Tackling his experiences with sexuality and Mormonism, drug use and abuse, and a marriage and 30-year acting career often left hanging in the balance, Spencer Aste's solo show tears apart the current trend of “living your best life” and exposes the harsh truths and difficult realities that come with “owning the life you’ve lived.”
Riveting, humorous, and earnest, WAKE UP is a play about choices and consequences - and occasionally, choices that were never choices at all.
When your life pulls you under, what will it take for you to WAKE UP?
Writing this show has been a labor of love and self-discovery, and a chance to build something beautiful with my loved ones, where I may have torn things down before. It conveys the message that it’s okay to be a real f**k-up in your life, and to let people know. It’s okay to talk about your spectacular failures and to accept them and their consequences, because when you do, truly amazing things can happen. It’s also okay to be different and not ‘fit in’. Embrace it!
Axis Theatre: Strangers in the World; High Noon; Dead End; Solitary Light; Nothing on Earth Can Hold Houdini; Last Man Club; Seven in One Blow; Hospital. Various Roles in St. Joan with Bedlam. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Midsummer Night's Dream. Lincoln Center: Hamlet (Lincoln Center Institute); Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (New York Philharmonic). Other New York theatre: Axial Theatre; The Acting Company (company member): Richard III; Murder By Poe; Taming of the Shrew; The Three Musketeers; MacBeth; Pudd’nhead Wilson. Fundamental Theater Project; Storm Theatre Co.; New York Theatre Workshop: Finer Noble Gases (directed by Adam Rapp); American Café (directed by Susanna Tubert); The Cell; MTC; MCC; Boomerang Theat. Co.; Rising Phoenix Rep. and La MaMa, among others. Regional Theatre: Denver Center Theatre Company: Twelfth Night; American Clock; New Business (directed by Steven Dietz). Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Creede Repertory Theatre. Films: “My First Kiss and the People Involved”; “200 American”; “Taking Woodstock” (directed by Ang Lee); voice of Wounded Soldier (green army man) in “Toy Story”. Television: "The Blacklist"; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “Boardwalk Empire”; “Royal Pains”. Web Series: “The Thing”. Spencer received his B.F.A. from the University of Utah and his M.F.A. from the National Theater Conservatory in Denver, CO. Much love to Erik
Wed - Sat, Jun 14 - 17
Wed - Sat, Jun 21 - 24
All showtimes 8pm
1 Sheridan Square
NY NY 10014
70 minutes (no intermission)
No late seating
For inquiries about WAKE UP, send us a message.
Equity Approved Showcase
Spencer Aste appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association