On May 3rd, I had the distinct pleasure of helping my friend & playwright, Marcy Lovitch, with a staged reading at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) for her new play, Inappropriate Relationship. I read the lead role of Marty, the charming and popular high school teacher who’s hubris catches up with him and, after a series of bad decisions come to light, his life spirals out of control. This is an unsettling story of how, where & why lines are crossed and the consequences for those who cross them. Never one to shy away from controversy, Ms. Lovitch has once again exposed the raw nerve on an increasingly relevant, contemporary issue. After working on Marcy’s play Office Politics as Bruce last summer, I was no stranger to being the antagonist but I was happy to delve into the tragic complications & details of Marty. Regardless of how an audience sees him based on his actions, I found it thoughtful and challenging to also ask an audience to see another side of the character: the father, the teacher & the friend. Certainly no excuses can be offered for his actions that will suffice, but the explanation of how he gets to where he is at the end of the story is a sobering and incredibly engaging lesson for all who see. Wonderful experience to work with these actors (Josh Doucette, Molly Lovell, Maria Wolf, Philip Smith, & Ashley DiGiorgi) and director, Mark Cirnigliaro. Nice work, everyone!