Hot Metal

Arts Collective



SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH - 6PM - THE PIT -123 E 24th St, NY, NY



In celebration of PRIDE and in collaboration with IT GETS BETTER, Hot Metal is presenting BLACKBOX PLAYLIST - PRIDE EDITION! All proceeds will benefit IT GETS BETTER. 

BLACKBOX PLAYLIST is a fun and eclectic anonymous theater project featuring 16 actors performing 8 shorts plays inspired by 1 badass music playlist. Here's how it works:

Our curator, Dan Savage, selected 8 songs, and then we asked 8 LGBTQ+ writers to write 8 short plays based on those songs. Then, we found 16 actors, cast them, and asked them to memorize their lines. However, we did NOT tell them who their scene partners were or arrange any rehearsals. We simply told them to memorize the script word-for-word, and show up to the performance. That's when the real fun starts...

ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH, AT 6:00PM, the actors will show up to the PIT (Peoples Improv Theater) and sit in the audience. At the beginning of each scene, the song that inspired it will begin playing, and the two actors - who have NEVER met - have the length of the song to set up the stage, discuss the play, practice, prepare, etc. But once the song finishes - whether they're ready or not - the lights dim and the show begins! 

Join us at The Peoples Improv Theater on Sunday, June 24th at 6:00 PM for a night of unforgettable theater.  Due to the nature of this production, BLACKBOX PLAYLIST is ONE NIGHT ONLY. 


DAN SAVAGE is an author, pundit, journalist, producer, and activist. He writes Savage Love, an internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column, and hosts the Savage Lovecast. In 2010, he and his husband, Terry Miller, began the It Gets Better Project.



AMELIA BANE is a Brooklyn-based comedian who performs improv with Hot Boss and Morning Soda. She co-created, produces, and hosts (brooklyn) World Tour, a traveling variety show that brings comedy, poetry, and music to living rooms all over Brooklyn. Amelia serves on the board of Community Building Art Works, a charitable organization that provides arts programs and events for veterans to express themselves and connect with their communities.

ANDI LEE CARTER (pronouns he/him/they/them) is a New York-based playwright, composer, lyricist, singer, and comedian. He is a second year student in the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. His first original full-length musical Rent A White Guy was dubbed “often very funny” by The New York Times. Andi performs regularly at the People's Improv Theatre with his sketch comedy troupe Adam's Summer Class. He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America and founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory and moderator of its monthly Women/Trans Writers Representation Round Table.

JESSE CRAMER is a writer, producer, and founding member of Hot Metal Arts Collective. His plays have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, and his short film CIRCLES was optioned and developed by Warner Brothers. He is currently a Manager at Hypomania Content, where he develops film and television projects with Dan Savage (Savage Love) and Brian Pines (THE REAL O’NEALS, HOUSE). He has also worked on several television shows and films — including MARON (IFC), EXTANT (CBS), A.C.O.D. (Sundance premiere), PREMATURE (SXSW premiere), among others. 

GRIFFIN HORN is a Playwright and Teaching Artist whose plays include Pandora’s Brain, The Akashic Flowchart, and Where the Wheeling Systems Darken, produced by He has taught playwriting through McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Passage Theater in Trenton, as well as Arena Stage and The Young Playwrights’ Theatre in Washington, D.C. He is currently attending Temple University, working towards an MFA in Playwriting, where his plays Our Hopeful Anxious Hearts and Trade have been presented in readings.

SHENOVIA LARGE is a writer and performer that can be seen performing on stages all around NYC and in videos online. She performs bi-monthly at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Magnet and the PIT and hosts “Unsung Heroes” at UCB’s Hell’s Kitchen Theater. Check her site out or social media @iheartnovi.

DEVIN RITCHIE is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, originally from Northern California. He is a performer at Upright Citizens Brigade on the Harold team Highwater and on the queer musical team Fancy Man. He is the writer of Creekside Vista a Kinkade Family Vineyard and was a finalist in the NBC diversity showcase 2016.

ALEX SONG is a writer and actor from New York. She has written for NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, HBO's Night of Too Many Stars, and truTV's Comedy Knockout. She can be seen in the new Adam Sandler movie, The Week Of, on Netflix. 

KATHY TU is the co-host and co-managing editor of Nancy, a podcast about the queer experience, produced through WNYC Studios. Prior to Nancy, she worked on Radiolab, The Memory Palace, The Mortified Podcast, Masterpiece Studio, and others. 


CHRISTOPHER AUGUSTIN is an actor, dancer, and published poet. Credits including: Dreamgirls (Yale UT), Mother Emanuel (New Freedom Theatre), Powder her Face (BAM Theatre), Good Person of New Haven (Long Wharf Theatre) and more. TV/Film credits include Deadly Sins, Sure Thing, and Back in the Day. 

KELSEY BAILEY is a comedian/writer living in Brooklyn. She produces the monthly improv show, Here & Queer, at the Upright Citizens Brigade and is a member of the house team Fluffty. She lists “lesbian trivia” on her resume and is wondering if you can introduce her to Sarah Paulson?

SABRINA BIERER is a New York–based performer who can be seen performing with her all-female improv team, Frog Basket, with the Astoria Sketch Society, and with various other creative people around town. She is also the creator and co-host of the Star Trek Trek podcast, and is a creator and co-host of the upcoming Mean Book Club podcast.  

SEAMUS BRANCH is an actor, writer, and improviser living in New York. He can be seen performing with his improv team, The Haunt, with We Will Slay at the UCB Theatre through June, as well as with the StoryPirates. He dreams of one day sitting beside Kathie Lee Gifford as the co-host of the Today Show’s fourth hour.    

JAKE CORNELL is an actor and comedian based in New York City. He is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre here in New York where you can see him improvising every other Wednesday night on Lloyd Night. He is very excited to be returning to Black Box Playlist, a show he loves a lot. If he looks at all familiar to you, you may recognize him as the face of many terrible men on

MIEKO GAVIA is a queer writer, actress, and art model originally from Indianapolis. She received her BA in Theater from Oberlin College and is the co-owner and a producing ensemble member of Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop. 

JOE GOLDMAN is a ***VERY GAY*** mustachioed actor, comedy writer, comedian, creative, and recovering management consultant living in New York City. Joe's work has been featured on @midnight, The Late Show with Stephen ColbertReal Time with Bill Maher, and Chelsea (Chelsea Handler). Joe has also been directly featured by CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, Politico, CBC (Canada), Channel 7 (Australia), the BBC (UK), Nikkei (Japan), and other news organizations around the world. 

LOU GONZALEZ is a comedian and director from the Bronx. You may have seen his face  on Viceland, IFC, NPR’s Cast Party on Netflix, Inside Amy Schumer, and with his mom at BJ wholesale buying all the flavored selzer. He is a house performer and teacher at the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre. 

JESS HENDERSON is an improvisor and actor, most recently seen in We Will Slay at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

CHLOE KOSER is a UCBT performer, and has been an actress on Maude Night since 2015. She acts, improvises, writes, and performs stand-up and characters. Her one-woman show, 'Chloe Doesn't Do Boys', has been performed at several theaters in NYC, including UCBT Hell's Kitchen.

GRACE LEESON is an improviser and television producer in New York City. She currently works at The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central, and previously produced web series for UCB Comedy, FLAMA, Above Average, and IFC. Her teams at UCB Theatre included: Horse Girl, The Council, and LASH. She loves horses more than you do.

DANI MARTINECK is a non-binary actor, writer, and scientist. Dani recently appeared in Spicy Witch Productions' #DreamSeason at the Clemente, and was a member of New York Shakespeare Exchange's inaugural Diversity Cohort. When not acting and writing, Dani manages a cognitive behavioral neuroscience lab and works with Parity Productions.

RACHEL MCCARTNEY is no fun at all, but she's still pretty funny. The Chicago Tribune once called her "wise beyond her years," but she's 27 now so time has caught up. Go see her do standup before her youth runs out. Or book her for your LGBT show because she's a fucking homo.

BLAISE VACCA is a performer and musician from the Bronx. They’re enrolled in the Upright
Citizens Brigade’s Academy program, studying under a Diversity Fellowship. You can catch Blaise hosting a monthy variety show at the PIT with their all lady/queer improv team Ghost Clique, or playing their songs around the city. 

JON WAN is a performer, drag artist, and organizing consultant based in New York City. Trained at the Upright Citizen Brigade Theater, He performs monthly at the All Asian Variety Show, Asian AF, does stand up and solo performance all across New York City and Brooklyn and in 2017, was named by Time Out Magazine as one of the 'LGBT rising comedians to watch'. He performs under the sweet and sultry drag persona, *Kiko Soirée*, and co-produces the character-driven drag cabaret "Kiko and Tuna" seasonally at the Duplex in the West Village.

RICHARD YINGLING is excited to be working with Blackbox Playlist for the first time. He graduated from James Madison University with a concentration in Musical Theatre and recently moved to New York after spending a year in Kentucky performing Children’s theatre where he got to live out his dream of playing a princess. 



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