Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Roundabout Theatre Company Spring Gala

 

Roundabout Spring Gala honored Helen Mirren

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 a celebration 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."







Photo sources: Paul Zimmerman/WireImage, Jennifer Broski/Broadwaywolrd, Bruce Glikas/Contributor

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE


Steppenwolf Theatre posted many stage photos lately on their twitter account. I was glad they also showed one photo of Kathryn.

em’s .@GarySinise Kathryn Erbe A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (‘97) By TN Williams dir by em Terry Kinney Photo:Brosilow 

source: twitter


Sunday, February 22, 2015

WordTheatre: Heart Matters, Volume 1

 [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

Produced and directed by Cedering Fox; edited by Sara Bencivenga; mixed and mastered by Theo Mondle; music composed by Greg Chun. WordTheatre gives voice to great writing. We are an innovative, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring empathy, curiosity, and conversation through powerful and entertaining performances, both live and recorded, of the world's best contemporary literature. We aim to ignite a passion for reading, writing, and self-expression in our community and in future generations.
©2014 Cedering Fox (P)2014 WordTheatre

[…] “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.com http://adbl.co/1C1Si8g


source: audible.com, tumblr.com

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT - APRIL 20–22, 2015 IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

A Dramatic Reading of Scenes from
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Law & Order: Criminal Intent marinireland louiscancelmi
Kathryn Erbe
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Oz
Stir of Echoes
Marin Ireland
Homeland
Masters of Sex
The Divide
Louis Cancelmi
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Law& Order
Third Watch

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 these circumstances.
This free performance will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 and will only be open to conference attendees.
Visit www.outsidethewirellc.com for more information.
source: http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/events-and-training/conference/theatrical-performance/

Sunday, February 8, 2015

NBC Eyes ‘Law & Order’ Limited Series

Is this a chance to see Alex and Bobby back on screen as well?



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, eleventh-hour cancellation.
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, respectivelyWill Law & Order follow suit?

source: Deadline.com

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Picture of the Week

Yesterday I watched CI season 1 Faith again. I hadn't watch a whole Criminal Intent episode in ages.

 

Plus Vincent tweeted about the show. Sigh, so good memories.