An Actor’s Notebook: How to Play a Character

Great thoughts on acting from Sam Ward, who plays Alan in our upcoming production of Interval...

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Location, location, location (and other details)

Note: This post is full of links to other really interesting websites. Each link opens a new window. Enjoy exploring!

The setting of a play can be as detailed and exact as the playwright, the director and/or the producer want or need it to be.  In the musical The Fantasticks, which has the feeling of a parable, the setting is a nearly bare stage with a trunk and a ladder.  In Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, the single large hunting lodge set (which needs to include a trap door) benefits from a loving attention to realistic detail.  [NOTE:  both this excellent shows are running right now in Fort Wayne, at IPFW and First Presbyterian, respectively.]

Jeannette Clift George sets her two-character play, Interval, in the heart of New York City, Manhattan.  Perhaps because for Americans, NYC is the quintessential Big City, it is a fitting backdrop for a play about two lonely people who are having a hard time finding a place to belong. Audience members who know New York well may have a bit of a job suspending disbelief that there could actually be a “forgotten corner” of Riverside Park, which runs along the Hudson River. We have tried to suggest that it is a sunken section of garden (steps down from street level).

You will notice several things about this garden: Continue reading

Who are Sam and Sara Ward?

As I was sitting in the studio at PBS Channel 39 last week, waiting to be part of an Arts Weekly interview (that link will take you to the whole show, of which I am the first six minutes–there will be a quicker YouTube link soon)…I looked over at John O’Connell’s list of questions for me and near the top I could see, “WHO ARE SAM AND SARA WARD?”

Wow, I thought. Great question.

I didn’t let him ask it. I answered it without prompting.

Who are Sam and Sara Ward?  They are:

God-lovers,
Believer-artists,
Husband and wife,
Pastor and wife,
Parents of Eliana and Silas,
Passionate about redeeming the arts,
My friends.

Sam as Alan

Sam as Alan

 

Sara as Lenore

Sara as Lenore

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don’t have their biographies for the program yet, but I did come up with some questions to ask them. Their answers will give you a little more insight into what is so special about this couple. Continue reading

“Interval”: two-character show to open 2014-2015 season

Interval posterAlan sits shivering on a bench in Riverside Park. He’s waiting for a ride. Lenore hurries on to use the payphone to call her roommate to pick her up. Other than their dependence on others for their daily commute, Alan and Lenore don’t seem to have anything in common. She’s from Wisconsin, he moved from San Francisco. She’s a receptionist, he “executes accounts.” He’s private, a man of few words; she wears her heart on her sleeve and can’t stop talking.

But as Lenore rattles about (and impersonates) her family, her workplace, her dreams, a connection is made. The random meeting becomes a settled Friday ritual, complete with refreshments. But can lasting relationships be built on “cashews, coffee and coincidence”? Their budding unlikely friendship will be tested by surprising events at Lenore’s work, and by truths unspoken by Alan.

Interval, by A.D.Players founder Jeannette Clift George, is a tour de force for two actors. all for One productions is thrilled to present husband and wife Sam and Sara Ward—truly a force to be reckoned with—as Alan and Lenore. Part romantic comedy, part murder mystery, Interval will keep audiences guessing, while they laugh, listen and perhaps shed a tear or two.

The last chance to purchase 2014-2105 season tickets will be during the run of Interval, September 19, 20 and 21, at the Allen County Public Library auditorium. Tickets, whether season or single show, may also be ordered online or by phone, or bought at the door. All seats are unreserved. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.