Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Assorted news

Two new cast members have been added to The Coast of Utopia: Amy Irving and Jason Butler Harner.

From Playbill News:
Jason Butler Harner will play the novelist Ivan Turgenev ("Fathers and Sons"). Harner has been a constant presence on the New York stage in the past two seasons, appearing in The Paris Letter, Hedda Gabler, The Ruby Sunrise and Orange Flower Water.

Amy Irving will play two characters in different parts of the play, Varvara Bakunin (the mother of Ethan Hawke’s character, Michael Bakunin) and Maria Ogarev (the estranged wife of Josh Hamiton’s character, the poet Nicholas Ogarev). She was recently seen Off-Broadway in A Safe Harbour for Elizabeth Bishop.

Here's a review of "In Character: Actors Acting"- the book that featured Rosemary Harris.
Curiously, by more than a 3-to-1 margin, there are far more men than women. Very few of the latter qualify as glamour queens; kudos especially go to Ellen Burstyn and Rosemary Harris for participating in all their elder yet elegant glory.

Whether the stage is purely an escape or a form of progressive therapy for an actor is not clear. “I think a lot of actors, myself included, act so that we don’t have to know ourselves,” Melissa Leo declares. “It’s awfully tempting to change your personality, to become somebody else,” agrees Rosemary Harris. (*Where does that sound familiar?*)

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