November 17, 2016

The Zoo Story

Here is a clip from a New York rehearsal for the Classic Theatre International European Tour of The Zoo Story.



November 16, 2016

Gwen Ifill

My god, will she be missed. She was one of a kind: enormously charming, intelligent,warm, gracious, talented, inspirational, dignified and so much more. What a tremendous, wonderful woman. She will be terribly missed, in a present day culture which rarely projects these qualities.
Ifill was a veteran Washington journalist who covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008.
npr.org

November 03, 2016

Syria

As in Rwanda, the world frets and worries and debates and threatens and denounces ad infinitum ad nauseum, while innocent people are being murdered by their own government.

President Obama, like the European leaders, has proven that he is one of those people who is incapable of true outrage against moral turpitude.

There are no heroes here, neither presently nor historically.

Turkey, while trying to broker a ceasefire, still refuses to admit to the murder of over one million Armenians and makes it a crime even to say it occurred.

After the communists took over in China more than 20 million people were murdered.  Under Stalin more than 20 million also were murdered.  Naturally, China and Russia are the strongest supporters of Syria although the ultimate honors go to Hezbollah and Iran.

How interesting that the people who detest Israel the most have little or nothing to say against Syria.

It's called "selective outrage."

September 29, 2016

June 10, 2016

Winterset

One of the first plays I did -- Maxwell Anderson's glorious Winterset -- has what may be my all-time favorite role: Mio Bartolomeo.  The play deals with the imagined aftermath of the Sacco and Vanzetti case.

Here is a still from the production. 
Alexander Barnett as Mio

October 19, 2015

New stills from King Lear.
Lear: "I did her wrong."

Gloucester (Jim Zidar), Lear (Alexander Barnett), Goneril (Leah Filley)


Fool (Aaron Strand), Lear (Alexander Barnett)

Lear, Cornwall (William Le Dent), Regan (Samantha Dena)












September 26, 2015

Production Stills from The Eyes of Van Gogh

The film will be available shortly with closed captions.
Gordon Joseph Weiss (Theo) Alexander Barnett (Vincent)

Alexander Barnett (Van Gogh)

Alexander Barnett (Vincent) Gordon Joseph Weiss (Theo)

Dinner with asylum inmates
Vincent (Alexander Barnett) with father (Keith Perry)

 Other stills.             Trailer

May 02, 2015

King Lear has Wrapped

My film wrapped on 4/28 - a difficult, but incredible journey.  For post I will be looking for an assistant editor, a sound designer, and a colorist.  www.kinglearfilm.org

April 21, 2015

February 01, 2015

January 03, 2015

Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, a man of enormous dignity, integrity, humanity, passion, courage and towering intellect has left us and the loss is enormous. Aside from Bernie Sanders, there is no one in the political arena today who can come anywhere close to matching what he stood for. Again, that repugnant malignant monster death, has taken a great one from us. I am enormously grateful that he lived, but to lose him is heartbreaking. His greatest hero was Lincoln. As they say "like attracts like." He will always be an inspiration.

November 25, 2014

Van Gogh Musuem to showcase The Eyes of Van Gogh

In 2015, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will commemorate the 125th anniversary of van Gogh’s death. They will be showing clips from my film The Eyes of Van Gogh throughout the year. www.theeyesofvangogh.com

May 28, 2014

May 10, 2014

Stefanie Cytron joins King Lear Team

Stefanie Cytron is a Costume Designer based in Los Angeles, California.  She specializes in design and costume construction, costume illustration, and wardrobe styling.  She has worked on many international productions, and her designs have been showcased at various film festivals, including the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2011 OneCloudFest, as well as in TV commercials and on stage.  Her dye work and fabric manipulation have been featured in Kanye West’s 2014 Yeezus tour, during Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week, and in the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.  Cytron has extensive stage experience at the LA Opera, Washington National Opera, California State Long Beach Opera, Powerhouse Theatre, LA Fringe Festival, and the New Jersey Opera Theatre.  Cytron holds a degree in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Florida, where she designed costumes for a number of productions, ranging from period theatre and opera to African dance.  She is a Washington, DC native.

April 30, 2014

Costume Design Internship available in LA July-August

 
This summer intern will be reporting to the film’s Costume Designer, Stefanie Cytron.  The costume design intern will assist with and learn about research, sketch submissions, fabric selections, and period costume construction. They will have the opportunity to collaborate on pieces or projects appropriate to skill level and interest. The position will be based in Los Angeles for the pre-production phase of the work. Background in costume design and construction is required along with proficiency in research, excellent communication abilities, flexibility, and attention to detail.  Two or more years of college, college graduate, or grad-student preferred.  A positive attitude and willingness to collaborate and learn is more important for me.  This internship opportunity provides hands-on experience.  It is an unpaid position.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Ms. Cytron stefbc7@gmail.com

April 25, 2014

Grant for King Lear

I am delighted to report receiving a grant for my upcoming film.  I would also like to welcome Ms. Jacqueline B. Mars as an Associate Producer.
Stefanie Cytron has joined the creative team for my upcoming film of King Lear as costume designer.

December 08, 2013

Creative Team - Film

I am now accepting resumes and supporting materials from cinematographers, lighting designers, and art directors only for the independent film King Lear.  Please visit the film's website for information.

November 29, 2013

I am pleased to announce the official website for my upcoming film of King Lear, now in pre-production.   Please visit site for job information.

September 12, 2012

No, No, No!

Another production of King Lear that has Lear molesting his daughters?  How tiresome, banal and ridiculous. 

There is nothing in the play to support that interpretation.  Further -- if Lear is a monster, it makes Cordelia, Kent, Edgar, Gloucester, the Fool, Albany and his knights blithering idiots.  They love him.

Most important - if Lear is an incestuous monster, there is no tragedy whatsoever.  He deserves everything he gets.  That makes Shakespeare a blithering idiot.

Please.

September 11, 2012

Dead Gitmo detainee was cleared for release in 2009

So much for Obama's promises.  And where is the anti-war demonstration?  You can't object only when the party you don't like is in power.  Sheer hypocrisy.

August 31, 2012

Was Vincent van Gogh color-blind?


A major problem with the suggestion of color-blindness is that it ignores van Gogh's incredibly specific written description of his paintings.  I think not.

May 23, 2012

New van Gogh exhibit

Van Gogh: Up Close - Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Opens at the National Gallery of Canada Until September 3, 2012

January 02, 2012

Sugar Ray Robinson: Bright Lights and Dark Shadows

An excellent biography of one of the two greatest prizefighters of all time.




A profile of the man considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time includes film clips and interviews with Jake LaMotta, journalist Nigel Collins, wife Edna Mae Robinson and son Ray Robinson Jr. The original score was composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis...