Band Fags, West Coast Premiere!

James Arthur M. & Blake Dorris:  Band Fags!  

James Arthur M. & Blake Dorris: Band Fags! 

I'm so incredibly BICCITED to share this totally awesome show with the Bay Area: Band Fags! by Frank Anthony Polito at New Conservatory Theater Center,  directed by Stephanie Temple.

In this two person, two act show, I play Brad, a member of the school band.  Taking place in the 80s, myself and Jack, travel through adolescents, in this John Hughes like, coming of age story.  This is by far the largest role I've had to date, in the Bay Area Theater circuit, and have had a blast working on it.  It's been quite a challenge, and a lot of work, but I've enjoyed every minute of it, and feel so grateful to be apart of this production, and the opportunity to tell this story.   For the first time in my career, within the first four pages of the script, I knew I had to be involved in this production.  I could relate to the story, the characters, discovering one's sexuality as a teen, and the fear that comes along with it, on top of all the anxt, fun, and drama that come with being a high school teenager, I had to TELL THIS STORY.  Six weeks later, here we are, with first previews starting today!

The show runs:

At New Conservatory Theater Center, 25 Van Ness, San Francisco CA

Sept 13 - Oct 13, 2013 (Previews Sept 13- Sept 20th, Opening Sept 21st)

Wed- Sat 8pm/Sun 2pm  

*On stage Insight Talkback - Sept 29th  * Pay- What You Wish Night Sept 19th)

Tickets: Previews $25, Regular Shows $35  

(email me for 1/2 priced ticket information at m.jamesarthur@gmail.com) 

Purchase Tickets: http://www.nctcsf.org/press_room/band_fags.htm

I hope to see you there, I think it's story we can all connect to, and it'll be totally fun!  

Synopsis:

Jack Paterno (Blake Dorris) is a straight-A student living in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park. The only thing he has in common with Brad Dayton (James Arthur M.), his best friend since seventh grade, is that both are in band...or maybe that's not the only thing?      

 

 

Performance @ Academy of Sciences Night Life: Pride Edition

Hey everyone! Thursday, June 27th, I will be performing in part of Heklina's, crazy, animalistic, number, ringing in the Pride Weekend Celebration, at the Academy of Art and Sciences, Night Life.  Don't Miss out!  See below for more info, doors open at 6pm, and it's sure to be a great night of science, performance, drinks, and PRIDE!  

Drag Show and Costume Contest in the East Garden
8:45-10:00 pm, Join us for a spectacular drag show and “transpecies” costume contest with special guests Pandora Boxx and Willam, stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race! San Francisco drag super stars Heklina and Peaches Christ will host the show featuring a rare duet by legends Juanita MORE! and Glamamore. Please note: There is limited capacity in the East Garden so please arrive early.

Tickets are $12.  See link bellow to purchase, or buy at the door.  

Happy Pride! 

It's BAFM B....!

On June 22nd, 2013, Bay Area Flash Mob was invited to headline San Francisco Drag Queen Diva Cookie Dough's, 'Monster Show', at the DNA Lounge.  We performed the Britney Spears medley, I co-choreographed, in front of a massive audience, that consistently went crazy, as we turned it out, to the classic songs, and choreograph of Ms. Spears.  I think we made her proud.  Quite a way to ring in my new year! An awesome birthday! 

24 Hour Film Festival!

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the 24 Hour Film Festival, through my school, the Meisner Technique Studio, in San Francisco.  

Myself, Sandy, Krystle, Billy, and Amber were given the task of completing a film within 24 hours.  Our film had to include: The opening line being, "Isn't that illegal?" Required Lines In the Film: 1) "Take the damn picture already." 2) "You seriously need to calm down." 3) "Stop laughing, that's not funny." 4) "Whoa, you have the worst breath ever." Required Props: 1) A bus 2) A live bird 3) An outrageous Halloween Costume 4) A cast member in a hotel hot tub or swimming pool 5) A Christmas tree. Required Characters: 1) High Five guy 2) Someone who breaks into a well-known song at least 5 times- based on what someone else just said. All shot, chopped, and delivered to the festival within 24 hours.

This weekend, I got off my butt, and made a movie.  Check out the madness we created:    

This Summer: Sweet Bird of Youth

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I'm currently in rehearsals for Tennessee Williams', "Sweet Bird of Youth", at The Tides Theater, directed by Jennifer Welch, I'll be playing the role of Fly.  I'm excited to work at this theater space, and with this company, it's where the SF Playhouse used to be, and I've always wanted to work in this space. 

The show runs: Fridays/Saturdays, July 19th-August 24th (with a preview performance July 18th)

Tickets are available at: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=65ed5234174fae7f96658cb8da3286a7

 

Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams

An improbable couple drifts into a tiny Gulf Coast town, searching for comfort in booze, pills and each others’ arms. Chance Wayne, a Broadway-actor-turned-gigolo, brings his latest benefactress to his hometown to escape the disastrous premiere of her comeback film. When a youthful mistake surfaces that threatens Chance’s plan, they learn that dreams are destroyed here. SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH is a sensual, haunting journey that will captivate and seduce you.