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The Bridge Project’s Richard III starring Kevin Spacey to begin June 2011

Produced by The Old Vic, BAM and Neal Street

RICHARD III

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES AND FEATURING KEVIN SPACEY IN THE TITLE ROLE

TO OPEN AT THE OLD VIC ON JUNE 29, 2011

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 31, 2011

The final season of The Bridge Project starring Kevin Spacey, Artistic Director of The Old Vic, in the title role of Richard III, will open at The Old Vic in London on June 29, 2011. The Bridge Project will then embark on an international tour, arriving at BAM’s Harvey Theater in New York in January 2012. The Bridge Project will again be directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes with whom Spacey worked on the film American Beauty, for which they both won BAFTA and Academy Awards.

The Bridge Project is a unique three-year series of co-productions by The Old Vic, BAM and Neal Street, devoted to producing large-scale, classical theatre for international audiences.

The full company will again be drawn from leading American and British actors, with complete casting and international dates to be announced. Tickets will go on sale at The Old Vic from January 31, 2011 and at BAM in Fall 2011. Continue reading

The Bridge Project concludes BAM engagement March 13

FINAL WEEK!  LIMITED ENGAGEMENT ENDS MARCH 13

Bank of America presents
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
Produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Old Vic, & Neal Street

BAM engagement:
AS YOU LIKE IT
playing though March 13th
THE TEMPEST playing though March 13th

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES

“Both works (The Tempest & As You Like It) exude a generosity of spirit.” – Associated Press

The Bridge Project’s second season concludes its engagement at BAM on Saturday, March 13th at the BAM Harvey Theater.  The Bridge Project will next embark on an international tour visiting Asia and Europe before opening in London at The Old Vic in June 2010.

Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, theater and Academy Award-winning film director Sam Mendes again directs a transatlantic company of actors for the second season of The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street devoted to producing large-scale, classical theater for international audiences.

Year two features the intriguing double-bill pairing of Shakespeare’s witty pastoral comedy As You Like It and his late masterpiece The Tempest with another stellar British/American cast that includes Christian Camargo as Orlando and Ariel in As You Like It and The Tempest; Stephen Dillane as Jaques and Prospero; Ron Cephas Jones as Charles the Wrestler and Caliban; Alvin Epstein as Adam and Gonzalo; Juliet Rylance as Rosalind and Miranda; and Thomas Sadoski as Touchstone and Stephano; and Michelle Beck as Celia and Ceres.  Claire Béjanin is the international tour producer for The Bridge Project.

Tickets are on sale now for the The Bridge Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Tickets are available online at http://www.bam.org, by phone at (718)636-4100 or in person at the BAM box office (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn NY).

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The Bridge Project’s THE TEMPEST reviewed by AP

ASSOCIATED PRESS

A generosity of spirit envelops ‘The Tempest’

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

February 26, 2010

A circle of white sand occupies center stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater where Sam Mendes’ enchanting production of “The Tempest” is now on view.

This pristine beach represents the mystical island where Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, lives in rueful exile with his daughter Miranda. It’s an eerie, Eden-like environment that is perfectly captured in this Bridge Project production, running in rep (through March 13) with “As You Like It,” another of Shakespeare’s more fanciful plays.

Both works exude a generosity of spirit, but “The Tempest” especially is filled with a forgiveness that finds its most vivid expression in Prospero, played here by a shaggy, professorial Stephen Dillane. It’s lovely, understated performance, augmented with occasional flashes of anger when justice must be served.

Dillane has a deceptively easy way with Shakespeare’s verse, making it sound charmingly conversational. The more florid poetry is left to Ariel, the play’s ethereal creature, Ariel, the sprite who does Prospero’s bidding. Christian Camargo gives the role a sexually ambiguous spin, almost flirtatious in his willingness to win his freedom.

As Miranda, Juliet Rylance (a definitive Rosalind in “As You Like It”) reconfirms her talent at playing spirited Shakespeare heroines. Her scenes with Ferdinand (an ardent Edward Bennett) — moments of giddy romance — demonstrate why she is one of the best young classical actresses on either side of the Atlantic.

And that’s what the Bridge Project is all about: an amalgamation of actors from the United States and Great Britain under the direction of Mendes.

TO READ THE FULL REVIEW, CLICK HERE:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/02/25/entertainment/e155301S70.DTL

 

The Bridge Project’s THE TEMPEST opens tomorrow Feb 25

THE TEMPEST OPENS TOMORROW THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25th!

Bank of America presents
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
Produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Old Vic, & Neal Street

BAM engagement:
AS YOU LIKE IT
currently playing
THE TEMPEST opens tomorrow, Thursday, February 25th
 
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES

Season Two of The Bridge Project continues with The Tempest officially opening on Thursday, February 25th at the BAM Harvey Theater.

Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, theater and Academy Award-winning film director Sam Mendes again directs a transatlantic company of actors for the second season of The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street devoted to producing large-scale, classical theater for international audiences.

The Bridge Project again begins its international journey in New York, with As You Like It & The Tempest at the BAM Harvey Theater. It will then embark on an international tour visiting Asia and Europe before opening in London at The Old Vic in June 2010.

Year two features the intriguing double-bill pairing of Shakespeare’s witty pastoral comedy As You Like It and his late masterpiece The Tempest with another stellar British/American cast that includes Christian Camargo as Orlando and Ariel in As You Like It and The Tempest; Stephen Dillane as Jaques and Prospero; Ron Cephas Jones as Charles the Wrestler and Caliban; Alvin Epstein as Adam and Gonzalo; Juliet Rylance as Rosalind and Miranda; and Thomas Sadoski as Touchstone and Stephano; and Michelle Beck as Celia and Ceres.  Claire Béjanin is the international tour producer for The Bridge Project.

Tickets are on sale now for the initial engagement of The Bridge Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Tickets are available online at http://www.bam.org <http://www.bam.org/> , by phone at (718)636-4100 or in person at the BAM box office (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn NY).

The complete acting company is as follows:  Ashlie Atkinson (Phoebe/Juno), Jenni Barber (Audrey/Iris), Michelle Beck (Celia/Ceres), Edward Bennett (Oliver/Ferdinand)*, Christian Camargo (Orlando/Ariel), Stephen Dillane (Jaques/Prospero)*, Alvin Epstein (Adam/Gonzalo), Jonathan Lincoln Fried (Le Beau/Alonso), Richard Hansell (Amiens/Sebastian)*,  Ron Cephas Jones (Charles the Wrestler/ Caliban), Aaron Krohn (Silvius/Adrian), Anthony O’Donnell (Corin/Trinculo)*, Juliet Rylance (Rosalind/Miranda)*, Thomas Sadoski (Touchstone/Stephano), Michael Thomas (Dukes Frederick and Senior/Antonio)*, Ross Waiton (Boatswain, Francisco, First Lord)* Production Stage Manager: Richard Clayton* Assistant Stage Manager:  Jenefer Tait* Assistant Stage Manager:  Sarah Ford.
 
*indicates British member of company
 
The British cast members are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association and the American cast members are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association and UK Equity for their assistance of these productions. Anne-Marie Duff, who was previously announced for the season, has had to withdraw due to illness in her family.

Creative team

Director                                  Sam Mendes
Set Designer                            Tom Piper
Costume Designer                   Catherine Zuber
Lighting                                  Paul Pyant
Sound                                     Simon Baker
Music                                      Mark Bennett
Choreography                         Josh Prince
Casting                                    Nancy Piccione and Maggie Lunn

BAM Engagement:
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
Jan 12–Mar 13 (As You Like It)
Feb 14–Mar 13 (The Tempest)/ opening: Feb 25
Tickets: $35, 65, 85, 95
As You Like It: *$25, 55, 75, 85 *Jan 12-18, Tue-Thu only
The Tempest: *$25, 55, 75, 85 *Feb 16-25, Tue-Thu only

As You Like It performance schedule.
Mar 2-5 at 7:30pm
Mar 7 and 13 at 2 PM
March 6 at 2pm

The Tempest performance schedule. Note: opening Feb 25
Feb 23-28, Mar 6, Mar 9-12 at 7:30pm
Feb 28 at 2 PM
Mar 7, Mar 13 at 7:30 PM

The Old Vic engagement
June 12—August 21, 2010
 
International tour dates to be announced

Hear The Bridge Project on WNYC Radio

HEAR THE BRIDGE PROJECT on WNYC RADIO’s
LEONARD LOPATE SHOW

Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance and Thomas Sadoski guests today

Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance and Thomas Sadoski, three principals in The Bridge’s Project’s productions of AS YOU LIKE IT and THE TEMPEST were guests on WNYC Radio’s Leonard Lopate Show today.  
 
Hear their interview at the following link:
WNYC – The Leonard Lopate Show: As You Like It (February 11, 2010) <http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;ct=res&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CAkQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wnyc.org%2Fshows%2Flopate%2Fepisodes%2F2010%2F02%2F11%2Fsegments%2F149885&amp;rct=j&amp;q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wnyc.org%2Fshows%2Flopate%2Fepisodes%2F>

Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, theatre and Academy Award-winning film director Sam Mendes directs the transatlantic company of actors for the second season of The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by The Old Vic, BAM and Neal Street devoted to producing large-scale, classical theatre for international audiences.   
 
In AS YOU LIKE IT and THE TEMPEST, the actors play the following roles respectively, Christian Camargo (Orlando/Ariel), Juliet Rylance* (Rosalind/Miranda), Thomas Sadoski (Touchstone/Stephano).

The Bridge Project began its international journey in New York with the January opening of AS YOU LIKE IT;  THE TEMPEST begins performances on February 14 and opens on February 25. The Bridge Project is co-commissioned by and produced in association with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Holland Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Singapore Repertory Theatre and Théâtre Marigny-Paris.
 
*indicates British cast member

British cast members are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association and the American cast members are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association and UK Equity for their assistance of these productions.

http://www.boneaubryanbrown.com/TheBridgeProject.htm 

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“The Bridge Project on WNYC Radio Today at Noon”

THE BRIDGE PROJECT on WNYC RADIO’s
LEONARD LOPATE SHOW TODAY

Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance and Thomas Sadoski guests
at Noon on 820 AM/93.9 FM

Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance and Thomas Sadoski, three principals in The Bridge’s Project’s productions of AS YOU LIKE IT and THE TEMPEST will be guests on WNYC Radio’s Leonard Lopate Show today at Noon. The show is broadcast on 820 AM and 93.9 FM and can be heard on http://www.wnyc.org <http://www.wnyc.org> .
 
Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, theatre and Academy Award-winning film director Sam Mendes directs the transatlantic company of actors for the second season of The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by The Old Vic, BAM and Neal Street devoted to producing large-scale, classical theatre for international audiences.   

In AS YOU LIKE IT and THE TEMPEST, the actors play the following roles respectively, Christian Camargo (Orlando/Ariel), Juliet Rylance* (Rosalind/Miranda), Thomas Sadoski (Touchstone/Stephano).

The Bridge Project began its international journey in New York with the January opening of AS YOU LIKE IT;   THE TEMPEST begins performances on February 14 and opens on February 25.

The Bridge Project is co-commissioned by and produced in association with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Holland Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Singapore Repertory Theatre and Théâtre Marigny-Paris.
 
*indicates British cast member

British cast members are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association and the American cast members are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association and UK Equity for their assistance of these productions.

http://www.boneaubryanbrown.com/TheBridgeProject.htm 

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The Bridge Project’s AS YOU LIKE IT reviewed by AP

ASSOCIATED PRESS
 
Wintry ‘As You Like It’ finds warmth in Juliet Rylance, a spirited Rosalind
By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic
January 27, 2010

 

Wear a sweater. Who knew the Forest of Arden, the setting for much of Shakespeare’s bucolic “As You Like It,” could be so chilly?
But that’s the take director Sam Mendes has chosen for The Bridge Project’s brooding yet effective revival of the Bard’s romantic comedy, now on view at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater.

The play may have plenty of laughs, but “As You Like It” is also a tale of separation: the gulf between parent and child, brother and brother and, most importantly, its two young lovers. And Mendes, director of such films as “American Beauty” and “Revolutionary Road,” has found the darker elements in a play usually awash in sunnier production values.

What softens Mendes’ wintery ideas (including a forest of bare trees by set designer Tom Piper) is the warm, thoroughly entrancing presence of Juliet Rylance, who plays Rosalind. She is one of Shakespeare’s most spirited heroines, and the actress is a delight, whether swooning over a surprisingly gloomy Orlando or scampering about in male drag as an adventurer named Ganymede.

Rosalind is banished to Arden after her usurping uncle takes over from her exiled father. Yet for her cross-dressing, woodland adventure, Rosalind gets a companion, her cousin Celia, an equally lively young woman played by Michelle Beck.

Christian Camargo’s Orlando is severely moonstruck, yet there is a touch of melancholy to his performance, a man adrift until he finally is reunited with his true love.

But Orlando is edged out in the sadness department by Jacques, the courtier entrusted with one of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches: His recitation of the “Seven Ages of Man,” which begins with “all the world’s a stage.” A superb Stephen Dillane delivers this exquisite meditation on life with a disquieting matter-of-factness that makes it all the more touching.

TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iU3OkAu9qRfJSLCHrwSbNdkbjqSw 

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The Bridge Project’s AS YOU LIKE IT opens tonight 1/26

“AS YOU LIKE IT” OPENS TONIGHT!

Bank of America presents
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
Produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Old Vic, & Neal Street

BAM engagement:
AS YOU LIKE IT
opens tonight January 26th
THE TEMPEST begins previews February 14th

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES

Season Two of The Bridge Project opens tonight January 26th with As You Like It at the BAM Harvey Theater.

Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, theater and Academy Award-winning film director Sam Mendes again directs a transatlantic company of actors for the second season of The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street devoted to producing large-scale, classical theater for international audiences.

The Bridge Project again begins its international journey in New York, with As You Like It followed by The Tempest at the BAM Harvey Theater. It will then embark on an international tour visiting Asia and Europe before opening in London at The Old Vic in June 2010.

Year two features the intriguing double-bill pairing of Shakespeare’s witty pastoral comedy As You Like It and his late masterpiece The Tempest with another stellar British/American cast that includes Christian Camargo as Orlando and Ariel in As You Like It and The Tempest; Stephen Dillane as Jaques and Prospero; Ron Cephas Jones as Charles the Wrestler and Caliban; Alvin Epstein as Adam and Gonzalo; Juliet Rylance as Rosalind and Miranda; and Thomas Sadoski as Touchstone and Stephano; and Michelle Beck as Celia and Ceres.  Claire Béjanin is the international tour producer for The Bridge Project.

Tickets are on sale now for the initial engagement of The Bridge Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Tickets are available online at http://www.bam.org <http://www.bam.org/> , by phone at (718)636-4100 or in person at the BAM box office (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn NY).

The complete acting company is as follows:  Ashlie Atkinson (Phoebe/Juno), Jenni Barber (Audrey/Iris), Michelle Beck (Celia/Ceres), Edward Bennett (Oliver/Ferdinand)*, Christian Camargo (Orlando/Ariel), Stephen Dillane (Jaques/Prospero)*, Alvin Epstein (Adam/Gonzalo), Jonathan Lincoln Fried (Le Beau/Alonso), Richard Hansell (Amiens/Sebastian)*,  Ron Cephas Jones (Charles the Wrestler/  Caliban), Aaron Krohn (Silvius/Adrian), Anthony O’Donnell (Corin/Trinculo)*, Juliet Rylance (Rosalind/Miranda)*, Thomas Sadoski (Touchstone/Stephano), Michael Thomas (Dukes Frederick and Senior/Antonio)*, Ross Waiton (Boatswain, Francisco, First Lord)* Production Stage Manager: Richard Clayton* Assistant Stage Manager:  Jenefer Tait* Assistant Stage Manager:  Sarah Ford.
 
*indicates British member of company
 
The British cast members are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association and the American cast members are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association and UK Equity for their assistance of these productions. Anne-Marie Duff, who was previously announced for the season, has had to withdraw due to illness in her family.

Creative team
Director                                  Sam Mendes
Set Designer                            Tom Piper
Costume Designer                   Catherine Zuber
Lighting                                  Paul Pyant
Sound                                     Simon Baker
Music                                      Mark Bennett
Choreography                         Josh Prince
Casting                                    Nancy Piccione and Maggie Lunn

BAM Engagement:
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
Jan 12–Mar 13 (As You Like It)/ opening: Jan 26
Feb 14–Mar 13 (The Tempest)/ opening: Feb 25
Tickets: $35, 65, 85, 95
As You Like It: *$25, 55, 75, 85 *Jan 12-18, Tue-Thu only
The Tempest: *$25, 55, 75, 85 *Feb 16-25, Tue-Thu only

As You Like It performance schedule. Note: opening Jan 26
Jan 12-17, Jan 19-23, Jan 26-30, Feb 2-6, Mar 2-5 at 7:30pm
Mar 7 and 13 at 2 PM
Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7 at 3pm
March 6 at 2pm

The Tempest performance schedule. Note: opening Feb 25
Feb 14, Feb 16-17*, Feb 18-21, Feb 23-28, Mar 6, Mar 9-12 at 7:30pm
Feb 28 at 2 PM
Mar 7, Mar 13 at 7:30 PM
*Spring Gala: BAM Patron Celebration

The Old Vic engagement
June 12—August 21, 2010
 
International tour dates to be announced

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The Bridge Project’s Camargo & Rylance in NY Times

Season Two of The Bridge Project begins tomorrow, January 12, with a new production of AS YOU LIKE IT at the BAM Harvey Theatre, directed by Sam Mendes.   Company members – and husband & wife – Christian Camargo & Juliet Rylance play opposite each other as Orlando & Rosalind.

 

NEW YORK TIMES

Arts & Leisure

January 10, 2010

 

A Threesome: Husband, Wife, Shakespeare

By MATTHEW GUREWITSCH

TWO actors might work all their lives and never receive higher praise. In back-to-back productions of Shakespearean tragedy with Theater for a New Audience last season, Juliet Rylance’s brave, gracious portrayal of Desdemona was hailed in The New York Times as “exquisitely moving” and the dark, lean and hungry Hamlet of Christian Camargo as “virtually perfect.” At the time few knew they were newlyweds; their work was judged independently, on the merits.

Among the many who took notice was the director Sam Mendes, who promptly invited Ms. Rylance and Mr. Camargo to join his ensemble for the second, all-Shakespeare season of his Anglo-American Bridge Project, a joint effort of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Old Vic in London and Neal Street Productions, a partnership formed by Mr. Mendes and associates to develop film and theater ventures. This will be the couple’s first time performing together.

In “As You Like It,” which begins previews on Tuesday, the British Ms. Rylance, 30, and the American Mr. Camargo, 38, play Rosalind and Orlando, whose courtship unfolds as an elaborate, gender-bending masquerade. In “The Tempest,” beginning previews on Feb. 14, she appears as the wide-eyed Miranda, on the brink of a brave new world; he as the spirit Ariel. An eight-month international tour follows, stopping in Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, Madrid, London and other cities.

“Professionally, the closest we’ve been before is at Theater for a New Audience, when we got to peek into each other’s rehearsal rooms,” Ms. Rylance said during a joint interview over lunch at the Brooklyn Academy in late December. That she could work in America without special dispensation from Actors’ Equity was a happy consequence of her recent marriage. As Mr. Camargo explained, “We’re kind of a Bridge Project unto ourselves.”

The two players became friends in 1997, when he was in London for the inaugural season of the Globe Theater, working with Mark Rylance, Juliet’s stepfather. “Back then Juliet was the boss’s untouchable daughter,” Mr. Camargo said. “And there’s this slight age difference.”

Things changed in the fall of 2008. Mr. Camargo was appearing on Broadway in “All My Sons” while Ms. Rylance was in town on an extended visit with her stepfather, then also on Broadway, in “Boeing-Boeing.” By day she took part in a Shakespeare workshop for Theater for a New Audience, as did Mr. Camargo.

“Projects started winding down,” he said, “but saying goodbye really wasn’t an option. We needed to stay together. So in November 2008 we made a quick visit to City Hall. It was lovely and wonderful.”

Like most stars who seem to break out overnight, they do have histories. Mr. Camargo, a fourth-generation actor of Mexican-American descent, grew up in New York and trained at the Juilliard School. His résumé includes supporting roles on Broadway (beginning with David Hare’s “Skylight” in 1996) and in Hollywood (most visibly as the Ice Truck Killer in the premiere season of Showtime’s “Dexter”). Ms. Rylance, who trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, has followed her stepfather’s example as an actor-producer, starring in acclaimed London stagings of “Bash: Latterday Plays” by Neil LaBute and “Romeo and Juliet” for her own Theater of Memory, created in 2007.

To Jeffrey Horowitz, the founding artistic director of Theater for a New Audience, Ms. Rylance’s and Mr. Camargo’s work in Shakespeare epitomizes ideals to which he and his company have been dedicated for three decades. “They build from the language,” he said. “They articulate it in a natural, living way. It’s a great gift.” But the Duke Theater, where Mr. Horowitz’s company performed last season, is studio size, the play’s runs were short, and many in the long cancellation lines were shut out. (Efforts are under way to revive “Othello” and “Hamlet” on Broadway in rotating repertory.)

Now that Mr. Camargo and Ms. Rylance are a couple, do they take their work home?

“Absolutely not,” he replied, and then instantly reversed himself. “Yes. We do run lines together. But I definitely have my own way, and Juliet has her own way, and we’re respecting that. I’m more the cat going into the cellar under the steps to die, and Juliet just says to the room: ‘I’m here. Let’s everyone get together.’ The analogies don’t quite match, do they? My process is more solitary and isolating. Maybe I’m wrong. It’s always changing.”

Ms. Rylance put it more simply. “It’s fascinating figuring out when to marry what we’re doing and when to step back. We’re learning a lot about our relationship.”

Art, they suggested, may be imitating life, or was it the other way around? In any case the jousting in “As You Like It” between Rosalind (who impersonates the youth Ganymede, who in turn “pretends” to be Rosalind) and Orlando (the straight man in this comedy of self-generated errors), strikes home. “You see the reality and the euphoria of love at first sight,” Ms. Rylance said. “Yet to mine the relationship for its lasting values, you have to discover skills that you have no inkling of at first.”

Mr. Mendes said he was intrigued by their dynamic. “Christian is very watchful, observant, bright, incredibly acute,” he added by phone. “He’s sensational at making thought live. But his heart, his full emotional engagement doesn’t come into view until the very end of the process. Juliet’s completely open and trusting. She flings herself in with all her being, and the rest catches up.”

TO READ THE ENTIRE STORY, CLICK HERE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/theater/10couple.html?ref=theater

 

 

The Bridge Project 2010 media website now live.

THE BRIDGE PROJECT

2010 media website now live:

www.boneaubryanbrown.com/TheBridgeProject.htm

 

Click on the link to find:

Sneak peek video with Sam Mendes and the leading company.

Photos.

Background information.

Press notes and more!

 

 

The Bridge Project begins previews with As You Like It on January 12th followed by The Tempest on February 14th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater (651 Fulton Street).

 

Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, theater and Academy Award-winning film director Sam Mendes again directs a transatlantic company of actors for the second season of The Bridge Project, a unique three-year series of co-productions by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street devoted to producing large-scale, classical theater for international audiences.

 

The complete acting company is as follows:  Ashlie Atkinson (Phoebe/Juno), Jenni Barber(Audrey/Iris), Michelle Beck (Celia/Ceres), Edward Bennett (Oliver/Ferdinand)*, Christian Camargo (Orlando/Ariel), Stephen Dillane (Jaques/Prospero)*, Alvin Epstein (Adam/Gonzalo), Jonathan Lincoln Fried (Le Beau/Alonso), Richard Hansell (Amiens/Sebastian)*,  Ron Cephas Jones (Charles the Wrestler/  Caliban), Aaron Krohn (Silvius/Adrian), Anthony O’Donnell (Corin/Trinculo)*, Juliet Rylance (Rosalind/Miranda)*, Thomas Sadoski (Touchstone/Stephano), Michael Thomas (Dukes Frederick and Senior/Antonio)*, Ross Waiton (Boatswain, Francisco, First Lord)*. *indicates British member of company

 

http://www.boneaubryanbrown.com/TheBridgeProject.htm

 

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