Cast Member Profile: BLAKE BRADFORD

Blake Bradford  |  Director

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. ...Continued

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Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

Arsenic And Old Lace  | Open: 07/17/09 Close: 07/26/09 - Chernuchin Theater at ATA
Phare Play presents Joseph Kesselring's great American classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Emmy award winner Blake Bradford . Set in early 1940's Brooklyn, this dark comedy follows Mortimer Brewster, an up-and-coming theater critic whose intention to marry the next door minster's daughter is thwarted when he finds that his sweet, lovable aunts are hiding a dozen dead bodies in the cellar!

 

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Art  | Open: 01/23/09 Close: 01/25/09 - Beckmann Theater
 Art, the Tony Award Winning comedy, raises questions about how well you actually know your friends. Set in Paris, the story revolves around Serge, Marc and Yvan, who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting - white lines on a white background. Lines are drawn and they square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, their friendships teeter on the edge.

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Dance at Bataan  | Open: 06/28/08 Close: 07/26/08 - Wings Theatre
While researching Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for her graduate thesis, Hannah Swindon comes across suspicious files regarding a WWII survivor of the Bataan Death March. Slowly becoming friends with Mr. Edwards, she becomes engrossed in the incredible story of three friends that created a "university" while POWs in order to survive brutal Japanese treatment. When Hannah finds out the incredible truth to Mr. Edwards' time at Bataan she is forced to decide whether to protect a friend or use his story to graduate.

Assistant Director: Brooklyn Scalzo
Stage Manager: Bridget Halloran
Assistant Stage Managers: Mary Brown, Taylor Fee
Lighting Design: Michael Megliola
Costume Design: Carrie Colden
Sound Design: Kymm Zuckert
Fight Choreography: Matt Klan

For photos, blogs and additional information about this production, go to www.myspace.com/danceatbataan

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Fifi Lagrange: The Road To Fabulous!  | Open: 06/25/10 Close: 07/03/10 - Wings Theatre
World famous actress, fashion icon and "Fifi La Grange: The Road to Fabulous!" author, Fifi La Grange has just returned after a sudden and  mysterious four month disappearance.  Terrible rumors are swirling!  Will they ruin her for good?  Fifi's dear friend, Effie, a ShopTV addicted senior citizen, convinces her that appearing live on television, with the popular and all powerful entertainment host Jon Toddy, will revive her career.  Effie enlists the reluctant help of Fifi's other close friend, The Donut Lady, to bolster Fifi's case: they interview with Jon Toddy's right hand man, a fervent Fifi Fabutante, and end up sharing a bit too much.   Fifi's big day on "Jon Toddy's Grand Arena" finally arrives, and is shockingly marked by life changing events for everyone!

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Fragments  | Open: 07/13/08 Close: 07/20/08 - Matthew Corozine Studio
As part of its inaugural season, Little Hibiscus Productions, in association with The Matthew Corozine Studio, present the premiere of Fragments a full length comedy by Michael Weems (Burden Me, Silent Strength, A Family Affair) and directed by Christine Vinh (Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Carl the Second)

Fragments depicts six friends amidst their tumultuous senior year of college. Between Tiffany's 'loving' emasculation of any man nearby, Jay's rampant paranoia that the sexiest girl ever, Melissa, will make him her bitch, and Troy's maniac nightmares of his castrating fiancÚ, these roommates and the rest of the myriad ensemble throw together a slap dash party to inevitably fulfill their sad destinies through wildly mismatched love affairs, life-altering prank phone calls, and the perpetual misconnection between an ambitious TV journalist-to-be and the guy next door.

With a stellar cast, (Blake Bradford, Bill Bria, Tanya Fazal, Alixandra Liiv, Kevin Michael Murphy*, and Holly Kay Roberts) Fragments invites you to laugh at their misfortune, empathize if you've gone through it too recently, and reminisce on when you were so na´ve and fondly wonder.... What the hell was I thinking?!

*Actor appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association ľ Equity approved showcase.

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Fragments  | Open: 07/13/08 Close: 07/20/08 - Matthew Corozine Studio
Fragments depicts six friends amidst their tumultuous senior year of college. Between Tiffany's 'loving' emasculation of any man nearby, Jay's rampant paranoia that the sexiest girl ever, Melissa, will make him her bitch, and Troy's maniac nightmares of his castrating fiancÚ, these roommates and the rest of the myriad ensemble throw together a slap dash party to inevitably fulfill their sad destinies through wildly mismatched love affairs, life-altering prank phone calls, and the perpetual misconnection between an ambitious TV journalist-to-be and the guy next door.

With a stellar cast (Blake Bradford, Bill Bria, Tanya Fazal, Alixandra Liiv, Kevin Michael Murphy*, and Holly Kay Roberts) directed by Christine Vinh, Fragments invites you to laugh at their misfortune, empathize if you've gone through it too recently, and reminisce on when you were so na´ve and fondly wonder.... What the hell was I thinking?!

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Gay Slave Handbook  | Open: 02/26/09 Close: 03/14/09 - Wings Theatre
After the death of a local gay teen rocks a small Southern town, the lives of Giulia, Sebastian, and Jimmy become forever entwined. What starts as youthful love and exuberant innocence becomes a destructive pathological relationship that could have deadly consequences. Set in three different periods in their lives, these three friends and lovers must find a way to move forward or stay bound to the past.

Gay Slave Handbook is making it's full length NYC premiere after a successful and highly praised run in the Edinburgh Fringe where ScotsGay Magazine labeled the production as one of the 10 Best Productions of the Year.
 

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I, Undertow  | Open: 08/15/09 Close: 08/22/09 - Wings Theatre
Everyone has issues. All of Justin's live in North Carolina.

Justin's an up and coming artist thriving in NYC whose world grinds to a halt when the worse thing possible happens to him - he gets the call to come home due to his grandmother's failing health. Slinking back to small town North Carolina with his latest one night stand forced upon him, he finds himself back neck deep in the family issues that he had been avoiding for more than a decade and facing the girl he left behind. In the midst of the culture clash between small town quirkiness and big city society behavior, Justin may actually discover what he had been running from for all of those years. Emmy-winner Blake Bradford's newest play takes a hard look at the humor and heartache of going home.

RETURN ENGAGEMENT AT WINGS THEATRE
 

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I, Undertow  | Open: 03/26/09 Close: 04/05/09 - Beckmann Theatre @ American Theater Of A
Everyone has issues. All of Justin's live in North Carolina.

Justin's an up and coming artist thriving in NYC whose world grinds to a halt when the worse thing possible happens to him - he gets the call to come home due to his grandmother's failing health. Slinking back to small town North Carolina with his latest one night stand forced upon him, he finds himself back neck deep in the family issues that he had been avoiding for more than a decade and facing the girl he left behind. In the midst of the culture clash between small town quirkiness and big city society behavior, Justin may actually discover what he had been running from for all of those years. Phare Play Productions is proud to present the world premier of Blake Bradford's newest play - a hard look at the humor and heartache of going home.

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Jellyroll Shoes  | Open: 10/17/09 Close: 10/25/09 - Beckmann Theater
Set in a small town in Upstate New York, Jellyroll Shoes follows the lives of the Anderson Men, lead by patriarch George, a recently ousted town sheriff, and his three sons; Eddie (an up and coming, but still relatively green state patrolman), Joe (the middle son who is now the town's lawyer), and Dave ("The lucky one," the eldest brother who is also an officer). Eddie's girlfriend, firecracker-hottie Linda, helps take care of the boys and their normal routine, which is thrown astray one evening by the surprise arrival of Alice Beck, a local English teacher that Dave helps save from an abusive husband that tries to kill her with a lawnmower. Compounding issues arise when Tim Jones arrives, a miscreant drifter with no past that George believes could be his son that disappeared years ago.

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Steps  | Open: 04/09/10 Close: 04/10/10 - Wings Theatre
STEPS, is a serio-comedic one-woman show that tells the journey of a 20-year-old woman, born and raised in rural Wisconsin, moving to New York City and the steps she took to get there.  Amidst telling personal stories of her adventure that depict her own struggle to find the meaning of one’s identity, she discusses the issue through the perspective of three other fictional characters from different “walks of life,” performing their laments in attempt to shed light on the universal metaphor that is “identity.”

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The Last Cloud  | Open: 06/20/07 Close: 07/01/07 - Roy Arias Theaters
Taking place over the course of a year, The Last Cloud follows five friends as they navigate life after college, in the awkward phase before they have the skills to "be" anything. Things go awry when Laura's younger brother moves in for the summer, showing everyone that there is more to life than office politics. Set against the metaphor of a Rubik's Cube, The Last Cloud is a coming of age story of how friends can get so intertwined that they lose their individuality.

With an amazing ensemble cast, The Last Cloud promises to be a rock-and-roll thrill ride for a generation that is just now considering growing up. Toss in a goulash of art, politics, and blatant 80's nostalgia and you have what reviewer Robert McDowell called, "The most engaging night of theatre I've experience in a long time. A true must-see!"

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The Spitfire Grill  | Open: 12/11/09 Close: 12/20/09 - Wings Theatre
Percy Talbot has been released from prison after serving time for manslaughter and lands in Gilead, Wisconsin working at the Spitfire Grill. In this sleepy town, things start to move when the owner of the Spitfire Grill - the only eatery in the struggling town - decides to raffle it off for a $100 a shot and an essay describing why you want to win the grill. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely heating up in Gilead. This musical triumph is an inspiring celebration of fresh starts and the power of what one person can do.

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