Monday, January 24, 2011


Hey, gang. I wanted to give y'all the head's up that I'll be involved in this new project by Piper McKenzie, as actor for Team A (Friday) and writer for Team C (Sunday).

UPDATE: Here's my entry in Dainty Cadaver's Mad Libs-Style Blog Thing. (Yes, that's the official name for it.)



Piper McKenzie’s Dainty Cadaver is an Exquisite Corpse-style playmaking project in which multiple playwrights collaborate on a single work without knowing what the hell the others are doing. Each writer reads the previous scene, writes a new scene, and passes it on to the next writer – who doesn’t see any of what came earlier. Beautiful madness ensues.

For its inaugural edition, Piper McKenzie will present one-night-only performances of three new plays written in this unique collaborative style, with results ranging from inspired chaos to eerie synchronicity – all tied together by the unique voices of 18 hot playwrights, to be staged by three intrepid directors!

TEAM A: Fri 1/28, 8pm
Johnna Adams
(The Angel Eaters Trilogy)
Eric Bland
(Emancipatory Politics: A Romantic Tragedy)
Jeff Lewonczyk
(Theater of the Arcade)
Mac Rogers
Crystal Skillman
(The Vigil or the Guided Cradle)
Art Wallace
(The Plowman’s Lunch)

Directed by Jordana Williams

James Comtois, Rebecca Comtois, Erin Maya Darke, Virginia Hodgkins, David Ian Lee, Mac Rogers, Jennifer Gordon Thomas, Kristen Vaughan, Sean Williams

TEAM B: Sat 1/29, 8pm
Danny Bowes
Matt Freeman
(The Brandywine Distillery Fire)
Qui Nguyen
(Alice in Slasherland)
Carolyn Raship
August Schulenberg
(The Lesser Seductions of History)
Alexis Sottile
(Small Dinner)

Directed by Hope Cartelli
(Bethlehem or Bust)

Gyda Arber, Steven Burns, Lex Friedman, Gavin Starr Kendall, Jeff Lewonczyk, Doug MacKrell, Megan McGowan, Timothy McCown Reynolds, Ben VandenBoom, Stephanie Willing, Morgan Anne Zipf

TEAM C: Sun 1/30, 3pm

Maggie Cino
(Ascending Bodily)
James Comtois
(The Little One)
John DeVore
(Tupperware Orgy)
Cara Francis
(The Soup Show)
Rich Lovejoy
(A Brief History of Murder)
Justin Maxwell
(Your Lithopedion)

Directed by John Hurley
(The Vigil or the Guided Cradle)

Ryan Andes, Stephanie Cox-Williams, Kitty Lindsay, Joe Mathers, Roger Nasser, C.L. Weatherstone

At the Brick Theater
575 Metropolitan Ave.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L to Lorimer, G to Metropolitan

Tickets are $10. Buy them here.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Final Episode of Starboat

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Starboat: The Final Episode This Saturday

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

Nosedive Productions presents


There's no going back.

A five-part space expedition yarn by James Comtois

Episode Five directed by Pete Boisvert

Becky Byers — Stephanie Cox-Williams — Daryl Lathon
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...

Saturday, January 15

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

Season 4 also concludes the following six all-new exciting serialized plays:

by Temar Underwood
directed by Temar Underwood & Jon Hoche

by Mac Rogers
directed by Jordana Williams

by Adam Scott Mazer
directed by Dan Rogers

by Brent Cox
directed by Padraic Lillis & Courtney Wetzel

by Crystal Skillman
directed by Hope Cartelli

January 15, 2011

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

Saloon Poster Artwork by Jeremy Arambulo

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Episode Four of Starboat

Monday, January 03, 2011

A New Year

Well, gang. I hope everyone had a splendid holiday break and New Year's. Here we are in 2011. Another year down, another year ahead of us.

2010 was an odd year for me; almost a "full circle" year, where in December I wound up back where I was in January (unemployed and more than a little adrift).

Did this past year "suck" for me? I don't think it'd be fair to say so, since a number of quite cool things took place: hanging out with my friend Celene in her mansion in Seattle, attending Mac and Sandy's wedding, being a groomsman for Abe and Jenny's wedding, mounting Nosedive's 10th anniversary season, being part of such fun projects as Clay Chapman's Fear Mongers, Subjective Theatre's We the Corporate Body Festival, and the Vampire Cowboys' always massively fun Saturday Night Saloon, not to mention being nominated for an NYIT Award and getting published, among many other things.

I'd be lying, however, if I didn't admit that a great deal of it sucked. That it was bookended by unemployment and bouts of borderline immobilizing depression certainly sucked.

Still, I'm hopeful for the upcoming new year. It's another chance to get things right and try new things. (True, one could say that about every day, but I've always seen Christmas and New Year's as a way of pressing the "RESET" button, so there you are. Guess I'm a Carpe Annum kinda guy.)

As for the future of this blog, eh, I still don't know. I'm sure I'll continue to use it to promote upcoming events and post videos of past events, but beyond that, it's really tough to say.

At any rate, here's to the New Year! May you all fare better in 2011 than in 2010, even if 2010 treated you well.

Ready to read all the books and
comics he got for Christmas,

James "Mr. Free Time" Comtois

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