"This is no industry showcase unless, of course, these people are completely out of their minds."
Steven Leigh Morris on Brad Mays' acclaimed and controversial 1997 production of Euripides' The Bacchae which was nominated for three LA Weekly Theatre Awards including Best Director.
In 1982, Mays moved to New York City, where he directed a number of off-Broadway stage productions, including REQUIEM by Linda Chambers, DRAGON SLAYERS by Stanley Keyes, and the acclaimed THE WATER HEN by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. During this time he also produced and directed his first feature-length film, STAGE FRIGHT, which was premiered at the 1989 Berlin International Film Festival.
Since relocating to Hollywood in 1989, Brad Mays has worked in a variety of capacities: screenwriter, script doctor, post production supervisor, producer, editor and director. He has also staged a number of highly-acclaimed and award-nominated theatrical productions: JOAN by Linda Chambers, The PERSECUTION and ASSASSINATION of JEAN-PAUL MARAT as PERFORMED by the IINMATES of the ASYLUN of CHARENTON UNDER the DIRECTION of the MARQUIS de SADE by Peter Weiss, a highly controversial multimedia production of Anthony Burgess' A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and the critically acclaimed 1997 hit production of Euripides' THE BACCHAE, which he adapted to film in 2002.
In 2008, Mays completed work on the documentary film SING*ularity, a portrait of Ann Baltz's world-famous OperaWorks training program for classical vocalists. Mays' 2008 romantic comedy feature, THE WATERMELON, was featured at the 2008 San Diego Film Festival, the "Diamond Award" at the 2011 California Film Festival, and is currently in national distribution. Other films include the feature-length political documentary THE AUDACITY of DEMOCRACY, the multiple award-winning short A WAY BACK IN, the award-nominated 2011 comedy web series CUSTOMER DISS-SERVICE, and the 2012 comedy short, THE DONUT SHOP, winner of "The People's Choice Award" at the 2012 San Francisco Black Film Festival, and "Best Comedy" at the 2013 San Diego Black Film Festival.
In 2009, Mays was invited by producer Annie Wong to participate - along with Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, theatre scholar Richard Schechner, and acclaimed actor Alan Cumming - in a discussion about THE BACCHAE for the acclaimed PBS series AN INVITATION TO WORLD LITERATURE, which is now a permanent feature of Annenberg Media's educational website.
Mays is currently in production on several feature films: the documentary I GREW UP IN PRINCETON, a unique exploration of what life was like in the shadow of one of the world's great universities during the cultural and political upheavals of the late 60s/early 70s; and SONG BIRD, an original drama based on Mays' own struggles to come to grips with with the death of his wife to cancer. Mays is also in preparation for BEGINNING BLUE, a feature film drama about a group of brilliant young female musicians, written and conceived by Mays' longtime partner in life and art, Lorenda Starfelt, who died of cancer on March 16, 2011.
Brad Mays works for a number of performing arts and television production companies.
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