Written and Performed by James Judd
Directed by Kevin Kennison
A true New York City crime story. Dean Faiello was posing as an Upper East Side doctor at his Skin Ovations clinic and living the high life until one of his patients was discovered buried in his garage. An international manhunt followed the suave con artist to Costa Rica, where he was apprehended and eventually brought back to New York to face justice. The New York Post called him "The Killer Quack" and splashed his sordid tale of drugs, sex and death across its headlines for months. James Judd was just another victim who had been mesmerized by the devastatingly handsome con artist until early 2012 when he began receiving Faiello’s letters from Attica. Their year long correspondence and eventual reunion is a strange but comically told story about ambition, willful blindness, forgiveness and forging the light of friendship in the darkest of places and proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.
JAMES JUDD (Writer/Performer) is a monologist from San Francisco now residing in New York City. He is presently the All For One Festival Artist in Residence. He is a former member of The Groundlings in Los Angeles. He was also a member the New Faces at the Hollywood Improv, where he infamously made his stand-up debut by following Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry bombed and so did James. It was a bad night for everyone. His stories can be heard regularly on NPR’s nationally syndicated Snap Judgment or downloaded at www.snapjudgment.org. As a comedian and comedy writer, James worked on many entertainment projects, including television appearances on Star Search and Evening at the Improv. His critically acclaimed, award-winning, one-man, autobiographical play 7 SINS has been produced in (west to east) Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver (twice), Regina, Winnipeg, London (Ontario – twice), Hamilton, Toronto, New York (Rochester and Off-Broadway at 59E59th), Concord (N.H.), Ogonquit (Maine), Washington, D.C., Orlando (twice), Cape Cod, Grand Bahama, Roatan (Honduras), the Edinburgh Festival, and Celebrity Cruises (twice). In five annual productions in San Francisco, 7 SINS became a citywide sensation and was featured on Today (NBC) and his interview on NPR’s Out in the Bay with Marilyn Pittman was rebroadcast multiple times. Funny Stories has been running on and off in Rochester at the Downstairs Cabaret Theater since November 2012, and has been seen at the Orlando Fringe, D.C. Capital Fringe, and the 2013 Midtown International Theater Festival in July 2013. Funny Stories 2 debuted at the DC Fringe in July, 2013. A storytelling collaboration with Seattle Solo Performance Festival founder Keira McDonald titled Breathe Normally debuted to critical acclaim in Regina in 2012. James’ monologues were developed mainly through storytelling events and a series of live performances at Sweetwater Music Hall (Marin), Pinata! I Love a Good Story, Word Salad (Los Angeles) Downstairs Cabaret Theater, Woodstock Performing Arts (Greater New York), Woods Hole Community Theater (Mass), Snap Judgment, Tourettes Without Regrets, East Bay Lit Crawl (Oakland), LitQuake, Previously Secret Information, The Exit Theater, (San Francisco) Bay Area Real Stories, (Walnut Creek) Theater Off-Jackson, Seattle Solo Performance Festival (Seattle) and most recently at The New School for Social Research, the All For One Salon and Open Mic series in NYC.
KEVIN KENNISON (Director) AEA, SAG –AFTRA, is a Freelance Director, an Independent Casting Director, Master Acting Teacher and Coach, and Career Consultant. Kevin has an extensive background in performing, directing, producing and teaching. Based in New York and Los Angeles, he has cast for Broadway, National and International Tours, ABC/Disney, Reality Television, The Learning Channel, TRU-TV, Feature and Independent Films, Theatre and Film Festivals, numerous backers’ auditions of new plays and musicals, industrials, readings and new multi-media projects. Kevin has been a faculty member of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The University of Oregon, Brooklyn College, SUNY Oswego, and many New York professional acting studios including the Atlantic Theatre Company, CAP 21 Musical Theatre program, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and works with many High School and College Theatre programs across the country as a guest artist, program curriculum and workshop designer, master teacher, guest director and showcase producer. Kevin holds an MFA from CUNY Brooklyn College and is ABD PhD from NYU. k2casting.com