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25 sep 2020

American Wulver

Fenton Talbot claims to be half-man, half-wolf, the descendent of an Old-World lupine faerie. A wolfman's story or a madman's confession? This solo play is a neurotic, seriocomic fantasia. One night only, streaming live from 18th & Union in Seattle.

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18 sep 2020

The Songs of VAUD RATS

This original ukulele operetta about a washed-up Vaudevillian and his affair with a midget sidekick in a strong man routine premiered to great acclaim and toured the country. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the last performance in Seattle, for two nights only K Brian Neel will sing every song in order, filling the gaps with backstage tales, Vaudeville history, and song liner notes. Tune in and sing along!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ACT 1 ON SEPTEMBER 18
CLICK HERE TO GO TO ACT 2 ON SEPTEMBER 19

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7 aug 2020

H. A. N. (solo)

Every Friday in August around supper time, King Brian will livestream a short YouTube nugget of entertainment -- song, monologue, podcast, whatever -- to ring out the work week, if there is such a thing any more. Each livestream, each nugget of entertainment, will be DELETED. Gone. Bye bye. Kanyetz. A reflection of impermanence in this strangely permanent time. So... you gotta be there to be there. Something to cool you down, or make it not so bad to be HOT!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO STREAM #1 ON AUGUST 7th!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO STREAM #2 ON AUGUST 14th!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO STREAM #3 ON AUGUST 21st!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO STREAM #4 ON AUGUST 28th!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO BONUS STREAM ON SEPTEMBER 4th!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LAST STREAM ON SEPTEMBER 11th!

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10 apr 2020

Jesus Christ UkuleleStar 2020

Brian performs the entire score of "Superstar" on ukulele every Good Friday from his living room called The Beehive. It will become the longest running show in history, once a year until the Rapture (or some massive Corona virus) endith Earthly festivities. This year of our lord twenty twenty JCUS will be broadcast through YouTube for entertainment in the comfort of your own home; something called a quote Live Stream endquote. Tune in. Be touched.

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21 feb 2020

1984

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 is the story of Winston Smith, an insignificant party member in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "assistance" of four Party Members who reenact scenes from his diary, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor. Directed by David Gassner.

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18 nov 2019

Caravan Chronicles

theater simple's original show CARAVAN CHRONICLES was selected by the US Embassy in Turkmenistan to present in the capital city of Ashgabat, featured as part of the festival of “Theatrical Art of the Epoch of Happiness”, organized by the Turkmenistan Ministry of Culture. We performed alongside members of national theaters from Turkmenistan, Kazhakstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia, as well as conducting an acting workshop with the National Theater School and sharing a theater-making workshop at the US Embassy. Through our week as guests -- of the first to visit from the United States ever -- we participated in diplomatic and artistic exchanges with so many dynamic international artitsts, a true exchange between Turkmenistan and American culture. We toured priceless archeological treasures in the National Museum, were stunned by the beauty and craftsmanship of rugs at the National Carpet Museum, and were feted at the opening of a remarkable presentation of theatrical and fine arts at the National Art Gallery. Not to mention the city-wide parade with delegations from every country present. (See above picture!) Traveling along with theater simple founders Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky were veteran simpletons K. Brian Neel (52 Pick Up, The Snow Queen, Trailer Tales), Shermona Mitchell (Camino Real) and London-based lighting whiz Jason Meininger (The Master & Margarita, Caucasian Chalk Circle, 52 Pick Up). This was an adventurous art-posse up for several creative challenges: Re-configuring and re-writing the 'Great Outdoors' show at the request of the Embassy to become a 'Great Indoors' show in the gorgeous 800-seat National Theater! And translating 338 subtitle cards from English to Russian! The tour was as rewarding as it was exhausting. The best kind of exhaustion -- two looong international transits, 60+ interviews on national TV, radio, newspaper as well as a youth-blog.

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15 nov 2019

Hi Honey, I'm Home (part of Love Travels Fast)

My dear friend and amazing theater artist, Jennifer Jasper, is directing an evening of short plays about the nature of relationships and love. My 14/48 play Hi Honey, I'm Home is one of the offerings -- It's just your typical 1950s-era polyamorous household at the end of a long work day, but the cocktails and kisses are interrupted when one of the wives drops the monogamy bomb. (A Google search just informed me this title was also for a sit-com on ole-timey TV. Had no idea.) (Above photo is from the original production at 14/48, The World's Quickest Theater Festival in Feb. 2015.)

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03 nov 2019

Peter and the Wolf

Without upsetting the maestro, three musicians and a conductor's assistant must outwit a fearsome wolf (it's a Brian!) that threatens orchestra and audience alike. The concert hall becomes the dramatic setting and musicians are the characters of the story as Prokofiev's exhilarating musical tale springs to life, putting kids on the edge of their seats.

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12 oct 2019

K-Brian's Ukulele Hits

An evening of ukulele hits! Including gems from K. Brian's classic operetta VAUD RATS! Chill with songs from the horror song cycle, THE LURING WELL! Rock on with selections from JESUS CHRIST UKULELESTAR, out of season! But that's not all... You'll also hear underground blowout hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 20s! With special guest singer: Meghan Arnette! "I never thought a guy and a ukulele could keep my attention for ninety minutes. I was riveted. Neel rocked!" - National Public Radio. (Note: show is sixty minutes.)

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27 sept 2019

Odia

A Festival of original short plays exploring how current developments in science and technology affect what it means to be human, orchestrated by Infinity Box Theatre Project. AI: Machines that Understand (In collaboration with the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence). Brian wrote the play Odia, based on the research of Matthew E Peters, creator of the ai language processor called BERT. Odia is about two artificial intelligence constructs attempting to define love, and perhaps even find they themselves exist in such an abstract state. It's "an intellectual clown piece." Directed by the phenominal Meghan Arnette.