In this solo performance, a genderqueer vagabond leaves home on a three-decade odyssey of reinvention and self-discovery. From small-town Iowa to England, New York, and Chicago, Bradley’s story navigates relationships, assaults, addictions, the plague years of the AIDS crisis, and the fight for marriage equality, in a quest to find where he belongs.
Production history: About Face Theatre, Chicago 2019; About Face Theatre (workshop), Chicago 2018; Iowa New Play Festival (staged reading), University of Iowa 2016
Bud, a middle-aged agronomist, checks into a small-town motel searching for answers to his son’s disappearance. His arrival attracts Holler, a teenage boy looking to start a new life. Like the genetically-modified crops that surround the motel, both must commit to a frightening course of mutation if they are to overcome the dangers nature puts in their way.
Production history: Iowa New Play Festival 2017; About Face Theatre (staged reading), Chicago IL 2015
Eli Jolley (top) and Danny Whiskeyman
Photo by R. Eric Stone
Based on Verdi's La Traviata, this "unsung disco opera" is set in the swirling, sweating nightclub world of 1979 San Francisco. Margo Rose, a popular performer at the famed Trocadero Transfer discoteque, tries to hold fast to love and family while shadows of violence and illness descend on the honeymoon of gay liberation.
Production history: University of Iowa 2016; Iowa Playwrights Workshop (public reading) 2015
Photo by Melissa Turner
SHATTERED NO. 1
When a high-end art gallery opens in her Midwestern river town, a middle-aged woman set adrift by divorce and an empty-nest believes the possibility of a second life has arrived as well. But with each step into this new world, her understanding of it moves farther away.
Production history: Iowa Playwrights Workshop (public reading) 2017
A sex farce set in small-town Iowa, in which secret siblings, secret passions, and murderous plotting are all employed to open a brand-new opera house in one time period, while their grandchildren reveal similar tactics to blow it up seventy-five years later.
Production history: Iowa Playwrights Workshop (public reading) 2016
A KINGDOM JACK'D
- in development
In this comedic adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, the tavern cutthroats overrun the court, the Lancasters are reduced to rebels, and Wales aims to take the British crown. The beloved rascal John Falstaff was rollicking fun as long as he had no power. Who can save England now that he sits on her highest chair?
Production history: Iowa New Play Festival, University of Iowa 2018; Iowa Playwrights Workshop (public reading) 2017
THE WOOD PROBLEM
- in development
The Wood Problem is a documentary drama about the artist behind America's most iconic painting, American Gothic. Grant Wood battles University of Iowa faculty over the direction of art and education while critics, biographers, and historians fight to claim his legacy for competing cultural agendas. The text of the piece is composed of personal letters, lectures, news articles, interviews, and Wood’s own unfinished autobiography.
Production History: Cedar Rapids Musuem of Art (excerpt presentation) 2017; American Gothic House Museum (excerpt presentation) 2016
WE THREE LIZAS
Created by Scott Bradley (book/lyrics) and Alan Schmuckler (music/additional lyrics), We Three Lizas is a darkly sparkly holiday musical in which an embittered artist’s mid-life crisis leads to divine intervention by Liza Minnelli.
And Liza Minnelli.
And Liza Minnelli.
Production History: About Face Theatre/Steppenwolf Garage, Chicago IL 2012; About Face Theatre in association with John Sanders, Joe’s Pub at The Public, New York NY 2013; About Face Theatre/Stage 773, Chicago, IL 2013; Richmond Triangle Players, Richmond VA 2014
Danielle Plisz, Bethany Thomas, Dana Tretta
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THE SCOOTY & JOJO SHOW
The Scooty & JoJo Show creates immersive theatrical experiences that subject American sacred cows to queer interrogation. Scooty & JoJo (Scott Bradley & Jonny Stax) stage their anarchic entertainments in nightclubs, rock venues, and cabaret rooms, incorporating comedy, live music, dance, cinema, circus arts, innovative design, and an abundance of gender-fuckery.
Shows include Alien Queen, Carpenters Halloween, Mollywood, Tran: The Atari Musical, Rosemary Clooney's Baby, Diva Brunch, Thank God! It's the Scooty & JoJo Show, The Scooty & JoJo Variety Hour.
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