DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney
       
     
DEAD BRAINS (Planet Connections)
       
     
Matt Maretz (L) as Corey, Richard Wingert as Henry, and Ellie Gossage as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage as Philly (L) and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage (L) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage (L) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage (standing) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey I’m DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Matt Maretz taking total control of the production as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryann Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert is astonishing to behold as Henry, the devil incarnate, in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Matt Maretz (on the floor) as Corey and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage is Philly in all her glory in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Ellie Gossage as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
A very happy Matt Maretz (L), Richard Wingert, Erik Champney, and Adam Chisnall at the Planet Connections Awards ceremony.
       
     
DEAD BRAINS (Seattle Fringe Festival)
       
     
David Hogan (L) as Henry and Emily Vise McBride as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
David Hogan (L) as Henry and Eric Stevens as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
David Hogan (L) as Henry and Eric Stevens as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
DEAD BRAINS (Bay Area Playwrights Festival)
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Kenny Shults (L) as Corey and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Kenny Shults (L) as Corey and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Kenny Shults as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (standing) as Philly and Kenny Shults as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney
       
     
DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney

Henry and Philly have gotten a little caught up in the 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.

Winner, National AIDS Fund/CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award for Playwriting, The Kennedy Center

WinnerOutstanding Overall Production, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

Winner, Outstanding Playwriting, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

Winner, Sold Out Award, Seattle Fringe Festival

Production, Planet Connections; dir. Adam Chisnall. New York, NY.

Workshop / Reading, T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre; dir. Erik Champney. New York, NY.

Production, Seattle Fringe Festival; dir. Megan Carter. Seattle, WA.

Fully Staged Reading, Bay Area Playwrights Festival; dir. John Morace. San Francisco, CA.

Key art designed by Erik Champney.

DEAD BRAINS (Planet Connections)
       
     
DEAD BRAINS (Planet Connections)

Art by Toronto McK

The New York Premiere of Dead Brains was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York, NY. Lighting design by Gilbert “Lucky” Pearto; sound design by Erik Champney and Adam Chisnall; properties by Erik Champney and Richard Sommerfield; technical direction by Mary Greene; stage management by Richard Sommerfield.

BROADWAY WORLD: BROADWAY PRODUCER JIM KIERSTEAD INVITES YOU TO AN EROTIC GAME OF CAT & MOUSE

“Once finished with the show…you’re speechless, you’re in utter awe, and you’re even starstruck.”REVIEW: ARTS INDEPENDENT

“This is a cleverly produced show that makes you question your own mortality and even your own perceptions of life. It helps you to understand abuse in a way I have not seen before.” REVIEW: OUTER-STAGE

“This play is ripe for HBO.” REVIEW: SHOWTONES

Matt Maretz (L) as Corey, Richard Wingert as Henry, and Ellie Gossage as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Matt Maretz (L) as Corey, Richard Wingert as Henry, and Ellie Gossage as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
Ellie Gossage as Philly (L) and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage as Philly (L) and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

A Word on Dead Brains:

Dead Brains is a violent and sensual new play. It expands the form of the thriller to emanate a bone-chilling quality. Woven together by moments of firing dialogue and profoundly sensitive and shocking monologues, Dead Brains is viciously funny yet brutally effective. There is spectacular tension and real danger in this fearless work, which is complimented by its almost non-existent aesthetic. It is a play laid bare on the canvas of the stage."

- Jake Smith Artistic Director, Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Bedales; former Resident Director, The Almeida Theatre, London

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY

Ellie Gossage (L) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage (L) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

This New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Ellie Gossage (L) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage (L) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Ellie Gossage (standing) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Ellie Gossage (standing) as Philly and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey I’m DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey I’m DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Matt Maretz taking total control of the production as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Matt Maretz taking total control of the production as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryann Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryann Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert is astonishing to behold as Henry, the devil incarnate, in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Richard Wingert is astonishing to behold as Henry, the devil incarnate, in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Matt Maretz as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Matt Maretz (on the floor) as Corey and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Matt Maretz (on the floor) as Corey and Richard Wingert as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Ellie Gossage is Philly in all her glory in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Ellie Gossage is Philly in all her glory in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Ellie Gossage as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.
       
     
Richard Wingert (L) as Henry and Ellie Gossage as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney. Photo by Bryan Cash.

The New York Premiere was presented by Jim Kierstead and directed by Adam Chisnall for Planet Connections, New York, NY.

A very happy Matt Maretz (L), Richard Wingert, Erik Champney, and Adam Chisnall at the Planet Connections Awards ceremony.
       
     
A very happy Matt Maretz (L), Richard Wingert, Erik Champney, and Adam Chisnall at the Planet Connections Awards ceremony.

Dead Brains took home two Planet Connections Awards. Erik Champney won Outstanding Playwriting and the entire company won Outstanding Overall Production! Richard Wingert and Matt Maretz also received nominations for Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor, respectively. 

DEAD BRAINS (Seattle Fringe Festival)
       
     
DEAD BRAINS (Seattle Fringe Festival)

The Premiere Production of Dead Brains was a hot ticket at the Seattle Fringe Festival. It was presented by Pixie Theory Productions and the original cast included David Hogan, Emily Vise McBride, and Eric Stevens. Megan Carter directed. Scenic and costume designs by Thomas Welch & Sarah Perkins; lighting by Katherine Coffman; sound design by LeVette Fuller. Seattle, WA.

VIEW EXCERPT #1 FROM SEATTLE FRINGE FESTIVAL

VIEW EXCERPT #2 FROM SEATTLE FRINGE FESTIVAL

David Hogan (L) as Henry and Emily Vise McBride as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
David Hogan (L) as Henry and Emily Vise McBride as Philly in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The Premiere Production of Dead Brains was presented by Pixie Theory Productions and directed by Megan Carter for the Seattle Fringe Festival, Seattle, WA.

Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The Premiere Production of Dead Brains was presented by Pixie Theory Productions and directed by Megan Carter for the Seattle Fringe Festival, Seattle, WA.

Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The Premiere Production of Dead Brains was presented by Pixie Theory Productions and directed by Megan Carter for the Seattle Fringe Festival, Seattle, WA.

David Hogan (L) as Henry and Eric Stevens as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
David Hogan (L) as Henry and Eric Stevens as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The Premiere Production of Dead Brains was presented by Pixie Theory Productions and directed by Megan Carter for the Seattle Fringe Festival, Seattle, WA.

David Hogan (L) as Henry and Eric Stevens as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
David Hogan (L) as Henry and Eric Stevens as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The Premiere Production of Dead Brains was presented by Pixie Theory Productions and directed by Megan Carter for the Seattle Fringe Festival, Seattle, WA.

Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Emily Vise McBride (L) as Philly and David Hogan as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

The Premiere Production of Dead Brains was presented by Pixie Theory Productions and directed by Megan Carter for the Seattle Fringe Festival, Seattle, WA.

DEAD BRAINS (Bay Area Playwrights Festival)
       
     
DEAD BRAINS (Bay Area Playwrights Festival)

Dead Brains was formally introduced at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. The fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace and featured Brian Erlich as Henry, Stacey Jackson as Philly, and Kenny Shults as Corey. Starr Aché on Stage Directions. San Francisco, CA.

Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Kenny Shults (L) as Corey and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Kenny Shults (L) as Corey and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Kenny Shults (L) as Corey and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Kenny Shults (L) as Corey and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Kenny Shults as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Kenny Shults as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Stacey Jackson (standing) as Philly and Kenny Shults as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (standing) as Philly and Kenny Shults as Corey in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.

Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.
       
     
Stacey Jackson (L) as Philly and Brian Erlich as Henry in DEAD BRAINS by Erik Champney.

This fully staged reading was presented by the Kennedy Center, The National AIDS Fund, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and the Vogue Initiative. It was directed by John Morace for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA.