Aaron Ricciardi

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Aaron's new play Nice Nails at Indiana University

3/23/18

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Aaron's new play Nice Nails runs from March 30th-April 7th at Indiana University as part of their At First Sight New Play Festival, directed by Jonathan Michaelsen, chair of the IU Theatre Department. Click here for  tickets and performance info.

Nice Nails is set in a nail salon on the outskirts of New York City, where immigrant ladies spend their days toiling like servants over the fingers and toes of obnoxious customers. This modest shop is the livelihood of a Korean-American family, who dream of making it big in America—or, really, just scraping by, especially now that Happy Ending Nails opened next to the Whole Foods down the street and is siphoning off their customers. As word spreads of labor department crackdowns, the salon owners’ daughter fights to modernize this tired establishment, all while growing captivated by a new customer who is not like the others, forcing her to examine the value of identity, government regulations, and everything she learned from Disney movies.

Check out press for the show:

Article by Aaron

WFIU Arts radio interview with Aaron

The Limestone Post

The Indiana Daily Student

Check out video footage from Aaron's recent concert!

3/7/17

Videos recorded on February 19th, 2017, at The Blockhouse in Bloomington, IN.


World-premiere performance of Aaron's new one-act play Resting Bitch Face

2/22/17

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James Nelson (first-year MFA director at Indiana University) directed Tess Cunningham, Sophia Garofoli, Julia Klinestiver, and Katie Malish in Aaron's new one-act play Resting Bitch Face. The play is about four 10th-grade girls who are studying for tomorrow's history test on World War II. When three of them stage an intervention to warn the fourth about the dangers that her neutral face poses to her social standing. it's clear that, even with no boys around, it's better to be pretty than smart.


Concert showcasing Aaron's musical theatre songs performed in Bloomington

2/19/17

Call Me Crazy: the lyrics of Aaron Ricciardi, a concert of musical theatre songs with lyrics by Aaron and music by Kelly Hoppenjans, Ayumi Okada, and Daniel Rein, was presented at The Blockhouse in Bloomington, Indiana. Aaron sang his own songs, accompanied by Kelly Hoppenjans and a cast of twelve other fantastic performers.


HuffPost publishes Aaron's thoughts on the 2016 election

11/27/16

Click here to check out "Donald Trump Won Because He's a Rock Star," Aaron's elegy for the Clinton campaign, covering topics ranging from star power to gender to Back to the Future.


Aaron is going to grad school!

4/7/16

This August, Aaron will be embarking on a new three-year adventure as he pursues an MFA in Playwriting at Indiana University in Bloomington, under the tutelage of the fantastic playwright Peter Gil-Sheridan! Each year, IU picks one new MFA Playwright, and, this year, that is Aaron. While at IU, Aaron will see his plays workshopped and produced, and he will teach the undergraduate students there. Aaron is really excited about this incredible opportunity, and about the kind of life he will have in Bloomington. He also feels lucky that, due to the quick, easy trip back to New York from Bloomington, he'll be able to come back to the Big Apple often.


Aaron's song "I Met a Guy" featured in BMI Workshop Smoker

3/9/16

"I Met a Guy," a song with lyrics by Aaron and music by Daniel Rein, was featured in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Smoker, a semiannual showcase of new songs from workshop writers. Click here to read a press release about the event, and check out this video of the performance:


HuffPost publishes Aaron's first-hand account of homophobic incident at The Color Purple

2/22/16

Click here to check out the article!


HuffPost publishes Aaron's piece on the media's obsession with impartiality

1/28/16

Click here to check out the article!


Aaron stars in reading of new play Daddy Issues

2/19/15

Aaron played Adolf Hitler in a reading of the new fast-paced, dark comedy Daddy Issues by Ted Malawer. The cast included Broadway stars Christopher Sieber, Julie Halston, Robin de Jesus, Taylor Trensch, and Jenni Barber. Check out the press release on Playbill.com!


The Travels goes to NYMF

7/14-26/14

The Travels, Aaron's play with songs by Aaron (lyrics) and Kelly Hoppenjans (music), played a sold-out run at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival, starring Luba Mason and Michelle Rios. Head over to The Travels' page on this site to read reviews, listen to songs from the show, and check out photos from the NYMF production.