Playing Jackie Kennedy in The Tragedy of JFK

I'm so excited to tell you all that I've been cast to play the iconic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the world premiere of The Blank's The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare)

I don't know how to explain it, but when I heard about this new play about JFK told in the words of William Shakespeare, it awakened a dream in me that was hiding in the depths of my heart. Somewhere deep in my subconscious, I just knew that it was perfect for me and that I always did want to play Jackie Kennedy.

I left nothing to chance and lived by my personal motto of "no fate but what we make." I cried with joy when I got a callback, and expected to do the same if I was offered the role. The wait was excruciating. As a devout atheist, I prayed to no one, but just kept whispering my motto to myself whenever I felt nervous. At this point, it was out of my hands. The night after the callback, I saw a shooting star and instantly thought of the play, hoping it was a sign even though I don't believe in signs. I didn't make a wish (for fear of the monkey's paw!), but again I whispered my motto under my breath.

Finally, a couple of days later, I got the email.

Just like my acceptance from RADA a year earlier, I read and re-read the message a dozen times or more. I wasn't sure whether I was reading everything correctly or not. Had someone typed something wrong? No, they didn't; this is really happening!

I immediately started reading Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming, a biography I had come across in my research over the past few weeks. I've been busy pinning information and images on Pinterest, watching videos and listening to old Jackie interviews on YouTube. I watched The Day Kennedy Died on Netflix, rented Camelot, and finally sat down to watch Oliver Stone's JFK. At this point, I'm listening to Caroline Kennedy's Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, an audio book of the Schlesinger interviews from early 1964, and reading Mrs. Kennedy and Me, an intimate memoir written by Jackie's Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who ran up to the limousine after the shots rang out, climbed on the car and protected Jackie with his body as they drove away in the havoc and terror of that fateful day. I think my favorite find in all this research so far, however, is this delightful phone conversation with President Lyndon B. Johnson on December 2nd, 1963.

I've always had a soft spot for Jackie Kennedy. When I left for my high school prom, wearing big round sunglasses and a scarf to protect my hair from the wind in my dad's rented Sebring convertible, my mother called out, "you look just like Jackie O!" Previously, my mother had told me about her own experience on the day JFK died, and it always stuck with me. She had just started working as a secretary at a big investment firm in Montreal when it happened. Someone in her office heard the news on the radio and everybody stopped to listen. I had never experienced anything quite like it until I watched the twin towers fall on 9/11. I can still recall the stunned silence at McGill University that day when hundreds of students huddled around the television in the cafeteria basement of the Bronfman Building.

While Jackie and I grew up in different worlds and different times, we share so much in common. We were both born into Catholicism. We were both raised with the false idea that we were descended from royalty. We both hungered to get away from a cookie-cutter life. We both moved to Europe at the age of 19 and froze our asses off in bedrooms with no heating! We both learned multiple languages. We've both spent a lot of time around dignitaries. And we both worked as secretaries, and had short-lived careers as journalists before getting married (her for the Washington Times-Herald, and I for The Guardian).

Aside from the sheer joy of getting to play Jackie Kennedy in The Tragedy of JFK, I'm excited about this production for so many other reasons. I get to work with an incredible group of people, a director I admire, for a theatre company that I have a lot of respect for... and I get to do my favorite thing in the whole world: Shakespeare!

Previews begin on September 24th, and tickets are available here. Don't you dare miss it!

Actor Tailor Soldier Spy

I did a quick shoot with the Headshot Truck last week to refresh my headshots and get some photos of character types. My agent was enthusiastic about getting a powerful shot in a suit for roles like manipulative politician, lawyer, and agent (of the FBI, of real estate, of A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S., etc.). The second look she wanted was a strong army look, which could also work great for roles like resistance fighter, local militia member, or apocalypse survivor. And, thanks to the efficient photographer in the Headshot Truck, and my own over-preparedness, I was able to sneak in a third look...  a somewhat period appropriate (and somewhat inappropriate) girl next door type.

I had a good experience with the Headshot Truck, and I may choose to visit them in the future for another look; perhaps doctor/scientist, nerdy intellectual, or Shakespearean ingenue? We shall see. In the meantime, I'm very pleased with the results and I hope they serve their purpose well.

It's never too late to play an 8-year-old girl...

Last week I had the opportunity to perform at The Autry in The Baby Snooks Show, a comedic radio play from the 1940s that originally starred Fanny Brice. My character, Henrietta, was the privileged little arch nemesis to Baby Snooks and I had a thrilling time portraying her to a packed house in the 206-seat Wells Fargo Theater.

The event was organized by SAG-AFTRA and featured two other golden era radio plays; Gunsmoke, and an episode of Five Minute Mysteries. The script for every radio play was unchanged from its original air date and included commercials and live sound effects. Our episode of The Baby Snooks Show was titled "The Ugly Duckling" and originally aired on October 24, 1947. It featured some hilarious Jell-O ads that became a running joke weaving throughout the story, and the play concluded with a delightful jingle for Log Cabin maple syrup performed by our quartet of male singers.

As for the role of Henrietta? I was born to play it. I was raised on reruns, and I've spent years mimicking classic children's voices, so it's about time I get to use those voices! I really should be doing more voiceover roles, so this has reminded me that I need to record a voice reel. I do have a voiceover role coming out that I can't wait to share with you, especially if you're a video game fan! Details soon.

I had a great time working with this amazing cast under the direction of Lee Purcell, who you may know from her extensive list of acting credits. I'm very grateful to have been a part of this production, and I hope I get to work with these talented actors again soon.

My favorite scene partner had to be Mariel Sheets, who played Sally in The Peanuts Movie last year. Mariel is the first kid I've had the opportunity to work with professionally, and she made every rehearsal a joy. Her energy reminded me what it's like to be an actual kid again, and her intelligence reminded me never to take children for granted!

Special thanks to Devon, Paul, and Rudy for making the schlep to Griffith Park, and thanks to photographer Michael C. Sheets for these great shots:

Woman vs. Woman

Erin Barnes and Casey McKinnon face off in a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest at Antaeus Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Wade)

Erin Barnes and Casey McKinnon face off in a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest at Antaeus Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Wade)

Today is International Women’s Day and I’ve been reflecting on my rocky relationship with women over the years.

When I was in school, I had a very hard time befriending girls because of the cliques. No matter whether they were popular or alternative, it always felt like I was stuck in the movie Mean Girls. These young women were always in competition with me, even though there was no competition to be had. Apparently I couldn’t like the same boys and I wasn't allowed to hang out with them unless I “followed the leader.”

So I went my own way and took refuge with the boys.

For a time, I enjoyed being the Princess Leia of the gang, but eventually I started to meet other women who were also bullied and excluded by their sex, and I started to build meaningful friendships with them.

However, entering the workforce caused more competition. When I worked harder or faster than other women in my office, those women would feel threatened and would often lash out or try to block me from future projects, so they could get the attention focussed on themselves. The best way I felt to get around this issue was to have very solid job descriptions. If the work is too open between co-workers, people tend to step on each other’s toes, so I worked as hard as I could to prevent that and continue to do my best work.

When I started working in the entertainment industry, the competition continued. It was every (wo)man for themself, and I felt upset when my own female friends wouldn’t help me out. But in addition to that, I realized that I was taking part in that competition. I felt jealous of my peers who were more successful than I was, and I propagated the competitive behavior that I detested.

It wasn’t until I started studying Theatre at The Antaeus Company that I began to see another path: collaboration.

When I was taking classes at Antaeus, the class moderators were mentors; people who pushed and championed each actor to be the best they can be. In addition to building up my skills, they helped volunteer information to help me build my whole career. There was no room in these classes for competition unless it was in the actual scene. This meant everyone was working together, and it was a breath of fresh air!

This changed me. I started sharing information instead of keeping it all for myself. If I heard about a role that would be perfect for one of my friends, I would send it to her ASAP! I still do this today because, to be honest, we are all so unique and have something very different to offer that sometimes it’s just best to trust in the casting director and help each other in the process.

Theatre is a very collaborative work. Eventually, we will all work on a project together, so I think it’s important to help each other when we can and keep building our relationships to last. I only wish the rest of the entertainment industry and the world worked the same way. I will be working to try and change that in my own life.

So, for International Women’s Day this year, I challenge every woman to drop her shield and to help another woman reach her goals. End the competition, and begin to build relationships with collaboration.

Dana DeRuyck and Casey McKinnon in A Woman of No Importance. (Photo courtesy of Armina LaManna.)

Dana DeRuyck and Casey McKinnon in A Woman of No Importance. (Photo courtesy of Armina LaManna.)

Together again... for SCIENCE!

Writer/director Tim Pyle tweeted this cast and crew photo last night from our shoot with Ed Wasser, an actor you may recognize from his work on Babylon 5. Both Mike Romo and I were invited back to reprise our roles from the popular Fusion vs. Fission video released last year, and the new video is slated for release in 2016.

Pyle joked in his tweet that I'm "throwing a gang sign," but perhaps I was teasing how many roles I actually have in this video. ;)

Excited to share it with you all! 

On Studying at RADA: "Parting is such sweet sorrow..."

The cast of As You Like it at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in July 2015 (Photo courtesy of Nathanael Taylor)

The cast of As You Like it at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in July 2015 (Photo courtesy of Nathanael Taylor)

So many people have been asking me what it was like to study Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). If I could describe it in a few words, I would say that it was: tiring; fun; hard; and satisfying. 

Though the time was short, we worked on so much. We worked every day on scenes and speeches from most of Shakespeare’s plays, especially the more difficult and lesser known ones, and my acting toolkit has expanded exponentially.

During the course of the Acting Shakespeare program, we had a number of presentations (or showings) for the faculty and our fellow students, including: 

  • Period dance - We presented at least six different styles from the Renaissance under Dancing Master Darren Royston, focusing more on dances done during the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
  • Sonnets - My sonnet teacher (and now one of my favorite people in the whole world), Zoe Waites, chose Sonnet #40 for me to perform: “Take all my loves, my love, yea take them all.” It was scandalous.
  • Stage combat - We presented the fight scene in Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. Our particular scene was set in a school rec room where a group of nerds (Capulets) were playing an RPG, when suddenly a bunch of Jocks (Montagues) came in and started causing trouble. We had some wonderfully choreographed hand-to-hand combat thanks to Master of Combat Bret Yount.
  • Scenes - My amazing scene teacher Tim Hardy thoughtfully selected a role for me to work on; I played Helena in in Act 1, Scene 3 of All’s Well That Ends Well. It ended very well… :)
  • Singing - Our choir of 28 students sung two madrigals together under the arrangement of Andrew Charity: “Since First I Saw Your Face” and “Adieu, Sweet Amaryllis.”
  • Monologues - I chose to work on a Queen Margaret speech from Henry VI, Part 3. With the gentlest of touches, my teacher (Alan David) pushed me to test new boundaries within the character. Someday I hope to play this character on stage; Queen Margaret is one of my favorite females in all of Shakespeare.
The three Rosalinds. (Photo courtesy of Nathanael Taylor)

The three Rosalinds. (Photo courtesy of Nathanael Taylor)

Our last two weeks were devoted to producing an entire play, from a shortened rehearsal process to three performances. The director, Nona Shepphard, chose to work on As You Like It, which she set in Andy Warhol’s factory in the late 1960s, and I was absolutely thrilled to be cast as Rosalind. Due to the time constraints of preparing to put on a play in a week and a half, I shared the role with two other actresses, Amanda Gann and Shanna Sweeney. The role was broken up into thirds, and I got to play the final Rosalind who comes into her own and gets her happy ending.

It was incredibly tough to rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play on such a tight schedule, but spending 12+ hours a day on my craft was so satisfying. I’ve always wanted to work in TV as well, so I consider this training for my future series regular jobs.

Overall, I think the most beneficial things I got out of my training was an ease of stage physicality and a stronger confidence in my instincts and abilities. Though the program was difficult at times because I was learning from a number of teachers with conflicting views ranging from simple breathing to iambic pentameter, I also had teachers that trusted me with the text and let me do my thing. I was a bit like Dumbo learning that he didn’t need a feather to fly!

Rosalind prepares in her Ganymede costume. (Photo courtesy of Nathanael Taylor)

Rosalind prepares in her Ganymede costume. (Photo courtesy of Nathanael Taylor)

In addition to the teachers mentioned above, I’m grateful for the opportunity to do Alexander Technique and Laban under the tutelage of Katya Benjamin. Though I had taken Alexander before getting to RADA, her classes were pivotal to my development. I’d also like to say that I wish I had more time with Alison Hardy, who taught the Character in Text class, and Nick Hutchison, whose knowledge of history was so detailed that I took notes on every word that came out of his mouth. All of these great teachers will be in my heart and mind forevermore; it was a life-altering experience to learn from such brilliant people.

At this point, I’m back in Los Angeles and excited about the future. I have a new work ethic and schedule that’s perfect for television, as well as a toolkit for Shakespeare that’s overflowing. 

I will miss you, RADA, but more than anything I’m grateful for the knowledge that you’ve given me.

brb... I'm studying at RADA!

It is my greatest pleasure to announce that I will be spending the next two months studying Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. I spent a lot of time preparing for this opportunity, and I was absolutely thrilled to be accepted. I believe very strongly in working hard and getting the proper training to achieve my career goals, so this is a giant leap in the right direction for me.

While at RADA, I will be studying every possible aspect of acting for Shakespearean theatre including Physical Performance, Alexander Technique, Stage Fighting, Period Dance, Choral Singing of the period, Voice, Voice into Text, Character in Text, Sonnets, Monologues and Scenes; as well as weekly workshop sessions. At the end of my course, I will get to perform in a play with my fellow classmates. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be surrounded by others who have developed a love for Shakespeare’s plays as much, if not more, as I have.

Since I was accepted, I’ve been reading a lot in preparation. My favorite book so far is A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, which makes a number of astonishing connections between what was happening in England at that time, both socially and politically, with the themes of Shakespeare’s plays written and performed that year. I especially enjoyed reading actual quotes from Queen Elizabeth I that just go to show that women have always been smart, bold and witty creatures. If she were around today, I bet her Twitter feed would be HILARIOUS.

Upon completion of this intensive course, I plan to return to Los Angeles to further reach for my dreams; going for more lead roles in theatre and working towards my life goal of playing a dynamic character in a sci-fi TV series.

I am infinitely grateful to my loving husband Rudy Jahchan for supporting me in this once in a lifetime endeavour, and to Armin Shimerman for his priceless mentoring on the works of William Shakespeare at Antaeus Academy.

No fate but what we make.
— Ancient proverb.

That time we got married...

On 10/11/12, I married my beloved partner in crime in the biggest production of our lives. The ceremony was officiated by the incomparable Ted Raimi, attended by all our besties, and written with love and nerdity by ourselves.

To honor our special day, I have compiled wedding photos, the official video, and our engagement story at RudyandCasey.com. Head on over to check it out now! Especially the video... it took me years to get it just right.

Now back to that happily ever after. <3

In case you didn't see Sight Unseen...

Last night we performed Donald Margulies' Sight Unseen at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood for the last time. It was a good run and I enjoyed getting to know my fellow cast members and stage manager. I especially loved working with my scene partner Jason Weiss and director Nicole Dominguez, who were both such a joy to work with that I relished every single rehearsal.

Though I was only in two scenes, the reviewers had some nice things to say about my performance as Grete, a German art journalist:

McKInnon’s cool understated presence also serves the story well.
— Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw
Casey McKinnon is a SASSY DELIGHT as an art critic, interviewing Jonathan about the meaning behind his body of work. She challenges him cerebrally with every question.
— Pat Taylor, Tolucan Times
[T]he best moments come in two pivotal scenes in which a smart and aggressive journalist (Casey McKinnon) puts Jonathan and his insecurities through the wringer.
— Les Spindle, Frontiers Media
The most interesting scene in this production of Donald Margulies’s 1992 play involves an encounter between Jonathan (Jason Weiss)... and Grete (Casey McKinnon), an art journalist of German extraction who is interviewing him.
— Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw

Playing the character of Grete was an interesting experience. There is so much conflict and anti-semitism present in my scenes that the audience response was always fascinating. There were nights when the audience was so absorbed and shocked by our scenes that we could actually hear them gasping and muttering "Oh, my God!" and "I can't believe she said that!" from their seats. And, though I don't have the blonde hair attributed so often to German nationals, there were nights when audience members would meet me outside and they couldn't believe that I wasn't actually German! It was fun, and I'm very grateful to dialect coach Adam Michael Rose for helping me pull it off. 

I'm also grateful to all my wonderful friends who came out to support me, like Sean Bonner, Tara Brown, Paula Rhodes, Charlie Bodin, Keri Safran, Paul Baird, Tina Molina, Rudy Jahchan, Cerina da Graca & Tim, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Paul Whitfield, Lorelei Bunjes, Raya Yarbrough, Kyle Higgins, Emma Sleath, Jacob Sidney, Corryn Cummins, Desiree Mee Jung, Barrett Garese, Beth McDonald, Ulka Simone Mohanty, Nar Williams, America Young, Chris Rosa, Tom & Christine Ashworth, Eric Rudnick, Armina LaManna, Christine Sage, Erin Barnes, John Bobek, Cynthia Beckert, and Leslie Ranne.

Looking forward to telling you all about my next adventure soon... it's gonna be a doozy! In the meantime, here are a few behind the scenes photos that I took during our run.

Casey to play Grete in 'Sight Unseen' at The Lounge Theatre!

Jason Weiss as Jonathan Waxman and Casey McKinnon as Grete. Photo courtesy of director Nicole Dominguez.

Jason Weiss as Jonathan Waxman and Casey McKinnon as Grete. Photo courtesy of director Nicole Dominguez.

I'm happy to announce that I've been cast as Grete in Sight Unseen at The Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles. The play, written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies, follows Jonathan Waxman, a successful Jewish-American painter, as he revisits his past by reconnecting with a former lover and muse. 

My character, Grete, is a determined young German journalist with information that could potentially ruin Waxman's career. The role of Grete was played by Laura Linney at the Orpheum Theatre in New York in the early nineties. 

I'm really excited to be working with director Nicole Dominguez and the great little cast and crew that she has assembled. Even after only three rehearsals, I can see that it is shaping up to become something special.

Previews begin on Thursday, March 12th and we open on Saturday, March 14th. The play will run until April 26th. Tickets are available here.

 

My Childhood Crush Has ALS

Young, adorably embarrassing Casey McKinnon.

Young, adorably embarrassing Casey McKinnon.

The boy in the North Shore jacket was the cutest boy in all of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

While the other girls in my school were busy fighting over which New Kids on the Block member they liked most and fawning over the lyrics to Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting," I was busy embarrassing myself over that cute boy in the North Shore jacket.

The other girls in my class teased me relentlessly about it, shouting his name and then hiding behind me, or calling his parents' house and handing me the phone, but I embarrassed myself the most.

Like REALLY embarrassed myself. More humiliating than that scene from Forever Young where Elijah Wood serenades a girl with "You Are My Sunshine." That was adorable. No, no... I can't imagine any of my actions were ever that endearing.

There was the time in grade 5 when I choreographed a dance routine and modded the lyrics to obscure 1950s song "Pink Shoelaces" to express my admiration in the schoolyard during recess. If you want a better mental image, the chorus went "He wore Converse, with white shoe laces, a North Shore jacket, and man-oh-man!"

Then there was the time when his cool older brother came to visit our elementary school and we break danced outside the gym; I did a sweet headspin which was probably waaay cooler in my mind than it ever was in reality.

Oh, and there was that other time in junior high school when my friends got me to sing "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid while he was watching. I was mortified, but I did it because, y'know, peer pressure and all.

Needless to say, there were many other moments of dorkery that I have tried to forget over the years.

So, when my sister texted me at 6:24am last week to tell me that Dean Stock was diagnosed with ALS, it all came flooding back to me.

I feel terrible for the struggle Dean will face and moved by the support he's getting from his family, especially that cool older brother of his, PJ Stock. I wish him the absolute best treatment and I will be crossing my fingers for a cure. To help, I'm donating to the ALS Society of Quebec in support of Team Stock. My eleven year old self would have wanted me to. 

Join me by donating here: TeamStock.ca

Old Hollywood Photo Shoot

Just before the holidays, I did an "Old Hollywood" shoot with amazing photographer Nick Holmes. He used strong, dramatic lighting inspired by the work of George Hurrell, and I believe he succeeded in getting some very, VERY glamorous shots. Above are my favorite images from the shoot, but you can see more on his Flickr and Instagram accounts. If you're interested in shooting with him, you can book him through his official site.

Lady Stutfield's Wilde Ride

On December 6th and 7th I had the pleasure of playing the role of Lady Stutfield in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance at Sacred Fools Theatre in Los Angeles. It was such a joy to step into the shoes of a proper lady, and slip into a British accent that I've been perfecting since childhood on those rainy days when I had no one to play with but the little girl in the mirror.

I was so happy to be cast in this production, especially after taking Geoffrey Wade's Shaw, Wilde & Coward class at Antaeus Theatre last Spring. I read a lot of Wilde plays at the time and A Woman of No Importance was my absolute favorite. I firmly believe that you can sit a chauvinist down in the theatre and he wouldn't notice it's a feminist play until the very end, when he's already on the female protagonist's side. If Geoffrey's class sounds interesting to you, he's offering it again in a couple of months. The class prepared me very thoroughly for late 19th century theatre, including dialect work, proper posture, interactions between upstairs masters and downstairs servants, and social dos and don'ts.

I had a great time preparing for the role as well. I did a lot of research on hair and makeup appropriate to the time period and ended up with a Gibson Girl updo, and wearing minimal makeup with a little, slightly period inauthentic eyeliner to make my eyes pop for the audience. I found this hair tutorial on YouTube to base my hairstyle:

Working with Sacred Fools Theatre was an excellent experience. I personally think that this theatre is one of the most cutting edge companies in Los Angeles and I admire their work immensely. In the past year, they have produced a stage adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a hilarious musical comedy about the life of behavioral scientist John Broadus Watson, and a cannibal play called Taste - based on real events - directed by horror master Stuart GordonA Woman of No Importance was their first Oscar Wilde production, and I felt very lucky to be involved in this lovely little anomaly. I met some wonderful people and I hope to work with them again and again, especially producer David Mayes and director Armina LaManna.

Special thanks to all my dear friends who came out to support me: Rudy, Barrett & Beth, Raya & Jenny, Priscilla & Thaine, Cameron & Arielle, Simone, Leslie, Crystal, Paul, Liz, Cerina, Paul 2.0, Yuri & Tara, and my "Canadian contingent" Teddy & Dave, and Diane & Bruce! Your applause were so loud at my curtain call and I was incredibly touched. You made this girl feel like she won the lottery. <3

Looking forward to doing more theatre in 2015. Happy new year, everyone!

Casey to play Lady Stutfield in 'A Woman of No Importance' at Sacred Fools Theatre!

I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be playing Lady Stutfield in A Woman of No Importance at Sacred Fools Theatre for two performances:

  • Saturday, December 6th at 8pm
  • Sunday, December 7th at 3pm

Tickets are available online here.

This is my favorite Oscar Wilde play because it critiques gender inequality in such a clever way. By mocking women's issues at the turn of the 20th century, Wilde shines a comedic spotlight on the problems we faced - and, in some cases, continue to face - in our society. It has been interesting working on the play in the wake of GamerGate. Over a hundred years after the suffragette movement, we still face terrible threats and abuse for even daring to speak out.

I'm very grateful to Geoffrey Wade for his invaluable training in Shaw, Wilde and Coward at Antaeus Theatre. His class and his private coaching were priceless to me, and I feel so lucky to be cast in a Wilde play so soon after.

I am really enjoying the direction of Armina LaManna, who is truly a master (mistress?) of physical comedy, and I can't wait to get up on stage!

Hope to see you there!

Teaser for my next play!

Photo courtesy of Tifanie McQueen

Photo courtesy of Tifanie McQueen

Here's a little teaser from the first rehearsal of a play that I've been cast in that I haven't announced publicly yet -- I'm just waiting until I know the days I'll be going on, so everyone gets tickets for the right times.

Looking forward to letting you all know about it soon. And, if you're looking for me in the photo... I'm way in the back right sucking on a mint and concentrating hard on the script. :)

Playing Ashley in sci-fi play 'Celini'

Photo courtesy of Douglas Gabrielle

Photo courtesy of Douglas Gabrielle

Last weekend I had the pleasure of acting in Celini, a new sci-fi play written and directed by Aaron Francis, and staged at Sacred Fools Theatre Company as part of their Serial Killers series. I played Ashley, a biologist working to discover life on Mars, and worked with a wonderful cast consisting of Paula Rebelo, Jonathan Goldstein, Alex Suha, Adriana Colon, Aaron Francis, Lauren Esther Neal, Carla Toutz, Quin Sullivan, Tony Williams, and David Rodwin (pictured above).

I'm a lucky little sci-fi nerd.

Hamlet Max wrap-up

We just closed Hamlet Max at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, where I played Marcellus, Guildenstern, Second Player (Prologue, Player Queen, Lucianus), and Osric. I had a wonderful time, met some amazing people, and got to take part in something I believed in, so here's a little wrap-up about some of the great stuff that came of it.

Before opening night, illustrator Hillary Bauman, director and star Jacob Sidney, and I were interviewed by FringeTV. The play was also featured on Bleeding Cool this week, where Sidney delved deep into the production background and outlined his plans for the future.

We were reviewed by Broadway World and Bitter Lemons, in addition to all the great audience reviews we received on the Hollywood Fringe Festival web site. Here are a few highlights that I was very honored to read:

Other ensemble standouts include... Casey McKinnon’s delicately comic, pixie-like Osric.
— Kevin Delin, Bitter Lemons
Great work on the show. I especially liked your Guildenstern.
— Tweet from Ellen Dostal, Broadway World reviewer
[A]n interesting take on the character of Guildenstern and several fine performances make this show a solid choice for fans of the Bard and the melancholy Dane.
— Paul Hoan Zeidler, audience review
The female take on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was played out so well – I loved that choice! Every role those ladies took on was given its own life and seemed like an entirely different actress was portraying each role.
— Nicole Rossi, audience review

My fellow cast and crew were all wonderfully talented people that I will never forget. I count them all as friends, and I hope I get to work with each and every one of them again in the near future.

"Look at that! @caseymckinnon on top of the cast list of#hamletmax. Proud of my love!" - @rudyjahchan on Instagram

Special thanks to all my dear friends who came out to support me: Yuri Lowenthal; Tara Platt; Leslie Ranne; Nar Williams; Matthew Wrather; Fiona Sweeney; David August (& Kara); David Nett; Liz Miller; Paula Rhodes; Charlie Bodin; Brendan Bradley; Paul Whitfield; Robert Hewitt Wolfie; Celeste Wolfie; Cameron Daxon; Emma Sleath; Kevin Delin; Spencer Rowe; Ulka Simone Mohanty; and Rudy Jahchan, who has been my "Usul" through this whole process. I love you all.

Also thanks to whoever runs the social media at Sacred Fools Theater for giving me my own hashtag! I'm honored to be the #hottestguildensternever!