Amanda Root, Brian Gleeson, Caiolfhionn Dunne, Ciarán Hinds, Conor McPherson, Jim Norton, Michael McElhatton, off Broadway, theater
December 12, 2013. The premiere of The Night Alive’s New York run at the Atlantic Theater. It is 8:58 pm and I wait impatiently at the computer for the 9:00pm live stream of the after party, with “red carpet interviews.”
The clock ticks down. It is 9:00pm, but nothing happens. Frantically I click on various parts of the screen as though to wake it up. Finally I refresh. Now the little timer onscreen says 9:30-10:00pm. The party, or the coverage thereof, has been delayed. I imagine a certain actor popping downstairs for a restorative glass of pinot noir before facing the cameras.
Twenty minutes to go. I check my blog, where there is a comment from another blogger who went to TIFF and saw The Sea as well as Eleanor Rigby (including live cast Q&A afterwards). I spend three minutes feeling jealous. The same blogger mentions how she liked the 1995 Persuasion but never really warmed up to Amanda Root. I spend five minutes pondering how much I love Amanda Root.
Twelve minutes to go. I check the VLC media player with which I shall try to capture the live videostream. It is nearly a foregone conclusion that it will not work for one reason or another but still I check it and hope. [It did not work.]
At 9:31 the coverage finally starts. Brian Charles Johnson talks with Caiolfhionn Dunne, but I can’t hear a thing because the crowd noise is so overwhelming. Brian Charles has red pupils like a Child of the Damned, and so does Caiolfhionn.
Then Jim Norton comes over. It’s still not possible to hear anything.
Michael McElhatton stops by, looking quite handsome, and I hear him say that it’s good to get opening night over with. He mentions that Conor McPherson isn’t there for the opening.
There is a lull in the proceedings and the camera pans over to the crowd of fashionable New York types. Some of them have their pictures taken in front of the red screen. One of these is the artistic director of the Atlantic Theater. He stops to talk with Brian Charles, and mentions that Conor isn’t there because of something to do with his daughter. Finally there is Brian Gleeson in a pair of dark-framed glasses, looking sweet and a bit nerdish, not Kenneth-y at all.
Finally, in a burst of flashbulbs, Himself steps out and poses in front of the red screen. He is dashingly un-Tommy like, and a bit reminiscent of John Traynor in Veronica Guerin.
He speaks to Brian Charles, gesticulating with his hands and opening his eyes wide. I strain to hear the conversation, but can make out no words at all, as the noise level of the crowd has increased considerably.
There is an interruption in the streaming, and I yell at the computer. Suddenly Mr. H. is gone. It is 9:50 pm, and Brian Charles expresses the wish that we have all had a wonderful time. I want to ask him whether there will be a transcript.
I… have no idea who these people are…. but you seem to have had a good time 🙂
Just a bunch of Irish actors in an Irish play… plenty of talent in that room! If only I could have been there. Believe me, I was wishing I could lip read 😉
Elizabeth Orlandi said:
You’re a joy, I just love the way you write and I think of you as just another gift given to all of Ciaran’s fan by the ladies who have provided us with their wonderful web site. PS: loved all of your books too!
Music to my ears, Elizabeth! And you’ve read my books! You just made my day 🙂
I don’t know how I missed this. And what Elizabeth said – except that I am remiss in-the-catching-up-on-all-the-books-I-want-to-read department. (I have to fix that. Where should I start? Please pick one.)
I would also have loved to have seen “just a bunch of Irish actors in an Irish play” as well – especially the man with that face and that voice and everything that is attached. 🙂
Re “I spend five minutes pondering how much I love Amanda Root.” I don’t know who this blogger is, but how could someone not love everything about her? Such a talented actress who says so much just with her eyes.
Thanks for the comment! The Atlantic never did post this video because of the sound quality, so these screencaps are precious to me;)
I got to see Himself in the play on Dec. 30, and briefly greet him afterward. I don’t have to tell you what a thrill that was.
I do so agree about Amanda Root. I found her very appealing in “Persuasion.” I enjoy British (and Irish) films precisely because the actors do not look like Hollywood stars. It gives a greater sense of authenticity. And yet, she has beautiful eyes, as you say, that no doubt would have captivated the Captain 😉
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