The Tempest

The Tempest

Tamara Tunie as Prospero at Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Photographed February 2019.

Unbidden - portraits in the wings

We, the audience, face the darkened stage, while the actors wait in the wings. What happens in those moments before they enter from left or right? The veteran Broadway producer David Black once asked this of actors William Hurt and Lois Smith: they replied that they would go very quiet as they waited “for that which comes unbidden”.

I am capturing portraits of performers of all disciplines as they stand in the wings, waiting to go on stage. Expectation, calm, energy, focus, fear - the aim of this project is to uncover the myriad emotions that performers of all disciplines go through moments before they walk into the spotlight. Pulling aside the 'Wizard of Oz' curtains, we are party to a very private moment of preparation.

Photographed only with existing lighting backstage, or light from the stage, I'm very careful not to be seen or heard. I'm extremely conscious of rhythm and energy. I work closely with the performer and stage management to be as discreet as possible so as not to disturb the magic moments of preparation.

The project will be exhibited and a book is planned with proceeds going to The Actors Fund.

Daniel Radcliffe / Clov & Alan Cumming / Hamm

Rough for Theatre II & Endgame

Alan Cumming as B & Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe as A & Clov, Jane Horrocks as Nell and Karl Johnson as Nagg at the Old Vic Theatre, London. Photographed February 2020

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Amber Gray is Persphone

Hadestown

Amber Gray as Persephone, Patrick Page as Hades and & T. Oliver Reid as Hermes at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Photographed February 2020.

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Gloria Reuben

From Ballads to Bossa

Gloria Reuben at Feinsteins 52 Below. Photographed November 2019

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Mary Testa 2020

Oklahoma!

Mary Testa as Aunt Eller at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Photographed January 2020.

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Jackie Hoffman / Yente

YIDDISH FIDDLER

Jackie Hoffman as Yente at Stage 42 Theatre. Photographed August 2019.

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Alan Cumming / Andre

Daddy

Alan Cumming as Daddy at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre. Photographed March 2019.

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