Review Fix Exclusive Planet Connections Theatre Festivity: Jim Kierstead Talks ‘Dead Brains’

Review Fix chats with Dead Brains co-producer Jim Kierstead, who discusses his new role with the production and what’s like to be a part of the 10th anniversary season of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity at the Theaters at the Clemente.

Show Times:

Thursday 7/12 @9:30pm-11:00pm
Saturday 7/14 @9:15pm-10:45pm
Sunday 7/15 @1:45pm-3:15pm
Tuesday 7/17 @5:45pm-7:15pm
Thursday 7/19 @9:45pm-11:15pm
Sunday 7/22 7:30pm-9:00pm
About Dead Brains:

DEAD BRAINS concerns the relationship of Henry and Philly, who have gotten a little caught up in their fantasy. No truth. No regret. No boundaries. Artist and muse, they are idols in their own minds. Enter Corey – vulnerable and real. Now a decision must be made about his role in their game. It’s time to change the rules. Again, and again and again. In Erik Champney’s dark and often hilarious thriller, art is dangerous, and nothing is sacred.

Review Fix: What makes this different or special?

Jim Kierstead: For me, every project I do is different or special in its own way. Each has a unique flavor and personality.  Everyone who knows me well knows that my two loves are musical theatre and horror films!  So I’m excited to be working on DEAD BRAINS because it’s my first theatrical “thriller” since I began working on THRILL ME – THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY fifteen years ago.  DEAD BRAINS is NOT for the faint of heart…  be warned. I don’t mind working on controversial and “difficult” subject matter as long as it’s well constructed and well done.  I expect that DEAD BRAINS will have the audience sitting on the edge of their seats and will get their hearts racing.  Anyone who enjoys watching shows like BLACK MIRROR, AMERICAN CRIME STORY, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY is in for a treat.  Oh…did I mention it’s extremely sexy?

Review Fix: What did you learn about yourself through this process?

Kierstead: I’m relatively new to this project, although I had seen a reading of DEAD BRAINS about a year ago.  Erik Champney is a friend and collaborator of mine and I strongly believe in and support his work as a playwright.  So it was a perfect fit when he asked me to come on board this project.  I have a feeling I’ll learn a lot about myself by the time this project is over, but it feels right to be a part of it at the Planet Connections Festivity.  I love their mission and very much enjoy presenting shows in theatre festivals as I learn about them.  It’s a good way to “test drive” a project as festivals usually bring in supportive and diverse audiences.

Review Fix: What are your ultimate goals for this production and for the future?

Kierstead: My goal is to learn a lot about this piece.  How audiences respond, how critics respond, and how I respond to it myself.  Based on what we learn, that will help decide the best course of action to take in its future development.

Review Fix: What’s next?

Kierstead: I have several exciting theatre, film, and TV projects in the works.  Looking forward to sharing them with everyone.

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