Feb 4, 2019: Back to the Bruns! Just got the word that I’ll be back at “CalShakes” - the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, CA - for two shows this season: Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan, directed by Artistic Director Eric Ting, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tyne Rafaeli. Already looking forward to gazing at the stars from backstage… details to follow.
Very excited to be on the cusp of a new endeavor: actor/director/teacher Alyson Rutter, late of The Barrow Group School is now living in the Bay Area. I’ve convinced her to lead a bi-weekly workshop for Bay Area professionals, and our first class convenes on November 19th! A great group has signed on. Should be several weeks of good acting in a small space. My favorites!
Such a great experience performing Marjorie Prime with the Marin Theater Company a few weeks ago, directed by Ken Russ Schmoll and featuring the great Joy Carlin as Marjorie. A beautiful production of a beautiful play, simple, moving, and thought-provoking. Getting to work with my long-time friend and colleague Julie Eccles, and my new-found friend and colleague Tommy Gorrebeek were delightful perks. “…the play charts new frontiers in human love and human sadness. To watch Fusco’s Jon hesitate as he unfolds the piece of paper that lists the characteristics he wants an avatar to embody is to absorb, for just a moment, grief’s eternal triumph over everything we might devise to stave it off.“ - Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle.
Interesting article on Backstage.com: 7 actors who play Scrooge!
Horatio is very worried about his friend Hamlet:
Nice photo by Kevin Berne. "JDT" was indefatigable and inspiring.
First week of Tech complete for Hamlet at ACT! The remarkable John Douglas Thompson undertaking the title role. A gracious, immensely talented, tasteful, and rigorous artist. Learning so much working with him as his Horatio (yeah, I know... maybe next up Benvolio! Valentine! ... Mamillius?) The show looks fab: great big ol' creepy set, eerie atmospheric sound/music, strong cast, and Carey Perloff leaving no stone unturned. EXCITED TO PUT IT IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE! Get thee to the Geary. Here's a nice article about it in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Huge news! Carey Perloff to step down after 25 years as Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater. Carey has been a provocative and illuminating collaborator with me on dozens of shows over the years. I am forever indebted to her for the many opportunities she and ACT have given me. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Her departure will be part of what's becoming a sea-change in Bay Area theater, after Eric Ting taking the helm at CalShakes, and with Tony Taccone set to step away from BerkeleyRep after the '18-'19 season.
Just closed Lucas Hnath's brilliant The Christians at SF Playouse, under the sharp and sensitive direction of Bill English. What a privilege it was to inhabit the role of Pastor Paul, along with a splendid company of Bay Area actors working at the top of their game! Sad to see this one go. I've added some photos from it to the Gallery page of this site. Enjoy!
Had the great pleasure of working on Tom Stoppard's mind-bender The Hard Problem, directed by Carey Perloff. I managed to get a trophy:
Summer 2016: I ended up in Jackson Gay's wild reimagining of Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry and Leonato), and got my Shaw on again as Finch McComas in You Never Can Tell directed by Lisa Peterson who I enjoyed working with so much on King Lear all those years ago. She re-set the play in Santa Cruz circa 1897 and it worked very well! Here's a shot of me and the inimitable Danny Schie (as Walter the waiter):
The California Shakespeare Theater, under the new artistic directorship of Eric Ting, has an exciting season lined up for 2016. I'm pleased to announce that I'll be in two of the four shows! First will be Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jackson Gay. I don't know yet which role(s) I may find myself playing; it's going to be an ensemble piece, with some of the Bay Area's best actors playing multiple roles... maybe even sharing roles... stay tuned. Second, I'm excited to be part of the cast of Shaw's You Never Can Tell, to be directed by Lisa Peterson. I had a great time working with Peterson on King Lear a few seasons back, so I'm really looking forward to getting back in the room with her to feed my Shaw addiction. More details to come...
Ah, Wilderness, which just recently closed at ACT, was a wonderful experience, and my first in a play by Eugene O'Neill. I fervently hope it will not be the last! It was great to share the stage with so many students I had the pleasure of teaching earlier in the year, and to work with the wonderful Rachel Ticotin who played Nat's wife Essie. I was interviewed by Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle for this production, and if you like you can read it here.
Love and Information opened ACT's beautiful new Strand Theater last week! So excited to be part of this long-awaited event. Here is a photo from the show, with myself and the terrific Dan Hiatt as former lovers who can't quite square their memories.
Sister Play is up and running, and it's a beautiful show. In this picture with me (as Malcolm) are the amazingly talented Lisa Brescia (as Anna) and Jessi Campbell (as Lilly). I'm one lucky actor.
Rehearsals start soon for John Kolvenbach's Sister Play at SF's fabled Magic Theater. Favorite line, so far: "I don't wish I believed in the things that people who believe in things believe in? but I envy people their belief."
Beautiful shot by Kevin Berne of Indian Ink. Eldon Pike, in an English garden circa 1982, while in the background Nirad Das and Flora Crewe make art in Jummapur, India, in 1930.
Meet E. Cooper Pike ("call me Eldon"), globe-trotting biographer from Tom Stoppard's "Indian Ink."
I'm Srooging it up in the American Conservatory Theater's annual production of A Christmas Carol.
I alternate in the role with the great Jim Carpenter, who's been Mr. Humbug for nine years now.
12 years ago, I played Bob Cratchit!
Catch me at it matinees Dec 23rd 26th and 27th, and evening performances Dec 17th and 20th.
Next up: Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink, also at A.C.T. Performances begin Jan 14th.