In The PassionPit with Jay Michaels

Jay Michaels

Jay Michaels talks to indie artists about indie arts: Stage, Page & Screen.

RADIOSPOT: Doug DeVita's THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW
Mar 25 2021
RADIOSPOT: Doug DeVita's THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW
The Fierce Urgency of Now – by Doug DeVita   in March 2021 In this fast-moving caustic comedy, Kyle, an art director in high-powered New York ad agency, tries to discover his real self amid power struggles and stereotypes. He finds an ally in Dodo, who understands his plight – being that she became a lady-living-legend in an era of “Mad Men.” A Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction winner for Outstanding Play AND Outstanding Production! press: Arts Stage – Seattle Rage: “ The writing is fresh, funny, and smart without striving for hilarity. It hits where it’s meant to hit. ”  Outer-Stage: “ A rapid-fire, well-timed character study filled with terrific one-liners, deep and even tearful relationship moments, and sage wisdom for the texting generation. ”   Doug DeVita Presents THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW as Radio Play Fierce follows art director Kyle as he tries to discover his real self amid the power struggles and skewed priorities of a New York ad agency.            Doug DeVita's witty exploration of homophobia and ageism in the ad world becomes a radio play. Premiering in March. Visit freshfruitfestival.com for details. Doug DeVita's fast-paced comedy, The Fierce Urgency of Now, has multiple lives across the country. A regional favorite for some time, the play has been turned into a screenplay and is currently in development as a motion picture. In the meantime, playwright/screenwriter Doug DeVita has reworked the piece into a joyous radio-style play. Fierce follows art director Kyle as he tries to discover his real self amid the power struggles and skewed priorities of a New York ad agency. After an office restructuring puts him in a new creative group run by a homophobic manager, he finds an unlikely ally in copywriter Dodo, a living-legend from the era of "Mad Men," who not-so-gently prods Kyle to the realization that "It's time to take off. And soar." DeVita's own experience in the ad world coupled with his trademark caustic wit makes this play an hilarious parable exposing longtime homophobia and ageism.
Gravity City: Where to go when Earth just isn’t fun anymore?
Oct 21 2020
Gravity City: Where to go when Earth just isn’t fun anymore?
Return with us to the wondrous days of Famous Monsters, the science vs. fiction of Omni and Starlog, the satirical humor of Mad Magazine, and the brilliant short stories of the legendary pulp magazines. Gravity City Digital Magazine — a stunning amalgam of these great periodicals will burst upon the genre by Halloween! Filled with Mad Magazine lampoon-style ads and spoof gadgets and products, the magazine — aside from its humor — serves as a platform for emerging authors of science fiction, fantasy, and Horror, as well as illuminating interviews and articles about new films, books, and other genre events. Gravity City is a media partner with Phoenix FearCon Online. Opening October 16, FearCon will run until December 31. Gravity City will provide coverage of the film festival’s events. Joining Artie Cabrera and editorial collaborator Christopher J. Valin is Margarita Mendoza, a veteran of marketing and advertising, and Jay Michaels, a prominent member of the genre community through Terror Talk, a program he produced for Terror TV as well as producer and host of In the PassionPit, an ongoing podcast, and video program that spotlights indie artists and their creations — just like Artie and Gravity City — as well as appearances at PhantasmCon, Boston Sci-Fi, and others. Margarita Mendoza has already begun spearheading a far-reaching marketing campaign and soliciting [real] advertising while Jay Michaels is the communications director.     The Third Issue of Gravity City Digital Magazine is currently in production and it features exclusive interviews with Star Trek: Discovery writers Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt, as well as television writer Larry Brody (The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii 5–0, Automan, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn animated series (HBO) conducted and written by Christopher J. Valin. Also — Gravity City Digital Magazine is more than a magazine and an adjoining website. It endeavors to act as a compendium for the Gravity City fictional universe it’s based on. Readers and fans have dubbed Gravity City as Star Wars meets the best of ’70s crime dramas. Synopsis: “In the far reaches of space, the celestial body known as Nebuna is the home to a metropolis with a bad attitude and an expansive wasteland filled with legends and mystery. The tales you are about to read will give you an unflinching ride through the crime-infested gutters and corruption of GRAVITY CITY and the wondrous world that lies beyond city limits,” expounds Artie Cabrera, founder, and publisher of the magazine and creator of the universe and website. “Gravity City is filled with dark stories, Noir stories, science fiction stories, gumshoe stories, war stories, alien stories, and smuggler stories. In this city, imagination is bursting at the seams, the sky’s the limit and the tales to tell here are numerous and filled with variety.” — an Amazon review. A series of Gravity City novels written by Artie Cabrera and Christopher J. Valin will be released sometime in 2021.
Kalonjee Gallimore
Jun 5 2020
Kalonjee Gallimore
Kalonjee Gallimore, a brilliant actor/singer/songwriter, with whom I worked in COMMON GROUND expressed his feeling of the current state of affairs as only artists could. I'll be talking to him next week in the PassionPit. Meantime ... he wrote this ...   I look around and I watch the world burn. Elders.. pass the baton sayin’ now it’s my turn. Covered, head to toe in their ashes I yearn For lessons untaught, knowledge unlearned.   We turn from Sudan, weep for Quasimodo, Instead of action use a hashtag and a photo. Infatuated with the likes and the Logos, But how to get out of this mess, don’t know   Can’t even take even take a jog in the street This mask ain’t the reason I can’t breath Ankle weights pull me down, locked ‘gainst my feet But hands up, I guess they staying on me   I keep running, faster to you Running until I breakthrough, running I keep running, faster to you Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot)   RIP…no justice, no peace And the way this world headed this conflict won’t cease I was raised to forgive, to love my enemies But it’s hard when their hatred founded this country   Listen to me this, this is not just a rhyme This is reckless destruction of countless lives I’m sick and tired of being so tired We cry into void while you bump Travis Scott   Scavenge upon my flesh you vulture Terminate me, but love my culture Idolize rappers, ballers, actors Do you love us, I bet you don’t, ’cause-   Gone, before mom could say goodbye - Bullet in my brain, hands up in the sky - It’s not safe at home, at church, or outside I just turn into that pound sign and die.   I keep running, faster to you Running until I breakthrough, running (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired) I keep running, faster to you Running until I breakthrough, runnin-(Gunshot) (I’m tired of being tired of being tired of being tired)