This was a whirlwind 2 weeks as part of part of the 2019 Encores! Off-Center season at New York City Center! With only 11 days to rehearse this 1960’s musical written by Maria Irene Fornes with music by Al Carmines. I had a blast with this amazing team. We performed it on July 10th and 11th and were a New York Times Critic’s Pick!
The shows I’ll be participating in are as follows:
Week 1: Henry VI, Pt. 1
Reading date: Friday, May 31st at 7:00pm
Translation by Doug Langworthy
Directed by Leah Gardiner
Dramaturgy by Mead Hunter & Martine Kei Green-Rogers
Week 2: King John
Reading date: Saturday, June 8 at 7:00pm
Translation by Brighde Mullins
Directed by Drew Barr
Dramaturgy by Katie Peterson & Drew Barr
Week 3: As You Like It
Reading date: Saturday, June 15 at 2:00pm
Translation by David Ivers
Directed by Rob Salas
Dramaturgy by Lezlie C. Cross
Week 4: Othello
Reading date: Thursday, June 20 at 7:00pm
Translation by Mfoniso Udofia
Directed by Victor Maog
Dramaturgy by Ayanna Thompson & Alex Barron
Week 5: The Winter’s Tale
Reading date: Friday June 28 at 7:00pm
Translation by: Tracy Young
Director: Chris Moore
Dramaturgy by Ben Pryor
For full detalls about all 39 readings taking place from May 29 trough June 30, visit playonfestival.org
It’s been a glorious ride! And though the show is grueling, I couldn’t be more happy with it.
What I learned on the first day of rehearsal? This is an amazing group of people, I better step up my game, and this is going to be an amazing show. Definitely a must see!
Today I wrapped shooting my second TV Co-Star role this year (thank you CBS). It’s been an exciting year. On the following two shows:
INSTINCT Season 2, Episode 7 “After Hours”
THE GOOD FIGHT Season 2, Episode 12 “Day 485” - Check this appearance out on my Media page
Another one for the books. Davis McCallum’s direction was superb. He sculpted one hell of a show. Super clear, clean, and engaging. They are lucky to have him as Artistic Director of The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
What a wild ride it has been! 5 months with a cast of eight. Shana Cooper directed the hell out of this thing (Check out her website HERE). My biggest hope is that it will get picked up and get produced somewhere else someday. Much like her JULIUS CAESAR, hint hint ;)
“Ms. Coffey, is at home with both aspects of Richard II’s cloven personality, pivoting from arrogance to desperation so smoothly as to suggest that both qualities are opposite sides of the same coin of character. Mr. Bedard’s bald, bullet-headed Bolingbroke, by contrast, is all of a piece, tough and incisive in his iron determination to revenge himself. They are the two poles between which the other characters in this production array themselves, and their excellence makes everyone else shine even more brightly.” - Terry Teachout
The full review is here:
First day of rehearsal for HVSF has come and gone. I've always admired this play and look forward to digging into it further.
to be working with Julia Coffey as Richard. Shame I've gotta be the one that deposes her.
ROE, the play I did Jan-April last year at Arena Stage and Berkeley Rep, got a few Helen Hayes nominations. Including Outstanding Ensemble in a Play. Award recipients will be announced May 14. BroadwayWorld Article here
We closed the run of PRIDE & PREJUDICE this last Saturday night. It was a very fun show, and I enjoyed playing so may antagonists. I shall miss them as much as I will miss the cast.
"Mark Bedard is outstanding in a hilarious trifecta of roles: the handsome cad Wickham, the snobbish Miss Bingley, and the simpering grotesque, the Reverend Mr. Collins." - New York Magazine / Vulture
"Top comic honors ... go to Mark Bedard, who doubles as the fathomlessly snooty Miss Bingley and the disgustingly obsequious Mr. Collins. Either one of his performances would have been noteworthy, but that the same person should be playing both parts (as well as that of Mr. Wickham) is a truly stupendous piece of quick-change clownery."
Terry Teachout - Wall Street Journal
We'll be at the Cherry Lane Theatre 11/7/17 - 1/6/18. For tickets, go to the Primary Stages website.
The show previously had a successful run June 10th to September 4th up at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival this summer.
Opening night was a blast. You know what else is a blast? Performing with people you love. This cast of eight couldn't get along more splendidly. There is a lot of love in this group. The show is getting better and better as it finds its feet in The Cherry Lane Theatre. It fills me with joy to perform with dear friends. In particular, John Tufts and I have been sharing the stage for several years now.
Our run at the Cherry Lane Theatre begins tonight. Get your tickets while you can! It's a charming, intimate theater space.
We're winding down the season at Hudson Valley Shakespeare by closing this play by Richard Nelson.
Although things ended badly for Major Andre' historically and in the play, the production was quite good. I love working with this group of artists.
This summer I'll be working in the Hudson Valley. If you've never made your way up to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, I highly recommend it. People often picnic on the grounds before the shows, because the view from there is incredible:
It's only an hour north of New York City by car or by train. You can take Metro North's Hudson line up to Cold Spring and have a beautiful view of the river the entire time. People often make the trip for the great hiking as well, like Breakneck Ridge for example:
But best of all you can see some really great theater in a really great location. This year I'll be in PRIDE & PREJUDICE as well as THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA. Come check it out!
4/02/17 - Closed ROE in Berkeley.
3/10/17 - ROE opens at Berkeley Rep and runs until April 2nd. I am honored to be a part of such a relevant show.
2/19/17 - Closed ROE at Arena Stage in D.C. Next we'll move the show to Berkeley Rep where we'll jump straight into tech rehearsals and then previews.
1/18/17 - ROE opened and has been getting some great press:
1/5/17 - started rehearsals for ROE. Performance dates below.Read More