Eggs in Another Basket
Writer-performers Bill Heck and Nick Mills of L.A.'s up-and-coming Vitality Productions, which has offered several fine stage productions as well as other well-received live offerings and short films during the past few years, will bring one of the company's most successful projects to the 2009 New York Fringe Festival. Egg Farm, called a two-man death clown musical, sporting promotional materials that make it look very Beckett-esque, will be offered at this year's Fringe Fest, held August 14-30. The show premiered last summer at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.
The actors portray more than 50 characters in a piece that they describe as Sweeney Todd meets Bertolt Brecht. They say it is "fast, funny, dark, and inspiring." A sendoff production, time and place TBA, will be presented in L.A. prior to the festival.
Mills is artistic director for Vitality. A Masters of Acting graduate of NYU, he has perfomed in Chicago, San Diego, and in such acclaimed L.A.Vitality-produced shows as The Credeaux Canvas and Boys' Life. He also has appeared in films and created the short film The Receptionist. He appeared in The Jammer at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004, and the piece subsquently won a Fringe First Award for Best Writer at the New York Fringe Festival.
Heck has worked with Vitality since its inception as actor, fight director, director, designer, and more. His acting credits include a lot of TV work, and regional and New York theatre. He's an Acting graduate of NYU. This prolific duo gets to strut its creative stuff in this labor-of-love project. We will report on the LA encore performance here as soon as info is available.