Francis Jue and Justin Anthony Long Set for ALT's WHY IS EARTHA KITT TRYING TO KILL ME? Reading, 10/16
David Johnston's plays have been performed and read at The New Group, Moving Arts, The Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Playwrights Foundation and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has had New York productions or his work with Blue Coyote Theater Group including, Conversations on Russian Literature, a new adaptation of The Oresteia (Time Out Best of 2007); Busted Jesus Comix (GLAAD nominee 2005, London, Los Angeles, DC Cap Fringe); A Bush Carol, or George Dubya and the Xmas of Evil, and Effie Jean in Tahiti (both with music and lyrics by Stephen Speights); Regional credits include The George Place (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater). Mr. Johnston has written many plays that were produced with Kevin Newbury as Director, including Candy and Dorothy (GLAAD winner 2006, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Unexpected Stage), and The Eumenides. Publications include Saturday with Martin (Short Plays to Long Remember, TnT), The Eumenides (Playing With Canons, New York Theatre Experience, Inc.), Leaving Tangier (Samuel French), A Funeral Home in Brooklyn, and A Lesson (Smith & Kraus.) Current projects include the upcoming premiere of Coney, and a film adaptation of his short play, Mothra is Waiting. Playwriting awards include Theater Oxford, Playwright Residency at the University of Cincinnati, a Berrilla Kerr Foundation Grant, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. He was also a New Dramatists finalist. Mr. Johnston attended the College of William and Mary and Circle in the Square and is a member of Actors Equity, Dramatists Guild, (publications committee) Charles Maryan's Playwrights/Directors Workshop, BMI, and Blue Coyote Theater Group. He has been a Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater since the fall of 2011, and is currently collaborating with Jeffrey Dennis Smith on Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? at ALT.
Francis Jue: Francis most recently starred in the world premiere of Paper Dolls at London's Tricycle Theatre. Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, M. Butterfly. Off-Broadway: Yellow Face (Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards, plus Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), Love's Labour's Lost, Coraline, Falsettoland, King Lear, A Language of Their Own. Regional: Miss Saigon (Judy Award), In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Zoni Award), Into the Woods (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), Cabaret (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), The Illusion (Zoni Award), The Winter's Tale, The King & I, Floyd Collins, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Just So. Film: Joyful Noise. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, The Good Wife.
JUSTIN ANTHONY LONG: Justin is the co-creator and star of the musical web-series, City of Dreams. Film: The Wolf of Wall Street, Pluto. TV: Jon Benjamin Has a Van, I've Never Left My House Before. Theatre: Next to Normal, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Junie B. Jones. Writing credits include City of Dreams, Cookie Soiree (Winner of Ken Davenport's 2012 10-Minute Play/Musical Contest), Jake & Lindsay and Welcome to Shoofly.
American Lyric Theater (ALT) was founded in 2005 by Lawrence Edelson to build a new body of operatic repertoire for new audiences by nurturing composers and librettists, developing sustainable artistic collaborations, and contributing new works to the national canon. Many opera companies commission and perform new works; but ALT is the only company in the United States that offers extensive, full-time mentorship for emerging operatic writers. While the traditional company model focuses on producing a season, ALT's focus is on serving the needs of composers and librettists, developing new works, and collaborating with larger producing companies to help usher those works into the repertoire. Operas developed through the CLDP and by CLDP alumni have been presented by a wide variety of companies, including Tulsa Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Urban Arias, Center City Opera, San Francisco Conservatory, New York City Opera VOX, and Beth Morrison Projects. In 2012, ALT was the first company dedicated to artist mentorship rather than operatic production to be recognized by OPERA America as a Professional Company Member - a testament to ALT's service to the field. For more information about ALT, please visit: www.altnyc.org.