A Summer with Euripides and More

July 8, 2014

I’ve been spending my first summer alone in New York, and it’s been one of the busiest times of my life! I’ve started working as an usher at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, I’ve been writing constantly and have even started a production company with some of my friends!

 

Sweet Sweet Productions aims to give emerging artists a way to get their work produced without jumping trhough loopholes. We've already begun filming our first short film! A 40-minute comedy called "Limited Engagement", written by yours truly! Much like TORTURE, its been an amazing time, discovering what it takes to shoot your own short film from the ground up. For one thing it has meant a lot of travelling to Roosevelt Island where the set is...

 

I also auditioned for a production of Euripides’ “Andromache” at the beginning of the summer and have been cast as Orestes. The play has rarely been produced, so it’s quite exciting, and American Thymele Theatre who are producing it have been around and bringing Hellenic culture to NYC since I was born! We’re now well into rehearsals, and its shaping up to be an exciting, unique production. We’ll be performing at several venues across Manhattan, from the East River Park Ampitheatre way down towards the southern tip of the island, all the way up to the Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell in Harlem, and the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, closer to midtown.

 

Working with classical text outside of Shakespeare is always an interesting challenge, because one may not necessarily be able to bring all the same tools to bear on the text. That being said, there’s a lot to mine for, and playing Orestes has given me an opportunity to think critically about what it means to play a “heroic” character, and how to humanize him so as to make him sympathetic, but also maintain the grandeur of the language.

 

The cast is fantastic, dedicated and talented, the weather has been perfect, and the costumes breathe nicely. It’s shaping up to be  a wonderful summer in NYC!

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