The View UpStairs Workshop

The sweet sound of Miss Frenchie Davis belting F#'s @ 10am like it ain't no thing. Must mean we're back in workshop! Praise the lord.


A reading of award-winning composer/lyricist/playwright/performer Max Vernon's new musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, directed by Scott Ebersold with music direction by James Dobinson, begins rehearsals today in New York City and will culminate in three industry presentations on October 20th and 21st.

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS is produced by Invisible Wall Productions, and they have just announced the following cast and creative team:

The cast of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS features Ato Blankson-Wood (The Total Bent, Lysistrata Jones) as Patrick, Xavier Cano as Freddy (Grease, RENT), Frenchie Davis (RENT, The Voice) as Henrietta, Julian Fleisher as Buddy (February House), Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla..., Zoolander) as Willie, Troy Iwata as Wes (The Lightening Thief, K-POP), Ben Mayne (Edwin, Plaid Tidings) as Dale, Don Meehan as Cops (The World Wars, Soul Doctor), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet!, In the Heights) as Inez, and Timothy Britten Parker (Wicked, RENT) as Richard.


New songs now @ Rattlestick Theatre

It's been a little over a week since this amazing concert and I've been able to fully process how cool it was to share the stage with future legend Grace McLean. Thanks Rattlestick & Araca Group for letting us be apart of this inaugural group of badass bitches.


New Song: Time Capsule (2016)


Benefit Concert for Pulse Orlando! 

*UPDATE* Through ticket sales at the concert we raised $3400 for Equality Florida. Thank you to everyone who attended and lent support!

Having spent the last 4+ years writing a musical about the UpStairs Lounge Fire and living with that forgotten tragedy, I needed to do something productive with all the rage and sadness I still feel about the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

I've put together a benefit concert for monday, July 11th @ 7pm. Rattlestick Theatre has generously offered us their space and we have a mini-army of award winning, amazing Broadway/TV talent to sing the songs from View UpStairs. We will honor the memories of those affected by Pulse and UpStairs, use music to combat homophobia and hatred, celebrate the power of community, and raise money for Equality Florida, which is working directly with the families of those affected by the shooting.

Tickets: $30 - 50 (with the ability to pay/donate more)
Ticket proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida. We have already raised over $1000 from our first day of ticket sales alone. Please come and join us!!
Tickets available: www.theviewupstairsbenefit.bpt.me

Performers include:

Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening)
Frenchie Davis (The Voice, American Idol, Rent)
Gideon Glick (Significant Other, Spring Awakening)
Robin de Jesus (2-time Tony nom. for La Cage, In the Heights)
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Quantico, On the Town)
Ben Mayne (South Pacific tour)
Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights)
Alex Newell (Glee)
MJ Rodriguez (Runaways, Rent)
Tony Sheldon (Tony nom. Priscilla)
Jason Tam (If/Then, A Chorus Line)
Clarke Thorell (The Front Page, Annie, Hairspray)

Directed by Scott Ebersold
Music Directed by James Dobinson


NINCEST @ Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor 

Just returned from a crazy, inspiring, creatively productive retreat @ Berkeley Rep's Groundfloor. Was there writing music for a new show entitled My Father the Speeding Bullet: Nincest, text by Jen Silverman, dir. Mike Donahue, designer Dane Laffrey, and Dito van Reigersberg (aka Martha Grahamcracker).

Also got to rub elbows with some other cool artists like Lauren Yee, Eisa Davis, Joe Waechter, Susan Stanton, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Megan Hill & Amy Staats, Eric Hoff, Josh Lefkowitz, Tori Sampson, SK Kerastas, etc.

We stayed at first at The Rose Garden Inn, a dilapidated and wonderfully tacky mansion filled with fairy statues and Stevie Nicks-esque curtains adorned with flower patterns and plastic pink crystals. I was like- we are actually staying in the Annie Baker John hotel HOORAY. And then like 3 days later, ALL OF THE ROOMS TURNED OUT TO BE INFESTED WITH BEDBUGS, except Jesus took the wheel and I magically emerged unscathed..

BUT before that drama, face masks were had w Megan Hill- and while we purified our skin we poisoned our bodies with unthinkable quantities of gummy candy. If you died and went to hell, pretty sure Satan would look like this:

I wrote a bunch of waltz and lullabies about incest and Anais Nin, saw a transman get fisted on top of a bus stop in public during San Fran Pride, saw Peaches in concert, went to a live S&M demonstration, ate incredible food @ Burma Superstar and Chez Panisse, and got to work with my theatre fam on a new pretty fucking weird queer show. Sometimes being an artist is cool like that.

Thank you Berkeley Rep!

and thank you Jen Silverman for introducing me to Bitmojis. A monster is born.