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Friday
Jul212017

Updates, Updates, DROWNING IN UPDATES

So, The View UpStairs ended and I got hit with a wave of Brooke Shields post-partum emotions and had to go deal with that for a moment. The past couple months have been filled with spiritually replenishing binges of netflix, ice cream, vintage 90s RPGs, crystal bedazzling, and jumping head first into my next massive creative project, KPOP!!! 

All of which is to say, I'm finally ready to dig myself out of a hole and update ya'll on all the crazy life-changing sh*t that went down between Spring and Summer. READY?? 

Here goes: 

1. I WENT TO MUTHAF*CKIN MOROCCO???? Yeah gurl I did. Here's me finding out there's a sale on Berber Jewelry happening 5 miles away.  

Someone told me there were Berber brooches on sale 3 miles away ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโœจ

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Apr 6, 2017 at 9:50am PDT

and this tasteful photo montage.

2. The View UpStairs went on to play 105 performances, to audiences of over 12,000 people (!!!) with many sold out houses like dis one below (definitely slept with at least two of the peeps in this photo, #sorrynotsorry)

who gave us some standing O love 

 & some more sparkly queer icons showed up like Drag Race royalty Bianca Del Rio, Latrice Royale, Peppermint, as well as theatre legends ANDRE DESHIELDS, Tony nominee Keala Settle, and 90s rockstar Sophie B Hawkins. 

some even created beautiful fan art! (thank you Dramatic Inking)

3. The View UpStairs had a GIANT LED BILLBOARD IN TIMES SQUARE for a month!!! WTF??? Seeing my name up there was truly one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I'm still not sure it happened, except that I took these photos so I'm pretty sure? 

#Repost @jeremypope ใƒปใƒปใƒป hello times square ๐Ÿ’ฅ#TheViewUpstairs

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Apr 14, 2017 at 8:15am PDT

4. Out Magazine wrote this dope piece about The View UpStairs, calling it "Remarkable, Revelatory, and Revolutionary" Pretty sure they were just talking about Jeremy Pope's bone structure https://www.out.com/theater-dance/2017/5/03/view-upstairs-why-diverse-queer-musical-vital-our-times

5. Was commisioned by the Public Theatre for a pop performance in their lobby commemorating the 60th Anniversary of their Mobile Unit. I pissed all over the floor, srry. 

 then later that same night, was back at Joe's Pub as the secret guest for Justin Sayre's final performance of the Meeting. A very gay ole time was had: 

6. I wore a kimono to closing night bc it's a known fact that that's what a lady do. 

and gave my final curtain speech 

7. The View UpStairs was ultimately nominated for 2 Lortel Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical- not to mention Frenchie & Nathan who won Jose Munoz awards for their amazing performances! We got dolled up all swanky like, and I crashed the Obies just cuz. 

Now with 300% more ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ #gay #offbroadway

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on May 23, 2017 at 6:49am PDT

8. It wasn't to be the end however bc Samuel French picked up TVU for its catalog. It will be published in the near future and is now avail for licensing (so all you kweens with theatres out there- jump on it!) 

http://www.samuelfrench.com/viewupstairs

happy to say rehearsals are already underway for new productions in Virginia (Richmond Triangle Players) and Los Angeles (Celebration Theatre), and a few more in the works I can't announce yet ;) 

9. We recorded the cast album with Broadway Records and I truly believe it is one of the greatest sounding rock musical records of all time. I say that as someone who grew up listening over and over to Rocky Horror, Hedwig, Hair, and Rent- we did it RIGHT, ya'll. I just hope the next gen of weirdo queer kids comin' up hear this record and get inspired to make some dope art...so plz preview and order that sh*t now- hot off the presses! 

http://www.broadwayrecords.com/cds/the-view-upstairs-original-off-broadway-cast-recording

10. So now, we bid goodbye to 1973 New Orleans with its gritty glam rock, cruise-y sex, tits that exploded confetti, queer history, and tale of romance, and flashed forward to KPOP- 2017 Korea, high fashion color blocked couture, dub-step beats and pulsing synths, snail mucus, pop celebrity, and nationalism. 

featuring this lovely cast of 284902131203 people! 

after only 1 week, 30% of our entire run is sold out, so don't sleep on getting tix. Use KPOPSICLE and LOLLIPOP codes to save $$$$$ http://arsnovanyc.com/KPOP

11. To feel my KPOP star fantasy, I had to give myself a lil makeover, and bedazzle I dunno...EVERYTHING!

Blinded by sparkles! ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต #diycouture #fashionporn #bedazzled #kpop

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Jul 17, 2017 at 8:13pm PDT

 

After 4 YEARS of development, we start rehearsals in ONE WEEK. I can't believe KPOP is finally here. Now I just gotta get that pop star body. 

Is everyone having a nice Saturday night?

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Jul 1, 2017 at 7:52pm PDT

Til' next time, Kweens and KPOP idols. Gotta go slather on my snail cream :*

This is what happens when you make theatre for @arsnovanyc ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ #kpop #๐ŸŒ

A post shared by Max Vernon (@frauleinsallybowels) on Jun 20, 2017 at 2:33pm PDT

Friday
Jun022017

new song: cover letter

my new artistic statement for any future grant/residency/workshop/award submissions ;)

Tuesday
Mar282017

Who's At The UpStairs!??!

Since we opened TVU, we've had 5000+ people walk thru our doors, including queer/theatre heroes RuPaul, Michael Kors, Charles Busch, Stephen Flaherty, Stephen Trask, Leslie Odom Jr, Justin Vivian Bond, and more. But last week was extra kooky.

Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo, Moonlight author Tarrell McCraney, Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks, Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, Tony nominee Tony Sheldon, AND gay/aids activist Peter Staley all in 5 days?? Is the universe no longer in retrograde? What's happening? Either way- So cool to meet these awesome talented peeps. I had to lose my cool a bit with Cynthia and tell her how many times I've listened to bootleg recordings of I'm Here @ 2 am on youtube. Listen, I'm not ashamed :P

So curious to see from abroad who will show up unannounced the next two weeks, but I'll be in Morocco rollin round on sand dunes and haggling bitches for Berber Brooches. In case my camel doesn't come with wifi, it's been real ya'll. xo



Wednesday
Mar082017

The Holy Gay Quad: RuPaul, Charles Busch, Stephen Trask, Justin Vivian Bond

My favorite queer human

My favorite queer playwright

My favorite queer musical composer

and my favorite queer cabaret artist

These 4 have impacted and influenced my life in ways they'll likely never know or beyond what I could articulate to them, so all I can say is that this seal of approval from my queer elders is everything to me. Haters & homophobes, sashay away.

Monday
Mar062017

The View UpStairs hits New York!! Opening Night Madness & Magic

The last month has been absolutely INSANE. Somehow after 5 weeks of rehearsal flew by, not withstanding the crazy health emergency of Kidney Stones which landed me in the ER (more on that here: https://www.yesbroadway.com/newsandfeatures/maxvernon) we somehow MADE IT through a wild collaborative generative process and created (I think!) a beautiful ensemble piece that honors some forgotten heroes in queer history.

Out Magazine, Logo, Huffington Post, & Daily Beast wrote these awesome feature articles on The View UpStairs:

http://www.out.com/theater-dance/2017/2/24/composer-max-vernon-reclaiming-theaters-subversive-power-view-upstairs-soundtrack

http://www.newnownext.com/the-view-upstairs-musical-off-broadway/02/2017/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-view-upstairs-off-broadway_us_58a4d87fe4b07602ad51757a

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/28/how-the-view-upstairs-recalls-the-forgotten-gay-disco-inferno-that-killed-32.html

also did a few podcast/radio interviews along the way with Derek & Romaine, This Show is So Gay (http://thisshowissogay.com/node/905), and Gay Today podcast:

*AND THEN* The View UpStairs opened on feb 28th (Mardi Gras) @ the Lynn Redgrave Theatre. So far we've had 22 performances & 22 standing ovations, with nearly 3000 guests visiting our UpStairs Lounge! We had some badass bitches come during previews- Michael Korie, Polly Pen, Kirsten Childs, Marti Gould Cummings, Pixie Aventura, Milk of Drag Race, Atlanta's Zazie Beetz, 2 name just a few...

But opening night was magical- Randy Jones of the Village People, Justin Bond, Nellie McKay, Stephen Flaherty, Emily Skeggs, Charles Busch, Randy Harrison, Mary Testa, Annie Golden, Robin de Jesus, Murray Bartlett, and Thorgy Thor were there!

I served some Mardi Gras meets Rauscheberg realness in this couture custom blazer made by textile genius Daniel Chimowitz (thank you Daniel!) Here with my main squeeze, Chris Peak! <3

and the muse, Nathan Lee Graham.

with mentor Charles Busch (via the Dramatist Guild Theatre Fellowship) and director Carl Andress.

I like to call this one "When Fagtime met Ragtime"

And the crowd was **LIVING**

And then we kept the party going after with Randy Jones, my favorite cowboy.

The party was absolutely LIT. I decided my gift to the cast/crew was going to be to buy 50 brooches and then lay them out on a table and have people take the ones they felt called to. At the after party seeing everyone in their crazy bedazzled & bejeweled brooches I felt like we were some kind of alien gay mafia. I think for every future production I have I'll have to continue this tradition. Bitches need sparkly accessories, and I intend to provide.

In all seriousness, I can't believe we finally have a real Playbill, with a "Have You Seen It?" Page in the back. I can't believe any of this is happening!! It took 5 years to get to this moment from page to stage, and I'm just doing the best I can to be present, enjoy a few cocktails with friends, and take it all in. Wow. WTF.