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Entries in "Sons of the Prophet" (2)

Friday
Dec232011

Joanna Gleason

I first had the honor of interviewing Tony, Drama Desk, and Theatre World Award Winner Joanna Gleason last year when she starred in Nora & Delia Ephron's Off-Broadway smash hit show "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" (click here for our first interview). I am thrilled to be given this honor once again.

Since our previous interview, Joanna has been working hard on her forthcoming book, "Rancho Mirage," which is slated for release in 2012, and is currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Stephen Karam "Sons of the Prophet" through January 1, 2012 at the Laura Pels Theatre in NYC (111 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

1. What attracted you to "Sons of the Prophet" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? The moment I read it, I knew I had never seen characters like this...or played one so rich and layered.

2. What is the best part about performing with this cast? We are tightly knit and adore each other.

3. You have peformed at Manhattan Theatre Club and now Roundabout Theatre Company. What do you like about working with non-profit/institutional theatre companies? Their internal structure, the wonderful people who take expert and personal care of a show and everyone in it.

4. Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? I have an office upstairs at our house, and it overlooks the woods...I work there.

5. In addition to performing, you made your theatrical directorial debut in 2002 with "A Letter From Ethel Kennedy" and have directed several television series including "Love and War" and "Oh Baby." Do you feel there is a difference between directing for theatre and directing for TV? The technicalities of cameras are a world of their own, but it is all the same end--tell the story...get the actors on the same page, and tell the story in small and large ways...but the acting is the same.

6. What can you tell us about your forthcoming book, "Rancho Mirage?" What made you want to write a book? Where is your favorite place to write and what was your favorite part of writing a book? I write in that upstairs room, or in my dressing room between shows at the theatre...in the times when I wasn't working, I felt dammed up, like there were notions and tales in my brain that I wanted to get on paper...just be creative...how many dinner parties could we have (many, actually) or how many scarves to knit (also, many) but then, I sat down and it started to reveal itself.

7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer, director, and writer? That I was always in search of a mate, children, friends, a home...the rest just got better as I found and was blessed with what grounds you in life.

8. What has kept you grounded in an industry that can lead others down a darker road? See above.

9. Looking back, what was it like/what did it mean to win a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for "Into The Woods" and what did you enjoy most about working with Chip Zien (who I had the pleasure of interviewing last year)? What was the best part about starring on "Bette" and what did you learn from working with Bette Midler? The awards? Extraordinary...very moving to me to have work recognized...Chip has been since that show and remains one of my best friends...we have watched each others' kids grow...grandchildren...he is amazing and such a talent...that voice...one of the most beautiful ever...Bette Midler...a force of nature-loved that she was a regular gal and an icon at the same time.

10. You have worked in theatre, film, television, and now publishing. What aspect of entertainment have you not tackled that you would like to? Professional ice skating and tango...I am actually doing one now...the other? Ahhh, that's what watching the olympics is for.

Wednesday
Nov232011

Charles Socarides

Charles Socarides is another actor who's rising up! He's performed in mulitple genres including theatre, film, and television. On stage, Charles has shined in "Trust" (Second Stage), "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" (Roundabout Theatre), "The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall" (Stage 13), "Indian Blood" (Primary Stages), "Awake and Sing!" (Belasco Theatre), "Old Money" (Lincoln Center), "Sons of the Prophet" (Huntington Theatre), and "Lulu" (Yale Rep). Charles' film and television credits include "Breaking Upwards," "The Missing Person," "Virgin," "Jesus Children of America" (directed by Spike Lee), "Law & Order," "Guiding Light," and "Starved."

Currently, Charles can be seen reprising his role in "Sons of the Prophet" at Roundabout Theatre's Laura Pels Theatre in NYC (111 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenue) through the new extended date of January 1, 2012! Click here for tickets! If you have not seen this show, it's one I would highly recommend! (click here for my review)

For more on Charles be sure to follow him on "Facebook!"

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My mother. Growing up I would perform for her. She never got tired of listening to me.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? The one? God, there are so many. Big Leonardo DiCaprio fan.

3. What attracted you to "Sons of the Prophet" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Stephen's writing is so fun! His characters are always multi-dimensional so there's always something to play. Even just reading Sons, I could feel all the characters thinking. It's so seamless, you never feel, "Oh, this guy is just here to serve a purpose." And I hope audiences feel that way too, that they understand each character even if they don't particularly like them.

4. What has been the best part about working with this cast and performing with Roundabout Theatre? The best part is that they are all actually lovely people. They say "If you can't find the asshole in the cast, then it's you." I guess it's me! The best thing about Roundabout is how they can be hands-off and supportive at the same time. It's a great place to work.

5. What attracted you to the role of "Timothy" and what do you identify most with him? I like how ambitious he is. He has no problem with feeling like he deserves something and not resting until he gets it. He's also interesting to me because all of his drive is just so he can get away from himself. I have been guilty of that in my life. Who hasn't, right? Right??

6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? I like when you have that first great show and everybody feels connected to each other. Actors and audience as well. But the feeling among actors is really special. And brief too, because the next day you'll probably have a terrible show. I guess my apartment is my favorite place to work on a role. But I could do it anywhere where I can be alone and it's quiet.

7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Being a performer keeps me in touch with how sensitive I am. If I did something else, I think I would run from my feelings a lot more than I already do.

8. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I don't know. My dad was a shrink so maybe that. But there would have to be an exhibitionistic element to it. Therapist-performance artist?

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "When people tell you who they are, listen." --Joanna Gleason  Good advice. Tough to follow.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I like dreams that make me feel like I'm working something out and I'm in touch with my unconscious. Subjects usually include: my father, ex-girlfriends, childhood.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Favorite way to stay in shape? Super low-key. See a friend, see a movie, relax. I like to go to the gym. Really into pull ups right now even though I can't do that many.

12. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers/boxer-briefs.

13. Favorite website? Ugh, Facebook.

14. Superman or Wonder Woman? Christopher Reeve's Superman.