Originally produced in 2008, Bob Jesser and Jennifer Silverman are starring in a new production of Michael Weller's "Fifty Words," at the 45th Street Theatre in NYC. "Fifty Words" is a raw & beautiful exploration of a modern marriage. Taking place in a single pivotal night, the first that "Jan" and "Adam" have spent alone together since the birth of their nine-year-old son.
Bob Jesser is a native Chicagoan who has appeared in film, television, and theatre, as well as numerous national television commercials. His theatre credits include "Savage in Limbo," "The Grey Zone" and "Foaming at the Mouth" (one-man show). He has recently been seen on television starring in the Disney movie "Lemonade Mouth," "Law & Order: SVU," "Rescue Me," "Mercy," "Private Practice," "The Good Wife," "Leverage," and "In Plain Sight." "Fifty Words" marks his first major theatre appearance in New York City.
For more on Bob visit http://www.bobjesser.com!
Jennifer Silverman was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where she started acting in local theatre productions. While living in Vancouver, British Columbia, she started working in film, television, commercials and voice-overs, before moving to New York. Jennifer’s favorite roles include "Rhonda Louise" in "Women of Manhattan" and "Josie Braymore," a character she created for "The Soft Revolution," an experimental film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007. Jennifer has also done voice work on over 50 television shows and films and can be seen on "Jon Benjamin Has a Van," on Comedy Central.
"Fifty Words" plays at the 45th Street Theatre (354 West 45th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue) from June 1-17. Click here for tickets and for for more on the show visit http://www.fifty-words.com and follow them on Facebook!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer?
Bob: I would get this feeling of joy and wonderment when I went to a movie or the theater as a kid. That's what I want to give other people.
Jennifer: I started performing really young and from the first time I got on stage I was intrigued. I am inspired by the endless learning and investigation necessary to do the job well.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to?
Bob: Daniel Day-Lewis, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep.
Jennifer: There are so many amazing artists that I haven't worked with that I would love to work with. My short list would start with Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, and Meryl Streep.
3. What attracted you to "Fifty Words"?
Bob: I love the rawness and volatility of Michael Weller's writing.
Jennifer: I deeply admire the rawness and honesty of the script. I was attracted to the complexity of the characters and their relationship.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show?
Bob: I hope that they come away with a deeper understanding of the part they play in their own relationships. There are ALWAYS two sides to every story and, sometimes, it's not a matter of who's right and who's wrong, but how we communicate with each other.
Jennifer: I hope that audiences see themselves in "Jan" and "Adam," and that they walk away being more conscious of how they treat those they love.
5. What do you each identify most with your characters?
Bob: I identify with "Adam's" need for closeness and intimacy. I think as a society we are becoming more and more disconnected due to all the technology out there. Personally, I believe that people are wired to be social creatures and without human contact, both physical and emotional, we become less compassionate and more angry with each other.
Jennifer: I identify with "Jan's" deep desire to be good at what she does, her stubbornness and the fact that there is much more going on with her than she lets on.
6. You met while taking Larry Moss' class at The Larry Moss Studio. What was the best part about Larry's class and what do you feel you learned from it?
Bob: There aren't enough words to describe what I've learned from Larry. His vast knowledge of theater, his years of experience and his insight into the human condition combine to make his teaching transcend "acting." He not only makes you a better actor, he makes you a better person!
Jennifer: Larry is an incredible teacher and the lessons go on and on. My work took a big leap when I started working with Larry, he demands a very strong work ethic and the utmost respect for the writer.
7. What excites you about working together again?
Bob: Jen and I have been in Larry's class for years, but this is the first time we are actually working together.
Jennifer: Although we know each other from class, this is actually our first time working together and I am learning so much. Bob is a very spontaneous and honest actor, he gives so much!
8. What have you learned about yourselves from being performers?
Bob: I've learned to understand myself and other people so much better.
Jennifer: I have learned that my habits are not my truth.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received?
Bob: Don't be afraid to soar!
Jennifer: Wear sunscreen and don't smoke.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be?
Bob: That's one that I'll keep to myself :~)
Jennifer: I would like to hang out with John Lennon in my dream time, it would be magnificent to spend time with him!
11. Favorite way to spend your day off?
Bob: I love walking through Central Park in the late afternoon or during a snowfall in the winter.
Jennifer: Morning yoga, then brunch with my husband, then wandering around thecity, shopping maybe a museum, movie or theater and dinner!
12. Favorite way to stay in shape?
Bob: I walk a lot. It's so easy to explore in this city.
Jennifer: Crazy about yoga, I've been practicing for about 15 years.
13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose?
Bob: Flying. That way I could avoid all the traffic and crowds in Manhattan!
Jennifer: Oooh, good question! I would like to time travel, that would be incredible!