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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

“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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