If you read my last post, you are well aware how much I enjoyed the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's production of *The Three Musketeers.Lucky me - the fun didn't end at curtain call. I got a chance to sneak behind the scenes and get some quality time backstage with three of the show's top stars. All I can say is this...though they are all superior in their field of work, these three thespians are also among the most humble, intelligent, kind and generous people I have come across in quite some time.What a tough job I have - it is complete torture to conduct these interviews... #lovethem
There is something to be said about finding down time and remembering how to breathe. Taking a moment to turn off your cell phone and turn on a good classic instead. On this particular day, I sojourned to Garrison, NY - a surprisingly short and majestic train ride away from the city - to do just that. My final destination...The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to enjoy a sold-out performance of The Three Musketeers.In her 27th year, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has continuously produced top-notch performances - season after season. Hailed as an industry theater leader, she is known for her integrity as the region's only professional resident Shakespeare Company. And with the grounds of the 19th century Boscobel estate hosting her summer address, there is no room for disappointment.
WHO IS THIS COOL PEEP: ELEANOR HANDLEY Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I moved to NYC in 2005 after being accepted (and receiving a scholarship) into the MFA program at the New School for Drama in the West Village. Since graduating I've had the chance to perform all over the east coast, including premiering a Chuck Mee off-Broadway rendition of A Christmas Carol, opposite Austin Pendleton and Dominic Chianese (AKA Uncle Jnr from the Sopranos). Other favorite stage performances include Cresidda in the New York Times acclaimed production of Troilus and Cressida for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and most recently 'Maggie' in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival...(where I had the pleasure of meeting the illustrious CC). You may have also seen me on TV include Royal Pains and As the World Turns.
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So, when I was prompted to drive to DeSales University (in of all places, Center Valley, PA) to see a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, I left my expectations in Manhattan and drove to what I thought would be a quick night at the theatre. And nothing more than that.Dear readers, I am happy to report that I was wrong. Dead wrong. My evening was ANYTHING but a quick night at the theatre. Director Thomas Ouellette, has led a team of uber-talented actors to the stage in a moving, deeply dark rendition of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. This is an astounding production that I am confident Williams himself gave a standing ovation to, from the heavens above.