Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

I'm not even going to pretend that the impending holiday has any effect on the posting (or lack thereof) on this moribund blog, or that regular posting will resume on Monday. I just wanted to say that I hope everyone (still) reading this has a lovely Thanksgiving.

Eating his feelings,

James "Stuffed Ham" Comtois


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nat Cassidy Talks Horror

Speaking of the NYIT Awards, playwright and director extraordinaire Nat Cassidy guest blogs for NYIT this week, offering up some of his thoughts on the horror genre. Check it the fuck out, scawy cats and cweepy kittens.

Your link to the outside blogosphere,

James "100% Content Free" Comtois

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In Which the NYIT Awards Writes About Yours Truly

Hey, I'll take being the "bad boy" over the "fat guy" of Off-Off-Broadway any day. Thanks, Borg!

Making you sleep with one eye open,

James "Off-Kilter" Comtois

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Corporate Rock


We the Corporate Body Festival

Corporations are people too!

A ten minute play festival celebrating the fact that
corporations are legally defined as “people.”

Featuring Works By

James Comtois - Fernanda Coppel - Matthew-Lee Erlbach

Julia Holleman - Patricia Ione Lloyd - Jerome Parker

Lucille Scott - Leegrid Stevens - Melissa Tien



Reservations can be made at

Earlier this year The Supreme Court ruled that corporations can now donate unlimited funds to politicians because they are entitled to the same rights as private citizens. Subjective Theatre Company’s Corporate Personhood Play Festival will present nine 10-minute plays inspired by this ruling. Featuring new works by James Comtois, Fernanda Coppel, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Julia Holleman, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Jerome Parker, Lucille Scott, Leegrid Stevens, and Melisa Tien.

SERIES A (December 7 & 14)

Seward, Kansas
Written by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Directed by David Chapman
The soil is toxic, food is scarce, and corporate forces have taken control of all Kansas farms after a nuclear disaster. One farm in remote Seward may be the exception to the rulers.

Light Sweet Crude
Written by Melisa Tein
Directed by Nicole Watson
A snapshot of how great events affect small people, an illustration of the invisible connections we share with others, and a meditation on the responsibility of the corporation versus the responsibility of the individual.

The Thrilling Comedy of the True Beneficiaries of the 14th Amendment
Written by Julia Holleman
Directed by Steven Gillenwater
A comedic melodrama about how two scrappy young corporations in the 1880s persuade the Supreme Court to believe in their humanity using the only means at their disposal - passion, conviction, and, let's not forget, money.

They Think Our Favorite Color is Green
Written by Patricia Ione Lloyd
Directed by Pat Golden
Menthol cigarettes, buff black men and corporate America’s racism; or just another day in the U.S. of A. What have we learned from the world's leader of incarcerating its residents? How target advertising maximizes corporate profits, to laugh at tragedy, and how to get killer abs.

SERIES B (December 8 & 15)

Dammit, Office Girl!
Written by James Comtois
Directed by Danny Sharron
An employee pines, if not yearns, for an administrative assistant from afar. And by "afar," we mean "five feet away."

Brooklyn Skank
Written by Fernanda Coppel
Directed by Donya K. Washington
Leslie and Ryan work for Brooklyn Skank, an overpriced and trendy boutique in Brooklyn that is famous for its T-shirts that say "Made by a Brooklyn Skank." Part of their daily routine is answering the age-old question, "Are these Brooklyn Skank T-shirts actually made by a Skank?" Leslie and Ryan have a stock answer that is approved by the Brooklyn Skank Corporation, but as this story unravels you get the sense that Leslie and Ryan have no idea how these garments are made and who makes them.

The Foundation
Written by Jerome Parker
Directed by Axel Avin, Jr.
Lawrence has put his heart and soul into building a non-profit that aids inner cities on a national level. As he prepares to turn over his reign to his young nephew, the woman who helped him build the foundation plans her revenge for being passed over for the top position. A short play about the ties that bind mixed with live jazz.

Target Monologue
Written by Leegrid Stevens
Directed by Rachel Wohlander
Target reflects on his difficult childhood.

Oh, Donna
Written by Lucile Baker Scott
Directed by Jesse Geiger
In Oh Donna a beautiful young heiress (and friend of Paris Hilton's) who has orgasmic tendencies with organic juice and a few secrets, takes over the world's third largest communications company. Soon quite a bit of juice is spilled, along with a few drops of blood…

The festival, presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Subjective Theatre Company will play at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), December 7-15. Series A will perform Tuesday, December 7 & 14 at 8pm. Series B will perform Wednesday, December 8 & 15 at 8pm. Admission is FREE. For reservations, email

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Once Again: This Saturday at the Battle Ranch...

This Saturday at the Vampire Cowboys' Saturday Night Saloon...

Nosedive Productions presents


Something's out there...

A five-part space expedition yarn serial by James Comtois

Episode Three directed by Pete Boisvert

Becky Byers — Stephanie Cox-Williams
Stephen Heskett — Timothy McCown Reynolds
Adam Swiderski — Christian Toth — Ben VandenBoom

The crew of the U.S.S. Centurion are headed to Alpha Centauri for the first manned mission to another star system. They're not ready.

As part of the Vampire Cowboys' Saturday Night Saloon...

405 Johnson Avenue, 2nd Floor
(2.5 blocks from Morgan stop off L train)
For a map, Click here.

Season 4 includes six all-new exciting serialized plays including:

written & directed by Temar Underwood
(The Brokenhearteds)

by Mac Rogers
(Universal Robots; Viral; Hail Satan)
directed by Jordana Williams
(Member of Gideon Productions)

by Adam Scott Mazer
Directed by Dan Rogers
(Butterfly, Butterfly, Kill Kill Kill!)

by James Comtois
(Infectious Opportunity; The Adventures of Nervous-Boy)
directed by Pete Boisvert
(Co-Artistic Director of Nosedive Productions)

by Brent Cox
(Dog & Pony Show)
directed by Padraic Lillis (Member of LAByrinth Theater) & Courtney Wetzel

by Crystal Skillman
(Hack, Vigil, The Telling Trilogy )
directed by Hope Cartelli
(Co-Artistic Director of Piper McKenzie Productions)

November 20, 2010
December 18, 2010
January 15, 2011

Produced by
Lex Friedman, Qui Nguyen, Abby Marcus, Robert Ross Parker, Daniel Rech

Poster Artwork by Jeremy Arambulo

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