Michael C. Hall on Making His London Stage Debut in Lazarus

first_img Michael C. Hall is known for his award-winning work on TV’s Six Feet Under and Dexter but has been returning to the theater with increasing regularity of late, whether as one of Broadway’s Hedwigs or leading the starry ensemble of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. He is currently making his London stage debut reprising the iconic part of Thomas Newton in director Ivo van Hove’s production of Lazarus. The David Bowie-scored musical, co-written by Bowie and Enda Walsh, is now previewing prior to a November 8 opening at the King’s Cross Theatre, so Hall was well placed to talk about picking up a part he played to acclaim off-Broadway last season.What is it like returning to the role of the resident alien Thomas Newton after the better part of a year away?This is something I’ve never really done before, and I was very curious as to how it would feel. What I’ve found is that the piece has been recontextualized doing it here in London and also, of course, by our performing it and [the audience] seeing it informed by David [Bowie’s] passing. [Bowie died in January, not long before the end of the off-Broadway run.]Did you expect an onward life for the production, once it finished at New York Theatre Workshop?Yeah, from the time of our opening there was talk of it having a life beyond the Workshop and that was something on all of our radars back then. When we did it for the last time [in New York], I very much had the sense that I wasn’t saying goodbye.How does it feel to have been described in this musical as “Bowie’s representative on earth”?I suppose it makes sense that someone would make that connection. I mean, talk about something beyond your wildest dreams!Has the show itself been changed by Bowie’s too-early passing, at the age of 69?On the surface nothing has changed: we’re still executing the piece that David initiated, and he was very much involved in its development. But inevitably there’s a sense of his presence as it pervades the piece and its message, whether implicit or explicit, is that much more potent now that he’s left us. It’s as if his presence is all the more palpable since he died.Did you have to prep for the role afresh?Well, I certainly made sure that I started singing more regularly and that I got the particular songs back in the groove of my voice, and then we had four weeks’ rehearsal to put it back together. A good amount of time had passed, but not so much time that I wasn’t still very pleased to discover that I had it in my muscle memory.Am I right that you’ve shaved your arms?I have! That’s something I did: nobody requested that. When I look down and see my hairless arms, it looks more like alien flesh to me.Do you agree with those who find the show’s tale of “the man who fell to earth,” to quote the title of the Bowie film that inspired Lazarus, to be “cryptic”?I feel that for Thomas Newton the piece is arguably all happening within the confines of his head and within the confines of his imagination and that he is not in complete control of those faculties, so the unfolding story and action of the piece are surprising and mysterious to him. If that makes [the show] “cryptic” from night to night, then that surely is appropriate. I’ve resisted the temptation to pin anything down so that I can allow what happens every performance to be continually and newly surprising.Has there been any confusion about what the audience thinks it’s coming to see—a David Bowie jukebox musical perhaps?I think there are people who come having no sense of what they’re going to see and inevitably—because this in many cases is known as “the David Bowie musical”—make inferences that are way off base.On a vocal level, how does this part compare, for instance, with the glam-rock challenges of playing Hedwig?It’s different. Hedwig is unique and I think from a physical standpoint was as comprehensively challenging as anything I’ve done: vocally, emotionally, cardiovascularly. This, in turn, requires a different kind of concentration insofar as everything is conjured by my character’s experience. And I do have seven numbers. I definitely need to get my rest.Is it difficult to come down, as it were, after each performance?It’s draining and exhilarating—an exhilarating drain. I step into the shower and wash off my milk—spoiler alert! [laughs]—and that kind of helps re-set everything. I certainly don’t struggle to fall asleep at night.Don’t you feel that David Bowie would have totally got the world of Hedwig?Very much so. I think if you made a list of the people to whom Hedwig owes a debt, Bowie would be first on the list, in terms of the glam sensibility and also the musical sensibility. “The Origin of Love,” which is the seed from which the whole of Hedwig and the Angry Inch grew, sounds like a Bowie song.Did you revisit the 1976 Nicholas Roeg-directed film that gave rise to Lazarus?I watched [The Man Who Fell to Earth] for the first time around 2005 and then again when we were in rehearsals in New York and yet again at the London Film Festival here when they had a new print of it. I was perplexed by the film when I first saw it, but it remains of its time in terms of the way it was shot and the drug-fueled atmosphere of the creatives. If nothing else, it’s such a wonderful chance to get an up-close look at Bowie at the height of his powers.How familiar were you with the London theater?It’s somewhat new to me, though not entirely. The first time I came [to London] was in eighth grade on a school-sponsored trip with my mother. She managed to get us tickets to the hot musical in town, which was Starlight Express. I remember sitting in the top balcony seriously jetlagged and every time I would start to nod off, these roller skaters would come whizzing by.Have you long had a desire to appear here on stage?I always loved the idea of finding a way to work here, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than via this sort of posthumous homecoming.Didn’t you make your Broadway debut in a British play?I was the understudy for Christian Camargo in Skylight [the David Hare play, first seen in New York in 1996], but I never went on. I would just call in at the theater each night at 7 30 and watch The Simpsons. That was the job that got me my Equity card and to sit in that theater and watch [leading man] Michael Gambon stalk that stage remains a highlight of my life: it was so incredible. I did later get to do the part in L.A. with Brian Cox and Laila Robins.Are you looking to increase the amount of theater you do now that you’re no longer in a TV series?I never planned to do 13 consecutive seasons of TV, which is what I did with five seasons of Six Feet Under followed by eight of Dexter and I had been acting more or less exclusively onstage before that. It was only when I got the chance to do The Realistic Joneses that I reactivated that love, that appreciation, for the theater and the immediacy of that experience. I certainly like to imagine that there will be further opportunities for me in other mediums, but the theater has always felt like home.How does it feel to be opening your show on Election Day—and away from home?I thought it might be odd, but with the internet, everything is so accessible and all the information is right there. I think, too, that Brexit has made the British perhaps less inclined to be pompous about what’s happening in the US. Besides, whatever happens on Tuesday isn’t the ending of something, it’s only the beginning—though I hope not. Michael C. Hall in ‘Lazarus'(Photo: Jan Versweyveld) View Commentslast_img read more

EU brings springtime cheer with poem for reporters

first_imgIt was a break from EU news conference tradition, but one that was broadly well-received by the reporters.The Wall Street Journal’s Laurence Norman tweeted: “Only in Europe. Eric Mamer reads us all a Victor Hugo poem at end of midday briefing to cheer everyone up. And you know, good on him.”But some, like French reporter Anna Hubert, took a more ironic stance.”I don’t find it comforting at all. The midday briefing is supposed to be annoying and grim. It’s not reassuring when things change,” she tweeted. “I don’t know if, like me, you notice that outside the sun is shining,” he said, to a handful of reporters visiting the room and scores more online.”Many people are confined to their home and therefore I want to read out a little poem for all of us, to remind us that nature continues and that spring is about to come.”Hugo’s “Printemps”, or “Spring”, comes from the collection “Toute la Lyre”, published three years after the writer’s death in 1885.”Here, then, are the long days,” it begins. “Light, love, joy! Here is spring! March and April with their sweet smiles, the blossom of May and warmth of June.”  Topics :center_img The daily news may be grim in a Europe haunted by a deadly pandemic, but that is no reason to turn away from culture and the promise of spring.On Tuesday, the European Commission’s top spokesman took a moment during a daily briefing dominated by the coronavirus to read reporters a poem.Posing a challenge to the EU’s simultaneous translators, Eric Mamer launched into fellow Frenchman Victor Hugo’s “Printemps”.last_img read more

DABA Closing Ceremony

first_img 66 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association(DABA) closed the basketball season with a grand closing ceremony held at the Public Service office building on Valley Road. Attending the ceremony were Marketing person from Lime (Main Sponsor) Ms. Ferdina Frampton, other sponsors, players, coaches and referees.The activity started at around 7.30 pm with the national anthem, welcome remarks by the president Dave Baron and remarks by Ms. Frampton representing Lime. After this official part of the ceremony the awards were handed out to deserving officials and players/Coaches.The Following referees were recognized for their long service to the game of basketball, Mr. Augustus Harris, Donald Burton, Allan Morris, Leroy Dover, Russell Moreau, Harold Julian and Yuhedi John. In addition all referees who participated and volunteered their services were given appreciation awards.Also all the coaches who participated in the coaching clinics were also recognized and certified by the DABA, the individuals were Brian Longin, Garth Joseph,Mickey Joseph, Perry Payne, Garry Benjamin, Derek Alexander, Edgar Robinson, Bob Christmas, Shannon Vidal, Kevin Stephenson(Spikes). The president of the association Mr. Dave Baron announced that the following two coaches Mickey Joseph and Garth Joseph were recommended by the expert to Federation of International Basketball to become license international coaches.Following the above activities the trophies and awards were presented to the champion teams and top players, see below for list1.Lime National Champions Premier Division – Gatorade Blazers2.Lime National Champions Division 1 – Wesley Raptors3.1st Runner up Premier Division – No Look4.1st Runner up Division 1 – Goodwill Starz5.Regular Season Champion Premier Division – Signman X-Men6.Regular Season Zone A Division 1 – Goodwill Starz7.Regular Season Zone B Division 1 – Paix Bouche Snipers8.MVP Premier Division Finals – Thomas Felix of Gatorade Blazers9.MVP Division 1 Finals – Steve Hypolite of Wesley Raptors10.Top Scorer Premier Division – Garth Joseph11.Top Scorer Division – Yannick Regis12.Coach of the Year Premier Division – Mickey Joseph of Signman X-Men13.Coach of the Year Division 1 – Bob Christmas of Wesley Raptors14.Most Rebounds in Final Game of Premier Division – Sean Reid of Gatorade Blazers15.Most Discipline Team – TF Gand Fond Balltricks The President of DABA also gave special appreciation awards to Mickey Joseph and Edgar Robinson for their years of dedication and service to the sport of basketball. The Aid Bank contributed financial assistance in the amount of 3500 dollars to the basketball association at the closing to assist the Dominica National Team. The DABA based on a request from the Head Boy of Convent Prep for basketballs to assist in their basketball program and was approved by the President. Two mini basketballs were then presented to a member of the family of the head boy who could not be present at the function.In conclusion the PRO Mickey Joseph of the association thank all the sponsors, players, coaches, referees, media for all their support and assistance during the 2011 basketball season. Mickey JosephDominica Amateur Basketball Association NewsSports DABA Closing Ceremony by: – October 17, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Despite dominating faceoff X, Virginia fails to overcome crushing Syracuse defense

first_img Published on March 2, 2013 at 12:11 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Thirty-seven seconds remained in regulation, Syracuse and Virginia were tied and SU head coach John Desko called timeout. A never-predictable box-to-box affair was set to end with as little certainty as the previous 59 minutes and 20 seconds had been played with.But both coaches addressed their players with one near-constant pulsing in their heads: faceoffs. The Cavaliers knew one last defensive stand and the ball was all-but theirs. The Orange had to score, because it couldn’t win them.“To myself,” Desko said, “I’m not telling the guys that. To myself, ‘It’d be nice not to come out and have to faceoff in overtime.’”Mick Parks edged every faceoff man Desko threw his way. First was Chris Daddio, then Elliott Burr, and after halftime, Brendan Conroy. Parks beat them all. And when an Orange faceoff specialist did gain the advantage, UVA wings like Scott McWilliams or Rob Emery would sweep in and hammer the ball free of an SU stick. The Cavaliers routinely scooped up the ensuing ground balls, and UVA swept into possession after possession.Yet despite losing battle after faceoff battle, 16-5, the Orange triumphed 9-8 with a neutralizing defense and thrifty attack. Knowing restart possessions would be few and far between – just five in 63 minutes of lacrosse Friday – SU couldn’t afford overly risky passes in the half-field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There was one or two times where I fed it in and I wished I’d kind of – some guys came to me after and said ‘All right, we know what you’re doing out there,’” midfielder JoJo Marasco said. “But our defense got us the ball back every time.”While the Orange defense kept it in the game, the frustration of starting faceoff man Daddio became impossible to hide.To start the second quarter Daddio gained position on Parks. With the ball just inches from his pocket the UVA cavalry arrived, knocking him out of the play. McWilliams, Parks’ wingman, came up with the ground ball. And as Daddio jogged off defeated for the sixth time on nine tries, he threw a cross-check into Emery.“We were just looking for a change-up. I think that Chris had got them out and we knew this going in: They’re great with their wing play on faceoffs, they’re very aggressive, they’ll double pull, they’ll always try to put the ball back on the ground,” Desko said.  “I’ve watched Virginia for a long time, they’re great ground-ball people. So if they’re not winning it their goal is to make checks and put the ball back on the ground and get it themselves or with their wings.”Burr took the next faceoff for Syracuse with 4:46 left in the second quarter and the game tied 4-4. He jumped the gun, giving the Cavaliers the ball. Ryan Tucker scored on the following possession.Parks cleanly beat Burr to start the second half. Conroy played out the remainder of regulation at the X, winning just one of six. Experience meant nothing. The junior Daddio struggled, as did his freshmen teammates. Parks is new to the X for UVA, too though. Virginia head coach Dom Starsia never expected him to take 76 percent against the Orange.“No, no. Overall, Mick’s a new faceoff guy for us and certainly it’s a little bit of an adventure,” Starsia said. “He’s pretty good. You know, and I thought we had a chance, but I really didn’t expect it – I don’t know the final stat but it seemed like we were a bit better.”But the goaltending of Bobby Wardwell and the physically dominant defending of Brian Megill, Brandon Mullins, Dave Hamlin and Kyle Carey punished the attacking Cavaliers just as badly as the UVA wings and Parks tormented SU’s faceoff men.Virginia beat the Orange 33-23 in ground balls, but with the ball on the ground in SU’s end Syracuse dominated. And in attack, SU took its time, circulating the ball around the perimeter and picking its spots. Just less than one of every three Orange shots was a goal.Still, with two potent attack forces waiting, only needing one chance to claim the full-field struggle as a win, Virginia knew it had the edge. Sure enough, Parks beat Daddio one more time, but Wardwell saved Matt White’s tame attempt, setting up Kevin Rice’s winner.Said Starsia: “We were certainly confident we were going to win the faceoff in the overtime.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: CATERING AND REFRIGERATION ENGINEER WANTED

first_imgA business based in the North-West is seeking to recruit a Catering and Refrigeration Engineer to become part of their hard-working and dynamic workforce. In order to be successful candidates need to have the following credentials.Experience is essentialSuccessful candidates should have a Full Drivers Licence.Those interested can forward their CV’s to [email protected] Deadline for applications is Friday March 13th 2015.JOB VACANCY: CATERING AND REFRIGERATION ENGINEER WANTED was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cateringengineerjobsJobs VacancynewsRefrigerationlast_img read more