Michael Kearns (Playwright)
While Bloodbound may seem like a departure for Kearns, because of its more conventional theatrical conceit and its less identifiable social justice themes, look closely and you’ll see this new work is the manifestation of an artist-activist’s maturation. Kearns’ Bloodbound contains the playwright’s trademark passion by claiming the right to love unconventionally while underlining the inherent immoralities that define prison culture in America.
Actor, director, playwright, dramaturge, acting coach, writing teacher, producer, and solo performer: the callings that comprise the multi-faceted Kearns.
During a career spanning more than 40 years, the artist-activist has masterminded a consistent artistic response that speaks directly to community needs — from coming-out stories to the unceasing issues around HIV/AIDS,
Last year at a City Hall presentation celebrating LGBT Heritage Month, Kearns was honored by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell as “a trailblazer.” This year, the Entertainment AID Alliance named Kearns their Visionary Award Honoree in acknowledgement of “his exemplary service in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
Mark Bringelson (Director)
Mark has directed two other new plays by Michael Kearns, Bang Bang and Who’s Afraid of Edward Albee. He directed Mike Kindle’s play about Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann, at various theatres in the US, Donald Krieger’s The Tesla Project at L.A. Contemporary Exhibitions under a Rockefeller Grant, three new plays by Tom Jacobson (Bunbury, Friendly Hour, and Cyberqueer), Swimmer’s Ear by Tony Foster at Skylight, among many others. He directed the 25th anniversary production of Lanford Wilson’s Rimers of Eldritch, and the recently discovered Tennessee Williams piece, Green Eyes. He wrote and directed the film Obedience, directed two pilots for HBO, and is directing the film My Brother’s Beautiful Face, co-written by Michael Kearns. The multi-award winning director works in film, music video, television, theatre, fashion, and opera. He is currently in preproduction on the film JANET, which he is writing and directing. http://markbringelson.tumblr.com
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Moon Mile Run Productions (Producer)
Moon Mile Run was founded in 2015 by Michael Kearns, Mark Bringelson and Ryland Shelton to support the production of Bang Bang, written by Kearns, directed by Bringelson and starring Shelton, at Highways Performance Space. Additional productions include Marga Gomez' Pound, and two workshop presentations of Bloodbound.
Kirk Frederick (Executive Producer)
Kirk has produced plays, musical theatre, awards shows, fundraising events, benefits, and tours over a career spanning six decades. He worked for 20 years as stage manager and production coordinator for legendary comedian Charles Pierce; in 2016, he wrote the biography Write That Down! The Comedy of Male Actress Charles Pierce, which will serve as basis for a full length documentary, currently in pre-production. Kirk met Michael Kearns in 1971; they have been friends ever since.
Benjamin Scuglia (Associate Producer)
Benjamin is an author and award-winning playwright, actor, producer and stage manager. He is passionate about storytelling and the stage. Recent stage managing gigs include the original Highways run of Bloodbound, immersive horror theatre with Unbound Productions’ Wicked Lit, and a workshop production of the new play God Looked Away with Judith Light and Al Pacino. He is a member of Theatre West, where his play The Man Who Saved Everything will have its world premiere in August. Twitter: @500Turtles
Original Highways Production Credits
Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly for Highways Performance Space,
Ryland Shelton for Moon Mile Run,
Kirk Frederick, Executive Producer
present The World Premiere of
A new play by Michael Kearns
Directed by Mark Bringelson
Greg Ainsworth • Mike Bash
Hunter Lee Hughes • Gordon Thomson
Stage Manager Benjamin Scuglia
Lighting Designer Brandon Baruch
Sound Designer Christopher Moscatiello
Art Direction Services Curtis Hill
Logo Design Xochi Maberry-Gaulke
Photography Sonja Brenna
Additional Photography Ira Margolin & Judy Francesconi