“CARNIVAL OF SOULS: The Neon Animation with Live Action, a collaboration and interaction between a neon animated film by Jack Feldstein and a solo live actress, Annemarie Hagenaars. The film CARNIVAL OF SOULS deals with a totally alienated woman in the world. Mostly in a world of men.”
Last night was closing night of “Romulus the Great” with Yangtze Repertory Theatre at the Mainstage Theatre of The Barrow Group (TBG) in New York, NY. Romulus The Great is written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, English Translation by Gerhard Nellhaus, and directed by Chongren Fan. I played the role of Minister of State, Tullius Rotundus.
I am so grateful to have been working with this fine group of people in the past couple of weeks. And a big thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to see the show and support us. Cal Schwartz from NJ Discover wrote an article about the show and my performance. Read the full article here.
This is the team: I was on stage with Brian J. Alford, Colin Asercion, Byron Clohessy*, Elisa de la Roche*, Ryan Egar, Marcus Crawford Guy, Dana Kreitz*, Christopher McIntyre*, Mark J. Quiles*, Neil Redfield, Michiko Sasaki*, Jim Shankman*, and Sheilagh Weymouth* (*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)
Scenic Designer: Chika Shimizu; Costume Designer: Karen Boyer; Lighting Designer: Yi-Chung Chen; Sound Designer: Joey Wolfslau; Production Dramaturg: Bindi Kang; Movement Director: Rourou Ye; Technical Director: Carl Whipple; Production Stage Manager: Merrick A.B. Williams*; Assistant Stage Manager: Kayla Williams; Casting Director: Wayne Chang; Producer: Sally Shen; Associate Producer: Frank Poon
Photo credits: Keith Dong, photographer for Yangtze Repertory Theatre.
What an honor and an incredible joy to be reading a brand new play by Jack Feldstein yesterday with these amazing people: Jeremy Crutchley, Megan Kruskal Metrikin and Xander Chauncey. Thank you to Guy de Lancey and Jack Feldstein for this great opportunity. And grateful to Paulo Coelho for being there in the audience and taking these great pics.
Tonight I performed with Atandwa Kani and Caitlin Cisco with the Origin Theatre Company in the beautifully written play “A Kid like Rishi” by Kees Roorda. The house was packed. What a night! Thank you to Kees Roorda and to director Erwin Maas for this opportunity to work on this amazing piece with these great actors.
This wonderful piece is inspired by the true story of what happened to Dutch citizen Rishi Chandrikasing. “On November 24, 2012, he was shot dead on platform four at The Hague Hollands Spoor by a policeman. He was 17 years old and turned out to be unarmed. A fateful coincidence of circumstances. Playwright Kees Roorda was inspired by the police report with witness reports and interviewed those involved. He processed all this into a series of texts.”
Early this evening I will work on Fred Pezzulli’s play again at the Actors Studio. I am looking forward to continuing to work on the leading role of ELSA in Fred’s exciting play which is currently in development at the Playwright/Directors Workshop at the Actors Studio. Directly after my work there, I will head over to my artistic home The WorkShop Theater Company for an important company meeting with all the members.
On Sunday, April 29, from 12 to 4 pm, ‘t Klokhuis organizes especially for the kids a King’s Day Event in Battery Park City. And I’ll be there performing. Please come out to this fun and festive afternoon for the kids! Click here for tickets!
What a great night at The Netherland Club of New York last night! Many thanks to director Erwin Maas for giving me the opportunity to perform with viola player Esther Apituley in a sneak peek of her show Bach & Bleach coming to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York next year. #bachandbleach #estherapituley #bureautamtam #thenetherlandclub #newyork #erwinmaas #lamamatheatre #classicalmusic #cleaninglady #gratefulfortheopportunity #actresslife #feelinginspired @ The Netherland Club of New York.
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.
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.