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.