Busy, Busy, Busy!
The outdoor NYC parks production of King Lear was a great success in June and July, despite the record rainfalls. The audiences at both Central Park and Battery Park were brave and wonderful. The cast and crew were as nice a bunch of people as I could ever hope to meet. And I’ve just received word that the film Free Man is nearing completion.
King Lear in NYC parks, and a short film, too!
I’ve been cast as the Fool in my second production of King Lear with my friend Donald Grody as the titular monarch. This time, it’s for the New York Classical Theatre Company here in NYC, whose mission is to provide free professional classical theatre to audiences in NYC parks. We’ll be performing in June near West 103rd Street in Central Park, then an encore of two weeks down at Battery Park. It’s been a long time since I’ve done outdoor theatre, and this promises to be an exciting production! Please visit http://www.newyorkclassical.org/ for information.
I was also hired for a role in a beautifully written NYU thesis film called Free Man by author/director Katie Rotondo. The shoot will be early May in the NYC area. I’m very excited about the message of this film, and about the quality of the script.
I’ve been elected President again! (No, really)
I’m delighted to report that I was unanimously re-elected as President of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America for another two-year term. It’s a lot of work, but literacy is such a worthy cause!
King Lear Ruled!
I’m thrilled that our production of King Lear at Vermont Stage was a massive hit with both critics and audience members. The production starred Broadway veteran Donald Grody as the tragic title character. The entire production was beautifully cast, designed and directed, and the live percussion soundscape took the production to a whole new level. Playing the Fool was a liberating, eye-opening experience I won’t soon forget. For reviews, pictures and interviews, please click here.
Inspecting Carol at Vermont Stage was shameless fun.
Getting to play a really, really bad actor is one of those treats any actor relishes, and I had a high old time with it. High point: imagine me playing Dickens’ Tiny Tim while channeling Richard III, add a bad wig and — well, you get the idea. The plot loosely sets Gogol’s The Inspector General in a struggling regional theater mounting a horribly threadbare production of A Christmas Carol. The audience laughed themselves silly at this warped valentine to the acting profession, and we performers had just as good a time. For reviews and a picture, please click here.
I performed in my 11th consecutive season at the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival.
As always, the students scripts represented an amazing array of styles and topics, and my roles ranged from ultra-realism to far-out fantasy. Due to financial resource limitations at the theatre, this was my last season with the festival; it’s been a great 11-year run for me!
THE REVIEWS ARE IN! I starred in Vermont Stage Company’s production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama, I Am My Own Wife.
This one-man tour-de-force was my biggest challenge yet, and I was thrilled to perform this great play to such a fantastic response. The production was beautifully directed by Sara Lampert Hoover, and we are eager to present it at other Equity theatres. For reviews, pictures and interviews, please click here.
The New Audio Recording of The Merchant of Venice is released.
This recording was produced by JBI International, and directed by Elizabeth London. I play both Salerio and Launcelot Gobbo, and also composed and sang the original music for the song Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred?. This is a well-spoken, straightforward production with American accents. It will be made available free on 3 CDs or as an mp3 file to anyone who is visually impaired or physically disabled. Consult the JBL online catalog at: http://jbilibrary.org/home.html
I appeared in Vermont Stage Company’s second annual holiday production of Winter Tales.
The 2005 show sold out and garnered rave reviews, and this year’s show did the same. This year, I read another sharp, funny and poignant new story by noted Vermont author Chris Bohjalian: “Hark, the K-Mart Angels Sing”, and I also sang holiday favorites.
I was elected President of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA).
This not-for-profit organization’s efforts include educational outreach in the form of readings and performances from the works of Lewis Carroll. Twice a year I go to schools and give free readings from either Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. If you know a school that would like a reading, or for more information, please visit www.lewiscarroll.org .