This performance giving me so many feels.
Was just cast in An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & directed by Sarah Benson at Soho Rep. It runs April 23 - May 18th. Get info and tickets here. More as it comes :)
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I spend most of my money on food and clothing. I think it’s safe to assume that as I earn more money, I will increase my expenditure on finer food and finer clothing. So, true to the broke kid in me, I have begun browsing my favorite designers in anticipation of said increased expenditure.
He’s dancing with words.
I’m doing a horrible job at keeping this up. Lemme fix that. Enjoy this short film I shot today called “The Long Ride Toward Trenton” written/directed by/starring me and co-starring the NJ Transit automated conductor voice.
During the summers of 2005 and 2009 I spent time in England training with unforgettable mentors at the British American Drama Academy. BADA, as it’s better known, has fueled so much of my passion for theater and provided key experiences that have shaped the professional I am today. I was really honored that David Byron asked to interview me for their alumni newsletter, check it out.
DAVID: You graduated Juilliard only two years ago, but you’ve covered a remarkable amount of ground since then, having acted in four productions in the past year alone. How’ve you managed to hit the ground running?
CHRIS: To be honest, it kind of comes back to a chat I had at BADA in Oxford in 2009. Toward the end of my time there it occurred to me that, while I was having the time of my life I was also starting to worry about life after school. So I wanted to get some advice. One day I sat down with the Dean of the school, Ian Wooldridge, for dinner. I remember feeling pretty tough sitting at the teachers’ table at the time - especially when the dining hall looked like Hogwarts and the faculty were a comparable league of wizards, if you know what I mean.
I was like, “Man, I’m about to graduate next year, what kind of wisdom do you have for me?” He thought about it a little bit and finally said, “Look. Don’t be an amoeba, floating along. Make things happen.” He referenced Tarell McCraney, a BADA alum who had talked to us earlier that day, as an example of a self-starter (and, you know, RSC playwright-in-residence, winner of a ‘Genius Grant’… no big deal!). At first I didn’t know what he meant. In my head I’m like WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? I’M AN ACTOR — NOT EVERYONE CAN STUNT AT THE RSC! I JUST WANNA MAKE IT, MANNNN! But out loud I’m like “Thanks, Ian!”
Fast forward to now: man is my life different. Like I honestly had no idea what to expect after graduation, but after highs and lows, I can finally say I understand what Ian meant, in my bones. I’m literally living like I’m dying. Like, I could die tomorrow and be like, “At least I didn’t waste no time.” Not just work-related, but every minute of my day, in every aspect of my life. It guides my life.
Don’t scale it back.
According to this list, HONKY was the #1 off-off-Broadway play of 2013. Since I was in HONKY, I’mma go ahead and say I like this list.
Did a little radio interview - my first actually - with Ray Andrewson for the WQUN Morning Show about Fences. Was very sleepy, but hey, I had fun.
I love reading James Baldwin just as much as I love listening to and watching him. Here, Jim on the triumphs and limitations of his (still living) contemporaries in social justice, Malcom X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., plus the question which the future of our nation depends on.
Just put out my very first newsletter two minutes ago. Strangely anxious feeling about self promoting to that many peoples inboxes. View it here if you didn’t get one. You can also click that subscribe button in the upper right to join up.