The Clyde Fitch Report is pleased to be lead online media sponsor of Macbeth in Close-Up, the first film produced by the Gorilla Repertory Theatre Company, directed by its founding and producing artistic director Christopher Carter Sanderson.
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Robert Berliner, seen most recently in Devil Boys From Beyond, a smash-hit in the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, has been cast in the title role.
Berliner has also been seen in a number of Gorilla Rep productions, including, most recently, the title role in Peer Gynt and Rosencrantz in Hamlet; he also appeared in Mr. Shakespeare & Mr. Porter with Medicine Show Theatre and projects with Peculiar Works Projects and TheatreWorksUSA.
Through Oct. 21, the CF Report will pose Sanderson a question about Macbeth in Close-Up and Sanderson will provide both a text and video reply.
How does an actor’s previous experience with Gorilla Rep help in working on Macbeth in Close-Up?
After playing the role of Rosencrantz in Gorilla Rep’s Hamlet at the Cloisters last summer, Robert stepped up to the role of Peer Gynt in Gorilla Rep’s workshop production of Peer Gynt at Central Park’s Summit Rock this summer.
Working with live underscoring, which adds to the challenge of Gorilla Rep’s signature walkabout performance style, Robert brought off Peer Gynt so well that Gorilla Rep has scheduled another run for summer 2010. Audiences flocked to the workshop production, which was performed in rep with Julius Caesar.
Summer 2010 will bring a full month’s run in large part due to the audience’s overwhelming response to the acting ensemble, including the yeoman’s work of Robert in the second act. Not mosquitoes, roaring motor bikes, intermittent showers or steamy weather could keep capacity crowds from turning out and enjoying the show.
Many of those actors will be seen in Gorilla Rep’s Macbeth in Close-Up, as will many other veteran actors seen over Gorilla Rep’s nearly two decades of productions. It’s that deep bench of talent that will serve the film purpose’s well.