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TABLE OF CONTENTS 16
Amanda Peet talks to Encore about her role in The Break of Noon
Interview: The Swanâ€™s Jonathan Ollivier and Richard Winsor
Interview: Jonathan Ollivier and Richard Winsor (continued)
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Learning to Laugh: Marlo Thomas teaches us the importance of laughter
LOCAL CULTURE Stan, Spider-Man and Sackhoff, Oh My!: New York Comic Con comes to the Javits Center
DINING Just Like Grandma Made It: Encore reviews I Trulli
Dan Tepfer Trio appearing at The Jazz Standard [by Vincent Soyez]
Interview: Jonathan Ollivier and Richard Winsor > We speak to “The Swan” in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
What are the challenges on working on this production? We do a lot of shows in the week—normally
How does this production differ from the earlier ones? Well, I see the classical version of Swan Lake as a fairy tale. I have danced the classical version and enjoyed it, but dancing Matt’s version is more rewarding. The story follows the life of the Prince and how he struggles to fit into his society. The main difference with Matt's Swan Lake, though, is that an entire male ensemble replaces the swans. It works so well as swans are big muscular animals and having men portray this makes it more animalistic and real. Why do you believe this particular production has been so successful with audiences? I think it’s because there’s so much in it. You can really get very involved in the story and the dance.
Ollivier “The Swan” [by: Bill Cooper ]
Jonathan Ollivier What is it like to be performing in such a successful production? It's amazing to be involved in such a successful production. I have always wanted to dance Matt's Swan Lake, so I feel very privileged to be dancing it now. But as with any production, you want to deliver a great show.
eight, sometimes nine—and I want to make each show real. It’s also a very physical role to dance, which is wonderful, but you have to keep your energy up. That can be hard sometimes, especially when you’re on tour most of the time.
By TOM HOLMES – Beginning October 13 and running until early November, Matthew Bourne’s Tony Award-winning Swan Lake comes to the New York City Center. Unlike previous portrayals Swan Lake, Bourne’s masterpiece swaps its female cast with an all-male one, and has since become a modern-day classic. Encore spoke with Jonathan Ollivier and Richard Winsor, who both play “The Swan,” about the production.
BEST OF THE SEASON!â€? â€” David Cote, Time Out New York
A PLAY BY THORNTON WILDER
DIRECTED BY DAVID CROMER
â€œWONDERFULLY INTIMATE!â€? â€” Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
â€œENTHRALLING!â€? â€œSHATTERING!â€? â€” Ben Brantley, The New York Times
â€” Frank Rich, The New York Times
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What are the challenges on working on this production? Playing the duel role of the Swan and the Stranger, I really wanted to get to grips with the scence that they’re the two sides to the prince’s personality that he’s struggling to cope with. Also, I wanted to make the famous swan movement in act two my own, not just recreating it from times gone by. I like to really get inside the animalistic nature of a swan.
How does this production differ from earlier ones? All of Matthew [Bourne]’s shows have a strong narrative to them, so this one doesn’t differ from that. But his Swan Lake also has the uniqueness of crossover of the male swans as opposed to the classic version of females playing these roles. This show is also one of Mathew’s more dance-based productions. Why do you believe this particular production has been so successful with audiences? Swan Lake has such a powerful impact on the audience because the music is wonderful, the story is moving and powerful and the choreography is still as groundbreaking as it was 15 years ago. It will keep wowing audiences for years to come, I’m sure. > For more information, visit www.encoremag.com
Richard Winsor as “The Swan” [by: Hugo Glendinning ]
Richard Winsor What’s it like to be performing in such a successful production? There’s an element of pressure each time I hit the stage as the Swan. I'm not sure if it’s because it’s such a famous and iconic role, or because the audience has been anticipating the Swan’s first entrance for about an hour into the show. Either way, it’s an exhilarating feeling having everyone in the audience fall silent watching your every move.
Dancers are often seen as the most fit athletes. Can you give us an idea of your fitness routine to prepare for your role? We always do a ballet or contemporary class before a show. Also, a good warm up before that is stretching and body strength work. When not performing, I like to go running regularly.
It’s pure escapism from day-to-day life. I think when people have seen it, they want to see it again. The more you watch, the more you see. It’s a really special show.
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Fire and Rain: The Songs of James Taylor: At the Kaufman Center. 8pm. www. kaufman-center.org
Thalia Film Club hosted by Marshal Fine: At the Leonard Nimoy Thalia. 7pm. www.symphonyspace.org/series/154
Broadway Close Up: Off-Broadway Close Up: At the Kaufman Center. 8pm. www. kaufman-center.org
Harlem Stage Screen: Free Riders: At Ha Stage. 7:30p www.harlems
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7 The New York Wine and Food Festival: At various locations. Thru October 10. www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/2010
14 Uptown Nights: At Harlem Stage. Thru October 16. www.harlemstage.org
Fall for Dance: At the New York City Center. www.nycitycenter.org
Radio Macbeth & War of the Worlds: At the Dance Theater Workshop. http:// engage.dancetheaterworkshop.org
Lenoard Bernstein: A Celebration: At the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. www. symphoneyspace.org/ series/144
28 The Break of Noon: At the Lucille Lortel Theater. www.mcctheater.org
The Haunted House: Thru October 31. www.hauntedhousenyc.org
Cedar Lake Contmporary Ballet: At the Joyce Theater. www.joyce.org
30 Randy Weston Live in St. Lucia: Free. 3pm. www.tribecapac.org
Breaking out, Off-Broadway Amanda Peet talks to Encore about her role in The Break of Noon In Neil LaButeâ€™s The Break of Noon, which begins performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 28, actress Amanda Peet plays two characters, Ginger and Jesse. While others might fail portraying two separate personalities, Peet should have no problem; after all, if someone can convincingly run away from exploding volcanoes in a blockbuster film like 2012 and make us laugh while roped to a chair in the underrated Saving Silverman, Ginger and Jesse should be a breeze. Encore recently spoke to Peet while she was in Belfast about The Break of Noon, working with David Duchovny and whether she would take Jerry Seinfeld to the Tonys.
On the workshop process for The Break of Noon: We just kind of sat around reading it and making sure that everything was cracking, and just trying to figure out the best way to help Neil, if he wanted to make any changes. On playing two characters: I’m not sure what I’m supposed to give away, but I play David Duchovny’s ex-wife and another woman that he’s close to. One of them believes that he’s had a revelation and one of them doesn’t. On whether it’s tough to play two roles in the same play: No. I mean, I might be if I had to go from one to the other, but I have a little reprieve in the middle.
On when gets over her stage fright: No, there’s nothing to get me past it. I’ll throw up and run to the bathroom every five minutes. I usually lose about seven pounds. There’s nothing worse. You might ask, “Why do this?” On why she does this and how it long it takes for the fear to subside: Every time I do a play, I call my friend during previews and say, “Why the fuck did you let me do this?”… Not after a week, it’s much longer than that. I almost go straight from terror to boredom, and there are a couple of shows in-between that are really great.
On what draws her to Neil’s work [Peet was also in 2005’s This is How It Goes]: He’s really funny, for one thing. He certainly makes me think about things and I also find his work to be really entertaining.
On why she picked this role, after not appearing in a play since 2006’s Barefoot in the Park: I love Neil and really responded to the play. I thought it was really powerful and I love David Duchovny. Then, to top it all off, I have two babies and it’s the closest theater to my house that I could work at. I’ll put my babies down and then run over there.
On the differences between Neil’s writing and Neil himself: He’s really gentle and lovely and understanding, and he’s very astute psychologically. Most of the people he writes about aren’t any of those things.
On her first theater role: It was a play called Winter Wise that was on Theater Row with Bobby LuPone, who played my father. And then I did Awake and Sing! at Jewish Repertory. That was my first big thing, kind of.
On whether her familiarity with David Duchovny (they both appeared in The X-Files: I Want to Believe) will help her performances: Yeah, I do. Since I’m so fond of him, I think it would have been okay anyway, but it’s nice to have that past because we spent some time together already.
On her role models: My two favorites, the ones that I’ve been obsessed with, are Emma Thompson and Edie Falco, who I just saw in This Wide Night. She was amazing in it. She’s not vain and so funny without trying to be funny.
On working in the New York theater community and her and David both being native New Yorkers: I really love New York. I love doing a show in New York and being a part of the New York theater world. I’m pretty sure this is David’s first time on stage. I think he’s really excited, and also terrified, which is good because I have the worst stage fright ever.
On whether she’d invite Jerry Seinfeld to the Tonys if she got nominated, like he did in the “Summer of George” episode of Seinfeld: First of all, I’m not going to get nominated for a Tony. Second of all, I would take Jerry any time, anywhere, just not sexually.
Learning to Laugh Recently Thomas established her own website—marlothomas.aol.com—which emphasizes humor and the power of women. Daily elements are posted, such as a “Laugh of the Day” feature and weekly video chats with Thomas herself. As part of a team of 11, Thomas has made the website possible to all who are in need of some laughter and to be just one of the girls, even if it is via internet. And Thomas just seems to become busier every day. She’s the national outreach director for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, and has been engrossed with the hospital since birth; her father is the founder of the notorious rehabilitation center. Growing up in that environment has shaped Thomas into who she is today, but the smiles of the children make it worthwhile. > To purchase a copy of Growing Up Laughing, visit www.marlothomas.aol.com
By nicole zak – With her upcoming film, LOL, and her memoir, Growing Up Laughing, recently stocked in all major bookstores, Marlo Thomas has quite the life story. When things get tough, Thomas, best known for her role as Ann Marie on the 1970s sitcom That Girl, wants to spread the word of how laughter becomes the only logical remedy. She says, “There are three types of people: those who laugh as it is happening, those who laugh after and those who never understand the joke.” Taking just a year to pen her entire life, Marlo Thomas has written about her memorable occurrences in her life, growing up in her father’s footsteps, all the while emphasizing on the humorous moments, knowing that laughter is key throughout the book and in one’s life as well. Living in the spotlight since birth is bittersweet and, as an actress, Thomas yearns for a way to communicate with others, whether through films or the written word.
> Marlo Thomas teaches us the importance of laughter
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Stan, Spider-Man and Sackhoff, Oh My! > New York Comic Con comes to the Javits Center
Artist Alley A dream team of over 300 artists will appear at NYCC this year, up from 250 at last year’s event. Some of the biggest names include J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl), Chris Claremont (X-Men), Tom DeFalco (former editor-in-chief of Marvel) and Mark Morales (New Avengers). Portfolio Review Think you’ve created the next Superman? If so, bring your work to NYCC and during certain times, professional artists, including ones from Marvel, will take a look at your portfolio. > For more information about NYCC, please visit www.newyorkcomicon.com
New York Comic Con 2010
Keystone Guests In these parts, Stan Lee is royalty, so expect a king’s welcome when the creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and The Fantastic Four appears at ComicCon as a guest of honor. Equally as cool for comic book lovers: artists John Romita, Sr. and John Romita, Jr. will both be there, too. Without their illustrations, Spider-Man might look goofy, instead of awesome.
Other Special Guests There are too many names to list them all, so here are some of our favorites: Brian Michael Bendis; Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead); Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica); Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica); James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); and Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk).
By josh kurp – Held at the Javits Center from October 8–10, New York Comic Con (NYCC) is the kind of event that has an entire section of its website dedicated to a “Weapons Policy” with sentences like, “If you're smart, come to New York Comic Con to have a good time, and have a Zangetsu made out of wood instead of steel, we're going to welcome you to the show.” It’s delightfully nerdy and, with all due to respect to San Diego Comic Con, true to its form as a convention where hardcore fans of anime, comic books and science-fiction can come together for three days.
171 Lafayette Ave. • 718.643.7003 A short walk from BAM, this stylish and relaxed restaurant features Tapas, a raw bar and salads and Entrees from across the Mediterranean. Sangrias, an interesting and affordable wine list, full bar and friendly, professional service have made this a neighborhood favorite. Open seven days.
86 S. Portland Ave. • 718.643.0000 This local Fort Greene spot respects the simple things, like getting chicken tortilla soup, salads, tacos and enchiladas just steps from home. It also respects that a fresh lime margarita, offered frozen, on the rocks, salted, or flavored with fresh fruit, could just make your night.
246 Dekalb Ave. • 718.789.2778 With a menu that changes with the seasons, iCi was a pioneer in Brooklyn using exclusively fresh, local, and naturally grown ingredients. It has now become a classic destination for anyone looking for a solid modern bistro. Open seven days for dinner. Brunch Sat. and Sun.
56 5th Ave. • 718.636.4385 Alchemy is a pub-style restaurant on the north end of 5th Ave. in Park Slope with a small, creative menu, seasonal specials and outstanding selection of beer, wine and cocktails. We provide a warm, welcome atmosphere to enjoy anything from a relaxed pint to a four course meal.
Just like Grandma Made It Ravioli, robiola-filled pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes and chickpeas: Being that I’ve really had authentic ravioli and felt I deserved to know what it tastes like, I went with this meal. It was amazing. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sweet and sour taste was great with the cheese. Coniglio, friend rabbit, carrot puree and spigarello broccoli: If you’re only able to get one thing from the menu, get this! It’s to die for. Eating this edible masterpiece makes me feel like I’m in Italy at my friend’s grandma’s house and she made this for us. The rabbit was prepared like fried chicken, with the crunchy exterior. The carrot puree is a bonus morsel of deliciousness. Tiramisu, mascarpone cheese mousse layered with espresso-soaked ladyfingers: Of course I had to get tiramisu. Their take on the desert is surprisingly light, which is great after a heavy meal.
By Chris evangelista– Everything that I think I’d find at an authentic Italian restaurant, I found at I Trulli (122 E. 27th St.). Inspired by dishes of Puglia, respected restaurateur Nicola Marzovilla opened this restaurant in 1994. The Marzovilla family migrated to America from Italy and they carried with them their passion for Italian food. The restaurant and its dishes are simply an extension of their family’s traditions and heritage. The man loves his craft and speaks of it with vivid passion. Chef Patti Jackson’s creative input to the menu is very impressive as well. Here are my four favorite dishes from the evening: Panzerotti, baby calzones filled with tomato and mozzarella: From its aroma to its taste, I loved this. The calzones have a crunchy exterior but when broken in half, you see the gooey cheese and tomato. It’s the perfect way to start an amazing Italian meal.
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773 Fulton St. • 718.797.3494 Aqualis Grill is a Mediterranean-inspired seafood restaurant that serves a variety of seafood starters and main courses. In addition, Aqualis offers a Prix-Fixe menu that includes a threecourse meal with wine for only $25 between 5:00 and 7:30 pm. Closed Monday.
76-78 St. Marks Ave. 718.622.3276 Born from the desire to forge a pleasant and friendly dining establishment with fresh, locally grown produce, Flatbush Farm features an eclectic selection of ales, wines, and spirits. An endeavor of wonderful simplicity: eat heartily, drink merrily. Lo, now is come our joyfullest feast!
386 Flatbush Ave. Ext. 718.852.5257 World-famous restaurant for over 55 years. Voted No. 1 “The Best Cheesecake in N.Y.” Overstuffed deli sandwiches, skyscraper desserts, blintzes, broiled steaks and fish, 10 oz. steakburgers and more. Open daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
278 Fifth Ave. • 718.369.9527 This Park Slope treasure is a favorite for chicken wings, catfish burgers, beef-on-weck, pulled pork, microbrews, hot sauces, and sports games. Tasty vegetarian dishes are also available. Come enjoy the best burger in town in a fun, friendly atmosphere. (Citysearch)
87 Lafayette Ave. • 718.624.9443 Voted top wine bar in New York City two years running by Zagat’s Night Life Guide, the Stonehome Wine Bar is conveniently located just two blocks from BAM. Stonehome “gives the culinary as much attention as the oenonoligal” (New Yorker) with a seasonal new American menu and a 200 bottle list. 35 wines are offered by the glass. Dinner reservations are recommended (open daily at 5pm).
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