"All I wanted was a little heart to heart talk
about the infinite sorrow of life"
JAMIE TYRONE ~ Act IV
journey into night
by Eugene O'Neill /// directed by Jeanie Hackett
January 30 - March 17, 2017
@ GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
featuring ~ Angela Goethals / Stephen Louis Grush /
Jane Kaczmarek / Alfred Molina / Colin Woodall
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READ // JEANIE HACKETT on her LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO O'NEILL'S NIGHT & the LA THEATER SCENE Interview, Broadway World
My first podcast! Thanks to Jeff Mandell, friend & videographer, I've got scores of rehearsal & performance hours from a project I created & directed with The Antaeus Academy in 2007, called Chekhovia.
It's a compilation of two-person & group scenes from The Seagull, The Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya & The Cherry Orchard. This one is about 3 minutes long.
A few years ago, Jeff handed over this over to me as a stack of DVD's, Jeff had had a plan to make a movie, but things got busy in his life. & so all these hours & hours of videotape, from class to rehearsal to performance... fusted unused.
& then came the new technology. I'm still experimenting with presentation -- my goal is to create a collection of "directing" & "acting Chekhov" moments -- i.e. talking to actors about a scene, or a moment in a scene along with the actors' growth from rehearsal to performance. My debut podcast features moi, at the start of a rehearsal, trying to impress on my gang what we're going toward in terms of behavior. & how to find that behavior organically, by understanding the character's thought pattern in the text.
Stay tuned for more of these brief clips about characters, scenes, script analysis in Chekhov. My work on Chekhov as always is inspired by master director Nikos Psacharopoulos & his life-work on Chekhov at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which is chronicled in my book, The Actor's Chekhov. Because I, too, have spent a great deal of my professional life engaged as an actor, director & teacher with Chekhov, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jeff. As we go I hope you'll be intrigued by the process of our work, the talent of the amazing actors involved & the journey of this project. Enjoy.
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Most recently Jeanie directed Eugene O'Neill's American Masterpiece, Long Day's Journey Into Night at The Geffen Playhouse. Starring Angela Goethals, Stephen Louis Grush, Jane Kaczmarek, Alfred Molina & Colin Woodell, it is the first regional theater production to be live-streamed / filmed by Broadway HD & soon will be available for viewing on that website.
Previously, Jeanie directed Love Noel by Barry Day, a pastiche of The Master's songs and letters, at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Starring John Glover & Judy Kuhn, the sold-out production was revised a year later with actors Harry Groener & Sharon Lawrence. Also for The Annenberg: a reading of Play the Queen by Rosalind Miles, with Kate Burton & Kathryn Grody. For the Williamstown Theater Festival she directed a workshop of Jeffery Hatcher's Cousin Bette with Jessica Hecht, John Rubenstein & Emily Bergl. She also directed the world premiere production of Cousin Bette for The Antaeus Company, winning numerous L.A. Drama Critics Circle nominations & awards & including the Backstage / Garland Award for Directing.
For LA Theatre Works: Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, with Jane Kaczmarek, Susan Sullivan and Molly Quinn & The Constant Wife, starring Kate Burton. Both were recorded for broadcast on NPR's "The Play's The Thing" radio program.
For the Odyssey Theater, Jeanie served as Ron Sossi's Associate Director for John Barton / Kenneth Cavander's The Greeks (also playing the role of Clytemnestra). At the Williamstown Theater Festival she was part of a team responsible for creating a collage of Tennessee Williams work, called Tennessee Williams, A Celebration for which she was Nikos Psacharopoulos' assistant director. She is directed readings & workshops with many of #lathtr's small theater companies; most recently for IAMA she directed Matt Hoverman's Who You See Here, as well as a reading of his play The Glint for The Pasadena Playhouse.
In 2013 Jeanie was the LA consultant for NYC's acclaimed Rattlestick Theater, helping them produce a production of Daniel Talbott's new play, Slipping, in preparation for the launch of Rattlestick West.
As Artistic Director of The Antaeus Company from 2003 - 2011, Jeanie directed a variety of projects & mainstage productions along with overseeing all artistic, administrative, develop-ment, marketing & financial operations of this highly respected classical theater company.
2003 - 2006 the company grew artistic strength & focus, with 3 multiple award winning productions
Chekhov x 4, Mother Courage and her Children (a co-production with the Theatre@Boston Court); & the creation of the Company's annual "ClassicsFest."
From 2007 - 2011 now located at Deaf West, the company grounded the work with professionalized leadership, infrastructure & funding. Already steeped in a reputation for quality, Antaeus achieved an unprecedented level of artistic vibrancy & organizational growth. Productions included the world premiere musical American Tales; the 2-part extravaganza of Noel Coward one-acts Tonight at 8:30. Antaeus also collaborated on productions with other organizations
Seneca's Phaedra at the Getty Villa & Jant Dulin Jones' The Dickens Project, a new play developed via ensemble process, recorded before a live audience by LA Theater Works & broadcast National Public Radio.
Throughout the years, Jeanie led the growth of ensemble & organizational development; actor training & arts education; donor giving & administrative functions. As critical acclaim & community engagement blossomed, 2010 culminated in the launch of the theater's first full season of plays, with the aforementioned Cousin Bette, Shakespeare's King Lear & Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden all garnering multiple nominations & awards from the LA Weekly, Ovations, Garland, including the the L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for BEST SEASON. The 2011 season featured a little known classic by John Marsden, The Malcontent, & an ensemble project in the works for over 2 years: Coward's
Peace In Our Time. The soaring response to PIOT included LA Times critic Charles McNulty choosing it as one of his top 10 picks for best theater (in the world!) for 2011, & won both the Ovation & LA Weekly award for Best Production of Year.
At Antaeus, Jeanie also created & led The Antaeus Academy, a training program for upcoming young professional actors. In 2009, Jeanie was selected for the LA County Arts Leadership Initiative & received a grant to study & observe the acclaimed French ensemble company, Theatre de Soliel, during their residency with the Lincoln Center International Theater Festival.
From 1996 - 1999 Jeanie served as Co-Artistic Director for another acclaimed Los Angeles Company, The Classical Theater Lab, helping to facilitate the artistic aspirations of another talented ensemble company. For CTL she directed Robert Auletta's modern adaptation of Goethe's Faust, & numerous other projects. At The Antaeus Academy, Academy, she directed scores of Classical Styles student scene night presentations, & Academy Workshop productions & did much the same while she led CLT.
By invitation of LA Stage Alliance, Jeanie recently finished serving 7 years on the Ovation Award Rules Committee. Comprised of 9 - 15 theater professionals in the greater LA area, the committee meets monthly to oversee all aspects of the Ovation Awards, the Tony awards for Los Angeles theater.