Doubt: A Parable - Review Round

I am currently playing Father Flynn in Doubt: A Parable at Quotidian Theatre Company in Bethesda, MD. Not only is Doubt my favorite play, but Father Flynn was number 1 on my character bucket list. I wrote a blog post about it called "Acting Backwards" for Quotidian, where I go into detail analyzing the play and my part (no spoilers). The Culture Spot did a feature article on the play - "The Parable of the Actor" - in which author Christ Slattery and I delve a little deeper into some of the points brought up in my first article.

Photo: Steve LaRocque

Review have been rolling in, and this is definitely a show to see:

"I tend to shy away from gushing about actors but Kashner's performance is stellar, a standout. Kashner's Father Flynn radiates magnetism."
~Broadway World

"Kashner’s Father Flynn has a magnetism that helps us to see why children are drawn to him, and his anger at Sister Aloysius’ accusations is deeply felt. Whether such intense emotions indicate innocence or guilt Shanley does not explicitly say."
~DC Metro Theatre Arts 

"Elliott Kashner’s Father Flynn is an excellent foil to the Sister."
~DC Theatre Scene 

The show runs until May 7. The Writer's Center is a great, intimate venue - perfect for a show like Doubt. Get your tickets here.


New Trailer for The Last of the Manson Girls

The Last of the Manson Girls is based on an essay written by Paul Krassner, "My Acid Trip with Squeeky Fromme." I play Krassner, who is most well known as a contemporary of Lenny Bruce and Editor of the political satire magazine The Realist.

January, 1972. Convinced there's more to the Manson murders than meets the public eye, counterculture journalist Paul Krassner embarks on an LSD tinged investigation of the last of Manson's disciples: Brenda McCann, Sandra Good, and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. What he finds could change how the world sees the 60s... if he lives long enough to tell the story.

More updates to follow!


2015 Broadway World DC Awards

I was recently honored by Broadway World DC as 2015 Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Local/Regional, Professional Theatre) for my performance as Poe in Molotov Theatre Group's production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe!

See the other nominees here:


Preview of Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite

I will be appearing in Molotov Theatre Group's upcoming Halloween show Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, running Thursday through Sundays at 7:30 pm, October 15 through November 8, at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan. Tickets are now on sale. Last year's Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe sold out fairly quickly, so I advise getting your tickets early.

Daniel Spurgeon's adaptation of the works of HP Lovecraft are very faithful and are presented in the style of readers' theater, but with projections and other technical elements that will assist in the telling of Lovecraft's stories. Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite is comprised of six of Lovecraft's popular stories, each of which is narrated primarily by a single actor. I will be telling the story of Nyarlathotep, but will also appearing as Dr. Munoz in Cool Air and Warren in The Statement of Randolph Carter.

I highly recommend reading the stories, which are now in the public domain, here.

Also, please enjoy this trailer by Molotov's projectionist Rachel Marie Wallace.


Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe - Review Roundup

Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe has been playing for sold out houses throughout the month of November and will close December 7. Molotov Theatre Group specializes in horror and suspense, and we have had the pleasure of creeping out many Poe fans during the course of the run thus far.

Photo: Kristin Jackman

I have the privilege of playing Edgar Allan Poe himself. My constant objective was to deliver the Poe that his fans would want. It was a long, challenging process of creating the character, and you can read more about that process in an article I authored for DC Metro Theatre Arts.

The reviews for the show have been overwhelmingly positive. Here is a sample of some reactions:

"Elliott Kashner strikes a dashing and tortured figure as Poe."
~DC Theatre Scene 

"Kashner does a wonderful job portraying the mad genius, and besides having the physical attributes of young Poe, Kashner gives him a voice that is much more than a narrator, but one who is also a puppet master or 'crypt keeper', given the genre."
~Broadway World 

"Nightfall’s cast of six were impeccably exact as Poe’s characters and narrators, obviously taking great care and pleasure in the theatrical flourishes of madness."
~MD Theatre Guide 

" Kashner’s Poe hangs over the pit, certain that he is about to fall eternally to his doom, you’ll believe his racing pulse."
~DC Metro Theatre Arts

 The show itself is now Helen Hayes recommended. There is only one weekend weekend left in the run. Get your tickets here.