Tom Ferguson: An Actor’s Journey

From the time Bob and I  first saw him on stage at the Dorset Players, Tom Ferguson has been one of our favorite actors.  We have also seen him at the Dorset Theatre Festival and at Oldcastle Theatre. Recently we saw him make his film debut in an independent film, Life Heist. Having seen him in a variety of character roles, we are amazed  by his versatility. Playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and Fagin in Oliver in one season is an indication of his flexibility. From studying acting in college to community and professional theatre his is a journey we wanted to hear more about. Tom did not disappoint us.  Click below to hear his story.

Tom Ferguson Part 1 

Tom Ferguson Part 2

Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest
Fagin in Oliver
The Fantasticks
I Am My Own Wife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emilie

WAM Theatre is remounting Emilie, a play it first presented in 2013, with the same cast. It will be performed at Shakespeare and Company March 30 to April 9 at 7:30 pm.  Although Emilie du Chatelet was also known as Voltaire’s mistress, she was a brilliant physicist and mathematician whose commentary on Isaac Newton’s book Principia was groundbreaking as she added the concept of the law of conservation of energy. When Bob and I saw the play in its original production, we were fascinated by it.  This was another  outstanding woman of whom we knew nothing. The production and the performances were magical. We are looking forward to seeing it again. We were fortunate  to interview the two leads, Kim Stauffer and Oliver Wadsworth, about this new production. Listen to what they have to say about what it means to recreate a play they have performed previously, then be sure see the play yourselves. It is a unique theatrical experience.

Interview with Kim Stauffer and Oliver Wadsworth

WAM Theatre website

 

Rehearsal picture Oliver Wadsworth and Kim Stauffer

Allyn Burrows: Artistic Director Shakespeare and Company

allynmagesBob and I were delighted to talk with Allyn Burrows about his new job as Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company. We enjoyed interviewing him this past summer when he was acting in Or, a delightful play about the playwright Aphra Behn. We also have fond memories of seeing him in the early days of Shakespeare and Company in Edith Wharton plays at the Mount as well as in Shakespeare productions. We were impressed and engaged by his performance as King John when he returned to the company after having been away for a while.

During his time away from the company, Allyn  was busy. He  acted in film and television as well as on stage where he won an Eliot Norton Award for acting in 2006.   He was Artistic Director of  the Boston-area Actors’ Shakespeare Project for seven years. This is Shakespeare and Company’s 40th season, an important landmark. Allyn shared his vision for the company as it continues its unique contribution to theatre with its  outstanding productions of Shakespeare and contemporary plays and its creative educational  and training programs.

Click below to hear the interview.

Allyn Burrows

 

Allyn Burrows as King John
Allyn Burrows as             King John

 

Allyn Burrrows in Or
                    Allyn Burrows in Or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare and Company

 

Gerald Hiken

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Gerald Hiken in Three Sisters circa 1959 . 

Bob met Gerald Hiken at the Fourth Street Theatre where Bob stage managed Three Sisters in which Gerry played the sisters’ brother Andre. Gerry became a friend and later so did his wife, Barbara. We always enjoyed Gerry’s performances, whether on stage, in film or on television. When he and Barbara decided to move to the West Coast, we were sorry to see them leave. Years later, when our son, Paul, was an acting student at New York University, he had the opportunity to study with Gerry. In this broadcast we had the pleasure of sharing our memories of Gerry, inspired by having seen a video Gerry had told us about in which, as an older actor, he shares his vision of the play Hamlet.

Besides the radio program which you can hear by clicking on the links below, we also have included a video of Gerry as an older actor reflecting on his life in acting and the the video of his interpretation of Hamlet.

Interview about Gerry Hiken Part I

Interview about Gerry Hiken Part II

The Bakelite Masterpiece

the-bakelite-masterpieceThe Berkshire Theatre Group and WAM Theatre have co-produced   The Bakelite Masterpiece which is playing at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge until October 23. This is a deeply moving  play engaging the audience’s attention completely for its seventy-five minutes running time. We interviewed the two remarkable actors who bring the characters and the situation to life, David Adkins and Corrina May. After we had seen the play. we could talk with them about how they created the reality on stage that immediately captured our emotions  and left us thinking long afterwards.

Please click on the link below to hear the interview.

Interview with David Adkins and Corinna May

Now click for:

The Berkshire Theatre Group website

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The WAM website

Scan down the WAM website for a rehearsal video

 

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David Adkins, Kristen Van Ginhoven, director and Corinna May

 

 

 

Camping with Henry and Tom

2016_featureposter4Reading a review of Camping with Henry and Tom when it was first produced, I was intrigued by the play. Then Bob got a copy of the play  and we both fell in love with it. Since we knew some of the original cast members and could imagine their voices, we kept hoping that we would see a production some day. Then Julie Boyd at Barrington Stage made our dream come true by having Christopher Innvar direct four actors who were perfectly cast. P.J. Benjamin as Thomas Edison, Patrick Husted as Henry Ford, Kevin O’Rourke as Warren G. Harding and Fisher Neal as Colonel Starling.

We interviewed three of the four cast members while the play was in previews. Talking to them we were even more eager to see the play. When we finally did, it exceeded everything we imagined. We will never think of any but these three amazing actors as these characters. They recreated the world of the play. We urge people to see it by October 23. You will go to another time that will help you understand some of our current political climate. There is a fifth character in the play, an offstage deer who becomes very real as the  men react to the animal who is the reason they are in the situation they are in.

After you click on the link below to listen to the interview,  click on the following link to go to the Barrington Stage website.

Interview for Camping with Henry and Tom

Barrington Stage

Camping With Henry and Tom

P. J. Benjamin as Thomas Edison, John Husted as Henry Ford and Kevin O’Rourke as Warren G. Harding

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare and Company’s Hamlet Reading

hamlet-posterctitbmrwcai4k-dAs a theatrical experience, play readings evoke the audience’s imagination as the actors recreate a play through their skills and the audience’s attention.  Kevin Coleman, the director  of this staged reading, promises it  will include action. Is Hamlet possible without the final duel?

On Saturday, October 8 at 7 PM, Shakespeare and Company is presenting the reading of Hamlet with Finn Wittrock as Hamlet. Finn, along with his brother Dylan and other children of Shakespeare and Company, grew up staging their versions of plays in  which their parents  performed.  Now an acclaimed television and stage actor, he will be joined by some of his former playmates and other actors of the company for the reading, including Jonathan Epstein (Claudius), Elizabeth Aspenlieder (Gertrude), Malcolm Ingram (Polonius), Rory Hammond (Guildenstern),  Dylan Wittrock  (Rosencrantz),  Kate  Abbruzzee  (Ophelia), Thomas Brazzle (Laertes), Caroline Calkins,  David Joseph, and others.

Bob and I were fortunate to get an idea of what the reading will be like when we interviewed Keven Coleman and Elizabeth Aspenlieder.

Click on the link below for the interview.

Kevin Coleman and Elizabeth Aspenlieder

For tickets go to the Shakespeare and Company website.

Shakespeare and Company

 

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Stage reset for Hamlet