Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Dir) presented its annual 2015 Spring Gala “There is Nothing Like a Dame” on Mon Mar 2 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria (301 Park Ave). The evening was acelebration of Helen Mirren, who presented with The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre. The gala began at 7:00 PM with dinner and a live auction, followed by an all-star tribute to Mirren, directed by Scott Ellis.
While on the plane to New York City to share the stage with Helen Mirren in The Audience, Dylan Baker happened to catch a screening of his new co-star in The Hundred-Foot Journey.
"Playing this French character, so reserved and so snooty — the humanity she brought to that, I was so floored," Baker told The Hollywood Reporter
of Mirren, the Roundabout Theatre Company's spring gala honoree,
receiving The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre. Now, in Stephen Daldry's production at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Baker admires her "blue-collar" approach: "Let's just work on the play and make it as great as possible."
Judith Light, who saw Mirren in The Audience this past weekend, said of the actress as Queen Elizabeth II,
"I learned what stillness, listening and presence on the stage is
really about, watching her. I've seen almost everything she's done and I
love what she does, but watching her just be there and give sway to the
other people she's working with is just stunning to behold."
Alessandro Nivola, who has played both her lover and son onstage, noted that "her most defining quality is fearlessness," while Carla Gugino added,
"She's at her most cool now, and she's been infinitely cool since she
started. I know that's a funny word to use for Dame Helen Mirren, and
yet I think that's exactly what makes her so extraordinary."
Despite the ubiquitous praise on the red carpet from Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner and Joel Grey,
Mirren humbly told reporters that she's overjoyed to be bringing the
hit West End production to the States, where audiences "laugh more and
certainly applaud more at the end" in comparison to British theater
patrons. Throughout her varied career, she told The Hollywood Reporter that she has held on to timeless advice: "Fight fair."
Inside the Waldorf Astoria grand ballroom, Mirren was the subject of
lots of jokes about being Queen (as in, a member of the rock band, a gay
male in the West Village and the actual member of royalty — "God save
you!"), plus a selection of musical theater numbers by Victor Garber, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming and the On the Twentieth Century cast, introduced by Alec Baldwin.
"I was probably the worst singer in the Roundabout family, and I've
carried that with me for many years — until tonight," he told the
ballroom after dinner. "[But] there's one thing Helen Mirren can't do:
she can't sing!"
Kathryn Erbe, Byron Jennings and Ron Rifkin introduced a reel with Broadway welcomes from Sean Hayes, David Hyde Pierce, Hugh Jackman, Broderick and Martin Short, Jessie Mueller, Josh Radnor, as well as the casts of Les Miserables and Gentleman's Guide, Kinky Boots, You Can't Take It With You and Cabaret. Garner then presented the annual honor to Mirren.
"Doesn't weigh much — you can wear it as an earring!" said the Dame
of the trophy. Her speech recounted the highs of her 50-year stage
career, including her 1995 Broadway debut in A Month in the Country.
"I felt a bit like a peasant approaching Constantinople — it seemed so
alive with energy and possibility and danger and the unknown, and I just
couldn't have been more excited," she recalled.
With a bittersweet sentiment, Mirren dedicated the award to her fellow theatre actors, especially the late British stage star Alan Howard, whom she often watched from the wings, mourning how many would never experience his work.
"That is the pain and the truth and the beauty of theater: no matter
where in the world it occurs, it goes," Mirren reflected. "It only lives
for that moment in the stage shared by strangers, and from then on, can
only reside in your memory. It is that engagement with the transitory
nature of life that draws many actors to the art. It is as if you are
struggling with the very nature of life, its innermost secret. ... These
are the people who choose to contemplate and communicate this most
challenging element of life. It doesn't stop. Everything moves on."
Mirren lightheartedly closed her speech by noting the difference between
British and American actors: "The American actors learn their lines!
They do! They arrive for rehearsals superbly prepared, open and ready
for anything. The British arrive as if they've been at an all-night
party, and all they want to be is at home and bed, and they're not sure
whether they're at rehearsal or some kind of self-help meeting. But just
below the superficial differences beats the same heart. It's a
sensitive heart. It's a brave and searching heart."
[Mystery of the mind for WordTheatre, Twin Oaks Farm - Sagaponack, NY - 06/28/2008]
WordTheatre, the short story experts, casts the perfect actors to bring
great contemporary writing to life. Recorded live with the authors
present, these nine exquisitely crafted stories explore the emotional
complications of this thing called love. From the intoxication of a
first crush to the devastation of a broken heart, take a journey through
the anguish and ecstasy of human emotions.
Hallee Hirsh reading "The Ages" by Ramona Ausubel
Mark Moses reading "The Meeting" by Aimee Bender
Nicholas Brendon & Kirsten Vangsness reading "Billboard" by Richard Bausch
Mary Stuart Masterson reading "A Preference for Native Tongue" by Don Lee
Sharon Lawrence reading "Widow" by Michelle Latiolais
Elisabeth Moss reading "Note to Sixth-Grade Self" by Julie Orringer
Kathryn Erbe reading "Out of the Fray" by Mary Gordon
Dinah Lenney reading "When Writing Is an Emergency" by Mary Otis
Maggie Siff reading "Double-Blind" by Alethea Black
“[…] “No„ let’s go now. It’s horrible to be late, don’t you think so, Ruth?”
“No, Ruth is unable to be on time,” said Phil. “If she happens to be
early, she’ll do something—wallpaper the bathroom or begin to learn to
play the flute—anything to avoid the terrible fate of being on time.”
“How extraordinary, Phil, and you so anxious always about lateness,” Sylvie said. “This must be love at last.””
Friend of WordTheatre®, Kathryn Erbe lent her amazing voice when she read Mary Gordon's short story “Out of the Fray” at the WordTheatre with Ian Frazier, Mary Gordon and Don Lee event at the Soho House New York in 2010.
Kathryn Erbe's memorable reading of Mary Gordon's “Out of the Fray” is available for download now on Heart Matters – Volume 1 at Audible.comhttp://adbl.co/1C1Si8g
A Dramatic Reading of Scenes from
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Stir of Echoes
Masters of Sex
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Domestic Violence project is an
innovative public health initiative that presents dramatic readings
by professional actors from A Streetcar Named Desire as a
catalyst for town hall discussions about the impact of domestic violence
as it impacts individuals, couples, families, and health professionals.
The goal of the project is to create a safe space for dialogue about
abusive and manipulative behaviors, the lasting impact of experiencing
or witnessing violence in one’s home, and the role of support systems in
This free performance will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 and will only be open to conference attendees.
Network sources caution that this is an idea that has been discussed from time to time, and a Law & Order
limited series is not in active development at the moment. Still, there
has been movement. I hear the network has been exploring the
possibility of re-assembling the cast from the early years of the
series. I hear several actors have been approached, including original
cast members Chris Noth and Sam Waterston, who did not join the show
until Season 5 but are the actors most closely associated with the Law & Order brand. I hear NBC is eyeing 10 new Law & Order episodes. The network had no comment.
A new Law & Order installment may help the series get into the history books — albeit with an asterisk. The crime drama’s shocking May 2010 cancellation after 20 seasons came as it had tied Gunsmoke
for the longest-running primetime drama series. A limited run could be
counted as Season 21, breaking the tie. It also could provide a nice
epilogue for one of NBC’s most important series of the last two
decades after it didn’t get the send-off it deserved with that abrupt,
That would also be a nice gesture to Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, for whom the legacy of the blockbuster franchise has been very important. He again is the most important drama producer for NBC — three from the five drama series given early renewal by the network yesterday are from Wolf Films: Law & Order spinoff SVU, which also has a shot at history with a Season 17 pickup, Chicago Fire, and its spinoff Chicago PD. Additionally, Wolf is working on further expanding the Chicago Fire franchise with a second spinoff, Chicago Med.
The currently very popular limited series genre lends itself well to bringing back beloved series. Fox did it successfully with 24 and is mulling a second limited series installment. Netflix did it with Arrested Development. NBC and Showtime are next with Heroes Reborn and Twin Peaks, respectively. Will Law & Order follow suit?
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