Monday, December 10, 2012

The Matchmaker Reading

with TACT Company Members:
Directed by SCOTT ALAN EVANSOriginal Music by JACK RAMSEY
Production Stage Manager: D.C. Rosenberg

Friday, December 7: 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 8: 2 & 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 9: 2 PM
Monday, December 10: 7:30 PM

Friday, August 10, 2012

Academic Journals respond to Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet

Shakespeare and theatre scholars across the country respond to Quinnopolis, NY's production of "Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet":

by Scott L. Newstok 
Yale University and Gustavus Adolphus College 
Borrowers and Lenders - The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
More than one reviewer (including this cluster's editor, Alice Dailey) has rightly singled out the scene of "Ophelia's drowning" as one of the most curiously moving moments of Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet (Dailey 2005). Quinnopolis, perhaps making a virtue of necessity, created a raw experience that managed to wring pathos out of little more than Ophelia's wet dress. Well, there was a little more — the actors plaintively sang "My Darling Clementine." I must confess that I can't get over the brilliance of placing this song here. The sardonic lyrics about a woman drowning ("alas, I was no swimmer / Neither was my Clementine") and her associated flowers ("There grow rosies and some posies / Fertilized by Clementine") so unnervingly fit with this production's macabre humor; it is a terrific credit to the intelligence of the company that they discovered this thematic conjunction. Even more provocatively, the song hearkens back to the John Ford movie My Darling Clementine (1946), which itself includes a speech from Hamlet and revises that play, obliquely yet persistently (see Simmon 1996). (Exerpt) 

Hamlet vs. Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet 
by Peter Kanelos 
University of San Diego 
Borrowers and Lenders - The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet is concerned not with the desire for individuation, which is what we have by habit and tradition taken Hamlet to express, but is rather about the overwhelming agony of finding ourselves alone. A and B emerge from their box with a sort of Edenic innocence, and there is something pre-lapsarian about the buffoons' garbled language and exuberant curiosity. In fending off Hamlet, they are attempting to keep contained a terrifying sort of knowledge, but the seal has been broken, and death seeps onto the stage. (Exerpt)

Francisco and Bernardo do Hamlet
by Helen Ostovich
McMaster University
Borrowers and Lenders - The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
In trying to make a bridge from the hamlet/Hamlets of Quinnopolis to Shakespeare's Hamlet, the clowns bring to the play a profound sense of the overwhelming, the grief of loss, especially unnecessary loss — of father, mother, lover, friends, mental agility or clarity, political future — all the things that make Hamlet, Hamlet, and that actors hope to convey to an audience when they makeHamlet be (or not be) a Hamlet that moves us.  (Exerpt)
Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet:  Pickers and Stealers
by Paul Menzer
University of North Texas
Borrowers and Lenders - The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
The toll of the actors' toil was evident in their sweat and fatigue, as they took possession of and were possessed by both play and prince. Near the play's end, Yeatts physically restrained Beck's Hamlet, stopping his mouth with duct tape, which, had Beck been a less compelling performer, might have invited ungenerous comment from an audience of conference attendees. Instead, it rendered with lucid economy the repulsion/attraction dynamic at the core of the play. As much as Shakespeare's words entrance us, we might agree with Jonson that "sometimes it was necessary he should be stopped" (Jonson 1947, 584). Quinnopolis agreed. Ultimately, Shakespeare was stuffed back in the box from whence the players initially appeared, silenced for the moment.  (Exerpt)
Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting: An Introduction
by Alice Dailey
Villanova University
Borrowers and Lenders - The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Despite being transplanted from its ambient-rich Manhattan performance spaces to the sterility of a Loews ballroom, the two-man production, titled Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet, impressed SAA members with a meditation on Shakespeare's play that is both keenly intellectual and deeply moving, managing — against odds — to find new and interesting things to say about and with Hamlet. The following group of essays by Shakespeare Association of America members Regina Buccola, Peter Kanelos, Paul Menzer, Scott Newstok, and Helen Ostovich respond to this performance.  (Exerpt)
Still Crazy, After All These Years:  Ophelia vs. Clementine
by Regina Buccola
Roosevelt University
Borrowers and Lenders - The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
Going well beyond the Shakespearean original, Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet offers a whirlwind tour through at least a century and a half of literary criticism (running the gamut from the work of Freud's follower Ernest Jones to Stephen Greenblatt's early twenty-first century salvo, Hamlet in Purgatory, 2002) and reprises key moments from famous stage-into-film versions of the original play — or plays. In addition to insightful interpretation of the various relationship dynamics in the play and their subconscious roots, Quinnopolis vs. Hamlet also confronts head-on the presence of multiple texts of Hamlet. Rather than producing a four-hour Shakespeare-a-thon, as does Kenneth Branagh's attempt to reconcile the good quarto with the Folio text (1996), the movement in Quinnopolis is toward distillation, creating a 75-minute meditation on the play's various permutations, as well as on prior interpretations of the central characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude, Claudius, Polonius, and the ghost. Here, the male characters are artists (Hamlet is a tripod-mounted camera, clad in the artist's uniform of black; Claudius's costume offers an opportunity for a puppet play-within-the-play; and Polonius is turned into a misogynistic director of his ingénue daughter) while the female characters are tools. Gertrude is literally a prop in this production; her main function is to point out, punctuate, and report on the collateral damage suffered by Ophelia as Hamlet falls headlong into vengeful madness. Seldom has the Tragedy of Ophelia been clearer, or more poignant. (Exerpt)
Click here for the full Borrowers and Lenders Review Cluster

by Thomas L. King
James Madison University
Theatre Journal, Volume 56, Number 2
Witty and terrifying...Their work is thorough, disciplined, and intense.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Reviews - "The Hamlet Project"

(an old review, rediscovered...)

Jeremy Beck's impassioned Laertes was a joy...
he was given far too little stage time... 

-Julie Halpern, Off-Off Broadway Review

Read the full Off-Off Broadway Review here


"The Hamlet Project:  One Act of Sex and Death"

Directed by Monica Henderson
Icarus, Sande Shurin Theatre (Equity Showcast)

Costumes by Erin Billings & Dena Verdesca
Sets by Abigail Hart Grey & David Burns
Music by Shawn Feeney

Jeremy Beck (Laertes)
Henry David Clarke (Hamlet)
James Kiberd (Claudius) (click here for his fine art page)
William Metzo (Polonius)
Jane Nichols (Gertrude)
Rebecca White (Ophelia)

Monday, July 23, 2012

George Packer's "Betrayed" available on

Betrayed (Dramatized) | [George Packer]

Betrayed (Dramatized) by George Packer

Based on the journalist-playwright's original article in The New Yorker, Betrayed is the story of three young Iraqi translators who risk everything for America's promise of freedom while their country collapses around them.
Dramatized by Jeremy Beck*, Kevin Daniels, Andrea Gabriel, John Getz, Sevan Greene*, Sam Kanater, Waleed F. Zuaiter*
©2009 L.A. Theatre Works; (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works

*Original Cast Member of the Culture Project Theatre Production, NYC

Monday, July 16, 2012

Watch Jeremy as Kurt Cobain in "Forth" on Vimeo

You can see video from Forth here:

Production Photos:
Jeremy as Kurt Cobain (photo by Michael Amoroso)
Jeremy as Kurt Cobain (photo by David Alberto Reyes)
(LtoR) Ben Vershbow, Emily Emily Davis, Jeremy Beck, David Skeist (photo by Michael Amoroso)
(LtoR) Jeremy Beck, Ben Vershbow, David Skeist (photo by Michael Amoroso)
Arranged by Tommy Smith
Directed by Meiyin Wang
Additional Writing by Leah Winkler

Sound by Mark Valadez
Featuring Jeremy BeckEmily Emily Davis, David Skeist, and Benjamin Vershbow

View more production photos here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Jester's Dead" Encore Performances: July 27th & August 6th

Click here for productions photos and to read reviews!

Top Gun. Shakespeare. 

Jester's Dead re-imagines the classic 80s flick, Top Gun, in a theatrical parody packed with swordfights, songs, and text from every play in Shakespeare’s canon. In this adrenaline-fueled mashup, we’re going straight to the danger zone.

Directed by Justin Waldman and Tamara Fisch

With: Jeremy Beck, Chris Bolan, Rich Dreher, Dan Hartley, Rhett Henckel, Kathleen Mcelfresh, Nat McIntyre, Mackenzie Meehan, and Vayu O'Donnell

The Outfit presents: 
123 East 24th Street

Friday, July 27: 11PM
Monday, August 6: 8PM


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Reading of in-progress screenplay "Dreamweapon" (working title) for Recurring Films

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a reading of "Dreamweapon" (working title) from the award-winning duo, JB Herndon and Celina Piaz, of Recurring Films!

You can check out the Recurring Films short "Autopilot" here, which was laureled by the Brooklyn Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Bilbao Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Indielisboa Film Festival.

The film is being produced by Jason Dubin (The Babysitters (2007)).

Monday, July 2, 2012

Narration for

I've narrated a number of fascinating books for  
Titles and links are below!

The Replacements' Let It Be (33 1/3 Series) | [Colin Meloy]

The Replacements' Let It Be (33 1/3 Series) by Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)

One of the greatest moments of college rock in the 1980s, Let It Be had a huge impact on the fans who fell under its spell. For Colin Meloy, growing up in Montana - a state that's strangely missing from the tour itineraries of almost every band - the album was a lifeline and an inspiration. In this disarming memoir, Meloy lovingly recreates those feverish first years when rock music grips you and never lets go.
Rock on: listen to more of the 33 1/3 series. 
Narrated by Jeremy Beck.
©2009 Colin Meloy; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Within Reach: My Everest Story | [Mark Pfetzer, Jack Galvin]

Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin

In May 1996 the media scrambled to document the gripping story of 16-year-old Mark Pfetzer's expedition to Mount Everest. Not only was he the youngest climber ever to attempt the summit, he also witnessed the tragedy documented in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, in which eight climbers perished in a sudden storm. Within Reach is Mark's extraordinary account of this experience and of his triumphs over several other challenging peaks. At once triumphant and tragic, this story will be an inspiration to climbers, athletes, and armchair enthusiasts alike.
Narrated by Jeremy Beck.
©2000 Puffin; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Love's Forever Changes (33 1/3 Series) | [Andrew Hultkrans]

Love's Forever Changes (33 1/3 Series) by Andrew Hultkrans

Forever Changes may be 36 years old at the time of this writing, but its hermetic fusion of the personal and the political feels more relevant than ever. It speaks to the present in ways that, say, a Jefferson Airplane record never could, whatever the parallels between the late '60s and our contemporary morass. 

Conceived as the last testament of a charismatic recluse who believe he was about to die, Forever Changes is one of the defining albums of an era. Here, Andrew Hultkrans explores the myriad depths of this bizarre and brilliant record. Charting bohemian Los Angeles' descent into chaos at the end of the 60's, he teases out the literary and mystical influences behind Arthur Lee's lyrics, and argues that Lee was both inspired and burdened by a powerful prophetic urge.

Andrew Hultkrans is a writer who lives in Brooklyn. He is the former editor-in-chief of Bookforum magazine.33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives - often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. (A task which can be, as Elvis Costello famously observed, as tricky as dancing about architecture.) What binds this series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors - musicians, scholars, and writers - are deeply in love with the album they have chosen.
Rock on: listen to more of the 33 1/3 series.
Narrated by Jeremy Beck.
©2003 Andrew Hultkrans; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Park's Quest | [Katherine Paterson]

Park's Quest by award-winning Katherine Paterson (author of Bridge to Terabithia)

Park can't figure out why his mother refuses to talk about his father who died in Vietnam 11 years ago. Park has no memory of him...but he is determined to find the answers to his questions.
When Park's search finally takes him to his grandfather's farm in rural Virginia, he meets obstacles beyond his imagining. Instead of being welcomed as the long lost heir, he is taunted by a young Vietnamese girl. Who is she and what is she doing on the family farm? And will Park be able to accept the ultimate truth he has sought?
Narrated by Jeremy Beck.
©1989 Puffin; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

I Stay Near You: One Story in Three | [M. E. Kerr]

I Stay Near You: One Story in Three by M. E. Kerr, whom the NYTimes Book Review calls "one of the grand masters of young adult fiction"

An ill-fated romance between a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and a boy from the richest family in a small upstate New York town has dire consequences for three generations. A gold ring, inscribed with "I Stay Near You", triggers a complex chain of events as it's passed down from one generation to the next.
Narrators include Eileen Stevens, Eliza Foss, and Jeremy Beck.
©2006 M.E. Kerr; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park | [Steve Kluger]

A funky collection of instant messages, emails, essays, and more takes this hilarious and complex young adult novel to a completely different place than the usual romance-coming out-theater-baseball novel.

Classmates T.C., Augie, and Alejandra each have different passions: the Red Sox, musical theater, and acting. They uproariously combine in friendship, love, and a quest to make a special addition to Manzanar, the famed Japanese internment site. Throw in a little Mary Poppins, and things really turn upside-down!

Narrators include Eileen Stevens, Ben Rameaka, Jeremy Beck, Peter Ganim, Christian Rummel, Kevin Pariseau, Khristine Hvam, Gayle Hendrix, Allyson Johnson, Marc Vietor, and Jay Snyder.
©2009 Puffin; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Code Orange | [Caroline B. Cooney]

Code Orange by award-winning author Caroline B. Cooney

Walking around New York City was what Mitty Blake did best. He loved the city, and even after 9/11, he always felt safe. Mitty was a carefree guy - he didnt worry about terrorists or blackouts or grades or anything, which is why he was late getting started on his Advanced Bio report. Mitty does feel a little pressure to hand something in. If he doesnt, he'll be switched out of Advanced Bio, which would be unfortunate since Olivia's in Advanced Bio. So he considers it good luck when he finds some old medical books in his familys weekend house that focus on something he could write about. But when he discovers an old envelope with two scabs in one of the books, the report is no longer about the's about life and death. His own.
Narrated by Jeremy Beck.
©2007 Caroline B. Cooney; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Click here for the link listing all of the above.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jeremy joins company of TACT (The Actors Company Theatre)

Renown for its production value and studded with actors and craftspeople regularly laureled with Obies, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Tony Nominations, TACT is one of the only true repertory companies in NYC.

It's an honour to be invited into such an esteemed group of artists!

Check here periodically to catch updates and announcements about the 2012/2013 TACT Season.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Reviews - "Jester's Dead", The Pit, NYC

"This show begins with a delightful concept...
and then executes it with the joyful craft 
only a sharp, tight theatrical ensemble can create.
Everyone in the cast is terrific.

-Best New York Comedy

Click here for full Best New York Comedy review

“ ...a production of borderline genius...” 


Click here for full review

“...the gimmick that keeps on giving...” 

- Philadelphia Inquirer

Click here for the full Philadelphia Inquirer review

Jeremy Beck with Kevin Crouch

Jeremy Beck with Chris Bolan

*Photos by Michael Izquierdo

Monday, June 11, 2012

"Oohrah!" by Bekah Brunstetter Reading at the New School/Samuel French

The New School for Drama and Samuel French held a staged reading event honouring graduate Bekah Brunstetter.

Federico Trigo, Dominic Fumusa, Eleanor Handley, Louisa Krause, Jeremy Beck & Matthew Kelty (LtoR)

Read more about the event here on

*Photo credit:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Photoshoot with John Deamara

Check out more of John Deamara's great work here.
Contact him here.

Monday, June 4, 2012

"The Love of Thief and a Lady" - Jeremy Beck and Edie Falco

From a past 52nd Street Production...
Edie Falco and Jeremy Beck in "The Love of a Thief and a Lady"
by 11-year-old Tino Paduani at 52nd Street Project

Friday, June 1, 2012

CBS's Person of Interest "Number Crunch"

Official Matt Duggan Profile from Person of Interest wikia 

Jeremy Beck as Matt Duggan: 1 of 4 "persons of interest" (lower right) w/ Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel

Jeremy Beck as Matt Duggan purchases a motorcycle.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Law and Order Series Finale "The Rubber Room"

A still from the Season and Series Finale of NBC's Law & Order:  Season 20, Episode 23 "The Rubber Room"

Jeremy Beck with Anthony Anderson and Jeremy Sisto

Friday, May 25, 2012

New York Theatre Workshop - "Couriers & Contrabands" by Victor Lesniewski

Workshopping a play set in the Civil War today at New York Theatre Workshop

"Couriers & Contrabands"
written by Victor Lesniewski
directed by Kareem Fahmy

Jeremy Beck
LaChrisha Brown
Brian D. Coats
Heather Hollingsworth
Peter McCain
Eric Miller
Courtney Stallings

"The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead" Animation Feature

I have the tremendous honor of voicing one of the two title characters for the new animated feature "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead".

With partial funding coming all the way from Romania, the film is being written, directed, and animated by Boxhead & Roundhead creator, Elliot Cowan, co-produced by Scenery Hill Entertainment (David Ginsberg) and Artis Film in Romania (Cornelia Paloş), and managed in NYC by Ace & Son Moving Picture Company.

Many of you will have seen Cowan's work scooping up awards at film festivals, but for those of you who have not, here is "Brothers in Arms," one of the shorts that inspired the feature...

You can read the Film New Europe interview with Elliot about the film here and keep up with the production by clicking "like" on The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead Roundhead Facebook Page.

The target release date is October of 2013.

Monday, May 14, 2012

"Semi-Monde" by Noel Coward - The Actor's Company Theatre (TACT)

SEMI-MONDE by Noel Coward

Monday, May 14th At 7:30pm 
132 West 22nd Street, NYC

With TACT Company members:
Nora Chester, Richard Ferrone, Delphi Harrington, Cynthia Harris, Jeffrey C. Hawkins, Simon Jones, Jack Koenig, Ron McClary, Greg McFadden, Mackenzie Meehan, Margaret Nichols, John Plumpis, James Prendergast, Gregory Salata, Lynn Wright 
And Guests: 
Heidi Armbruster, Alec Beard, Jeremy Beck, Hunter Canning, Jake Green, Letitia Lange, James Saba, Brad Schmidt, Margo White

Lighting consultant  Mary Louise Geiger
Sound design by Colin Whitely

Stage management by Michael Friedlander

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reviews - "The Ring Cycle (Parts 1-4)", PL115/Incubator Arts

Jeremy Beck as Siegmund in "The Ring Cycle (Parts 1-4)"
“This cheeky adaptation, 
by Dave Dalton, Jeremy Beck and the company, 
addresses Wagner's agenda with remarkable sensitivity and insight.”
- Steve Smith, New York Times

(click here for full New York Times review)


"Here is a Ring worth reliving."
- Olivia Giovetti, WQXR

(click here  for full WQXR review)


"...writers Jeremy Beck and Dave Dalton (who also directs) 
remain tirelessly faithful to Wagner’s original, and their obvious reverence for the material, combined with an indefatigable cast,
make the unconventional adaptation a chest-thumping success.
 - Benjamin Sutton,

(click here for the full review) 


Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Ring Cycle (Parts 1-4) - PL115 at Incubator Arts Project

Let's get ready to rumble!!

“This cheeky adaptation, by Dave Dalton, Jeremy Beck and the company, 
addresses Wagner's agenda with remarkable sensitivity and insight.”

- Steve Smith, The New York Times

Performance Lab 115 adapts Richard Wagner's iconic Ring Cycle into the action packed world of 1980's Americana.

The production strips the opera of its music and traditional setting, re- contextualizing Wagner's masterpiece to highlight the libretto's story of pride, passion and the insatiable quest for power. Juxtaposing the single minded action of Wagner's mythic gods with the cultural and philosophical hubris of America in the 1980's — a decade marked by a "greed is good" mentality — the production draws parallels between Wagner's mythology, American mythology (Pro Wrestling) and the events of our own tumultuous time.

Conceived and Directed by: Dave Dalton
Adapted from the Wagner by Dave Dalton and Jeremy Beck

Jeremy Beck as Siegmund 

Rebecca Lingafelter as Sieglinde (from previous production) and Jeremy Beck as Siegmund
The Valkyries (Jeremy Beck pictured center)

Jeremy Beck*
Amanda Broomell
Sara Buffamanti*
Jeff Clarke
Christopher Hirsh*
Rachel Jablin
Marty Keiser*
Mike Melkovic*
Seth Powers*
Christopher Ryan Richards

*appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity / Equity Approved Showcase. 

Production Manager: Elizabeth Nielsen
Stage Manager: Julia LaVault
Costumes: Kristina Makowski
Set: Jian Jung
Lights: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound: David Roy
Fights: Casey Robinson
Assistant Director: Bonnie Foster

Special thanks to collaborators who helped develop The Ring: Rebecca Lingafelter, Mark Valadez, Andreea Mincic, Christopher Patrick Mullen, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Sarah Riffle, Stacey Berman and Dragana Vucetic

Developed in part at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Made possible through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Mental Insight Foundation.