Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Men of Tortuga

Written by Jason Wells
Directed by Randolyn Zinn
Produced by Living Room Theatre 

Nomination:  Outstanding Ensemble: Michael Broadhurst, Curzon Dobell, Ken Forman, Benim Foster, Allen McCullough


About the Company:
The Living Room Theatre focuses on new and classic plays in intimate settings.

About the Production:
Four powerful men plan an assignation of a rival to maintain their status. The Three Stooges meet Mamet. Reason is trumped in this very serious comedy. What are the boundaries of politics and business?


What first attracted you to this project?

Ben: The script was fast paced and smart.

The script had a very topical theme in advance of last year’s Presidential Election.

What was your favorite part of working on this production?

Ben: My favorite part was working with my fellow actors and director.  It was a total collaborative creative experience.

Allen: A great new play; smart, funny odd, with wonderful dialogue, five distinct voices, a great director, and four other great actors. It was an ensemble piece in the truest sense.

What was the most challenging part of working on this production?

Allen: Acting and producing at the same time.

Ben: The script is like music. So many natural overlaps and cutoffs. As actors, we needed to choreograph which words needed to be in the clear and which were ok to cut off or overlap. It was a beautiful dance.

What did you want the audience to come away with after watching Men of Tortuga?

Allen: That the game of politics probably doesn't change much, over time.

What was it like working with the other artists involved with this production?

Ben: Everyone involved with Living Room Theatre is fantastic, my fellow actors, the director, EVERYONE!

Allen: I loved working with this group. The actors listened and then moved the played forward. Each performance was like a jazz jam session.

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