Inspired by Confessional by Tennessee Williams, Hurricane Alaina’s I Confess brings to light the things that we fear about ourselves, but often have in common with our neighbor. The result is exciting, funny, devastating and cathartic. For the Key West incarnation of her piece, Hurricane Alaina weaves confessions from locals into her existing script. The philosophy of I Confess is that everyone has a secret, and the artists on stage are relying on the audience to hear the messages, in order to release them.
Note: may include descriptions of substance abuse, sexual situations, sexual violence, dysphoria, and self-harm.
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HURRICANE ALAINA is a New York City-based artist. Now in its fifth rendition, Alaina has devised, directed and performs in I Confess, a pop-up, site-specific theatrical project. She has worked alongside Broadway producers and casting directors in NYC, and co-produced The Tennessee Williams Project where she acted and directed in over twenty of his plays. She recently appeared in Green Eyes and Kingdom of Earth by Tennessee Williams at The Studios of Key West, directed by Stephen Kitsakos. Alaina is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Theatre Arts and studied acting with Patrick Page in NYC. Hurricane Alaina is multi-faceted and pushes the boundaries of indie theatre in NYC and beyond.
EMMANUEL ACHIGBU was born and raised in the South-Eastern region of Nigeria and moved to the United States in his teens to attend College. An alumnus of Eastern Connecticut State University and The New York Film Academy, he was featured as part of the cast of the NYFA stage showcase of Enigma Variations, having studied Acting for Film. He was also part of the cast of the Off-Off Broadway play “Happy Anniversary” and has a number of commercials and short films to his credit.
HARI BHASKAR is an actor from Kerala, India. He moved to New York City in January of 2021 and graduated from the Evening Conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in June of 2022. Some of his most notable roles include Amir in Disgraced (Stella Adler Professional Conservatory), Longaville in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Theatre 315, The Salvation Army Times Square Corps), and Nick Caraway in These Gilded Souls (Eastline Theatre). He is very excited about I Confess as he can not only collaborate with some wonderful artists, but also have his first experience of Key West, Florida. He would like to thank his family and friends for being a part of his crazy and wonderful journey.
JEFFREY JOHNSON appeared last season at the Red Barn in Cats Talk Back directed by Joy Hawkins. At the Studios of Key West he portrayed Vieux in The Traveling Companion and Mr. Taske in Lifeboat Drill, both by Tennessee Williams, and directed by Stephen Kitsakos. Although acting in and directing theater was always his first love, Jeff made his career in advertising, helping to create some of the world’s most successful campaigns (including Volvo, Ford, Corona, Nikon and Publix). Jeff currently serves as the President of the Board of the Williamstown Theatre Festival as well as the Florida Keys SPCA.
KITTY CLEMENTS is a thirty-six-year resident of Key West and has performed with a number of theater organizations in Key West including the Fringe Theater including roles in Marion, Alice’s Parlor, Private Lives and Blithe Spirit. At the Studios of Key West she took on the roles of Mother Miriam Ruth in Agnes of God, Aunt Helen Beck in Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? and Mrs. Taske in Tennessee Williams’s Lifeboat Drill, all directed by Stephen Kitsakos. In ancient times, she won a theatre key from the Rhode Island School of Design and had a radio show for children in Rome.