About the play

Brushes: A Comedy of Hairs is a smart, sassy, shiny new play about the complicated relationship between women and their hair since time immemorial. Brushes with disaster, vanity, envy, self-doubt, sex, death - even the law - are explored in hilarious and poignant style. The follicular follies flow from the Bad Hair Days Inn to a new salon on the block called Blow Me Now. Grab your mother, daughter, best friend, better half and ex-stylist as we drink to our mistakes and celebrate our collective crowning glory. 

 

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Creative team

 

Co-playwright Cathy Hamilton is a current magazine writer and former TV reporter, newspaper columnist, blogger, marketer, author of sixteen humor books (Andrews McMeel Publishing) and creator of Boyfriend in-a-Box. She has appeared on the "Today" show as herself, "To Tell the Truth" as Cathy Hamilton #3, and in countless musical theatre productions including "Nunsense," her favorite. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband, Rex, who notices (ahem) most of her haircuts. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, and a rapidly maturing grandson.

 

Co-playwright Carol Starr Schneider is an awarding-winning television writer, playwright, humor blogger and journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications. Her TV movie “When Sparks Fly,” starring Meghan Markle,  Duchess of Sussex, airs on the Hallmark Channel. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California, with her husband, Howard, who notices her hair (or else!) and Sir Blakey, their royal rescue pup of questionable lineage. They have two sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law with beautiful hair.

Cathy met Carol in 1997 when Carol optioned the movie rights to Boyfriend-in-a-Box, a tongue-in-cheek, imaginary boyfriend kit Cathy invented to help single women (and more than a few gay men) answer the question: Are You Seeing Anyone? They've been friends ever since, although Carol's a Short Jewish Gal from L.A and Cathy's a tall recovering Catholic from Kansas. They bonded over a shared - albeit warped - sense of humor and their lifelong drama with hair. Amazed that no one had tackled the multi-faceted subject on stage, they started writing "Brushes: A Comedy of Hairs" in 2013 via FaceTime with occasional in-person writing sessions in Kansas and New Mexico. Their dream is to see "Brushes" published so they can buy an Airstream and travel to see their "comedy of hairs" on stages around the country.  

Director Kevin Bailey is a Los Angeles-based producer and performer with his company, MB Artists, founded in 1992 with partner James J. Mellon, and the executive producer of Reprise 2.0. Recent producing credentials include God Looked Away starring Al Pacino and Judith Light; I'm Not Lying! starring Jaston Williams; and the new musical Rose Marie about Rose Marie Kennedy. Kevin is the executive producer for the play Ann starring Holland Taylor, which he spearheaded from the play's inception. Ann played at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater and garnered a Tony nomination for Miss Taylor for "Best Actress." MB Artists produced and represented the four highly successful plays in the Greater Tuna cycle and continues to represent and produce the solo works of performer/playwright Jaston Williams. In their 26-year history, MB Artists has created and produced over 50 theatrical productions, three films and dozens of industrials. Mr. Bailey resides in Los Angeles with his husband of 30 years, James Mellon, and son William. 

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