Headliner

J.K. Simmons on ‘Counterpart’ Season 2 and the ‘Crushing’ Moment That Changed His Life

The Oscar-winning actor opens up about the twists and turns of ‘Counterpart’ season two, how he pulls off dual leading roles, and the ‘divergence’ point that changed his life. by: Nick Schager The only thing better than one J.K. Simmons is two, which is a significant reason Counterpart is a top contender for best new show on television. After completing a sterling initial season earlier this year, Justin Marks’ twisty-turny sci-fi saga begins its excellent sophomore run on Starz this Sunday (Dec. 9). As before, its focus is squarely on Howard Silk (Simmons), a Berlin-situated government employee entangled in a Cold War-esque spy game—the catch being that the two sides at war are not East and West, but our world and an identical parallel dimension we discovered thirty years ago that’s popul...

DIRECTORS LAB NORTH

DIRECTORS LAB NORTH   Directors Lab North is a directing lab based in Toronto, Canada, geared toward professional practicing directors in all stages of their career from all across Canada and abroad. Now in its 9th year, the Lab fosters a national and international exchange between a community of emerging, mid level and established career directors that need a safe space to explore and connect with like-minded peers. Participants are exposed to foreign techniques and practices, broadening their scope and repertoire. It is a series of workshops, readings, investigations, roundtable discussions, shared sessions and master classes led by master theatre practitioners.

Why a Tony-Winning Director Decided to Return to Acting By JEN GUSHUE

  “I think all actors have a little bit of director brain. But it’s been really nice not to feel any urge to ‘fix’ anything.” David Cromer on costarring in The Waverly Gallery on Broadway — How do you follow up winning the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical? For David Cromer, who snagged that statuette for his work on The Band’s Visit, the answer was to book an acting gig. The prolific director — who launched his career in Chicago before making his name Off-Broadway with the musical Adding Machineand a long-running production of Our Town — had dabbled in performing in the past. (He played the Stage Manager in Our Town, had a small part in the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and even did an arc on the TV se...

Josh Aaseng

Josh Aaseng. (Photo by John Ulman)   Profession: Director, writer/adapter Hometown: Billings, Mont. Current home: Seattle Known for: Aaseng is associate artistic director of Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre, where he previously served as literary manager. At Book-It he directed and co-adapted (with Daemond Arrindell) Welcome to Braggsville and adapted and directed Slaughterhouse-Five. He served as a consulting director with Rachel Chavkin on Frank Boyd’s The Holler Sessions, which has toured nationally and internationally. What’s next: Aaseng is currently working on a new project at Book-It, pending a rights agreement. He’s also developing screen projects with Braggsville author T. Geronimo Johnson and Arrindell, and working with Arrindell on a commission from Freehold Theatre to c...

The Drama Book Shop to Close Doors in 2019

BY OLIVIA CLEMENT via www.playbill.com The 100-year-old performing arts bookstore is reportedly looking to relocate after facing a steep rent increase. The Drama Book Shop, which celebrated its 100th anniversary just last October, has told Crain’s New York Business that it will close the doors to its longtime home in midtown in early 2019. The performing arts book shop, which boasts an impressive collection of play and musical scripts, biographies, guides, and history books, will reportedly look to re-open elsewhere in the theatre district. The Drama Book Shop’s vice president Allen Hubby told Crain’s New York that the closure was due to a recent, and steep, rent increase. The company has occupied its home at 250 West 40th Street for almost 20 years. The theatre community...

Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News

EXCITING NEWS!! The Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News podcast is now on iTunes. Now you can subscribe and listen to it every Thursday. Treading the Boards’ Regional Theatre News is a weekly email and podcast chock full of the latest happenings in regional theatre, as well as links to powerful interviews and discussions with well-known theatre professionals. Also, I may share with you something I find exciting, you’ll have to read to the end to see what that might be each week. This email and now, podcast, are supplemental to the book, Treading the Boards, which is a valuable resource for professional artists interested in working in regional theatre. It lists over 430 equity houses and gives pertinent information such as artistic & production personnel, audit...

Uta Hagen

Uta Hagen Actress, Teacher, Writer…Legend   Because she has had a long, distinguished career on the stage, and because for decades she has been one of the most important acting teachers in America, and because she has written with wit and clarity about the technical craft of acting, Uta Hagen has had a profound influence on the way acting is practiced, taught, and thought about in this country.   Uta Hagen made her professional debut in 1937 at the age of eighteen as Ophelia in an Eva Le Galliene Hamlet in Dennis, Massachusetts. In 1938 she made her Broadway debut as Nina in the Lunts production of The Sea Gull. She played in twenty-two Broadway productions, including the legendary Othello with Paul Robeson and Jose Ferrer. In 1948 she re-invented Blanche DuBois for the nat...

Plays About Guns, With Varying Aims In the midst of the #NeverAgain movement, can theatre artists foster nuanced conversations on the polarizing topics of gun violence and gun control?

BY KATHERINE FRITZ I live on the East Coast, in a large city. I’m a registered Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton. I make my living as a theatre artist and educator. I have never owned, nor even fired, a gun. That doesn’t mean I’m not concerned about our country’s gun violence epidemic. Unfortunately our national discourse has, for years, framed the issue of gun control into rigid binaries: the rural, gun-owning, truck-driving American who wants to defend his constitutional right to possess and use firearms versus the city-dwelling, bike-riding, coastal elitist who wants to take all the guns away. That these stereotypes lack any nuanced understanding of a complex issue seems almost beside the point; they’re effective, so much so that framing them this way has prevented us from producti...

Lily Gladstone is a star on the rise, but her Blackfeet identity and UM roots keep her grounded in the capricious world of showbiz

MONTANA MAGAZINE SPRING 2016 THE MAGAZINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA Story by: Jacob Baynham Lily Gladstone drinks coffee near Urey Lecture Hall on UM’s campus (left).   Last February, Rene Haynes was standing in line at a Los Angeles Costco when her phone buzzed. She didn’t recognize the number, but as a Hollywood casting director, she’s used to urgent calls from strange numbers at all hours of the day. This one was from a fellow casting director, Mark Bennett. He was looking for Native actors to audition for a lead role in an independent film set in Montana.The cashier scanned Haynes’ groceries as Bennett described the character—a reclusive ranch hand, the strong, silent type, grounded. Haynes, a UM theatre and dance alumna whose casting credits include Dances with Wolves, t...

J.K. Simmons on Counterpart, His Sunday Traditions and Where He Displays His Oscar

(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) By MARA REINSTEIN  @@MaraReinstein What’s better than watching J.K. Simmons take on a juicy role? J.K. Simmons taking on two juicy roles. In the new sci-fi espionage thriller Counterpart, premiering January 21 on Starz, he plays Howard Silk, a low-level U.S. government operative in Berlin who finds out he must work with his doppelgänger in a parallel dimension to prevent a catastrophe. The Grosse Pointe, Michigan, native, 62, will spend the show’s premiere night with his filmmaker wife, Michelle, and two kids (Joe, 19, and Olivia, 16) watching it in their Los Angeles home. After about 180 movies and TV shows, Counterpart is your first starring role in a TV series. What took so long? I’m fortunate in my career that I’ve done a real variety of roles, and it’s gr...

Bigfork Summer Playhouse 2018 Season Announced

Bigfork Summer Playhouse 2018 Season This season, the Bigfork Summer Playhouse repertory theatre offers a fantastic series of shows to suit every taste. During repertory season, we feature four rotating shows – stay four days and see four plays! Our 2018 repertory season: The Totally Radical 80’s Revue, The Little Mermaid, Singin’ In The Rain, All Shook Up, and Into The Woods. In the late summer and early fall, we bring the musical extravaganza – Hits From the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. (v 6.0.1) For tickets, please visit the Buy Tickets page (tickets for summer not available until April). Click here to view 2018 Shows. (2018 schedule to be set in February) (Tickets are on sale in April online or by mail). We are sorry for any inconvenience, but we’ve been assessed a mandatory $1 per ticket sol...

You Can Believe This Play’s a Disaster

The authentic farce of The Play That Goes Wrong —By JOSH AUSTIN According to Mark Bell, farce is a high theatrical art. And he should know: As the director of The Play That Goes Wrong – a raucous new Broadway comedy – he spends his days treating the genre with the respect it deserves.                                                                                               “What we’re doing is what I call ‘clown,'” says Bell. “Which, I don’t mean ‘circus clown.’ It’s about character comedy. The first thing we’ve done is we’ve found the characters: Who are the people doing this? And their job, really, is to be a slightly exaggerated reflection of who we are as real people.” The play-within-a-play, which i...

  • 1
  • 2