Last night I was at the opening night of SHOOTER. SHOOTER is an incredibly topical play written by Sam Graber. Some of my wonderful WorkShop Theater colleagues and friends direct it and act in it: Katrin Hilbe (director), Michael Gnat (gave a totally surprising and fine performance of the character Troy), and CK Allen (played the very likable character of Alan, one of Jim – the Shooter – his old friends).
The other actors are David Perez-Ribada (gives a solid performance of the laywer Ben-David, Jim’s other old friend) and Nicholas-Tyler Corbin, who shows us a very believable portrayal of the troubled high school kid Gavin.
Finally top actor Ean Sheehy (New York Theater Workshop, The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Playwrights Horizons) plays the lead role of Jim – the Shooter – and is on stage every minute of the 90 minute show. He gives us the full emotional range of his character and takes us on the journey of what happened to him.
If you have a chance, please come out and see SHOOTER at Theaterlab. It runs there the rest of the month.
P.s. If you listen carefully you might recognize a few of the voices as my own. I recorded some of the female voices in this production. More than a year ago I did a reading with these fine actors of an earlier version of the play in which there was a female role of prosecutor played by me.
Last night I got to stand in front of the door where Actors Equity was established. Last night I got to hold the 19th-century Yorick Skull used by the famous actor Edwin Booth when he played Hamlet.
Yesterday after Paulo Coelho’s successful performance at the Rockwood Music Hall, his great friend Dr. Simon Mills invited us to The Players Club. The treasurer of the private club gave us an exclusive tour of the whole building with many highlights. But the absolute climax was visiting Edwin Booth’s room that was kept the same as it was when he passed away 125 years ago.
It’s almost impossible to describe what I felt when we were walking up the stairs and through the rooms in Booth’s mansion in Gramercy Park. It was as if I felt the presence of all those theater icons from the past, beautifully captured in their portraits looking at me, as if they were encouraging me. I couldn’t keep my eyes dry when I realized that I was at a sacred place filled with people in past and present that have shared the same passion through time. Theater is my life now, only a few years ago it was still a dream, a dream that I am truly living now in New York City. It is incredibly powerful to feel part of a tradition so old and so magical. This is exactly why I am in the US; it feels so good. Last night was this kind of special night when I realized that I belong; that I am on the right track; that I am part of this theater community; that I am meeting the people that I want to be surrounded by. I felt it, breathing in and out the air of this old and sacred place, where the most famous Shakespearean actor of his time Edwin Booth lived and founded The Players Club, and where later Actors Equity was founded.
What an incredible experience. Thank you to Simon Mills and thank you to The Players Club and thank you to Paulo Coelho who brought all of us together.
Last Sunday I played Maja in Ibsen’s last play When We Dead Awaken in a staged reading at The Tank Theater. What a joy to explore this great play! Very exciting. I met Benno Haenel when he directed me in Fred Pezzulli’s play for the Actors Studio. Benno invited me to work on Ibsen’s play with his own theater company Prism Stage Company. What an honor! #henrikibsen #whenwedeadawaken #prismstagecompany #thetanktheater #actresslife — at Prism Stage Company.
Tonight I did my first work at the Actors Studio. I read the leading role in Fred Pezzulli’s new play, directed by Benno Haenel. I played scenes with company members, such as Bryan Hickey who I had just seen 10 days ago in the production of The Danube. The Actors Studio has a very special place in my heart ever since I came to New York for the first time in 2010 and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. I’m so thankful to Fred and Benno for this opportunity.
I love dogs; real dogs; dogs that have all the features of dogs. Retrievers, Belgian shepherds, St. Bernard dogs, Newfoundlands… But it is so unfortunate that I am allergic to dogs. I met Jim DeMarse more than three years ago at EST when I was checking out New York City to see if I could live here. I have been living in this beautiful city for almost 2 years now. Richard, unaware of the fact that Jim and I had met years ago, brought us together again by asking me to participate in “For The Love Of Dog!”. An offer that for all the reasons above I could not refuse. Enjoy!
Monday, February 12th, 7:30 p.m. Start off Valentines’ week with a howl! Annemarie Hagenaars, Gloria Sauve, Viet Vo and Sidney Williams give an ardent reading of Jim DeMarse‘s romantic comedy FOR THE LOVE OF DOG!
308 West 46th Street, on Restaurant Row.
Admission Free + refreshments.
Last Christmas episode 205 of Homicide for the Holidays, Season 2, aired in which I played Julie Cordano. I shot this role on August 9th, 2017. Homicide for the Holidays is produced by Jarrett Creative, NYC and aired on Oxygen Channel.
“For most, the winter holidays mean bringing family and friends together to eat, drink, and create joyous memories to last a lifetime; but, for others, it’s a time where emotions run high, anger and animosity set in and can spark an explosive combination of simmering resentments and volatile secrets. Sometimes, this emotional powder keg makes for some truly horrific holiday crime stories that viewers are sure to never forget.”
I shot my first role in a SAG feature film. I got to meet Bruce Dern and Lena Olin.
Last week I filmed in The Hamptons. I have learned a lot in these couple of days. Not only about film making, but most importantly about myself, as an actress and a human being, about my abilities to cope with instant schedule changes, with sudden quick excitements and disappointments, with long travels back and forth, with suppressing a cold the best you can in order to do your work.
I got to spend time on set with truly nice people. I am so happy to be a member of SAG-AFTRA and that I got to work on this film.
To all the amazing people in my professional and personal life who are supporting me in the good and in the not-so-good times: THANK YOU! #keepsmiling #closeup #oncamera #actresslife #livingthedream #thisiswhaticameherefor #ilovenewyork
I am very excited to announce that I will be playing the role of the wife Charlotte in Liz Amberly ‘s new full-length play “EMBERS”. We are doing two concert-style readings at the WorkShop Theater Company next Thursday January 18th and Saturday January 20th at 7pm. Thomas Coté is directing. Reserve your tickets here now. They’re free. Thanks Thomas and Liz for this wonderful opportunity!
A house fire. A couple on the brink. A man fights for his marriage as his wife fights for her life. Together, they must navigate the unexpected and discover what comes next. In this drama, realism combines with fantasy and things are not always what they seem.
All performances begin at 7pm in the Jewel Box
Cecily Benjamin Hughes*