August News

 

Shalom, Internet!

 

 

 

 

I just returned from my second consecutive summer season with Vermont Shakespeare Company, and as you can see by the above picture by Jan Nagle, it was once again a total joy to work with this amazing group of artists. Playing Autolycus in “The Winter’s Tale” was a beautiful challenge: I got to sing, do lots of physical comedy, and perform Shakespeare outside! A fabulous experience.

 

 

Here is what the reviews had to say about my performance (please click on the links for the full articles):

 

 

 

“The production asks eight cast members to handle a variety of roles, and a couple of those actors whose bit parts add up to a wonderful whole include Molly Pietz Walsh … and the rubbery Dean Linnard, whose marvelous portrayals of criminals and goofballs are matched only by the loveliness of his melancholy singing and chanting that links several scenes in both acts.”

 

Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press

 

 

 

“Dean Linnard shines as Autolycus, a charming thief and scoundrel. He’s faced with a lot of Shakespearean wordplay, but he distills the humor for us with an expressive face and engaging physicality. When [director John] Nagle has him pick a pocket by removing the wallet, followed by the pants, we find ourselves loving the crime.”

 

Alex Brown, Seven Days

 

 

 

And finally, regarding our production at large (also from the Seven Days review):

 

 

 

“Director John Nagle and eight skilled actors find new treasures in The Winter’s Tale, and make its pastiche of somber fairy tale, spit-take comedy and pastoral romance delightfully coherent … Bring a picnic, and bring your kids. If it’s their first taste of Shakespeare, or yours, this production offers an opportunity to be arrested by the intensity of a moment in an imagined world. A child who realizes, for the first time, that this is how theater works will go to sleep that night with marvels in mind.”

 

 

Below is another pic of me as Autolycus (photo by Jan Nagle), next to the beautiful and talented Maggie McDowell rockin’ the uke:

 

 

 

 

 

July News

 

Good day, Internet!

 

It is a time of beginnings and endings. Last month saw the end of two shows I was in: “Bella’s Dream” at  the Flamboyan Theater and “Upstanders”, which over the course of three months of performances reached thousands of children in Queens and Staten Island.

 

I am currently deep in rehearsals for “The Winter’s Tale” with Vermont Shakespeare Company. Autolycus is such a fun character and I am loving working with this ridiculously talented group of actors and designers. It is such a joy to return to Vermont Shakes for a second season. We open in less than two weeks in Burlington!

 

June News

 

Joy to thee, Internet!

 

 

My current project, the play “Bella’s Dream”, opened last night at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center. The play performs daily through June 30th. For tickets and additional information, please click here.

 

 

May News

 

How You Doing, Internet?

 

 

I am happy to announce my Summer plans! In June I will be appearing in the new play “Bella’s Dream” produced by Going to Tahiti Productions at the Flamboyan Theater at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center here in New York City. The play follows the true story of Bella and Raymond who, heeding a dream of Bella’s, flee Poland weeks before the Nazis invaded in 1939. I will be playing five different characters they encounter on their journey. The show runs June 18th through June 30th. For more information and tickets please click here.

 

 

Then in August I will be returning to Vermont Shakespeare Company with whom I played Caliban last Summer in “The Tempest”. This time around I will be playing Autolycus in “The Winter’s Tale”. Performances are August 8th – 11th and 16th – 18th in Burlington, Vermont and August 15th at Knight Point State Park in North Hero, Vermont. More information and tickets can be found here. I am thrilled and honored to be returning to this fabulous company of talented artists!

 

 

April News

 

Well hi there, Internet!

 

 

It’s been a busy month. My auditions and acting work have taken me to four out of five boroughs (I’m coming for you, Bronx!). My performance experiences have been eclectic and eccentric, from passing out flowers at a rooftop garden party wearing a goat mask (!), to operating a life-size baby T-rex puppet complete with blinking eyes and flicking tongue. My anti-bullying children’s show “UpStanders” continues to be performed in schools all across New York.

 

 

Happy Spring!!!

March News

 

Happy Easter / Passover, Internet!

 

 

“The Huntsmen” closed last month at Portland Playhouse. It was a wonderful experience and I feel so lucky to have been a part of the world premiere of Quincy Long’s amazing play.

 

 

Now I am back in New York City. My next project is a children’s show called “UpStanders” which is being produced by Sundog Theatre and will be performed in Staten Island schools. The play teaches kids how to deal with bullying. I play Lucas, a shy 9-year-old boy (between “The Huntsmen”, where I played a 14-year-old, and this I feel like I’m getting younger and younger and younger …). It is a smart play with a good message.

February News

 

Bonjour Internet,

 

 

Only two more weekends left to see “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. We close on February 17th. I am honored to be a part of this amazing production and continue to be thrilled and challenged by the play.

 

 

For more information about the show, please watch this video interview conducted by Portland’s Artslandia Magazine with me, playwright Quincy Long, and director Kathleen Dimmick on opening night.

 

 

All the reviews of “The Huntsmen” can be found below:

January News

 

Hey Internet,

 

 

This past weekend I opened in “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. Opening night received a standing ovation and multiple curtain calls. It feels wonderful to be so thoroughly embraced by the Portland arts community. Here is what the reviews had to say about my performance (please click on the links for the full articles):

 

 

 

“At the heart of this remarkable production, under the pitch perfect, tone deft [sic] direction of Kathleen Dimmick, is Dean Linnard, fresh from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and utterly fascinating as a gawky kid with a golden voice, a moral vacancy and a fantasy life that often bleeds, shall we say, into the real world.”

 

Martly Hughley, The Oregonian

 

 

 

“Played with mesmerizing zeal by Dean Linnard, Devon is equal parts clumsy teen, moody murderer and smooth crooner … Linnard’s voice is beautifully clean, and he injects the songs with surprising psychological intensity.”

 

Rebecca Jacobson, Willamette Week

 

 

 

“Dean Linnard [is] morbidly hypnotic as the altered teen with a blade.”

 

portland theatre scene

 

 

 

“New York actor Linnard plays Devon with awkward intensity, a frenetic ball of freak out that stares intently into the distance while his skinny arms scat in frenzies of staccato movement. With his gawky limbs, wild mop of hair, and tense, shoulders-pulled-back posture, he comes across almost as a cartoon killer, further deboning what could easily tilt into too gruesome a tale …

 

[T]he three supporting male actors (Gavin Gregory, Jared Miller, and O’Connell—all with fabulous voices) … provide the accompaniment to Linnard’s nimble, expressive tenor.”

 

Aaron Scott, Portland Monthly

 

 

 

“As portrayed by Linnard, Devon is a squirrely, jittery kid who only seems at home when he’s singing lead vocals in the doo-wop numbers that dominate his inner life. Linnard’s got a great voice, and he’s capably backed by the rest of the ensemble in original songs that easily pass for doo-wop standards.”

 

Alison Hallett, The Portland Mercury

 

 

 

“[T]he astonishing part … comes at the end of the scene, another bloody deed done, when Devon launches into “Speedoo,” … and Dean Linnard changes from an insatiable grub into a divine doo-wop butterfly. The beat, the close harmony, Linnard’s youthful tenor lifted in a mild version of the traditional boasting song!”

 

Barry Johnson, Oregon ArtsWatch

 

 

 

And finally, theater critic Marty Hughley said the following about our production in The Oregonian (Oregon’s largest newspaper):

 

“Quincy Long’s delightfully twisted play, which opened its world-premiere run Saturday at Portland Playhouse, delivers the most surprising, strange and satisfying theater of the season so far …

 

[T]here’s smooth singing and psychologically precise acting from everyone here … As an ensemble, they take reality and delusion, dreams and fears, humor and horror and turn it all into a transporting kind of music.”     

 

 

 

“The Huntsmen” runs through February 17th at Portland Playhouse.

 

 

2012 Recap

Happy New Year, Internet!

 

As 2012 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking back on all the wonderful theatrical experiences I’ve had in the last year. I feel such tremendous joy and gratitude to have worked with so many fantastic people and organizations. My experiences in 2012 have reaffirmed my belief in the power of theater to nurture the mind and spirit.

 

This past Summer my one-man show adaptation of “Hamlet” had a short run as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s New Works Series. I played Caliban in “The Tempest” with the fine folks at Vermont Shakespeare Company. In the Fall I played Hamlet again in an experimental production that went to the New Orleans Fringe Festival. I also worked as a character elevator operator at the brilliant Off-Broadway show “Sleep No More”. And I am writing this from Portland, Oregon where I am deep in rehearsals for the world premiere of “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. All of these adventures have challenged and stretched me as an artist and I feel so lucky to have encountered so many talented and compassionate fellow artists along the way.

 

Many thanks to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the TRUF, Manhattan Rep, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Kipuka Theater, Punchdrunk/Emursive, Tremor Theater Collective, Barrow Street Theatre, and Portland Playhouse for providing me with creative homes throughout 2012. I look forward to the new adventures in store for 2013.

 

Have a happy and healthy New Year, everyone!!!

 

December News

Season’s Greetings, Internet!

 

Hello from Portland, Oregon! I just started rehearsals for the world premier of “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. “The Huntsmen” is a new play by Quincy Long, whose work has been presented at Playwright Horizons and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. I am playing Devon, a 14 year old serial killer who is obsessed with Doo Wop music. I am extremely honored to be a part of this topical, provocative, and complicated play. The show runs January 17th – February 17th.

 

For more information, please visit PortlandPlayhouse.org