Thursday, September 18, 2014

Utah Shakespeare Festival Guest Blog – Grant Goodman as Bernard in Boeing Boeing



Our fall season kicks off this week with Boeing Boeing. Grant Goodman plays Bernard, the 60s playboy with three fiancées. Grant is also playing Orsino in Twelfth Night and appeared in Sense and Sensibility this summer.  We had a fun conversation outside the Hunter Conference Center, enjoying the sounds of demolition across the street as old buildings came down to make room for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.




Thomason, Goodman,
Mattfeld, Geisslinger
2014 Boeing Boeing
 
Tell us about this play.

It’s a perfectly constructed, door slamming, bedroom farce.  It’s a well-oiled machine. That’s the thing about farce. It’s not a deep psychological study by any stretch of imagination. It is like a Jenga puzzle. It’s so dependent on timing. The farce is like doing algebra – it has to be so precise. Timing is everything.

The play had a revival starting in 2008. It wasn’t popular when it first appeared in the 1960s. People didn’t want to hear about a Lothario bachelor with 3 fiancées. Now we can look back at it as a period piece and a piece of nostalgia. That’s what’s fun about it. It’s the swinging 60s with a bachelor pad – animal prints, wall paper, and velvet paintings. We’re having fun with the period and the stereotypes.

Sounds like it’s pretty physical.

Yes, it is. Our first read through, we sat around the table and we looked at each other thinking “this is terrible.”  Then we stood up on our feet, got moving, and then it worked.

Geisslinger, Goodman, Mattfeld
2014 Boeing Boeing
It’s very physical – Quinn (Mattfeld, who plays Robert) and I have the bruises to prove it, all over our bodies from lots of prat falls.

What about the characters?
It’s important that you have interesting relationships. Quinn and I are old school chums and he’s come to Paris to visit me. Chris (Moore, the director) has made us distinct: I’m the man about town and Quinn is the back woods guy from Wisconsin.   There are fun accents in the show, but I’m the only one who doesn’t have an accent.

People in a comedy don’t know they’re in a comedy. You have to mine that.
Towne, Mattfeld, Griffen
Boeing Boeing 2014

What are your thoughts about the Festival?

I love it here! One of the reasons I’m happy to be here is the audiences and the ownership that the they have over the Festival.  It’s nice to have smart audiences. I’ll be interested in the fall crowd and how they’re going to react.

I hope people enjoy the play – it’s a fun, fast romp!

You can visit http://www.bard.org/plays/boeing2014.html to learn more about the play.

Boeing, Boeing opens September 17 in preview and runs through October 18. You can buy tickets at www.bard.org  or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog - Boeing Boeing Preview



Boeing Boeing
By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
Directed by Christopher L. Moore

As the Fall Season approaches, we’re once again opening the stage door to give you some behind the scenes peek at these new productions. Today’s preview is the first look at Boeing Boeing; check back each day this week on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as we bring you company interviews, as well as podcasts and photos.

Principal Characters:
Bernard, played by Grant Goodman: An American playboy living in Paris, Bernard is happily engaged to three different women, none of whom know about the others.
 
 
 
Gloria, played by Sara Griffin: An American airline stewardess from New York City, Gloria is engaged to Bernard. She is a go-getter, sexy and works for TWA.
 
 
Gabriella, played by Tracie Thomason: An Italian airline stewardess, Gabriella is also engaged to Bernard. She is passionate and feisty and works for Alitalia.
 
 
 
Gretchen, played by Nell Geisslinger: A German airline stewardess, Gretchen is also engaged to Bernard. She is strong and beautiful and works for Lufthansa.




Summary:

Bernard is engaged to Gloria. And to Gabriella. And to Gretchen. The playboy bachelor is living the life, juggling the arrivals and departures of three gorgeous flight attendants. But his supersonic lifestyle goes into a tailspin when flight schedules change and all three ladies arrive at his apartment on the same evening. It is a bumpy, but hilarious ride in this farce, full of flirtatious hijinks, slamming doors, and utter confusion.

You can visit http://www.bard.org/plays/boeing2014.html to learn more about the play.

Boeing Boeing opens September 17 in preview and runs through October 18. You can buy tickets at www.bard.org or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Utah Shakespeare Festival Guest Blog – J. Todd Adams (Sherlock Holmes) and Roderick Peeples (Professor Moriarty)



The summer season is finished, temperatures are a bit cooler, and the leaves are just starting to turn. With fences lining the perimeter of what will become the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, everyone is a buzz with excitement as buildings are being torn down to make way for new state of the art facilities.

Vaughn as Watson
& Adams as Holmes
Adding to the excitement is the anticipation of our fall season. Along with Twelfth Night, we’ll open two new shows Boeing Boeing and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. We met with J. Todd Adams and Roderick Peeples outside the Hunter Conference Center to chat about the iconic Sherlock Holmes stories.

J. Todd was last here almost twenty years ago. He is excited to be back! Roderick first appeared here in 2009 and for this season, appeared in The Comedy of Errors and is in Twelfth Night as well.





Peeples as Moriarity
in rehearsal
Tell us a bit about the play.

Roderick:             The play (written in 1899 by Doyle and Gillette and adapted by Steven Deitz in 2006) is based on two stories:  Scandal in Bohemia and The Final Problem.

What are your thoughts about playing these characters?

J.Todd:                 When Holmes doesn’t have a problem to solve, he’s going crazy. He has these very addictive characteristics – chain smoking, shooting up cocaine (legal in those days). It’s interesting because it shows the mania that’s driving him. The quirks of his character and his nature are what help him be so great at solving the mysteries.

Roderick:             It’s really fun for me. I don’t often get to play arch-villains. Moriarty is challenging because all you have to do is mention “Moriarty” and people go “oh…”. Everyone has an image of him.

Part of the challenge is trying to make him real: An actual human being with goals that are currently being thwarted by Holmes. Moriarty doesn’t want to be seen. He’s been successful by having this web of operatives that do his work for him. So no one ever deals with him directly. But Sherlock has gotten under his skin and caused so many problems that he’s forced to surface and deal with Sherlock directly. It becomes a personal thing.

Adams as Holmes
J. Todd:                                I think Sherlock can’t help himself. He wants to face Moriarty and bring him down himself. They both realize they’ve met their match in each other. They both have a great deal of admiration for each other.

Roderick:             It’s that passion on both sides that is their mutual undoing.

What are your thoughts about the Festival?

J. Todd:                I came here when I was in high school. I’ve seen it grow. It seems busier now. I loved it when I was younger. It was a dream to get to work here. I’m thrilled to be back.

Roderick:             I’ve done work at a lot of festivals around the country and you can really see why this one is king. I love it here. When I was in school at University of Texas, Austin, my mentor was Michael Finlayson, who directed many plays here in the early days. I asked him “Michael, what do you think the chances are of my getting work at the Festival?” He looked at me and said “One day Rick, one day.” It took many years, and I finally made it here in 2009.

You can learn more information about the play at http://www.bard.org/plays/sherlock2014.html

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure opens September 18 in preview and runs through October 18. You can buy tickets at www.bard.org or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Utah Shakespeare Festival Blog Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure



Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

Adapted by Steven Dietz
Based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette
and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Directed by James R. Sullivan



As the Fall Season approaches, we’re once again opening the stage door to give you some behind the scenes peek at these new productions. Today’s preview is the first look at Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; check back each day this week on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as we bring you company interviews, as well as podcasts and photos.



Principal Characters:

Sherlock Holmes, played by J. Todd Adams: A world-renowned and brilliant English detective, Sherlock Holmes believes he is coming to the end of this career and life—but is he?

 
 
 
Doctor Watson, played by Brian Vaughn: Holmes’s loyal friend and trusted companion, Doctor Watson always patiently tries to help his friend and always gets pulled into adventures whether he wishes to or not.

 
 
 
Professor Moriarty, played by Rick Peeples: The villain, a genius of crime, and Holmes’s archenemy, Professor Moriarty is just as brilliant intellectually and logically as Holmes, which is why he is such a perfect counterpart to him.

 
 
 
Irene Adler, played by Melinda Pfundstein: A famous opera star, Irene Adler soon catches the eye of Holmes. He is enamored by her, but meets his match, as she is fiery and not one to be bested by his cunning and intellect.







Summary:



Could this be Sherlock Holmes’ final case? Could the logical detective who has survived poison, pistols, and other predicaments actually be laid low by his love for a woman? The villainous Professor Moriarty thinks so. And, despite the best efforts of Holmes and Dr. Watson, Moriarty may just be right. “The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!”



You can learn more information about the play at http://www.bard.org/plays/sherlock2014.html



Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure opens September 18 in preview and runs through October 18. You can buy tickets at www.bard.org or by calling 800-PLAYTIX.


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