As an actor, writer, patron, and administrator, Brandon J. Simmons is a powerhouse in Arts leadership in Seattle. He brings a deep attention to the nuances of language, an authentic joy about the possibilities of play, a powerful vulnerability to performance, and a sophisticated analysis of conceptual ideas. It’s no wonder then that we are honored and elated to collaborate as he brings the role of Kimmel, the plant’s most dedicated and meticulous worker, to life.
Some of our favorite shots from Brandon’s previous work:
Three Questions with Brandon:
ONE thing that excites you about this project…
The most exciting element of any show is the creative team, especially of course the actors. I’m thrilled to be working with this group of artists!
TWO essential ingredients you would use to build a world from scratch…
1) Deep and generous listening. 2) Time for stillness and quiet reflection.
THREE words to describe WE REMAIN PREPARED…
Oddball. Tender. Ambitious.
Brandon J. Simmons founded The Seagull Project with Julie Briskman in 2011. For that company, he has played Konstantin in The Seagull (both in Seattle, and on tour to Tashkent, Uzbekistan); Kulygin in their award-winning production of The Three Sisters (for which he was nominated for a Gregory Falls Award); and he will appear in 2017 as Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard. He has performed with numerous other theaters in Seattle, including New City Theater, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Book-It Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, and numerous appearances with Seattle Shakespeare Company. As a writer, Brandon has adapted Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime for Book-It’s novel workshop, as well as creating Tchaikovsky and the Mighty Five, an original romantic mash-up of stories, letters and music as part of the Great Soul of Russia at ACT. His original scripts include short works for 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival and the 6 Pack Series at Washington Ensemble Theatre; as well as full-length plays The Tale of Jemima Canard and Is She Dead Yet?, both of which received their world premiere at Annex Theatre.