Monthly Archives: November 2008

First Night Back with the JUDAS Cast

Brian Hemmingsen, Frank Britton, Julie Garner, Frank B. Moorman, Diet Coke, and Mr. Latte.

Brian Hemmingsen, Frank Britton, Jason McCool, Julie Garner, Frank B. Moorman, Diet Coke, and Mr. Latte.

Back to the rehearsal space for a few nights. Working through the show, seeing how much we remember, making little adjustments, and working in our new cast member. Feels pretty strange to be back in the rehearsal room with this show after running it for 4 weeks at the Playhouse, but it was a nice reminder of the text and characters’ intentions.

The first “comeback” rehearsal went really well. We were all surprised by how well the show held up after a 6-month break. It was also really great to hear those lines again and see those scenes. For long stretches, it felt like a blooper reel as all the actors were cracking each other up as we remembered how funny this show can be. On the flip side, you know the script holds up when a rehearsal of this show, in a conference room even, can still make us cry.

It’s good to be back working on this show.

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Guirgis on JUDAS

Stephen Adly Guirgis

Stephen Adly Guirgis

A few interviews and articles about playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis that were published prior to the NY premiere of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.

Still haven’t bought your tickets to our upcoming re-mounted production? You can do so here, before they sell out.

A Playwright Wrestles With His Judas Complex

Stephen Adly Guirgis: When Judas came to New York

Stephen Adly Guirgis: Philip Fisher interviews an important new American playwright

“For ‘Judas’ Actors, a Rewarding Trial”

Brian Hemmingsen as Judge Littlefield and Jim Jorgensen as Satan

Brian Hemmingsen as Judge Littlefield and Jim Jorgensen as Satan

Reposted from a Washington Post article on The Last Days of Judas Iscariot that ran in April. For her Backstage piece, Jane Horwitz interviewed Jim, Brian, John Vreeke, and Scott McCormick.

“For ‘Judas’ Actors, a Rewarding Trial”

The Second Coming…

As we get closer to the re-opening of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, I wanted to revisit some interviews and info from last season’s production to get you all in the mood again. Remember–we will not be extending this production past the 21st. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to reserve yours soon.

Patrick Bussink as JESUS and Jason McCool as JUDAS

Patrick Bussink as JESUS and Jason McCool as JUDAS

In case you missed it last time, here’s an interview with cast members Patrick Bussink, Jason McCool, and dramaturg Hannah Hessel on the DCTheatreScene site. Earlier this year, DCTheatreScene named Judas as “Best Play” in their Audience Choice Awards.

Heather Haney joins the cast of JUDAS

Heather Haney

Heather Haney

Hey everyone. We had our first rehearsal for the Last Days of Judas Iscariot re-mount last night, working with our new actor, Heather Haney (who you may have just seen in Constellation’s Temptation). Heather is joining the cast of 14 returning actors and will be taking the role of Mother Teresa. Maggie Glauber, our amazingly talented company member, had to step down from the revival to do a little production of her own–namely, the production of 2 twin baby boys! As funny as the idea of a pregnant Mother Teresa was, Maggie needed to focus on other things (like rest) and has been working with Heather to take over. Send your thoughts and support to Maggie and John as they prepare for their family to double in size!

And Now, Something Different

Taking a break from getting our panties all in a bunch,  here’s a lighter post for today.  An interesting idea as we start to discuss our 2009-2010 season….

From The Onion:

Unconventional Director Sets Shakespeare Play In Time, Place Shakespeare Intended

Company Members Around Town–(and out, edition)

While we at Forum are prepping for the Dec 5th opening of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (a re-mount of last season’s production), I thought I’d update you all on the going-ons of some of our company members who are working elsewhere this November.

You can see Alexander Strain (The Memorandum, director of our upcoming Marisol) over at Theater J in Honey Brown Eyes. Alexander is the Artistic Associate-in-Residence at the J and will be appearing in 2 more productions with them this season. Honey Brown Eyes runs now until November 30.

The majority of the company is involved, in some way, with the Judas build-up, but our out-of-towners are keeping plenty busy. Paul Frydrychowski (lighting designer of Antigone, Kid Simple, Gas Heart/Hamletmachine, and The Memorandum) is out on the road as the Lighting Supervisor for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Paul just left the UK and is heading for Greece with the company before flying back here for a brief stay to work on the re-mount. Look forward to our “Track Paul” widget available for your iPhone.

And up in New York, Hannah Hessel is working on her first year at Columbia U, and sends us this message:

Hannah Hessel is not currently around town. Instead she has moved up to New York to pursue a Masters of Fine Art in Dramaturgy at Columbia University. In New York she is studying with some amazing theater artists, seeing as much theater as she can afford and trying to perfect her answer to the inevitable question “what do dramaturgs do?” She is currently working on a production of Chekhov’s The Seagull set in an underground bunker. She misses Forum a great deal.

You can keep up with Hannah over at her blog.