February 2 - February 25
Friday & Saturday - 8 p.m.
Sunday - 2 p.m.
All Tickets are $24
Continuing its 36th season of Untold Stories, FPCT proudly presents the Baltimore premiere of Lipstick, A Queer Farce, by Lane Michael Stanley, directed by Jeff Miller. Lipstick is a silly, sweet farce with a heart of gold and a drawer full of sex toys. Anna has invited Kelly over for dinner, but is it a date? Or just hanging out? Just in case that wasn’t confusing enough, a cavalcade of visitors crashes their evening - an ex-girlfriend, a nebby bestie, a handyman, a mom, and a parade of potential suitors. Hijinks, of course, ensue, in this play-shaped love letter to the queer community.
This show contains adult material and is not suitable for children.
Special Thanks To: Rabbi Joanne Heiligman, Catherine Davidson and The Park School of Baltimore
Director: Jeff Miller
Stage Manager: Bennie Rose
Set Designer: Brad Norris*
Sound Designer: Heiko
Lighting Designer: Renata Taylor-Smith
Props & Costumes: Aniya Robinson
Intimacy & Combat: Jeff Miller
Producers: Brad Norris* and J Purnell Hargrove*
Anna: Louisa Davis
Mal: J Purnell Hargrove*
Kelly: Brooke Kemph
Cara: Brooke Donald
Hank: Daniel Douek*
Dorothy: Melissa Scott
Bandit Guy: Jamil Johnson
Understudy: Oz Heiligman
* Indicates a Member of FPCT
Lane Michael Stanley, Playwright
Lane Michael Stanley is a transgender writer and filmmaker. Their plays include Lipstick: A Queer Farce (Island City Stage, Kitchen Dog Theatre), Sally McCoy (Barter Theatre, Cohesion Theatre), rain falls special on me (Ground Floor Theatre, Aye Defy), and Jack & Aiden (Finalist, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), a commissioned musical with music and lyrics by Tova Katz. Their award-winning short and feature films have played festivals including Austin, Outfest, Sidewalk, Santa Barbara, and American Dance Festival. Their debut feature film Addict Named Hal, which originated as a play in FPCT's 10x10x10, is now available on Amazon and iTunes. Lane is currently the Resident Artist with coLAB Arts and Mission First Housing Group, where they are creating art directly with residents of two permanent supportive housing developments in Edison, NJ as they recover from houselessness. They have been a commissioned artist and/or fellow with Lambda Literary, Ground Floor Theatre, Tin House, Dance Camera West, and Art with Impact; won awards from the Film Fund, Baltimore City Paper, and Creative Baltimore Fund; received film grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, Queen Anne’s County Cultural Arts Division and Austin Cultural Arts Division; and hold an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, please visit www.lanemichaelstanley.com and www.secretlyfamousprod.com.
Jeff Miller, Director
Jeff Miller is a queer, neurodiverse artist in the Baltimore area. They have worked as a director, actor, stage manager, educator, and administrator with organizations such as Mary Baldwin University (where they also earned a Master of Letters and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (where they also earned a BFA in Acting), Children's Theater of Annapolis, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, and the Drama Learning Center (where they are currently the Operations Manager). In addition to their theatrical life, they are also a Maryland-licensed professional wrestler with a masked alter-ego.
Benni Rose, Stage Manager
Benni has once again been let out of her enclosure and is thrilled to be stage managing Lipstick. Benni is a current film student at Towson University and is excited to be working in the Baltimore theatre community once again. Her previous credits include Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Katrina Van Tassel), As You Like It (Phebe) and Henry VIII (SM). She also wants everyone to know that the Lego Batman movie is a cinematic masterpiece and no, she does not take criticism.
Louisa Davis, Anna
Louisa is so excited to be making their Fells Point Corner Theatre debut! They recently graduated with a B.A. in musical theatre and minor in psychology at Birmingham-Southern College.Some performance highlights include; Knickerbocker (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Chef Louis (The Little Mermaid), Patti Quince (Midsummer/Jersey), Emma (Emma! A Pop Musical), Williamina Fleming (Silent Sky), Bridget Sullivan (Lizzie the Musical), Dametas (Head Over Heels), and Kimber Davies (Stick Fly). “Thank you for coming out to see the show! I hope you have something walking out that you didn’t have when you walked in. Enjoy all the gay chaos!”
J Purnell Hargrove*, Mal
J is a queer, multi-disciplined artist based in Baltimore. They are back onstage after a breakneck run of shows last year including, Minstrel/Robin in Something Rotten and Sheldon in The Prom at Cockpit in Court, The Keeper of the Cosmos in Lyra and the Ferocious Beast written by Tatiana Nya Ford presented by TruePenny Projects, and as Dexter in the American Premiere of Zelda, the Musical, based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, directed by Sammy Jungwirth. They are also the new Vice President of Fells Point Corner Theatre after appearing in the record breaking Dead Man’s Cell Phone, also last year. J is also the co-founder of The Greasy Utterson, a company that produces audio drama podcasts like, The Secret Garden, found on all major podcast carriers. Carpe Noctem… Visit: https://linktr.ee/actorjph
Brooke Kemph, Kelly
Brooke is thrilled to be making her Fells Point Theatre debut with this wildly wonderful production! Recent credits: Nextstop Theatre Company: 46 Plays for America’s First Ladies (u/s), Folger Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (u/s); Education: George Mason University: Love's Labor’s: Quarrels and Craving’s, Hookman, Servant of Two Masters. Instagram: @brookekemph
Brooke Donald, Cara
This is Brooke’s debut performance with FPCT! She is a May 2023 graduate of Towson University, where she received a BFA in Acting. Favorite credits include Towson Main Stage's Silent Sky (Annie Cannon), Maryland Ensemble Theater's Planet Claire (Claire), and Iron Crow's Rocky Horror (Phantom). Brooke is also an improv company member at Dark Horse Theater Company. Special thanks to her friends and family for always being there.
Melissa Scott, Dorothy
Melissa was last seen at FPCT in the 10x10x10 play festival in 2022. Since then she has performed in a staged reading of an original work entitled You Too? at the Strand Theater. Favorite roles include; Doubt (Mrs. Muller), A Doll's House (Anne), and A Civil War Christmas (Elizabeth Keckley). Originally from New York, Melissa has fond memories of visiting Times Square, Central Park, and walking down Broadway. She would like to dedicate this performance to her mother in heaven and to the LGBTQ community.
Daniel Douek*, Hank
Daniel is thrilled to be back at FPCT after directing Maricela de la Luz Lights the World and Tying the Knot, and acting in The Miser, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Tales of Ordinary Madness. He has appeared in numerous shows and musicals and directed shows like Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Man of La Mancha. His favorite acting past credits are; Tito Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, Franz in The Producers, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Gary in I Hate Hamlet. He is happy to work with a director and cast full of energy and talent.
Jamil Johnson, Bandit Guy
Jamil Johnson is a local actor in Baltimore, MD and a graduate with a BFA in Theatre from New England College. He is excited to be making his Fells Point Corner Theatre debut. Recent & past credits include, Henry V (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory), Merry Wives of Windsor (Baltimore Shakespeare Factory), Frankenstein (Cohesion Theatre Company), and Stranger Kindness (The Acme Corporation).
Oz Heiligman, Understudy
Oz Heiligman is a nonbinary actor based in the DMV area. Their prior acting credits include Henry VIII (2023, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory), Twelfth Night (2022, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), and Henry V (2022, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company).
Brad Norris*, Set Designer & Producer
Brad is a straight white cis male (he’s very sorry), and Baltimore based Scenic Artist, Sound Designer, Fight Choreographer, Director, Production Manager, and nerd who is thrilled to be working with Jeff Miller, Lane Michael Stanley and this awesome team to bring Lipstick to Baltimore. He is currently the Managing Director of Fells Point Corner Theatre, the Production Manager for the Performing Arts Department at CCBC, and the creator and Game Master of a little space-based-sitcom-themed D&D Liveplay show called Planar Taxi Co. He is passionate about justice, representation, indigenous sovereignty, and centering non-straight-white-cis-male stories and opinions everywhere possible. He loves his wife and kids and would be nowhere without them. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire Brad Norris.
Heiko, Sound Designer
Heiko is incredibly grateful and excited to be back working with FPCT after doing sound for Intimate Apparel. In his 20+ years on and off stage, Heiko has worked with virtually every small theatre in the Baltimore area. Personal highlights include but are not limited to operating sound on a moving bus for Promenade with Single Carrot, performing countless hours of improvised comedy with The Early Monday Morning Show and Drop Three, portraying Doctor Everett Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, stage managing and sound designing Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play and far too much 4 a.m. sleep-deprived set building. Heiko would like to thank the cast and crew for their energy and passion, and his family, both blood and assimilated, and especially Mrs. Awesomesauce, for their constant support. Also, if today is your birthday, happy birthday to you!
Renata Taylor-Smith, Lighting Designer
Renata is a senior at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Design and Production. Based in the DMV area, she is a lighting designer, programmer, and theatre technician. Throughout her college career, she has worked as a technician, designer, and light board operator for numerous shows in the Baltimore area and at her university. Recent credits include: I Will Eat You Alive at the Voxel, shOUT: The Queer Theatre Project at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and The Amish Project at the Pepper Theatre.