Character Portraits

Character Portraits - All My Sons

Arthur Miller is one of the finest chroniclers of post-World War II America. His 1949 play “Death of a Salesman” is rightfully held as the gold standard in U.S. theater, with its exploration of the American dream and all the pitfalls that come with trying to achieve it.

Two years earlier, Miller found his first success on stage with another exploration of the American dream, “All My Sons.” Inspired by real-life events, it centers on two families – friends, neighbors and colleagues – whose lives are undone by a selfish act. It’s a powerful piece of theater and the Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene has done it justice.

“All My Sons” is not an easy night of theater. There’s a lot of tension between these characters, and director Davis does an excellent job of guiding his actors in maintaining that tension to maximum effect. The first act builds, then things blast apart after intermission. When the final plot turn arrives, it is a foregone conclusion. But that doesn’t stop it from being a shock nonetheless. - Carolyn Lamberson at The Spokesman-Review

 

What a fantastic story and what an all-star cast! Such a powerful tale needed striking images.  During WWII, newspaper articles and letters from the war zone were important sources of information sharing and for communicating with family back home.  Those two mediums have a strong impact on 'All My Sons' and I felt that they should have some influence on the portraits.

As is always the case, the power of these images doesn't come from my fancy camera or special software.  It comes from the dedication of the talent in front of the camera.  Even young Mr Dixon, Little Bert, did such an amazing job, no?

I love my job and I'm so lucky to be able to meet and capture so many of these wonderful artists.  Next show that I'll be shooting .... Last of The Boys by Steven Dietz

Reason to be Pretty and The Modern Magazine

Neil Labute's Reasons to be Pretty is a great show but it's a tough one to sell in Spokane.  It's harsh, tight dialogue is well-crafted but difficult for many viewers to digest.  The play deals with the topics of beauty, perceptions of beauty and how we defend ourselves when our self-images come under scrutiny. It doesn't always go smoothly for the characters onstage and it often, by design, leaves the viewer questioning his or her own perceptions and flaws.

How do you highlight a piece like that? Well, you play into stereotypes and how the normal person views celebrities. Celebrities with numerous, unseen flaws.  What may in reality be a heartbroken, bitter wreck of a person may, with the right spin and marketing, appear to be a font of lifestyle advice.  What, to a sane person's eye, appear to be a shallow, fearful bully may appear on our newsstands as a paragon of manhood.

I've grown to be very fond of Molly, Ryan, Nich and Jennie for both their acting prowess AND their ability to incorporate these flawed characters into their own persona.  It's a difficult piece to perform and they did so marvelously well.

Reasons to be Pretty finishes its run this Sunday.  For tickets and more info, click HERE!