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Growing Into My Beard PROMO VIDEO

A solo show written and performed by Bay
#theatre #originalmusic #storytelling #gingerrealness
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singer // songwriter // storyteller

Born in the Mountains (CO) / Broken-and-Built in Manhattan (NYC) / Based in Manchester (UK)
 
 

From writing/performing his own music, to producing his most solo-show Growing into My Beard, to composing music for the award-winning animation The Walker (by Heather Collins; Produced by Matt Groening), Bay's ultimate passion lies in story --He wants to tell the exceptional ones, and he wants to tell them well...

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roots...

The year was 1989 and the month, September. A ginger was born unto this world. The last of four and the only boy (kind of) with three brilliant older sisters to look up to and two artistically-minded doctors for parents. (cue evocative underscore)

Music was always present in the Bryan household and immediately became a love affair that would prove to burn strong. As a young and theatrically-inclined ginger Bay sang non-stop, twirled incessantly and began to write emotionally charged ballades (probably a way of coping with his journey toward queer liberty). His classical training in both piano and guitar gifted him with the harmonies of Tchaikovsky & Debussy and offered him a solid foundation in the spanish finger-picking style (that's a thing right?); The combination of this musical education and a DEEP obsession with voices like Lauryn Hill & Michael Jackson inspired his own music which has been described as a mix between folk/soul/theatrical-pop.

At the age of 19 a twist of fate would land him in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where he went on to complete a BA in Musical Theater. He actually has Beyonce to thank for this but that's another story... He fell madly in love with Scotland and by the end of his training he was eagerly looking forward to joining his peers in the UK. Well, the Universe had other plans. After graduation, due to an abrupt change in immigration laws, Bay would have no choice but to head back home to the USA.

Shortly after returning to the states he made the cliché move to New York City to pursue his dreams --dreams that were... To Be Determined (TBD) --Yup, like so many others in the Big Apple he didn't really know what he was doing there --side note, this story is far more interesting if you imagine Liza Minnelli telling it so DO THAT from now on (end side note). The struggle was real. For a long period of time it felt like Bay was straddling musical-theatre-land and singer/songwriter-world with no clear direction and all the conflicted feels. HOWEVER the Gods grew weary of this yawn fest and offered him clarity. Finally, for this story and his own sake, Bay was able to find the point of intersection that he was looking for (stakes, such high stakes). In 2015 he wrote his first solo show (Growing Into My Beard) which combines original music, storytelling and farcical movement. He has gone on to produce said 'Beard' piece in NYC, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Boulder (CO) and Leeds (UK).

Although Bay continues to write and release his own music independently (current music projects: Varied Shapes & Sharp Angles and #BayardMusic) he is currently writing a new solo show called #gingerprivilege.

PS, Bay RECENTLY received a visa to live in the UK with his husband and is now currently based in Manchester! HOWEVER you may very well find him drifting into YOUR town someday working in music, theater, film/tv & social justice. He is often wearing heels because... No explanation required.


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Growing Into My Beard (the play)

storytelling / acoustic original music / dance / #Gingerrealness

GIMB - A PROMO VIDEO
filmed & edited by James Bell
 

WHAT IS 'GROWING INTO MY BEARD?' 

'Growing Into My Beard' is one ginger's personal quest to understand & celebrate his identity AND to obtain TRUE LOVE --the kind that can ALWAYS be found in the movies starring Drew Barrymore (love you drew)... By way of original songs, dramatically told personal anecdotes and justified farcical movement, Bay weaves together a coming-of-age tale that is romantically nostalgic, profoundly authentic and above all HOPEFUL. 

"Original, hilarious and charming."
- Nancy Ngo, Pioneer Press

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THE JOURNEY OF HOW THIS QUIRKY SOLO SHOW WAS BORN (SWITCHING to first-person now)...  

The year was 2015 and I was doing what every other artist I knew was doing: 
I was attempting to survive in NYC. 

April came around and an unexpected opportunity landed in my lap. After winning a whacky-and-whimsical East Village game-show called Cabaret Showdown, I received a glorious prize: an hour-long slot in a theatre to do ANYTHING that my wee ginger heart desired. I had one month to put it together.

Almost immediately I knew what that anything was: I wanted to (imagine Liza Minelli saying these next few words) write and perform my own solo show...

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Things kicked into gear when my friend Artem Yatsunov agreed to come on board and direct this mysterious beast. He sat with me in various cafés from Bushwhick to Washington Heights as I read him my journal entries, reminisced about LOVE and what is was like growing up ginger. (BTW, I am FOREVER GRATEFUL to you Artem for those many hours you spent listening to me go on and on)...

Showtime came and I am proud to say, A SHOW WAS PERFORMED; It was raw, slightly random-at-times and yes it lacked a clear central story BUT DAMMIT it had heart and there was absolutely something right about it.

"...a fresh-faced, fierce and unapologetic performance."
-Otis Robinson (The Culture Vulture)
read the full review here


With Artem (the f*!king trooper) continuing as my director AND donning the producer hat as well, we would go on to take this still-growing beast to the Minnesota Fringe and Philly Fringe Festivals (summer of 2015).

ON THE ROAD the show was a constantly-evolving organism (and orgasm), which I have to add is a huge challenge for a director #Sorryyyyyyy; And over the course of these two festivals, performing in spaces as varied as the upstairs of a thrift store to an improv comedy theatre, the actual STORY started becoming clearer (THANK JEEZUS).

In 2016, together with Artem we would go on to take the show back to NYC and perform it at the One Catches Light Festival in Brooklyn and The Proud AF Festival at the Tank in Manhattan.

"To me, Bay's story is a great statement of why celebrating the acceptance of your queer identity is just as vital as acknowledging the struggle of being queer..."
-Artem Yatsunov


Then came the opportunity to perform G.I.M.B. in the UK. I was visiting Manchester at the end of that same year and Interplay Theatre (Leeds, UK) offered to have me for one night. Artem was in NYC so he was not available to join me this time, however another dear friend Claire-Marie Seddon would come on board to direct and help produce the strongest version Growing Into My Beard to date.

When showtime came I was fully prepared to tell THIS story; each-and-every different version of G.I.M.B. that I had done on the road with Artem, all those times that I had gotten up and just performed SOMETHING, even when it wasn't really clear why I was doing it, had amounted to this very performance right here and now.

So what made this performance SO EXTRA? Well, there in the audience sat one person in particular who unknowingly was my guest of honor.

As the performance came to a close, there in this repurposed church space in Armley, MUCH to his surprise and everyone else's, I brought him on stage and asked him to marry me.

he said yes. #YAS!

"Maybe it's because Bryan's performances is so romantic and heartfelt, but his interpretation of storytelling-meets-cabaret is just delightful."
-Bill Chenevert, Philly Weekly


As you can guess, the story does not end there. I mean that was the end of 2016 --JEEZ how time does FLY!

Since that epic proposal (if I may be so bold to say), I have had the pleasure of performing G.I.M.B. in my home state of Colorado (July 2017) as well as a fantastic return to Interplay Theatre for two performances (March 2018).

And my odd-ball story continues in this solo show I call Growing Into My Beard --An ever-evolving tale that I believe is a story about discovering love and about discovering who it is you are and how you want to share yourself with the world!

On that note, I hope you will join me in the theatre for G.I.M.B.'s NEXT performance. When is that by the way???

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VIDEOS & GALLERIES

VIDEO

A stop motion film by Heather Collins about a little old lady who discovers a way to cope with the quick-paced world around her.  
Music by Bay Bryan, Orchestration by Jamie Thierman
Generously funded by Matt Groening (of the Simpsons)

Bay Bryan and Sarah Swire join forces to create a song called "Gillighan is Dead..." This randomness was part of a one month challenge to write and record one new song everyday: The good, the bad and the ugly...

The "Marade" in Denver, CO... 
January 2017


GALLERIES
playing Andy Warhol at 3LD
performing at Ghetto Hors D'oeuvres: Colors