Buyer & Cellar
By Jonathan Tolins
March 27th – April 5th
Coyote StageWorks Announces Its Star For BUYER & CELLAR:
(Sordid Lives; Southern Baptist Sissies; The People’s Couch)
Emerson Collins currently appears as one of the stars of BRAVO’s newest hit The People’s Couch, writes as a regular contributor to the Dallas Voice and hosts The Del & Emerson Show, UBN Radio’s number one weekly show. Through his production company, Beard Collins Shores Productions, Emerson produced and starred in Southern Baptist Sissies, the film of the play by Del Shores, which won 15 film festival awards including nine Audience Awards and one for Emerson as Best Actor in a Feature Film from the Red Dirt International Film Festival.
As Vice-President of Development for Del Shores Productions, Emerson co-produced and played “Max” in Sordid Lives: The Series on LOGO. He worked as a producer on A Season of Shores, revivals in repertory of Sordid Lives, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife and Southern Baptist Sissies and produced the subsequent national tour of Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies while performing on stage in both productions of Sissies.
His Los Angeles theatre work includes The Altruists and Twelfth Night as a member of The Mechanicals Theatre Group and the world premiere of The Boomerang Effect by Matthew Leavitt. Award-winning regional theatre work includes Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for The Secret Garden, Best Actor in a Play for Southern Baptist Sissies and additional nominations for The Outsiders, A Man of No Importance and the title roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the world premiere musical Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates. Other regional theatre highlights include Hamlet and Taming of the Shrew with Dallas’ Shakespeare in the Park, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Fiddler on the Roof, The Fantasticks, Cinderella, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, Romeo and Juliet and the off-Broadway premiere of Tim Rice and Alan Menken’s King David in the role of “Jonathan”.
Emerson produced Blues For Willadean, the film adaptation of the NAACP award-winning play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife by Del Shores and starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey and Octavia Spencer. Emerson also produced the world premiere production of Del Shores’ play Yellow, winner of the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Production. Emerson also directed and produced the DVD live tapings of Del Shores’ one man shows Del Shores: My Sordid Life, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions and Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality.
About Jonathan Tolins
Jonathan Tolins is the author of BUYER & CELLAR, which was named “Best Unique Theatrical Experience” by the Off-Broadway Alliance when it premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Other plays include THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS (Broadway, Booth Theatre), IF MEMORY SERVES (Promenade), THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE (Rattlestick, Century Center), and SECRETS OF THE TRADE (Primary Stages). A collection of his plays has been published by Grove/Atlantic. His film work includes “The Twilight of the Golds” and “Martian Child.” For television, he was a writer for “Queer as Folk,” the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards, and “Partners.” He was the author of “Pushkin 200: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall,” acted as script consultant on “Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular,” and co-wrote “The Divine Millennium Tour” and “The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler.” He has written articles for Opera News, Opera Monthly, TheaterWeek, Time Magazine, and the Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his husband, the writer and director Robert Cary, and their children, Selina and Henry. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.