Sunday, October 6, 2013

Christian Camargo and Eric Balfour - Haven - Season 4 - "Bad Blood"

Can't make it to New York to catch Christian as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, don't worry; he can been seen on the SyFy channel in Haven.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Star Christian Camargo’s 7 Acting Secrets

Photo Source: Carol Rosegg

If Christian Camargo talks about acting as craft, it might be because he comes from a long line of craftsmen. His mother is actor Victoria Wyndham, and his grandfather is the late actor Ralph Camargo. The tribe extends to his wife, Juliet Rylance, and his father-in-law, Tony-winner Mark Rylance—both of whom Camargo met while in the inaugural company of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in England.

Having a network of actors surrounding him has been Camargo’s true education—though his years at the Juilliard School of Drama certainly didn’t hurt. “Juilliard was fantastic, don’t get me wrong,” he says. “But the real knowledge was sort of growing up with a family of crafts. Going to the theater to see my mom do a play, or talking about character with Mark [Rylance] and seeing what his approach is? It’s been a blessing.”

If you’d like to see Christian Camargo’s craft, look no further than Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, where the 42-year-old actor is currently starring as Mercutio alongside Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad headlined production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Camargo brings a brazen sexual energy to the scene-stealing role, which speaks highly to Camargo’s ability take a fresh look on archetypal characters.

We spoke with Camargo, known to many for his roles on “Dexter” and in the “Twilight’ films, about tackling Shakespeare, perfecting his craft, and staying in the moment.

Do the work first, and then throw it out

While the language of Shakespeare might be intimidating for an actor at first, Camargo says there’s plenty of information within the text to shape your performance. “Shakespeare gives you these clues—these little pieces of gold dust, I call them,” he says. “They tell you so much about the story, the character, the drive, the intentions. It’s like a gift.” The work also shows actors how to break out of the rhythm of Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter. “It has its own energy to it; its own life to the lines. Budding consonants, line endings, shared lines between two characters—they’re all hints about the drive of the piece and where to emphasize the beats.” Still, no matter how much work you do pre-performance, Camargo says you must walk away from it. “Put your own self in there and marry the technique with what you’re feeling,” he says.

Surround yourself with people who support and challenge you

Camargo’s family of craftsmen allows him to pick and choose what makes sense for him in a safe, supportive environment. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no conflict. “Actors are the most generous people when it comes to sharing their technique. But if you grew up in a household of carpenters and you’re making a table, everyone would have a different way of doing it,” he says. “There’s healthy competition within the craft. And sometimes, in the family of actors that I live amongst, we have completely different opinions about things and ways of going about things. But to be around many people doing the same thing, where you don’t feel alone and you can ask honest questions and get honest answers and take what works for you and leave behind what doesn’t? It’s helped me grow so much.”

Don’t try to be anyone other than yourself

We all know hindsight is 20/20, but when Camargo looks back, the one thing he wishes he knew then we to be more confident in himself. “Sometimes, there’s a preconceived notion of how a scene or how a work should be delivered. And I see young performers sometimes try and deliver that, and it’s not really true to their voice or who they are,” he explains. “Audiences pick up on that very quickly.” In those cases, Camargo stresses actors bring themselves to the part. “When you are cast for a role, it’s because of everything that makes you who you are in that moment in time. No one else has that. That’s a unique, powerful thing to hold,” he says. “People are interested in you. So be confident and allow your voice to be heard and don’t try to imitate what you should think or feel at a certain moment.”

Stay in the moment.

“Orlando Bloom will be unemployed after ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ” Camargo says, bluntly. It’s a harsh statement when seen through the eyes of any fulltime employee, but for an actor, that’s part of the business. “No matter how many years of experience you have,” Camargo explains, “We all share the same thing: Where’s our next job coming from? And that brings its own sort of nerves and hinders to the enjoyment of what we’re doing right now.” To shift from those nerves, Camargo stresses that we stop worrying about where you should be and start focusing on where you are. “Acting is about being present in the moment—even when you’re not at an audition, even when you’re not on stage. It’s where you are right now that you can learn the most.”

Try anything

Camargo recently took to the other side of the camera, directing a modern film adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” called “Days and Nights.” (Camargo also wrote the adaptation, which is due out next year.) Challenged with leading his superstar cast (Allison Janney, Cherry Jones, Mark Rylance, Katie Holmes, among others) through the project, Camargo learned just how much mutual trust goes into the process, making him feel even free to play as an actor. “If I’m feeling an instinct for something that’s outside the text, I’m going to go for it and just explore it,” he explains. “And I’m going to do it trusting that the director wants me to explore, just like I wanted [my actors] to explore. Don’t feel nervous about it. Because nerves are what close you down and make you less accessible and enjoyable to watch.”

Be positive

In an industry that often favors an actor’s fall than rise, Camargo knows that remaining positive is an absolute must. “It’s not easy being an artist in any medium,” Camargo says. “So we have to enjoy ourselves. And if we find ourselves being creative out of conflict or out of darkness, we’re actually being delusional to our creative selves. That doesn't work at all. That’s going to bring tension. That’s going to bring something that you won’t be able to make into anything that anyone wants to watch.”

Don’t confuse the craft of acting with celebrity.

If you’re getting into this business to be on the cover of a magazine or walk a red carpet, you may want to seek out other ways to find your notoriety. “A lot of actors, and understandably, get wrapped up in the concept of fame,” says Camargo. “They use this to measure their self-worth. They think ‘I’m not getting famous so I must not be very good.’ And there’s this sort of skewed perception of the craft versus the celebrity.” In Camargo’s eyes, actors must focus on the one thing they truly have control over: their craft. “Celebrity is so much up to other people. We can’t just exist to be hopefully picked as a celebrity. That’s out of our control,” he says. “We have to make that clear distinction that we are craftsmen – just like carpenters—and we need to hone that skill.” Lucky for Camargo, the celebrities he’s worked with on Broadway understand that distinction. “Katie Holmes and Orlando [Bloom]—they've both really dove into their craft onstage and done the work,” he says. “It’s been wonderful to see that.”


Condola Rashad on 'Romeo and Juliet' Orlando Bloom: 'We had a connection from the minute we met'

Photo credit: Getty Images | Co-stars Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom at the "Romeo And Juliet" Broadway photo call at Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan. (Aug. 7, 2013)

It's no surprise Condola Rashad is one of Broadway's hottest rising stars. Entertainment's in her blood (mom is award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, dad is NFL legend and sports commentator Ahmad Rashad). One could say Condola's been in show business her whole life. Even before then. She made her first TV appearance during season three of "The Cosby Show," when her mom (who was then playing TV's reigning wife and mother, Clair Huxtable) worked during her pregnancy. Fans may recall Phylicia's baby bump was hidden by clever staging -- Phylicia held bags of groceries or read in bed on her stomach, with a hole cut out of the mattress. In the years that followed, Condola, now 26, grew up in Mount Vernon and hung out with mom on the "Cosby" set. She studied theater at the California Institute for the Arts, then hit New York, making her 2009 Off-Broadway debut in "Ruined." She then earned Tony nominations for strong performances in "Stick Fly" (in 2012) and "The Trip to Bountiful" (last spring).
Now, she stars as a certain star-crossed lover opposite heartthrob Orlando Bloom in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. She chatted with Newsday contributor Joseph V. Amodio.
Must be tough saying Juliet's familiar lines like, "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?"
It's just a matter of-uh ... trusting Shakespeare, in a way. Knowing that even though the line's been said a million times, there's a new way to say it -- it's a different time, I'm a different actor. If I say it right now, it'll be new.
Bummer for you -- having to establish chemistry with the likes of Orlando Bloom.
Yeah. What's funny is that we didn't have to force it. We had a connection from the minute we met ... a sense of comfort with each other. Which was cool. We both loved the work. And he's such a great guy.
It's his Broadway debut -- did you show him the ropes?
He occasionally asks things, like, "Is this normal for a tech rehearsal?" Because they can be brutal. But he's finding his way beautifully.
This production features an interracial love story, but it's not really a "West Side Story" thing, is it?
Race may add to the tension, but it's not the reason for this family feud. It's really great to know we have interracial characters but the story isn't about that. Our director, David Leveaux, was asked why he cast a black Juliet. And he said, "Our Juliet is black because ... she's black." [She chuckles.] He didn't cast me because I was black. He wanted to see me play the role. And I'm black, so he was like, OK, we'll just run with that.
I'm curious about your childhood. Do you recall when you realized your parents weren't ... typical?
I always knew they were known, from when I was little. But I also knew they were the same as everybody else's parents. I remember people knowing them, stopping them. That's normal to me. But I also remember my parents coming home at the end of the workday. My mother cooking dinner for the family, like a lot of other mothers do. She was no different.
Did you catch the acting bug from Mom?
I did. My mother took me everywhere when I was little -- and directors let me stay at rehearsals. I was well behaved and would sit and watch. And ... I fell in love with acting. I fell in love with what goes on behind the scenes -- the craft. There are certain actors who fall in love with the fame side. I'm not saying that's bad. It's just not my thing. I watched my mother take a character from a page and create something. I think the best actors are the ones who -- beyond anything you think of them -- just want to tell you a story.
What about Dad's genes? Are you athletic?
Actually -- I am. I ran track, played soccer. I was athletic in high school. I didn't really start acting then. I'm actually a musician first and foremost. I was trained classically in piano for 10 years. And now I have a band.
What's your band called?
Condola and the Stoop Kids. It's fun. Our goal is a fall concert.
And you're releasing an album.
Yes. It's alternative
rock-soul, basically. We think we have something special. It's very lyrically driven. I wrote all the lyrics, and some music I wrote by myself, some I conceived with producers. We recorded the album through the summer.
Any other projects in the works?
All I can see is as far as "Romeo and Juliet." That's my whole world right now.
Not a bad world to be in.
So who's releasing the album?
Um ... it's indie. Yeah ... we are a very indie band.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Photo Coverage: Inside ROMEO AND JULIET's Opening Night After Party Celebration!

The new Broadway production of Shakespeare's timeless love story Romeo and Juliet starring international film star Orlando Bloom, making his Broadway debut opposite two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, officially opened last, Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Check out photos below from the after party celebration!

While Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story of all time, this production - directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux - marks the first time in 36 years that the play has been produced for Broadway. This version of the classic tale retains Shakespeare's original language but has a modern setting in which members of the Montague family are white, and the Capulet family are black.
The creative team includes scenic designer Jesse Poleshuck, costume designer Fabio Toblini, lighting designer David Weiner, sound designer David Van Tieghem, and hair designer David BrIan Brown.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Justin Guarini
Phylicia Rashad and Condola Rashad
Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom
Director David LeveauxCondola Rashad and Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom - Romeo

Christian Camargo & Juliet Rylance

Mercutio Wants You at This Party

How Christian Camargo creates his performance in Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet"

Christian Camargo didn't always love Shakespeare. When he read Romeo and Juliet in high school, he recalls, "I couldn't stand it. I couldn't stand Shakespeare. I couldn't understand it. I didn't like people who did. I just thought it was very snooty and upper class. I much preferred sports."

In fact, he was so turned off by Shakespeare's plays that he avoided them in choosing a classical monologue for his 
Juilliard audition. He got accepted, however, so there was no more avoiding the Bard. In his first year, a speech professor used Mercutio's famous Queen Mab speech from Romeo and Juliet as an early exercise for understanding Shakespeare's work. And this time around, Camargo's eyes were opened.

"That's when it clicked for me about how fun it could be," he says. "I just couldn't get enough of Shakespeare after that." Now he's performing the Queen Mab speech eight times a week as Mercutio in the current Broadway revival of 
Romeo and Juliet. (Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as the star-crossed lovers, the production is now in previews at the Richard Rodgers.)
And despite those early misgivings, Camargo is now a Shakespeare pro, having played Hamlet, Coriolanus, Ariel in The Tempest, and Orlando in As You Like It. He sees Shakesearean roles as especially inviting canvases for actors: "In Shakespeare when you're seeing an archetype, you're seeing that person who is playing that archetype," he says. "That's why there are so many different Hamlets. You're seeing the person playing Hamlet. That's what's most interesting. I feel the same way about Mercutio."

So who is Mercutio, other than Romeo's close friend? "It's a very muscular role," Camargo says. "He's not [on stage] throughout the whole play, but when he's there, he's very present. He's all over the place in terms of his physicality. He very quick on the tongue. Mercutio loves to hear himself talk. He uses sophisticated imagery."

Camargo enjoys the challenge of getting an audience to understand what this high-brow/low-brow character is saying, a mix of heightened language and street humor. One strategy is using sexual gestures. For example, when Mercutio says, "Here's my fiddlestick. Here's that shall make you dance," the actor playing him will traditionally take out his sword. Camargo unzips his pants and makes a crude gesture. Given the world that director David Leveaux has created with his production---a modern aesthetic, with motorcycles, leather jackets, and graffiti---this interpretation makes sense. Not only is it edgy, but it also compensates for the fact that there are no swords on stage. (In this revival, Mercutio is dressed in black, with a leather jacket and lots of bracelets and necklaces---a costume, designed by Fabio Toblini, that Camargo feels is perfect.) Of course, his performance is more than just swagger. As he's getting ready, Camargo looks at the phrases he keeps on his dressing room mirror describing Mercutio's objectives, such as "Challenge Everything." Those help guide his intentions when he goes on stage. "For the first scene that Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are in, it's as simple as 'get into the party,'" Camargo says. "I need to get Romeo to this party. The whole Queen Mab speech comes out of that objective, believe it or not. It seems like the Queen Mab speech overtakes and becomes more about Mercutio himself, but actually what I'm doing is trying to get him to the party by using that speech. By spouting so many freaking words that he finally says, 'Enough!' And I'm like, 'Yes. Those dreams mean nothing, so let's go.'"


Friday, August 30, 2013

Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, Began Broadway Previews Aug. 24

The Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, which invests Shakespeare's drama with a new dynamic, begins performances Aug. 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The production features Orlando Bloom ("The Lord of the Rings") and Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) as an interracial pair of young lovers doomed by intolerance.

Helmed by David LeveauxRomeo and Juliet will officially open Sept. 19. Leveaux has staged Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac, Nine, The Glass Menagerie andJumpers on Broadway, among others.
In addition to Bloom as Romeo and Rashad as Juliet, the cast also features Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Dead Accounts) as the Nurse, Tony Award winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade) as Friar Laurence, Tony winner Chuck Cooper (The Life; Caroline, or Change) as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo ("The Hurt Locker," "Twilight," All My Sons) as Mercutio, Justin Guarini (Women on the Verge, "American Idol") as Paris, Roslyn Ruff ( The Piano Lesson, "The Help") as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp ("The Girl") as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus.

Completing the company are Donte Bonner, Joe Carroll, Don Guillory,Sheria IrvingMaurice JonesEric Loscheider, Spencer Plachy, Michael Rudko, Tracy Sallows, Thomas Schall, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Nance Williamson.

The creative team includes scenic designer Jesse Poleshuck, costume designer Fabio Toblini, lighting designer David Weiner, sound designer David Van Tieghem and hair designer David Brian Brown.
This production marks the first time in 36 years that the play has been produced for Broadway. This version of the classic tale, according to press notes, "will retain Shakespeare’s original language but have a modern setting in which members of the Montague family will be white, and the Capulet family will be black."

According to producers, "In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world."

Producers have also announced that 100 tickets per performance will be set aside at $20 for purchase by students and educators.

For tickets visit The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 W 46th Street.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Where for Art Thou..

Christian Camargo - First Preview of Broadway's Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theatre-Departures. - New York  NY, United States - Sunday 25th August 2013 

Thomas Schall, Michael Rudko, Corey Hawkins, Christian Camargo, Roselyn Ruff, Brent Carver and Orlando Bloom - Curtain call for First Preview of Broadway's Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. - New York, NY, United States - Sunday 25th August 2013

Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, Begins Performances on Broadway

What light through yonder window breaks? It's Romeo and Juliet! The new contemporary revival of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, starring Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, begins preview performances on August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux, Romeo and Juliet opens on September 19.

The first Broadway staging in 36 years, Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy, and tells the story of two young lovers whose noble families are locked in a bitter feud. They try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results. In this modern take on a Shakespeare classic, Bloom and Rashad are the star-crossed lovers.

In addition to Bloom and Rashad, Romeo and Juliet also features Tony winner Brent Carver, two-time Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell, Tony winner Chuck Cooper, Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff, Conrad Kemp, Justin Guarini, Corey Hawkins and Geoffrey Owens. The company also includes Donte Bonner, Joe Carroll, Don Guillory, Sheria Irving, Maurice Jones, Eric Loscheider, Spencer Plachy, Michael Rudko, Tracy Sallows, Thomas Schall, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Nance Williamson.

The creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes scenic design by Jesse Poleshuck, costume design by Fabio Toblini, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by David Van Tieghem and hair design by David Brian Brown.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Emma Lahana & Christian Camargo Join Syfy’s ‘Haven’

Emma Lahana (Emily Owens M.D.) and Christian Camargo (Dexter) have joined the cast of Syfy’s drama series Haven for its upcoming 13 episode fourth season, which is set to premiere on Friday September 13th at 10/9c. They join Colin Ferguson (Eureka) who is also joining the cast of the series in its fourth season as William, a handsome mysterious stranger, whose secret agenda leads him to Audrey.
Lahana has been cast as Jennifer Mason, an eccentric, energetic and just a bit off-kilter young lady who gets pulled into Haven’s mysteries when she starts hearing strange voices in her head; while Camargo has been cast as Wade Crocker, the estranged half-brother of Haven mainstay Duke Crocker. Charming, driven, and slightly devious, Wade is a successful and good-natured businessman who seems to be at the top of his game.
Based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid, Haven tells the story of Audrey Parker, an FBI agent who comes to the idyllic town of  Haven, Maine on assignment only to discover a personal connection to the town through her long lost mother. Audrey opts to stay in Haven to investigate ‘The  Troubles’, a series of paranormal events that have previously struck the town and have suddenly started up again. The drama series is produced by Entertainment One and stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. The show’s fourth season picks up six months after the devastating events of the Season 3 cliff-hanger, in which the town was pummeled by a violent meteor storm, resulting in Audrey and Duke vanishing into thin air leaving an injured Nathan marooned in Haven.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Something about that look

Christian, like most of the other Twilight actors did the convention circuit. We had the pleasure of being at a few conventions with Mr. Camargo and got to meet him and of course take plenty of pictures of him. The top four in this posting are from Parsippany, New Jersey October of 2012. The bottom two are from Raleigh, North Carolina March 10, 2012. 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Further news on Christian Camargo and Romeo and Juliet

Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet opening at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre on 19 Sep 2013, following previews from 24 Aug, and playing a limited engagement through to 24 Nov 2013.

Christian Camargo will play 'Mercutio,' Roslyn Ruff will play 'Lady Capulet' and Justin Guarini will play 'Paris.' Making their Broadway debuts are Conrad Kemp as 'Benvolio,' Corey Hawkins as 'Tybalt,' and Geoffrey Owens as 'Prince Escalus.'

Romeo and Juliet, directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux, will star Orlando Bloom, in his Broadway debut, alongside Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly), as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.

As previously announced the cast also includes Tony Award-winning actor Brent Carver as 'Friar Laurence,' Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper as 'Lord Capulet' and two-time Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Well) as 'Nurse.'

Further casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.

This production will mark the first time in 36 years that Romeo and Juliet will be produced for Broadway. This version of the classic tale will retain Shakespeare’s original language but have a modern setting in which members of the contentious Montague and Capulet families will be of differing ethnicities.

One of Shakespeare’s best known plays, Romeo and Julietbelongs to a tradition of tragic-romances dating back over 500 years. The famous youthful lovers first appeared in Italian novella in the 1500’s and gained popularity in England after being adapted and translated into English by Arthur Brooke in 1562.

 As described in Brooke’s poem, “The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet” - on which Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is based - while the Montagues and Capulets are from different “races” or “stocks” their deadly feud is not based on their race, but rather on the “grudging envy” of men of “equal state.”

In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.

The last time Romeo and Juliet was produced on Broadway was the 1977 Circle in the Square production featuring Paul Ryan Rudd and Pamela Payton-Wright. Other notable New York productions include: the Public Theater’s 2012 gala staged-reading at the Delacorte Theater starring Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep; the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2011 production at the Park Avenue Armory starring Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale; the Public Theater’s 2007 Shakespeare in the Park production starring Oscar Isaac and Lauren Ambrose; the 1986 Shakespeare on Broadway for the Schools repertory production starring Geoffrey Owens and Regina Taylor; The Old Vic Company’s 1956 production at the Winter Garden Theater starring John Neville and Claire Bloom; as well as the 1940 Broadway production starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.


Christian Camargo last appeared on Broadway in the 2008 production of Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons' and was recently seen on screen in the Oscar-winning Best Picture 'The Hurt Locker.'

Roslyn Ruff was recently nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her role as 'Berniece' in 'The Piano Lesson,' on Broadway she was the understudy for the role of 'Rose' in 'Fences,' her film credits include 'The Help.'

Justin Guarini has appeared on Broadway in 'American Idiot' and 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.'

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Justin Guarini, Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff & More Join the Cast of Broadway Revival of Romeo and Juliet

More join the cast of the Broadway revival of 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Parting is such sweet sorrow! So, instead, Justin Guarini, Christian Camargo and Roslyn Ruff are joining the new Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom and Tony nominee Condola Rashad. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leaveaux, Romeo and Juliet will begin previews August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with an opening night set for September 19.

Camargo will play Romeo's close friend Mercutio, Guarini will play Juliet's preferred suitor Paris and Ruff will play the headstrong Lady Capulet. Also joining the cast of Romeo and Juliet are Conrad Kemp as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. In addition to Bloom as Romeo and Rashad as Juliet, the cast will also feature the previously reported Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse, Tony winner Brent Carver as Friar Laurence and Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet.

One of Shakespeare's most well-known and performed plays, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. The first Broadway staging in 36 years, this revival of Romeo and Juliet will honor Shakespeare’s written verse while moving the show’s setting to contemporary time in which the warring Montague and Capulet families are of different ethnicities.

Camargo was last on Broadway in the 2008 production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. His TV and film credits include The Hurt LockerThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Dexter. Guarini's Broadway credits include American Idiot and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He is best-known for being the runner-up on season one of American Idol. Ruff appeared on Broadway in the revival of Fences. Her off-Broadway credits include The Piano LessonLove, Loss and What I WoreMacbethThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Things of Dry Hours. Ruff's TV and film credits include The HelpSaltRachel Getting MarriedThe Big C and The Good Wife.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It's finally here, #EuropaReport on demand!

If you are like us here at you can't wait to see Europa Report! Well wait no more it is AVAILABLE on DEMAND TODAY!
A scene from EUROPA REPORT, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Christian Camargo in EUROPA REPORT, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

We first talked about the movie with Christian about a year ago when he was filming this epic movie, and now we get to finally see it.

A scene from EUROPA REPORT, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

The big screen release is coming to limited screens August 3, 2013.

Play dates

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Variety's Film Review: ‘Europa Report’

Two currently popular strands of genre filmmaking, the low-budget sci-fier and the found-footage thriller, merge to reasonably plausible and impressively controlled effect in “Europa Report.” Meticulously crafted by Ecuadorian helmer Sebastian Cordero and his team, this futuristic tale of astronauts searching for signs of life near Jupiter was ostensibly shot using cameras positioned aboard their spacecraft; their video diaries have been cannily reassembled into something coherent and genuinely compelling on their own low-key terms, if a touch over-earnest at times. Commercially, Magnet’s Aug. 2 release may fall into that unfortunate audience vacuum in which genre trappings and arthouse cool cancel each other out, though its methodical, science-positive approach stands to be appreciated by the curious and discerning.

It spoils nothing to note that the mission documented here does not end particularly well, as one might expect from a speculative dramatic thriller following a small crew of space explorers into uncharted territory. Yet “Europa Report” refreshingly avoids the usual sci-fi hack-’em-up conventions, not least because the astronauts in question, rather than coming off as another stereotypical bunch of wiseacres, instead have been conceived as quietly intelligent, dedicated individuals with (gasp) an actual aptitude for science. Rather than falling victim to yet another race of bloodthirsty extraterrestrials (a la 2012′s “Prometheus” and last month’s Cannes-preemed “The Last Days on Mars”), they encounter perils of a far more persuasive and unsettling nature.

Set in a post-NASA future when space travel has become a matter of private enterprise, the film concerns the Europa One, a $3.7 billion manned spaceship sent to explore the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. (The premise was inspired by the November 2011 discovery of lakes beneath Europa’s frozen surface.) Philip Gelatt’s screenplay adopts a polished faux docu format: Almost every scene is presented as footage transmitted from the ship’s maiden voyage, spliced together with commentary from an on-the-ground commander (Embeth Davidtz), who gravely recalls the moment, about seven months into the mission, when the video feed suddenly went dark.

Spliced by a team of editors into a somewhat achronological but easy-to-follow narrative, the onboard footage reveals how, having lost contact with Earth, the astronauts soldiered on toward Europa, led by mission chief William Xu (Daniel Wu) and navigated by pilot/archivist Rosa Dasque (Anamaria Marinca). The most laid-back member of this otherwise sober, hard-working crew is chief science officer Daniel Luxembourg (Sharlto Copley), who, shooting video on his own handheld camera, eases us into the wonder and the monotony of deep space. The sense of immersion in the ship’s mundane rhythms isn’t the only passing reminder of “2001: A Space Odyssey”; listen closely for a quick snippet of “The Blue Danube” in an early scene.

What overtakes these explorers before and after they land on Europa is fairly simple, even banal, which is partly why it seems so convincing; almost without fail, the crew’s setbacks are rooted in technical malfunctions and human miscalculations, their every step recorded by the omnipresent cameras and the ship’s sophisticated network of display screens. Without contriving any sort of overt threat, the film conveys the terror of deep space as a still, silent void, indifferent to human suffering or survival, and Cordero’s direction maintains an eerie calm even as the astronauts slowly begin to grasp the likely outcome of their mission; they may take risks and make sacrifices on each other’s behalf, but always in cool, levelheaded fashion.
While none of the characters are especially individuated, the actors make them as authentic and relatable as they need to be. South African thesp Copley, so memorable as the lead in “District 9,” touches the film’s most poignant notes as a particularly homesick member of the crew, while Romanian actress Marinca, best known for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” again reveals her ability to command the camera through her silent, watchful presence alone.

The unfussy internationalism of the cast — which also includes Christian Camargo, Swedish thesp Michael Nyqvist and Polish-American actress Karolina Wydra — represents a slyly hopeful wink at what the future of space travel may hold. Indeed, there isn’t a whiff of satire to “Europa Report,” whose upbeat vision of global cooperation and sincere belief in the life-changing possibilities of space exploration at times skirt the boundaries of naivete. Still, unapologetically pro-science films are sufficiently rare as to make this one’s earnestness seem all the more refreshing.

This science-minded approach extends to the film’s formal rigor and extraordinary level of detail, courtesy of production designer Eugenio Caballero (who won an art-direction Oscar for “Pan’s Labyrinth”), whose sterile-yet-functional conception of the ship’s interiors has been brilliantly integrated with the f/x work supervised by John Bair; the occasional roughness of the visuals, such as the slightly pixelated images captured on Europa’s surface, feels consistent with the built-in technical limitations of the premise. The editors carve a clear enough path through d.p. Enrique Chediak’s extensive camera coverage, at times using quick cuts and split screens to playful effect, and Bear McCreary’s fine string-based score is aptly underplayed before coming resoundingly to the fore during the closing credits.

Film Review: 'Europa Report'

Reviewed at Wilshire screening room, Beverly Hills, June 10, 2013. (In Los Angeles Film Festival — Summer Showcase.) Running time: 89 MIN.


A Magnet Releasing release of a Wayfare Entertainment, Misher Films presentation of a Misher Films, Wayfare Entertainment production. Produced by Ben Browning. Executive producers, Michael Maher, Jeremy Kipp Walker. Co-producer, Andy Berman.


Directed by Sebastian Cordero. Screenplay, Philip Gelatt. Camera (Technicolor, HD), Enrique Chediak; editors, Aaron Yanes, Alexander Kopit, Craig McKay, Livio Sanchez; music, Bear McCreary; music supervisor, Jim Black; production designer, Eugenio Caballero; supervising art director, Anu Schwartz; art director, Michael Ahern; set decorator, Danielle Webb; costume designer, Anna Terrazas; sound (Dolby Digital), Chris Gebert; sound designer, Rich Bologna; re-recording mixer, Tom Efinger; special effects coordinator, Drew Jiritano; visual effects supervisor, John Bair; visual effects producer, Renuka Ballal; visual effects, Phosphene, Method Studios, Look Effects, Perception, Quadratic Digital; stunt coordinator, Brian Smyj; associate producer, Matt Levin; assistant director, Atilla Salih Yucer; casting, Avy Kaufman, Leeba Zakharov.


Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Sharlto Copley, Dan Fogler, Isiah Whitlock Jr.