By Adam Szymkowicz
Photo by Erica Min
When I say I have a solo show going up people ask me if I’m in it. Let me be clear. I wrote a solo show for someone else. I will not be in it. This is not my tell-all autobiographical show about my time working for Tyler Perry. (I signed a confidentiality agreement.) It’s not a play about my childhood, which, let’s face it, wasn’t particularly interesting.
Instead I wrote a show for an actor/director I love named Daniel Irizarry. He is, to put it mildly, a movement genius and a highly watchable man. I’ve been wanting to work with him for years since we went to grad school together but I couldn’t figure out how to cast him in any of my plays so finally, I wrote one for him.
Daniel plays UBU, The King of The Great Expanding Universe and an UBer-CEO. In the play, we watch him eat steak. (It’s fun to watch him eat steak, I promise.) He’ll also do a lot of other things, some of them disgusting, all of them electric. There is a puppet, some poetry, swordfighting, music. About what you would expect from a play very loosely based on Ubu Roi but fixed in a world with an alternate visual vocabulary. It’s pretty crazy. I’m having a great time watching it all happen and I think you will too. "
Find out more about UBU here: http://www.terranovacollective.org/current.html