Simultaneous with rehearsals for "Ivanov" I am working on the holiday offering of The Peccadillo Theatre Company, the company in residence at the Theatre at St. Clement's. Peccadillo's mission is the presentation of great American plays, and they have chosen two early one acts by Thornton Wilder, "The Long Christmas Dinner" and "Pullman Car Hiawatha" to present as "A Wilder Christmas." Just as with the Chekhov, this is a stunning look at the developing voice of one of the great playwrights.
Various kinds of theatre challenge different sets of actor muscles and as much as I love doing the dynamic work of musical theatre, I am having a great time using my more classical actor talents to bring these Chekhov and Wilder characters to life. I am also enjoying being a part of the visions of two passionate directors, one well established and the other beginning her training at one of the great directing programs. In the process, I get to learn more about myself and my work. A pretty great Christmas gift.