Jamie Brickhouse (three-time Moth StorySLAM champion; voices on Beavis and Butthead) faces his three most defining relationships—booze, sex, and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean—in this darkly comic tour de force.
Ripped from the pages of his critically acclaimed memoir that Interview magazine called “as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher,” and Paul Rudnick praised as “witty, blisteringly honest, and wickedly intoxicating,” it sparkles under the direction of Obie Award-winning David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me).
WINNER Audience Choice Award 2017 FRIGID Festival
"BEST BET" Theater is Easy
“Thoroughly entertaining.” —Theater is Easy
“Rib-tickling funny.” —Hi! Drama
“Stunning performer.” —NY Theater Guide
With dazzling wit and unflinching honesty set against a multi-media backdrop of evocative photos, home movies, vintage postcards, and music haunted by Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”, Jamie tells the story of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex, and his bombastic, adorable Mama Jean. It’s a unique story about alcoholism, illness, death, AIDS, family heartbreak, and the relationship between a gay son and his mother. From the age of five stuck in Beaumont, Texas, all Jamie wanted was to be at a cocktail party with a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. All Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, she never had a thought she didn’t speak. Mama Jean cast a long shadow throughout Jamie’s life, no matter how deep in booze he swam or how far away from her amid New York’s drinking set he strayed. She unwittingly saves him as he discovers the meaning of love—Mama Jean’s kind of love.
Presented by FRIGID @Horse Trade for Gotham Storytelling Festival
Run time: 60 min.
Jamie Brickhouse (playwright and performer) is the author of the critically-acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother (St. Martin’s Press), which was an Amazon “Best Book of May 2015,” “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir, and a Book Chase “2015 Top 10 Nonfiction.” A three-time Moth StorySLAM winner and Literary Death Match champion, Jamie has recorded voice-overs for Beavis and Butthead, and has performed at storytelling shows throughout New York including Kevin Allison’s Risk! Dangerous When Wet won an “Audience Choice Award” at the 2017 FRIGID Festival, was a Theater is Easy “Best Bet,” was featured in New York Post’s “Page Six,” and received rave reviews from NY Theater Guide, Theater is Easy, and Hi! Drama. He has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, Out, and POZ. Jamie lives with his common-law husband Michael in Manhattan. Visit him at www.jamiebrickhouse.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @jamiebrickhouse.
David Drake (Director) is an actor-writer-director best known as the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, one of the longest-running solo shows in Off-Broadway history. He also starred in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (succeeding Charles Busch for 856 performances), originated the role of “Miss Deep South” in the hit Pageant, co-starred with Jim J. Bullock in End of the World Party at the 47th St. Theater, and with B.D. Wong in A Language of Their Own at The Public. TV credits: The Good Wife, Law and Order, The Beat, NY Undercover. Feature films: Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia, It’s Pat, Naked in New York, David Searching, Bear City, Longtime Companion, and David’s own adaptation of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. As a stage director, David has twice been a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Theater Lab, and has directed new works at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, Joe’s Pub, and Rattlestick, among others. Most notably, David directed the 2009 world premiere of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, which made the “10 Best Lists” in The New Yorker, NY Post, The Advocate, Paper Magazine, and won a 2010 Village Voice Obie Award. At the Kraine he directed the world premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s The Jamb, and first directed Jamie Brickhouse’s award-winning solo show, Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother for Horse Trade’s 2017 FRIGID New York Festival.
About the Company: FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group.
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Friday, November 3rd, 2017:
Theater: Kraine Theater
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