A successful, middle-aged, soap opera actor and a struggling young actress are cast in a new two-character play. His role is that of a priest teaching theology at a university and she is the student with whom he becomes romantically—and tragically—involved. The actors struggle to find a balance between personal life and work, as their lives become increasingly entangled. Barnett's play goes from the first read-through to opening night to the end of its run in this revealing look at the complexities of theater relationships.
I'll star in this two-hander with Bill Timoney (Alfred Vanderpool on TV's All My Children, and Broadway's All the Way)
November 2, 2015 New Jersey Repertory Theatre 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ Monday Evening Salon Reading Series, no reservations are accepted; strictly first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30 pm and readings begin promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion.
This week, I joined director Christopher Scott and a fabulous group of skilled, smart, and silly actors -- Joel Blum, Connie Castanzo, Craig Fols, Sheria Irving, Zarif Kabier, Richard Prioleau, and Patricia Randell -- in a reading of Kalidasa's 5th Century Sanskrit masterpiece SHAKUNTALA AND THE RING OF RECOGNITION
"Warm-blooded, frolicsome and splendidly cast, this production at the 47th Street Theater leads with its heart. Nimbly played, the lively young lovers seem as if they could live down the Street...They swoon, and we feel their rapture. They torment one another, and we pity their pain. When something is funny, which is often, the audience bubbles with belly laughter. The quality of mirth here is not strained, not even close, and thank goodness for that."