This past weekend, we began previews for our production of The Seagull at the Huntington. I can say without bias that this is the funniest Chekhov play I’ve ever seen (and possibly the first time I’ve actually looked Chekhov to be humorous). But on top of that, the production also features Kate Burton (aka Vice President Sally Langston on Scandal plus like a million other things) and her real-life son, Morgan Ritchie, as the onstage mother-and-son Arkadina and Konstantin, which is pretty cool. Here are two videos I put together about the show, which runs through April 6 at the BU Theatre:
We’ve got one week left of The Jungle Book (now officially our highest-grossing show of all time), and previews began tonight for The Power of Duff, a new play by Stephen Belber (and featuring, among others, Jennifer Westfeldt, writer of Kissing Jessica Stein and wife of Jon Hamm). Here’s a little video I put together about it:
Here’s another brief video I made for our Annual Fund ask, which hopefully gives a glimpse of the size and scope of our productions (and makes clear that even when shows are selling well, we still need money because, well, theatre this good don’t come cheap, y’know?)
I’m also trying to up my blogging quotient for the company — because hey, I enjoy writing sometimes, believe it or not — and here’s one of my latest posts, about our new young donor program “The Hunt.”
The opening show of our 2013-2014 season at the Huntington is a brand new stage adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which we’re all pretty excited about. I talk about it more extensively over on the Huntington’s blog, and here’s a video interview I put together with our Artistic Director Peter DuBois about the production:
Performances of The Jungle Book begin September 7 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.
I spoke with a few of the cast members of A Raisin In The Sun about their experience working with director Liesl Tommy and what it’s like trying to find a fresh and relevant take on such a well-known classic. Fortunately for me, they had a lot of good things to say:
Previews start this Friday, March 8 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (plus we’ve got a cool little pre-show party with cheap tickets that night if you’re interested)
(also? One of the actresses was totally in Batman Forever! Also The Abyss. But more importantly Batman Forever!)
Here’s a little teaser trailer I put together for our upcoming production of A Raisin In The Sun at the Huntington. I didn’t have much to work with in terms of resources or time, so I recorded one of our actors reciting the Langston Hughes poem on which the title is based, and added some shots of Chicago in the ’50s. Still, I’m pretty pleased with the results.
The reviews have started coming in for You For Me For You, directed by my girlfriend, M. Bevin O’Gara. EDGE Boston says:
“M. Bevin O’Gara’s sensitive and humanistic direction satisfyingly plumbs the depths beyond the novelty of the script to keep our hearts and minds firmly engaged in the sisters’s fate.
O’Gara has the benefit of a wonderful cast of mostly Asian actors who have freed themselves from the muted performances too often imposed on them to this day in the popular American media. They give their emotions full throttle and so engage ours.”
So, ya know. That’s nice. Here’s a little video I put together of audience testimonials, in case you’re still not convinced!
My incredibly talented partner, Ms. M. Bevin O’Gara, is directing the Boston premiere of You For Me For You, a fantastical new play by Mia Chung that tells the story of two sisters trying to escape North Korea and flee to the United States. Bevin and I tend to stay out of each others’ ways when it comes to our creative processes, so while I’ve read the script, I honestly don’t know much about the production itself — but I can tell you that I’m incredibly excited to see this highly imaginative story acted out on stage (and not just because my girlfriend is the director and I’m biased).
Here’s a little preview video I put together for the production, which starts performances tomorrow and runs through February 16:
(side note, when I was approached to create a video for the show, it took so much of my will power to not just give them this:
but you knew that was coming, right? I’m a horrible person)