What a great season this was. Thanks to all of you that turned out for our presentations, setting the record for audience attendance this year!
The season began in September 2007 with an open rehearsal of Classic Stage Company’s upcoming production of Richard III, starring Michael Cumpsty.
Artistic Director Brian Kulick led the cast in a rehearsal of key scenes from the play, discussing the context and various approaches to the play, the characters, and each particular scene. Often, Kulick asked the performers to repeat sections of the scene, utilizing differing intentions and interpretations. In this way, the audience was introduced to the inner workings of taking Shakespeare from the page to the stage, gaining a deeper insight into Shakespeare’s artistry along the way.
The season continued with Symphony Space’s Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret, featuring nationally-renowned host Isaiah Sheffer and a cast of Broadway and cabaret notables.
This presentation featured the best of songs and sketches from two previously produced Follies evenings at Symphony Space, with spoofs on everything from the never-ending presidential campaign to everyone’s favorite upper west side store - Zabar’s.
In March 2007, the Series offered another leading example in the growing trend of storytelling to its audiences, by presenting Martin Dockery in his solo show, Wanderlust.
We closed the season with an open rehearsal of the 12-time Tony Award-winning Atlantic Theater Company’s Port Authority.
Broadway veteran Brian d’Arcy James and Tony Award-winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening) performed excerpts from the play and, along with the director, Henry Wishcamper, discussed the process of researching and creating their characters for this upcoming New York Premiere.
And, on the side, The Deep End Productions was one of the producers of "LIFE In A Marital Institution," written and performed by James Braly (NPR, The Moth National Story Tour) and directed by Hal Brooks ("No Child, "Thom Pain"). Many of you may remember that this show was first presented as part of The Insights & Revelations Performance Series in May 2006.
The reviews - from the New York Times to the Times of London, Time Out New York, the New York Post, Variety, and The New Yorker - were unanimous raves and the show will begin to tour in spring 2009. Check back for details so you can tell your friends and relatives across the country.