Frank Blocker is an actor and playwright who resides in SW Florida and New York City, AEA, SAG/AFTRA. He has enjoyed immense success with two solo plays: Stabilized Not Controlled, and Drama Desk Award-nominated Southern Gothic Novel (seven states and counting) with most recent runs at Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center (Florida), Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Atlanta, Georgia. His first LA stage appearance was to reprise his off-Broadway role in The Deep Throat Sex Scandal at The Zephyr Theatre. He joined Visceral as an artist-in-residence and has enjoyed roles in their productions of The Baby, musical Zombies from the Beyond, Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, and The Mystery Plays (Scenie Award nod), where he also stage managed Recall and choreographed the nightmarish monsters of Kill Me. Visceral commissioned him to adapt The Call of Cthulhu, opening October 3, 2014.
Blocker won a hat-trick of titles at the 2012 Manhattan Monologue Slam and made regular appearances at Cheryl King’s Forbidden Kiss LIVE (Stage Left Studio/Manhattan) as a comedian and singer for more than four years. He last appeared off-Broadway in The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, receiving a stream of glowing reviews for his performance as Tennessee attorney Larry Parrish. He made his debut in 2001 with Eula Mae’s Beauty, Bait & Tackle (“Blocker steals the show” – New York Times).
Other favorite New York theatrical roles include Roderick Usher in Steven Berkoff’s Fall of the House of Usher (Backstage Magazine’s Best of 2004) and Mortimer in Brecht’s Edward II with Creative Mechanics, and Mr. Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera and a prisoner on the streets in the Obie-winning West Village/East Village Fragments with Peculiar Works Project. Prior to living in New York City, other favorites include The Importance of Being Ernest, Greater Tuna, and Pamela Parker’s Second Samuel. He made his television debut in season 12 of Law & Order: SVU.
He is best known for his character work and ability to switch roles in a second. He appeared on the NYC stages for more than a decade in experimental works and readings, as well as appearances with Peculiar Works Project, Forbidden Kiss at Stage Left Studio, and Gotham Radio Theatre, to name a few.
Mr. Blocker's plays include a 2014 adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu developed at The Visceral Company with Dan Spurgeon, Southern Gothic Novel (2009 Drama Desk Award nomination for Solo Performance, 2009 Broadway.com Audience Favorite Award nomination, New York International Fringe Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Baltimore’s Sky Room, Columbus, Atlanta), hit New York comedy Stabilized Not Controlled, Eula Mae's Beauty Bait & Tackle (off-Broadway), Patient Number (Inner Voices Social Issues One-Act Play Winner/University of Illinois, Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival Finalist), Suite Atlanta (Fn Productions/78th Street Studio Theatre), Kiss and Fade (Short Attention Span Play Festival, Boston), The Wisconsinners (Dubuque Fine Arts Center), Air Marshals (w/ brother James), Chameleüns (w/ Rochelle Burdine), Macbeth: The Murder Mystery (w/ Lydia Bolen-Gordon) and Alice, a musical, w/ composer William Wade (The York Theatre Development Series, Emerging Artists Theatre’s Notes From a Page, MITF). His one-minute play 2≅1 was presented by Brooklyn College for their GI60 project.
Frank also edited sci-fi novel The Slaves of Votarus by Murray Scott Changar, Stage THIS! Ten-Minute Plays (edited w/ Jan Herndon), Stage This, TOO! More Ten-Minute Plays (edited w/ Sydney Stone and M. S. Changar), and Stage THIS! Volume 3 (edited w/ S. Stone and Dana Todd). He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and a member of Actors’ Equity Association as well as SAG/AFTRA. Other directing and choreography credits include So Long On Lonely Street, Graceland, Joseph/Dreamcoat, Pamela Parker’s Dreams of Martha Stewart and Lunacy.
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