Why Musical Theatre Actors Should Take On Shakespeare

So many terrific musical theatre performers I have met feel nervous — or even downright terrified — of tackling their first Shakespearean role. Let’s put an end to the notion that performers whose main experience has been acting and singing in musicals should not be playing Shakespeare, right now. In fact, they are uniquely equipped […]

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An Opera Conceived by Beggars

The entire glorious company in the final scene of Marvell Rep’s Drama Desk Award-nominated production of The Threepenny Opera. We thought the horse-head on a stick was a cheekily appropriate solution for an “opera conceived by beggars.” Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Possessed

The jolting moment of possession in THE DYBBUK–a seminal, but rarely produced ghost story about a young Jewish bride who is possessed by the spirit of her dead love on the day of her wedding. Like ROMEO AND JULIET meets THE EXORCIST, Yiddish style. A brilliant cast of 22–just about the largest company on any […]

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End of Story

Here is our company with playwright and mentor extraordinaire, Howard Stein. Howard had just turned ninety when he finished END OF STORY, his richly layered, semi-autobiographical play, and we drove up to his home in CT to give it its first staged reading. It was a thrill for all of us. Howard passed away a […]

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In the Gallows

Photo from THE THREEPENNY OPERA

The Threepenny company in the gallows scene, one of Brecht’s most chillingly (and playfully) subversive passages. Played by one of the best casts ever. Photo by Jill Usdan.

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Othello

The boundlessly talented Joy Franz and Susan Derry as Emilia and Desdemona in the loveliest moment from New Harmony Theatre’s production of OTHELLO . Both actresses are equally at home in Shakespeare and Sondheim. And both have that ineffable gift for reflecting light.

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The Glass Menagerie

Photo of The Glass Menagerie

Amanda Wingfield in high-flying jonquil mode. Joy Franz, celebrated for her roles in the legendary Broadway musical productions of Company, Pippin, and Into the Woods, is also a terrific dramatic actress–and a giving collaborator. She gave a shattering performance. Expert work from Marvell company member Markus Potter as the Gentleman Caller and Loren Dunn, looking […]

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The School for Scandal

Lady Sneerwell and her minion, Snake, stir up scandal in the first scene of Sheridan’s masterpiece. Joy Franz and Chad Sweet played this material truthfully, and were therefore deliciously funny, and quite seductive.

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