Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AFGHANISTAN, ZIMBABWE, AMERICA, KUWAIT to Host Panel tonight


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions have announced that the The Reverend Micah Bucey will moderate a post-show panel discussion following the performance of the world premiere play Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, on Tuesday, June 16, at The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street. The panelists will include Greg Grandin, Morgan Jenness, and Michael Ratner.

The panel will consider how we as Americans distance ourselves from war while we are simultaneously involved in ongoing wars, and the ways in which the media and social media shape our access, consciousness, disassociation, and accountability. The panelists bring a range of unique perspectives - legal, historical, journalistic, and artistic - to the question of American imperialism and engagement in foreign affairs.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

4 reviews to ‘Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait’

The distinguished actress Kathryn Erbe with her tremendous dignity and her commanding presence is very moving as one of the soldier’s mothers.  As the recurring Serbian Woman, Jelena Stupljanin very effectively brings depth and focus to this role that is a cypher.
Read them all here:
  • Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait posted by Darryl Reilly at Theater Scene
  • ‘Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait’ review: Doomed soldiers in the not-so-distant future posted by Joe Dziemianowicz at NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
  • Hallucinations abound in heavy-handed ‘Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli at NY Post
  • Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait - Soldiers and sand dominate Daniel Talbott's dystopian drama. by Zachary Stewart at Theater Mania

Friday, June 12, 2015

Opening Night of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait

Oh yeah, with so many great photos of the red carpet and from the stage. 

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions presents Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, at The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street. The production is scheduled to run through Saturday, June 27.
Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait takes place in the not-so-distant future; two American soldiers wait at a worn-down outpost in the desert. Hot and bright. Hallucinatory hot. The world has been ravaged by war, its natural resources stripped, and it is no longer clear if there is an enemy left to fight or anything left to fight for. They wait. For orders, provisions, a sign of life. For rescue. Even for death.
The cast of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait is Kathryn Erbe ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Ode to Joy),Brian Miskell (The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Hill Town Plays), Seth Numrich ("Turn," Golden Boy, War Horse, Slipping), Chris Stack (Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra, Hill Town Plays, "One Life to Live"), Jimi Stanton, andJelena Stupljanin (Circus Columbia).




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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait: Theater review by Jenna Scherer


The militants in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait don't see combat, or even a single enemy; instead, they're trapped alone in a wasteland, with all their demons in attendance. It's Waiting for Godot by way of Heart of Darkness as two American soldiers sweat it out at a remote desert outpost while the rest of the globe is in the grips of a catastrophic world war. Smith (Numrich, charismatic and terrifying) is all manic energy and sudden rages, while Leadem (Miskell) is tense and withdrawn, visited by visions of a ravaged woman (the haunting Jelena Stupljanin).

You can feel the heat and the panic in Daniel Talbott's hallucinatory production, which has the rhythm and texture of a nightmare. Talbott breaks his story into vignettes to evoke time passing and water supply dwindling, punctuated by John Zalewski's electric-misfire sound design. Like the grains of sand on the floor of the stage that audience members must walk through to get to their seats, this one will stick with you for a while.—Jenna Scherer

Gym at Judson (Off Broadway). Written and directed by Daniel Talbott. With Seth Numrich, Brian Miskell. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Beautiful new Interview

BoradwayWorld.com published a wonderful and long interview with Kathryn this week. Enjoy!
 
 Kathryn and Seth Numrich in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait

BWW Interviews: Kathryn Erbe, Star of Stage & Screen

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kathryn article at A MOVIE COLLECTION


The perfect complement to Vincent D’Onofrio’s character in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Robert Goren) was his partner in crime (no pun intended) Alexandra Eames, played by the unique Kathryn Erbe. 

She calls herself a “blue collar actor”, but in reality she’s so much more than that. Kathryn began her career as a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and starred in some critical-acclaimed plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Grapes of Wrath among them.

I remember watching her in a movie called Rich in Love. It is one of those films featuring some true gifted actors, not exactly “movie stars”: Ethan Hawke, Piper Laurie, Albert Finney and Kathryn herself. It was such a great experience, as Erbe’s portrayal of Lucille Odom displays enough expertise while allows you to take a glimpse of her work ethic. 

However, every great actor finds a way to expand their own horizons by taking the most challenging roles available for them. In some cases, it doesn´t necessarily implies earning millions of dollars or having your name all over the place in showbiz TV shows on a daily basis. Actually, it takes so much more than that.

This is exactly what Kathryn Erbe did in Oz. Shirley Bellinger, a woman in death row, was the perfect character to showcase her skills, and great enough to disturb the audience and got them thinking for a change about the nature of evil and the darkest side of mental illnesses. 

Kathryn Erbe was completely exposed as an actress both physically and emotionally, during every scene of Oz in which she appears. Bellinger is a mother who drowned her own daughter by sinking her car in a river. She's so disconnected from the real world that uses kinky, emotionless sex as the only way to express her feelings. 

The execution scene of Shirley Bellinger shows how great Kathryn Erbe is. No wonder why she stated later in an interview that after this character, she knows how to check out and not be affected by all the stuff she portrays on screen. 

The cold murderer and evil mother beg for forgiveness just seconds before being hanged, but the law was stronger than her survival instincts. The whole sequence is extremely frightening and Kathryn’s performance is raw, wild and perfect. 

Fortunately, we will always have Alexandra Eames, her most memorable character, to remind us that true friendship lasts forever. Kathryn worked very hard and along with Vincent D’Onofrio endured long hours of filming to create such a memorable TV show. Worth the effort, as she embodied a tough and determined detective able to solve the most tricky cases with the help of her brainy partner Robert Goren.

Even if the show never turned into any cheesy comedy à-la Bones to appeal to a wider audience, Kathryn and Vincent are still the perfect TV couple who gave us the best of their talent for almost a decade.

Pretty much as Vincent himself, Kathryn Erbe is a real actress whose passion for what she does goes beyond shallow recognition by the media. She knows exactly where she stands both as a woman and artist... and that’s all that matters.