click that Addams Family photo just above and to the left of this message to visit the RTF page, and get your tickets right away. 

Returning to my Farcical Roots at Rialto Community Players

November 5th, 2019

Good morning, everybody. I've been away from this page for awhile, but not away from the stage. My apologies to everybody that's not on my Facebook and Twitter feed that's been awaiting this long overdue update. I'm pleased to reflect that Poe season was a tremendous success for me this year. Now that Poe has gone back into the crypt for yet another year, I'm happy to announce that I will be returning to my comic roots on the stage in the classic farce, Noises Off, at the beautiful Sandra R. Courtney Community Theatre of Rialto. I'll be portraying the wacky Selsdon Mowbray. This show is directed by the brilliant Cameron Harris, and our cast is spectacular. Click that picture up there to the left to be directed to the Rialto Players website for further info, and to get tickets. We open this Saturday, November 9th, at 8pm. 

Saturday, April 21st, was a busy one, indeed. I had the pleasure of joining an exceptionally talented cast in North Hollywood, at the renowned Theatre 68, for the reading of a new show. Friends of Bill - An Intoxicating Musical, with kick-ass songs penned by Emmy Award winning composer Glen Roven (The Hillary Speeches, Goodnight Moon), and Emmy Winning writer, and producer, Maria S. Shlatter (Norman's Ark, Pandora's Box - A New Musical), and under the brilliant direction of veteran Hollywood & New York stage, television and film director/actor/writer & producer, Ronnie Marmo (Criminal Minds/Ammore E. Malivita), who just celebrated his 800th performance, as the titular role, in the acclaimed one-man tour-de-force, I am not a Comedian. I'm Lenny Bruce.


In Friends of Bill, I was blessed to portray Bill McNamera, whose first name is the one that appears in the title, and sing his spectacular songs. Pictured in the far left, is the cast and crew of Friends of Bill. (Left to right: Glen Roven, Ronnie Marmo, Nicole Santiago, Me, Joyce Fidler, Maria S. Shlatter, Gary Lamb, Donald Corren, the legendarry Kristen Towers Rowles, and Katherine Washington. 

Little more than five hours after wrapping that, I was back at The Gourmet Detective, reprising one of my favorite bad-guy parts. Hank Ackerman, the glorious scumbag, from the musical dinner theatre comedy murder-mystery, Get Cartier, at the historic Flabob Airport and Cafe in Riverside. Above, you'll see some cool new cast photos, taken on location. Our cast and our crew were in top form.


After that ... I went to go work grave-yard shift ... at my um ... security job ... yeah ... but we don't need to talk about THAT >:(.


Featured in that awesome photo, by that authentic 1960's Pan Am Boeing 707 Jet (from left to right) is the always classy-looking Phillip Gabriel, the not-so-classy looking, Travis Rhett Wilson, as well as Ralph Griffey, Aaron Niotta, Danielle Rutladge, Ginney Harmond, and of course we can't forgot the brilliant and funny Lisa Shannon, pictured at the end in the picture farthest to the right. 


On that note, look for me at the Gourmet Detective AGAIN, next Saturday. Details to follow. 

- TRW



"A Dream within a Dream" coming to the Seventh Street Community Theatre of Chino


March 5, 2018

     Almost nine years ago, I experienced the tremendous (and immensely TERRIFYING) joy of performing as Edgar Allan Poe, in the one-man play, Lord, Help My Poor Soul: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. This was a person I'd wanted to portray since I was a little boy, and even POE'S words could not express how wonderful of an experience it was. For that performance I've been awarded TWICE by the Inland Theatre league, and since that time I've performed as Poe in venues all over Southern California, from throughout the Inland Empire, in Orange County, in Los Angeles, and even as far as the famous and HAUNTED Whaley House Museum of Old Town San Diego. I've also had the pleasure of appearing as Poe at the popular and well-attended Riverside Dickens Festival, every year for the last eight years. As I've continued to grow in my journey with the brilliant, iconic, and legendary writer and poet, I've penned my own version of the one-man play, with the invaluable assistance of the beautiful and intelligent love of my life, Jessica Delgado, serving as editor and director. I probably would not have come such a great distance with this endeavor, had it not been for the generous people that run the Seventh Street Community Theatre, and most importantly of my cherished friend and best mentor, John Lynd. On Friday, Oct. 5th of this year, at 7 of the PM, Poe will join us yet again, upon the very same stage where he and I began our theatrical journey on that Halloween night, way back in 2009. I'll be performing the  full-length edition of my show, A Dream Within a Dream: The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe. Check back regularly for details and updates on when and where to get your reservations.

43rd Annual Inland Theatre League Awards

March 7, 2018

     Those of you that follow my Facebook actor page probably already know that I've been honored yet again with nominations from the Inland Theatre League, for my work in the theatre. For 2017, I've been given nods for portraying John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, at Redlands Theatre Festival, and for Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the California Theatre, just this past September.


     What you probably DON'T know, however, is that I've been invited to reprise the best song from Hunchback, at the ceremony. Not just the coolest song in the show, but only THE coolest bad guy song in all of Disney-Dom. That song is, of course, Hellfire. So, by all means, pay us a visit. Click the picture above this message for information on the ITL Awards.

Disney's Beauty & The Beast, @ The California Theatre

March 8, 2018

     It's not every day that you get the honor of sharing a Disney role with the legendary Tony Jay. I got to play Frollo in Hunchback of Notre-Dame at the California Theatre of San Bernardino, last fall and I've since been nominated for an award. That would have been fortuitous enough. Now I have the pleasure of sharing TWO of his Disney roles. I've lucked into the role of Monsieur D'Arque, proprietor of the Lunatic Asylum in Beauty & The Beast. Jay voiced that role first, but I get the added bonus of a really funny song with Gaston and LeFou.  Granted, you never actually hear his name said in the animated film, but you all get the idea. He's the same guy. I'm sure you've already noticed that the picture to the left isn't the Disney logo. That was done for obvious reasons. I've been doing well in scoring professional credits, lately, but not SOOO well that I can afford to get sued. Oh, well, a guy can dream, right? That may change soon. Hopefully someday I can be so sought after and well-to-do that I get the recurring honor of being sued on a regular basis.

     Anyway, if any of yuz ain't too busy on the weekend of March 16th through the 18th, why not do yourselves a favor and click on that little picture up there. It will take you right to the California Theatre's website, where you can buy your tickets to see this magnificent production. We've got some absolutely fantastic people in our cast. Many of them you've seen me perform with before, i.e., Jeffrey Ricca is playing Gaston, not to mention several other extraordinary performers. Hope to see you all there.


Clean Sweep at the 43rd Annual Inland Theatre League Awards

(and other stuff)


March 19, 2018

Well well well, good morning, my faithful followers. I've been away for a little bit, but believe me, it's been for a good cause. Beauty & The Beast was a HUGE success over the weekend. We had a delightful run, and received some marvelous feedback from a lot of people. Not to mention the run nearly sold out.


Additionally, I had the honor of performing "Hellfire" from

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which I played Frollo just last September. It was a tremendous joy.


To top it all off, I had the honor of leaving the ceremony with a clean sweep AGAIN. I won both awards for witch I had been nominated. That of John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and of Frollo in Hunchback.


There have been other recent wonderful developments, as well. Stay tuned for updates.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to be "Resurrected" at the Redlands Theatre Festival


March 22, 2018

Well, it's official. I can now SPILL the blood-er-I mean the BEANS, as it were. This summer, at the historic Redlands Theatre Festival, I will reprise my favorite role: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This show will run in repertory with four other fantastic shows. To get more information and to book your seats, visit this link:  https://rtfseason.com


"Get Cartier" at Gourmet Detective in Riverside

March 24, 2018

Great news. Tonight, I get to dust off the old dinner jacket and reprise an old favorite: Joe Calloway in the Gourmet Detective's murder mystery dinner theatre show Get Cartier, at the Flabob Airport Cafe in Riverside, CA


And if you move quick, I think there may still be some room left, so get on it right away. Here's a link to the website: http://www.gourmetdetective.com/buy-tickets/


And here is the phone #: 949-423-5311

Sweeney Todd Update

April 11, 2018

Here we go again, folks, long time no see, here are the dates and start times of all the performances of Sweeney Todd. I'll be sharing the dates of the other shows, as well, so I can support my wonderful colleagues here. Also, here's the address, and here's the box office phone number. Finally, the website where you can purchase the tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by phone, or at the door. You can also click that beautiful flyer image over there to the left, to see the full cast list. Many of these are magnificent peeps that I've worked with in the past, and the rest are magnificent performers that I've seen in other extraordinary productions and will have the pleasure of working with for the first time. Anyway, read below for all the show details:

1170 Cajon St.

Redlands, CA 92373

Box Office (909)792-0562 (opens June 2018)

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-redlands-theatre-festival-6763703809

Friday 7/13 8:30pm OPEN

Wednesday, 7/18 8:30pm SHOW

Sunday, 7/22 8:30pm SHOW

Thursday, 7/26 8:30pm SHOW

Saturday, 8/4 830pm SHOW

Thursday, 8/9 8:30pm SHOW

Saturday, 8/18 8:30pm SHOW (Closing)

Also a fun fact to note: If you are nervous about parking up on the hill, park along the street below, because we have wonderful tram service, for those early birds that want to catch the Beadle-er-I mean the Judge-er-I mean, the MEAT PIE, or EXCUSE me, The WORM. Sorry, that's what I meant all along.