James Judd presents his award-wining solo show about envy, greed, gluttony, pride, lust, sloth, and wrath
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
7 SINS is a collection of hilarious and true stories from the life of writer/comedian James Judd. It chronicles his early ambition to win his 5th Grade book report competition with “My Search for Patty Hearst”, and his first job when his working mother paid him to watch The Young and the Restless and then reenact it for her. Mr. Judd relives his varied careers as a forgotten employee of AT&T, where he did nothing for a year, an even shorter-lived career as a dot.com journalist (which led to an insane night in a Chinese bordello), and as an under-prepared criminal defense attorney representing a tiny but extremely violent teenage girl.
7 SINS – with James Judd
7 SINS began as a local group show. Judd made a solo show for the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit out of the stories he’d honed from the original show. It set several new fringe festival attendance records for a solo show over the course of more than 100 performances. It also won the London, Ontario Theater Guild’s prestigious Brickenden Award for Outstanding International Production, and it also received numerous “Best of Fringe”, “Best Solo Performance”, and “Audience Favorite” accolades. 7 SINS will be performed this year at the Edinburgh Festival, produced by Fringe Management International. Randall Rapstine, who recently directed Margaret Cho’s electrifying revue The Sensuous Woman at the Zipper Factory off-Broadway, is helming the production.
James Judd grew up in Saratoga, California and is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He has performed in the SF Comedy Competition, Star Search, Evening at the Improv and was a member of the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. He lives in San Francisco.
Tickets for 7 SINS are just $10. According to The RHINO, FREE tickets are available at the door if you are God, Jesus, any internationally recognized deity, a saint in the mind of two or more full price ticket buyers accompanying you, or you are able to “cast the first stone.” (Note: ability to cast the first stone requires proof. Also note, rocks are not permitted in the theater.) 7 SINS is neither poignant nor inspirational. It’s just 75 minutes of pure funny.
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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.