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'90210' Star Michael Steger Dishes On His Passion Project, 'Brandee Built On Crazee'

Thu, March 8, 2012 10:00am EDT by Andy Swift 1 Comment

Get the scoop on Michael & his wife’s hilarious new play — and what’s next for him as a director!

Michael Steger may have been M.I.A. from 90210 for the past few weeks, but off-screen, he’s busier than ever as the producer, co-writer and co-director of the one-woman show Brandee Built On Crazee. “It’s a passion project, so I’m really invested in it,” he tells of the play, which stars his wife Brandee Tucker.

Brandee plays more than 15 different characters in the play, the result of a yearlong collaborative effort between Michael and Brandee. (This is actually the second one-woman show Michael has had the opportunity to direct, first doing so for a friend’s senior project in college.)

This time around, Michael got to direct his wife in her semi-autobiographical story, featuring “childhood bullies, a beauty shop guru, relatives with mental illness, an inspiring grandmother and many more characters.” He also enlisted the help of a friend, Sean Hankinson, who serves as co-writer and co-director with Michael.

“We had a great opening weekend, and we’ve got three more weeks,” Michael says. “It’s been pretty fun so far.”

Michael says his work on the show has “opened many more doors for him,” and has really piqued his interest in writing and directing.

“I want to continue on the same path and see if I can write my own script,” he tells us. “I just directed my first short film with Ted Danson and five unknown actors, which is coming out in about a month. It put me in this creative headspace to want to develop more projects for myself and whoever else is willing to join.”

So would Michael ever consider directing an episode of 90210?

“I’d love to, yeah,” he says. “I’ve yet to approach anyone about it.”

On behalf of all the fans, I say, “Do it, Michael!”

Brandee Built On Crazee runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through March 24 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles. For more information, watch the video below and check out

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— Andy Swift