"Call Me Adam" sat down with actor/writer J. Stephen Brantley and Obie Award winning director/actor David Drake to discuss their new show Chicken-Fried Ciccone: A Twangy True Tale of Transformation as part of NYC's Frigid Festival from February 19-March 8 at Under St. Marks.
Chicken-Fried Ciccone tells the tale of one man's journey to heroin and back, set to countrified covers of classic Madonna. Click here for tickets!
Chicken-Fried Ciccone Interview: with writer/actor J. Stephen Brantley and Obie Award winning actor/director David Drake:
J. Stephen Brantley (writer/performer) is an actor and playwright whose work has been commissioned by Performance Space 122, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and East Hamptons’ Guild Hall. His plays Blood Grass, Break, Furbelow, The Jamb, Nevertheless, Shiny Pair Of Complications, and Struck have been performed across the U.S. and in Canada and Ireland. His Eightythree Down, winner of the 2009 Georgia Theatre Conference award, was nominated for six 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Awards and is published by Indie Theatre Now as part of their Best of 2011 collection. Brantley has performed with Big Dance Theatre, CapsLock, Cucaracha, The Directors Company, Horse Trade, Jewish Plays Project, Neo-Political Cowgirls, and Theatre 167, and at venues including 59E59, HERE, Queens Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, P.S.122, Soho Rep, Guild Hall, and Provincetown Theater. He received the Micheál MacLiammóir Award for Best Actor at the 2013 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and a 2013 NYIT Award nomination for his work in the Frigid NYC production of Kathleen Warnock’s That’s Her Way. J.Stephen is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing and one of Indie Theatre Now’s 2013 People of The Year. His latest full-length play, Pirira, was recently produced Off-Broadway by Theatre 167.
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. David also starred in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (succeeding Charles Busch for 856 performances), originated the role of "Miss Deep South" in the hit Pageant, as well as co-starring 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. His TV credits: The Good Wife, Law & Order, The Beat, and NY Undercover. Feature films: Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia, as well as It's Pat, Naked in New York, David Searching, Bear City, Longtime Companion, and his 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, NYMF, and Rattlestick, among others. Most recently in New York, David was a director of the 2009 world premiere of Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge, which made the "10 Best Lists" in The New Yorker, The NY Post, The Advocate, Paper Magazine, and won a 2010 Village Voice Obie Award.