The Pleasing Recollection (2021)

Martin Hennessy and I are working on a theatrical song-cycle for baritone and piano that will be ready for performance with an in-person audience late in 2021/early 2022.  A story in song, the piece recalls a series of youthful experiences I had early in my mid-20’s with some rather notable figures in music & theater as I negotiated the journey to discern a career in the performing arts. We have been working with the extraordinary singer, Michael Kelly and the amazing piano fingers of Benedicte Jourdois. Here’s a quick sample with Michael & Benedicte from a recent recording session at the National Opera Center.

An Incident in Sutton Square (April, 2021)

A new production of Martin and my opera-theater monologue as part of a four short operas program reimagined for the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater in Knoxville, TN

Tandy Talks Tennessee (March, 2021)

As an Artistic Associate of the Tennessee Williams Key West Museum I produce an event each March as part of the month-long celebration of Tennessee Williams Birthday. This year I sit down with Tandy Cronyn, actor and daughter of Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn who both were influential figures in the life of Tennessee Williams.

West Side Story: A Cultural Perspective on an American Tragedy with Stephen Kitsakos


Is it racism that precipitated the tragedy in West Side Story and not just miscommunication as in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet? How does the marginalization of outsiders keep repeating itself in the story of America? How did four gay men: Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents & Robbins create a musical which captures the universality of the immigrant experience and provide the basis for racial conflict in mid-20th century urban life?