Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother
Sodomite Jamie Brickhouse’s (three-time Moth StorySLAM champion; voices on Beavis and Butthead) alcoholic odyssey from small-town sissy to louche Manhattanite is wickedly intoxicating as he hits bottom and discovers he can’t escape the all-consuming love of his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean. Based on his critically-acclaimed memoir that Interview called “as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher,” and directed by Obie-winning David Drake, it was a FRIGID Festival “Audience Choice Award” winner and Theater is Easy “Best Bet.” New York Theater Guide called Jamie a “stunning performer,” TimeOut New York raved, “hilarious…[and] dark…[Jamie is a] top teller,” and it was dubbed “thoroughly entertaining” (Theater is Easy) and “rib-tickling funny, (Hi! Drama). With dazzling wit and unflinching honesty set against a multi-media backdrop of evocative photos, home movies, vintage postcards, and music haunted by Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”, Jamie tells the story of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex, and his bombastic, adorable Mama Jean (a Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, who never had a thought she didn’t speak). Dangerous When Wet is a unique story about alcoholism, illness, death, AIDS, family heartbreak, and the relationship between a gay son and his mother. Darkly comic, you’ll cry laughing.
Jamie Brickhouse (playwright and performer) is the New York Times published author of the critically-acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother (St. Martin’s Press), which was an Amazon “Best Book of May 2015,” “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir, and a Book Chase “2015 Top 10 Nonfiction.” A three-time Moth StorySLAM champion and Literary Death Match champ, Jamie has recorded voice-overs for Beavis and Butthead, and has performed at storytelling shows throughout New York including Kevin Allison’s Risk! (live shows and podcast) and Story Collider (live show and podcast). Dangerous When Wet won an “Audience Choice Award” at the 2017 FRIGID Festival, was a Theater is Easy “Best Bet,” was featured in New York Post’s “Page Six,” and received rave reviews from NY Theater Guide, Theater is Easy, and Hi! Drama. He has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, Huffington Post, Out, and POZ. Jamie lives with his common-law husband Michael in Manhattan. Visit him at www.jamiebrickhouse.com, and follow him on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram @jamiebrickhouse.
David Drake (Director) is artistic director at the Provincetown Playhouse in Provincetown, MA. He is an actor-writer-director best known as the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, one of the longest-running solo shows in Off-Broadway history. He also starred in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (succeeding Charles Busch for 856 performances), originated the role of “Miss Deep South” in the hit Pageant, co-starred with Jim J. Bullock in End of the World Party at the 47th St. Theater, and with B.D. Wong in A Language of Their Own at The Public. TV credits: The Good Wife, Law and Order, The Beat, NY Undercover. Feature films: Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia, It’s Pat, Naked in New York, David Searching, Bear City, Longtime Companion, and David’s own adaptation of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. As a stage director, David has twice been a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Theater Lab, and has directed new works at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival, Joe’s Pub, and Rattlestick, among others. Most notably, David directed the 2009 world premiere of Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, which made the “10 Best Lists” in The New Yorker, NY Post, The Advocate, Paper Magazine, and won a 2010 Village Voice Obie Award. At the Kraine he directed the world premiere of J.Stephen Brantley’s The Jamb, and first directed Jamie Brickhouse’s award-winning solo show, Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother for Horse Trade’s 2017 FRIGID New York Festival.