Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning and critically acclaimed new play, The Whale, opens tonight at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Fall, NY last night as part of The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2014 season. The production is directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven.
Charlie, a 600-lb man is slowly eating himself to an early grave. His caretaker and friend, Liz, has been trying to get Charlie to see a doctor for years, to no avail. Charlie teaches online writing courses from his Idaho apartment; his weight keeps him isolated from the physical world outside. His daughter, Ellie, a teenager who’s pushing against the adults in her life, suddenly shows up at his door. So does Elder Thomas, a young Mormon on his two-year mission. Charlie deals with more than weight issues; issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present.
We are joined now by two actors from the production, Timothy Carter who plays Charlie and Brenny Rabine who plays Liz.
Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue “It Girl.”
At age twenty-four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise. And then she lost it all. Her name landed on the Hollywood blacklist, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt, and her marriage fell apart.
She has just written a new memoir entitled I Said Yes To Everything.
One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals, A Little Night Music offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire, and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt.
In The Berkshire Theatre Group production of A Little Night Music, currently running at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, Desiree Armfeldt is played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn, and is directed by Ethan Heard.
After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way.
A Great Wilderness is a play by Obie Award winner, Samuel D. Hunter. It is directed at Williamstown Theatre Festival by Eric Ting and stars Jeffrey DeMunn. The three join us to talk about the play, which runs on the Nikos Stage at WTF July 9-July 20.
Singer, dancer, and master of comedic timing, Jason Alexander is best known for his appearances on television and in film. Seinfeld’s George Costanza is also a Broadway veteran who won the Tony-Award for Best Actor in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway.
He will join The Boston Pops on Sunday, July 13th at 2:30pm at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. With the pops he will perform selections from The Music Man, Pippin, and Merrily We Roll Along, plus a few surprises.
Weston Playhouse is Vermont’s oldest professional theatre. This season they present four shows on their Mainstage and three shows on their Other Stages. Two of the Mainstage shows are Analog and Vinyl – a new musical by by Paul Gordon which is currently running in its world premier production, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang which won The Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 and runs at Weston July 17-26.
Analog and Vinyl is set in a vintage record store and follows struggling storeowner Harrison and his quirky co-worker, Rodeo Girl, when a mysterious customer makes them a devilish offer they can’t refuse.
In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue.
Sarah Stiles plays Rodeo Girl in Analog and Vinyl and David Bonanno plays Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. They join us now along with Steve Stettler - Producing Artistic Director at Weston Playhouse.
Named one of the best plays of the 20th Century by the New York Times and Time Magazine, The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful is currently running on The Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, MA.
Aaron Mark directs Charles Ludlam’s campy comedy for BTG - which tells the tale of Lady Enid and Lord Edgar who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Sidesplitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, Gothic horror and classic films.
Broadway Actor, Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated, Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this classic romp of a gothic spoof.
Emmy Award-winning (Picket Fences) stage and screen legend Fyvush Finkel will celebrates the great songs and humor of show business at Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage.
Accompanied by his two sons – Ian Finkel, the World’s Greatest Xylophonist, and Elliot Finkel, concert pianist extraordinaire – the 91-year-old Fyvush offers a first-hand account of his incredible career spanning English and Yiddish roles, from Second Avenue to modern-day television stardom.
It's 1967 and a 38-year-old writer from bohemian Greenwich Village commutes to Levittown, on Long Island in New York, to teach an adult-education creative writing class. He finds anything but the cookie-cutter lives he expected in this straight-laced community, as his students come to discover the power of storytelling to transform their lives. And one special student – a kindred spirit? or something more? – reawakens him to his own artistic impulses.
The Babylon Line is a new play by Richard Greenberg, directed by Terry Kinney for New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre season. The production runs tonight through July 12th and stars Josh Radnor and Leslie Bibb who join us to tell us more.
Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its 20th Anniversary Season with Becky Mode’s comedy Fully Committed, starring Sam Lloyd of TV’s Scrubs. The show opens tonight and runs through June 28th.
Sam Lloyd stars as Sam Peliczowski, an aspiring actor working as the reservationist at a posh Manhattan restaurant. In a tour de force performance, he also plays close to 40 callers, including a wealthy socialite, a gangster, a Japanese tourist, and a supermodel’s frenzied assistant.
In addition to his time as Ted Buckwald on Scrubs, Sam Lloyd’s numerous TV credits include recurring roles on Desperate Housewives, West Wing, and Seinfeld. He has also performed Fully Committed at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where his performance was called “a masterclass of comic character acting.”