Actor, playwright, and HBO def Poet. He is the only person (other than Mos Def) to appear on HBO def Poetry and Chappelle’s Show in the same season. Brian appeared in the premiere episode as Dave Chappelle’s “White Hand Man” in the infamous “Blind Hatred” sketch about a blind (and black) white supremacist. Season one is still the biggest selling DVD in history. Favorite acting credits include Americana Absurdum by Brian Parks at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, Johnny “Rooster” Byron in the first (and so far only) professional regional theatre production of Jerusalem in the U.S., Mark Rothko in Red at Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis/Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and B Street Theatre in Sacramento, CA, LBJ in All The Way, Eddie Carbone in A View From The Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Sir Toby Belch, MacDuff, Claudius, Capulet, and Benedick. He appeared on Broadway with Tom Hanks and a bunch of other stars in Lucky Guy written by Nora Ephron and directed by George C. Wolfe who promises to cast actors in future projects as long as they include his name in bios like this one. (The ball is in your court, George C. Wolfe).
As playwright, he wrote and starred in his play Clean Alternatives in four productions including the Edinburgh Fringe 2006 where the play was awarded a Fringe First Award, about which The Guardian raved, “At last! A real grown-up American play!” He is just returning from doing the play one more time at The Kitchen Theater in Ithaca, NY. Other plays of his include Hiding Behind Comets, The Two of You, Strangerhorse, Forsaking All Others, A Play On Words, and Silence! His latest play, Education is slated to open in NYC in March of 2018 at 59E59. He is a Lark Play Development Center “Core Artist” and awards include a National Theatre Conference Stavis Award, a Lester Bangs First Person Journalism Award, an “End of the World As We Know It” award for poetry, and was named a “Distinguished Alumnus” from California State University, Long Beach, his undergraduate school. His political stand-up / solo-shows, Cornered and Alone, The Jesus Factor and Selling Out have been sold-out hits in NYC and LA (“He can make you think as hard as you laugh” – Village Voice). As if this isn’t enough, he’s currently working on two new musicals (a sung-through adaptation of The Learned Ladies with composer Ray Leslee, and a spoken word poetry infused musical about a voodoo troop searching for souls in a racist town in the Midwest called Crazy Make Crazy, with composer Terry Delsing), three new plays, a pilot for a TV thing for one of those stars from Lucky Guy, and he pops up here and there doing spoken word poetry at clubs in whatever town he’s in. Brian is married to his favorite theatre director extraordinaire, Margarett Perry.