On Stage

Updated to add this Playbill interview with Beowulf Boritt, scenic designer for If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet. He did an amazing job with that stage.

An excerpt:

We had the idea that all the furniture should be onstage at top of the show. We thought it was interesting if we conceptually said that for each scene we were going to use as little as possible and be as environmentally efficient as possible. It still adds up to a lot of stuff by the end of the play. It kind of makes the point that even if you’re trying to be environmentally responsible there’s just a lot of stuff involved in living. We liked the idea of all that being piled onstage at the beginning of the play — these are the pieces we’re going to tell the story with, these are the things the family needs to live.

And we introduced with the Jake Gyllenhaal character someone who’s less concerned with living ecologically. He starts throwing things away as he doesn’t need them. It has the practical effect of clearing the stage a little bit, and has a dramatic effect. When he first knocks over the museum piece you don’t really see it coming. People first think it’s an accident, and they’re kind of shocked when he throws it in the water. It seemed relevant to his character, but it’s just a good device. It helps make the point throughout of stuff piling up.

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I finally managed to upload the full NY1 interview with Jake and Brìan F. O’Byrne (jump to the 8 minute mark). I wish there were more interviews with the two of them, they look so relaxed and at ease with each other and I like when Jake talks about theater, it’s so different from when he promotes movies. Hear him talk about perfect roles, about being part of the NY theater community and also about how he would love to be on stage with his sister Maggie, who’s the reason why he took up acting. Let’s be all very grateful to her.

A very interesting interview, don’t miss it.

He says the same thing about Maggie in this interview for ABC2 (bad quality vid, sorry replaced)

Jake keeps making his fans very happy

On a slightly more serious note, I’ll wrap this post up with what looks like the first poster from ‘Prisoners’, Jake’s new film. It doesn’t look like an official one but time will tell. Anyway, Viola Davis joined the cast

Davis, who was nominated for an Oscar for “The Help,” also joins Paul Dano, Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo in the thriller to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”).

Written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”), the story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), a hot-shot cop with confidence to burn.

Production is scheduled to begin in early 2013. 

Alcon is targeting a Fall 2013 release through its output deal with Warner Bros. Lionsgate is selling the film internationally at the AFM this week.


9 thoughts on “On Stage

  1. Thanks for those videos. It’s always nice to see and hear Jake talking about a project he’s involved in, and even more so when he’s so relaxed and smiling. He’s obviously enjoying his role in If There Is right now. And, yes, a huge thanks to Maggie for inspiring her little brother. 😉

    • Hello there Susan, it’s been a while! I agree, it’s good to hear Jake speak so fondly about his stage experience. Wouldn’t it be great if he did something with Maggie? I hope we’ll get to see him on stage again anyway, as much as I love him as a movie actor he’s just so much more on stage.

  2. Hi! Jake really seems comfortable with Brian. Amazing how he easily interacts with people he plays with. Besides Michael Pena, but maybe it was Michael’s fault that it took them so long to become friends. Seems that Jake deeply love stage work and he’s praise for it a lot.
    I discovered lately, I have a cousin, a stage actress, living in my city. I spoke with her about American way of making a play (good reason to talk about Jake :)) with previews, with paying for the tickets audience. It’s good way to earn money since the beginning. In Poland the actors have rehearsals for about 3 months w/o audience, so theater doesn’t earn money. They are paid by the city then. Not so much, like when they start to play.
    Interesting explanations about “moving furniture” meaning. Too bad people didn’t read it before seeing a play. Many didn’t understood and criticized.
    I like Prisoners poster. And the idea it’s shown so early. Still waiting for End of Watch premiere in Europe, we got something new to think about and keep us interested!

    • Hi mermon, that’s really interesting, thanks for sharing. Who would have thought that a movie actor would make his fans eager to know more about theater? I just wish Jake fans from all over the world got the opportunity to see him on stage.

      That interview with Beowulf was really interesting and I agree with you that much of the criticism towards the whole furniture tossing would have been avoided if it had been published sooner but even so, the play is getting more and more positive reviews lately, which means that the play ensemble is doing an amazing job.

      I can’t wait for you to finally see End of Watch: I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love it!

  3. Ha! Thanks to Jake I know so many things I was not even aware of! As much as I want Jake to be happy and fulfilled on the stage in the next performances, it kills me that I won’t never be able to see it, like ever! Hearing, how amazing he is on stage it’s not the same as seeing it! I’m not selfish, so I wish him as many plays as he wants to make, anyway.

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