Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Provok'd Wife - Lafayette Salon Series

The Provok'd Wife

by John Vanbrugh (written in 1697)
Lafayette Salon Series

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
7:00 pm
Lucky Jack's

129 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002


Jeremy Beck
Jane Cortney
Seth Duerr
William Tatlock Green
Julia Beardsley O'Brien
Ashley Shamoon
Makaela Shealy
Stewart Walker
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The hitherto virtuous Lady Brute is provoked to infidelity by her sour husband Sir John Brute. Married in haste – she for money, he for sex – the Brutes are shackled by wedlock but looking for diversions. He goes off for a drunken night on the town and ends up before a magistrate, disguised in his wife's frock. Meanwhile, Lady Brute and her niece Belinda dress as Shepherd Market doxies for a secret tryst with their suitors Heartfree and Constant and are spied on by the envious Lady Fanciful, who wants Heartfree for herself. Belinda, despite interference from Lady Fanciful, wins her man and marries for love. But it ends sadly for the boozy Brute who attempts to rape his wife, discovers two gallants lurking in his wardrobe and finally ends up accepting certain situations rather than rather becoming a human pincushion (i.e., fighting a duel to satisfy his honor).

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WNYC Interview - Conflict - Listen Here!

Click here to link and listen to the WNYC interview 
 with Jessie Shelton, Jeremy Beck, and Jonathan Bank.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Reviews - Conflict

"Ms. Thompson’s cast is so strong.  
Mr. Beck, who plays the socialist, has the best part and runs with it
never succumbing to the temptation to sound too good to be true..." 

- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"...Mr. Beck a forceful if not wildly appealing Tom." 

- Alexis Soloski, The New York Times
"To my mind, any production with Jeremy Beck is fortunate
Tom’s emotional and physical debilitation as well as the character’s fury with powerlessness is visceral; changes in energy and renewed balance irrefutable. Principles seem deeply felt.
 The actor inhabits wariness/reticence/confusion with watchful subtlety. 
A splendid performance." 

- Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
"Clarke and Beck make a fine central pair of battlers, although Beck comes off better
no doubt because he’s the freethinking hero." 

- Steven Suskin, NY Stage Review
"...very fine actor, Jeremy Beck (Mint’s Hindle Wakes). 
His creation of the struggling and trapped Smith is beautifully thoughtful and dynamic, pleading the case of the less fortunate with a strong sense 
of internal self-knowledge and societal distress.   
His dramatic rise as the play moves exquisitely forward becomes the soil and soul of the play, giving nutrients and a warm place to grow. Without this gifted actor portraying this intelligent and thoughtful dreamer, the play might be lopsided with no internal struggle or progressive outlook, but with him at the root of the debate,  
Conflict literally grows strong and true." 

- Times Square Chronicles
"A meeting between two soon-to-be rivals, Ronald Clive (Henry Clarke) and Tom Smith (Jeremy Beck), as directed by Jenn Thompson, is a masterpiece of tension and exposition." 

Ken Marks, The New Yorker
"Jeremy Beck delivers a solidly engaging performance as the rogue Tom Smith turned political activist. Mr. Beck is delightful as he “seduces” Dare with knowledge and the realm of meta-politics. 

- David Roberts, OnStage Review 
"In a layered and nuanced performance as Tom Smith, 
Jeremy Beck is an admirable hero."
-Victor Gluck, Theatre Scene
"a terrifically nuanced performance by Jeremy Beck"

- Elyse Sommer, Curtain Up
"the earnest Tom Smith is  
played with fiery passion by Jeremy Beck"

Beatrice Williams-Rude, Theatre Pizzazz 
"Smith’s defense of Labour’s principles, expressively delivered by Beck
has a timely ring:  “It seems to me pretty clear that, in these days of science and machinery, if we really wanted, as a first step to a more sensible world, to produce enough clothes and food and warmth for everybody, we could; the only thing that’s lacking is a common purpose,  deeply enough felt among enough people, that the thing’s got to be done.” 
Beck, Shelton, and Clarke are first-rate as the vertices 
of Malleson’s tense romantic triangle."

- Charles Wright, Off Off Online
 "What follows is a lengthy piece of exposition detailing Tom's slide into penury... In other hands, the speech might have seemed onerous, a thick slab of exposition, but it is delivered superbly by Jeremy Beck, whose solid grasp of period style has made him a mainstay of The Actors Company Theater and, more recently, the Mint. Beck paces his tale expertly, impulsively pouring out the ruinous details, yet, occasionally, coming to an abrupt halt, pausing to consider how much more of his humiliation he must share. Hunched over a coffee table, devouring a plate of sandwiches and gulping glass after glass of whiskey, he infuses the scene with an animal desperation that leaves his auditors -- Clive and Lord Bellingdon, Dare's father -- in a state of speechlessness." 

- David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America  
 "...the performance of Jeremy Beck stands out. Beck is sensational as Tom Smith, a man whose view of the world changes radically when he falls from the upper classes to near starvation.  Beck portrays Smith as a careful man who suppresses his emotions, yet the audience always knows what emotions he is suppressing. Smith's pride, humiliations, ambitions, and love are all the more vivid for being so carefully tamped down. 
It is a performance of quiet brilliance." 

- Wendy Caster, Show Showdown
"In Jeremy Beck, Henry Clarke, Jessie Shelton, and Graeme Malcolm (all of whom have been seasoned in the regional and not-for-profit theatres in the USA and Britain)  
we have perfection..." 

- Richard Seff. On and Off Broadway 
"Tom Smith first appears as a penurious interloper on Lord Bellingdon's estate, 
and his character's growth in integrity and confidence is as well portrayed by Jeremy Beck as his physical transformation is astonishing, the latter with great help from costume designer Martha Hally and whoever is responsible for Beck's makeup." 

- Michael Portantiere, Talkin' Broadway 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Conflict - The Mint Theatre

Jessie Shelton and Jeremy Beck in Conflict (Photo by Todd Cerveris)
By Miles Malleson
Directed by Jenn Thompson

May 25th through July 21st, 2018

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm
Wednesday: 6/20 & 7/18 2:00pm

Running time: 2:10 with one intermission.

The Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row
410 West 42nd St.

Jeremy Beck
Henry Clarke
Graeme Malcolm
James Prendergast
Jessie Shelton
Jasmin Walker
Amelia White

Artistic Directo of the Mint:  Jonathan Bank
Sets: John McDermott
Costumes: Martha Hally
Lights: Mary Louise Geiger
Sound: Toby Algya
Props: Chris Fields
Dialects & Dramaturgy: Amy Stoller
Casting: Stephanie Klapper, CSA
Production Stage Manager: Kelly Burns
Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers
Illustration: Stefano Imbert
Graphics: Hey Jude Design, Inc.
Press: David Gersten & Associates

Conflict is a love story set against the backdrop of a hotly contested election. Miles Malleson combines his two great passions: sex and politics. The result is a provocative romance that sizzles with both wit and ideas.
It’s the Roaring 20’s, London. Lady Dare Bellingdon has everything she could want, yet she craves something more. Dare’s man, Sir Major Ronald Clive, is standing for Parliament with the backing of Dare’s father. Clive is a Conservative, of course, but he’s liberal enough to be sleeping with Dare, who’s daring enough to take a lover, but too restless to marry him. Clive’s opponent, Tom Smith is passionate about social justice and understands the joy of having something to believe in. Dare is “the woman between” two candidates who both want to make a better world—until politics become personal, and mudslinging threatens to soil them all.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Reviews - Hindle Wakes

"Fanny, a weaver at the local cotton mill, told her parents that she was vacationing with a female friend — and she was, until she met Alan Jeffcote (the appealing Jeremy Beck), the mill owner’s overindulged son, and went off to have a fling with him."

- Laura Collin's Hughes, The New York Times

"Beck, doing another of his chipper turns as an eligible young gent..."

- Michael Feingold, The Village Voice

"Jeremy Beck is thoroughly credible as the egotistical, obtuse young scion. He protests, but doesn’t over dramatize and is perceptibly shocked when things don’t turn out as assumed."

-Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town 

"Alan, the feckless son, perfectly encapsulated by Jeremy Beck..."

- Beatrice Williams-Rude, Theatre Pizzazz 

"Beck does an excellent job of communicating Alan's fecklessness as well as his moments of self-knowledge and regret, with possibly a step or two toward maturity."

Michael Portantiere, Talkin' Broadway

"Beck gives the finest of his various local performances over the past few years."

Samuel L. Leiter, The Broadway Blog

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hindle Wakes - The Mint Theatre

Hindle Wakes
The Mint Theatre
by Stanley Houghton
Directed by Gus Kaikkonen

December 23rd 2017 - February 17th 2018
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street

Jeremy Beck
Rebecca Noelle Brinkley
Emma Geer
Jonathan Hogan
Sara Carolynn Kennedy
Ken Marks
Brian Reddy
Sandra Shipley
Jill Tanner

Artistic Director of the Mint:  Jonathan Bank
Sets: Charles Morgan
Costumes: Sam Fleming
Lights: Christian DeAngelis
Sound & Original Music: Jane Shaw
Props: Joshua Yocom
Hair & Wigs: Gerard Kelly
Dialects & Dramaturgy: Amy Stoller
Casting: Stephanie Klapper, CSA
Production Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers
Assistant Stage Manager: Elizabeth Ann Goodman/Marjorie Ann Wood
Illustration: Stefano Imbert
Graphics: hey jude design, inc.
Advertising: The Pekoe Group
Press: David Gersten & Associates

It’s “Wakes Week” in Hindle; the mill is closed and the workers are idle. Fanny Hawthorn is relaxing at the seashore with a girlfriend when she runs into Alan Jeffcote, the mill owner’s son. Alan takes Fanny to an hotel in Wales for a few days of fun, but the fun stops when their parents find out.
When Hindle Wakes premiered in London in 1912, many critics called it the best play of the year. However, the play’s unsentimental depiction of two young people seeking pleasure without commitment sparked moral outrage, filling England’s newspapers with passionate argument over the play’s controversial subject matter. Of course, controversy was good for business and Hindle Wakes was a hit.

Not seen in the U.S. in nearly a century, Mint Theater Company’s revival of Hindle Wakes “reaffirm[ed] the play as both well worth knowing in itself and particularly resonant in today’s political climate,” (The Village Voice).1  The Wall Street Journal called Hindle Wakes “a study of provincial hypocrisy in Vicwardian England that crackles with a biting candor,” praising Gus Kaikkonen, “one of the deftest directors on the East Coast,” for his direction’s “crisp understatement… letting Houghton make his own stiletto-sharp points instead of ramming them home.”2 Remarking further on Houghton’s skillful storytelling, The New York Times noted that Hindle Wakes “proceeds… gentle as a summer rain until, bam … something electric happens to charge the air.”3

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Peterborough Players presents:

A Comedy by David Davalos

August 30-September 10

University of Wittenberg, October 1517. Hamlet, his mentor John Faustus, and Faustus’ colleague and Hamlet’s instructor and priest, Martin Luther, all collide in a brilliant theatrical construction by playwright David Davalos. A smart, sprightly, and audacious battle of wits, the play brings us the story behind the stories in a highly entertaining and accessible exploration of reason versus faith.

“Bursts with a Stoppardian eagerness to tickle as it tangles with weightier issues…
​Hilarity, thy name is WITTENBERG." —New York Times.

Jeremy Beck (Hamlet)
Chris Mixon
Tom Frey
Sara Kennedy

Directed by Keith Stevens

Peterborough Players

Peterborough, NH