I hear those chords that introduce the ghost father in Don Giovanni and they terrify me. And more than roles, directors and writers I want to work with. Amadeus plays from October 10 through October 26 at the beautiful New Vic Theatre at Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre Company is Santa Barbara's leading professional, resident theatre company.But I definitely hear them filtered through playing Mozart shattered by grief and guilt just after his father's death. Under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC has attracted accomplished performing artists from around the country.
I've seen performances that devastated and thrilled me, and followed certain actors' careers pretty extensively- seeing them do anything and everything.
At a certain point I was working consistently enough, it felt more natural to allow my company, director and the material teach me.
I can't hear that Adagio Serenade #10 for Winds in B Flat Major without getting chills every time that oboe comes in, but I wonder if I would feel the same way if I hadn't been taught to listen to it by Shaffer's Salieri. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Play, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1985, Amadeus brims with gorgeous music and language as rich as a Viennese butter cream torte.
It's one of the many remarkable things about this play. Life is comfortable for Antonio Salieri, Court composer to Austrian Emperor Joseph, until the greatest musical genius of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lands on the scene, leading to jealousy and political intrigue.
But I felt the sexuality was a really important aspect of what was ground breaking about the show, so I wasn't initially bothered doing it. I am now a year older than Mozart was at his death.
As the series progressed it got more and more difficult because it felt redundant and unnecessary. I've been doing theatre since I was a child, working professionally in theatre since I was a teenager and I went to Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where I got a BFA in theatre. The role requires a lot of energy which is harder at this age but I feel much more grounded and am bringing significantly greater life experience than my previous go.
No because I had already established my character as Justin; but I think it would affect my TV work now.
I’m a very different actor than I was, just because of experience. I saw this production three times in its initial carnation, with Natasha Richardson, Molly Ringwald and Jennifer Jason Leigh. When it was re-revived last year, I thought, my god, I’ve aged into a character actor—which is something I’ve become more comfortable with it.
I can't remember being a part of a company where I didn't deeply admire, look up to and learn from other actors in the cast. For me, Beckett addresses the most significant questions about being a human being on this earth in a way that is deeply intelligent, realistic (not the style of his plays obviously, but his view of the world to me is profoundly realistic), gorgeously poetic and also hilarious.