Collaborator and producing partner Iman Richardson and I are ready to announce our first project together: A comedy sketch written by sketch writer and actor Jake Lucas: “A Celebration With Every Bite!”
I spent this Labor Day weekend working on a very special project: a reading of the first act of McGuire & Simon’s Borders at NYTB.
Borders is a beautiful adaptation of the Israeli film The Bubble, in which an Israeli soldier and Palestinian refugee attempt to explore love in liberal Tel Aviv. Check out these stills from the production:
This May, I performed a play with some amazing improvisors from the hip hop improv group Off Top, produced by Ray Morency. The play was Bigger? Sugar? Figure? by writer Adi Eshman, who did a beautiful job highlighting the surreptitious racism of white liberalism, and the cast included very funny people Kristin Kirkley, Raquel Palmas and Billy Soco (who previously played my boyfriend in Martha Cipolla for President at the PIT). Max Friedman directed. If you ever have a chance (I'm talking to you, musician friends), check out the venue: R&D Studios Bushwood in Ridgewood, Queens (off the Halsey L)!
Learning and performing a whole play in less than 10 days wasn't easy (I was a last minute put-in), but with the support of the rest of the cast and Max, I did it! It was fun to rap on stage again, and a very good thing that my character is not supposed to be particularly great at it... Haha
I joined forces with composer Bobby Cronin and playwright Crystal Skillman once again to help bring their new, yet-untitled work-in-progress to life at Musical Theatre Factory's most recent 4x15 presentation. I played an NPR host, which...fits, yeah? It was fun reading with Ali Strokeragain and getting to work with director David Perlow (Attention Theatre) and music director Jeremy Robin Lyons.
I'm Kevin Necciai. Back next time with more stories of this American Li-- Just kidding. But keep your eyes open for more updates next month!
Mark Abramowitz's queer thriller Meet Up, in which I play the lead opposite a very handsome and scary Jordan Sangalang, is out of post and making the festival rounds. So far, the film has won 1st place jury prize at the 2017 Yellow Ape Film Festival and is taking on both coasts as an official selection of both the Eclipse International Film Festival (where it is also a finalist) and AltFest NYC.
I recently received a fan email through my website from a young gay man in São Paulo, Brazil, and he reminded me of the importance of queer visibility in media. To feel seen by content creators is a powerful thing that many people take for granted.
The webisode I shot for Scary Mommy's webseries 'Momsplained' is out and scarring Evangelical Christians across the country. FACT: Did you know that it's legal to breastfeed in public in every state in the US except Idaho? Know your rights! And get it together, Idaho. Check out the video below:
The new trailer for the series Puzzled by director Michael Bergmann is up at puzzledseries.com! I play William, the Type A Assistant Director on a crime-show-within-a-show who misinterprets the flirtations of the show's lead actor, Bruna (played by French pop artist/actor Melissa Mars). And while you're creepin', check out Michael's website at michaelbergmann.art.
This January, I had the privilege of performing in Season 9 of the Obie Award-winning Fire This Time Festival along with an incredible cast of actors. The lineup included plays by writers Sandra A. Daly-Sharif, Shelley Fort, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Charly Evon Simpson, Mona R. Washington and William Oliver Watkins directed by Candis C. Jones with artistic direction by Cezar Williams. I was blown away by the level of talent and commitment to art and community shown by everyone involved and have definitely come away from the experience feeling like a stronger actor and a better person.
Check out this promotional video to learn more about The Fire This Time Festival:
On April 25th, you can catch me in McGuire and Simon's Express! The immersive musical theatre experience, which time hops from the 1940s to the 1990s, is staged by director Rose Ginsberg to take place in actual train cars from the time periods on display at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights. You can find me in the 60s car feeling very groovy, man.
For tickets, visit the Transit Museum's page dedicated to "Platform," the interdisciplinary arts series curated by the museum.
Started 2017 off by singing with Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma, The OA), Tony Award nominee Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) and the rest of the talented ensemble for another presentation of Mary & Max by Bobby and Crystal, directed by Stafford Arima.
Check out the article on BroadwayWorld.com here.