Gentleman’s Guide Star Jefferson Mays on Being Trained Like a Dog, the Best Way to Die and Keeping His Tony Award Out of the House

first_img Is this your usual East Village attire? I am not tattooed or pierced, for the record. You performed on stage with Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy in the same year. Can you offer any insight into that celebrity couple? I got them together! Just kidding. They did invite us to their wedding, which was very nice. I love her—and him—but Claire is so smart and brave. Imagine Eliza Doolittle as your first stage role? It’s unfathomable. She was extraordinary and gracious—a great, generous scene partner. Are you as much of an Anglophile as you seem to be? I’m kind of a reluctant Anglophile. My mother’s a children’s librarian and all of the children’s literature I read was from her childhood—E. Nesbit and Dickens, which isn’t children’s literature at all, but I was sort of steeped in English literature. I thought I was of that world. That’s interesting because so many interviews I’ve read with you seem like you live in another era, read Dickens and go to sleep. I don’t want to give you the wrong impression, though we do that, too. You’ve been living with the D’Ysquiths of Gentleman’s Guide for quite a while now—first at Hartford Stage and then at San Diego’s Old Globe. Yes, and they are wretched people. I’ve been involved with the show on and off for about three years now. What was your first response to the material? I loved it because I so loved that Ealing Studio comedy from the ’50s called Kind Hearts and Coronets, which was based on the same source material as The Gentleman’s Guide. I saw that when I was about nine or 10 years old, and I was just gobsmacked by it. I fell in love with Alec Guinness, and maybe even fell in love with acting. One man could play all of these different roles! See Jefferson Mays in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Have there been many mishaps? At the end of the first day of tech, I went up to [costume designer Linda Cho] and said, “I love the costumes, but there’s one thing that’s just terribly wrong.” And she sort of went ashen and said, “What?!” And I said, “There’s no zipper. I can’t pee.” That’s the first thing that comes to mind—a last little detail. Jefferson Mays, who was the talk of the town and took home a Tony Award for playing multiple roles in I Am My Own Wife almost 10 years ago, is at it again. This time the actor is playing all of the many doomed members of the D’Ysquith family in the new musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Mays, who is known for his genteel manner, snappy suits and detailed performances, has also appeared on Broadway in Journey’s End, Pygmalion and The Best Man. He sat down for a cozy breakfast with Broadway.com at his local cafe in the East Village to chat about the intricacies of his many onstage quick changes, eccentric childhood obsessions and the art of dying again and again. Related Shows How do you come up with specific minutiae and bits for so many different roles without losing your mind? Some would argue I have lost my mind. The beauty of performance for me is finding details with which to betray character. My beautiful, long-suffering wife Susan will get up from bed to go to the bathroom and find me in the kitchen—I’ve rearranged all of the furniture to resemble the stage, and I’ll be practicing things with a plate or forks or a newspaper or something. Who were your childhood idols? Oh, God. They were very odd. Lord Nelson. I loved Lord Nelson, the great naval admiral. I loved Alec Guinness and Ralph Richardson, and my parents, of course. It’s fascinating how much thought you’ve put into this, but I meant on stage! There are ways to die on stage that elicit more of a reaction from the audience, but they cause me great pain and suffering. Like falling off the tower. I’m standing on one leg, and I have to go backwards and flail my arms around wildly and fall to the ground. It just hurts me and there’s no joy in that, but the audience seems to enjoy it. What is the best way to die? I think freezing to death. I mean I’ve never done it myself, but I hear that freezing to death is just like going to sleep. You hear about these people who almost die on Everest and they’re like, “Oh, go on. I’ll just take a nap here in the snow.” And the hypothermia sets in. It’s not that dramatic but wouldn’t you prefer that? Drowning can be like that I guess, but wouldn’t you rather freeze? Oh, I guess we all just want to die in our sleep and not screaming. You didn’t have rock stars on your walls, did you? I didn’t. Everyone had a Farrah Fawcett Majors poster on the wall or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. I didn’t. I had kind of the same thing, though. I had pre-Raphaelite prints from the Tate of the Lady Shalott and Hylas and the Nymphs, which was this young man being dragged into a pool by these bare-breasted redheaded, limpid-eyed naiads. Oh, and I had one of Ophelia by Millais. All of my crushes were dead. It’s easy to imagine the D’Ysquiths all around a table. It certainly is. There’s a wonderful moment in Kind Hearts and Coronets where they are all sitting in the family chapel, and it pans across and there’s Alec Guiness, Alec Guiness, Alec Guiness. Star Files A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder You’re fully trained now? I am housebroken. View Comments There is such elaborate backstage choreography. You must be very close to your dresser. My dresser [Julian Andres Arango] is wonderful. He’s very calm—he does a lot of Bikram yoga. He’s an actor–whisperer. He has a series of hand signals for me ‘cause we can’t really bellow at each other offstage while scenes are going on. It makes me feel like a Westminster Dog Show Airedale. I’ll come running offstage and Julian will just go [puts up his hand in a halt position], and I’ll go [pants like a dog]. You have so many costume changes. Is it stressful? It is. And being naked in the wings is terribly vulnerable. I often fear that my performance is less artistic than athletic. It’s quite a marathon. Do you have a favorite D’Ysquith? They all go by so quickly; it’s hard to get too attached to any of them. There’s one who is the banker. He isn’t terribly funny, but he’s very humane and he has a trajectory, too. He doesn’t just come on and die. I have to fact check here: Is it true that you’ve given all your awards to your agent? Yes. I haven’t given them away, but I’ve loaned them to my agent like Elgin marbles. But yeah, they’re there at the agency ‘cause there’s no room in our apartment. A Tony Award isn’t that big. I love the awards, and I’m grateful, but I don’t want to have them around. Actually, if you came to our house, I don’t think you could tell that people in the theater lived there. There’s nothing: no posters, no awards, no photographs, no souvenirs of any kind. It’s a sixth floor walk-up. You cannot be sentimental. There isn’t any surface for it. I mean we could make a shelf, but I resent having to make a new shelf for something. I remember when I brought [the Tony Award] home thinking the only place it could really fit is the toilet tank, and that just didn’t seem right. Of all the characters you’ve played, which are closest to you? Once you’ve played a part, they are always sort of a part of you. You think of them as almost a family member. When I was younger—I don’t do this too much now—but sometimes if I couldn’t sleep, I would lie in bed and imagine all the characters I’ve played at a dinner table together. This is your first musical in New York. How does it feel to be a Broadway musical theater actor? It’s chilling when you put it that way. It’s amazing listening to old cast recordings of old musicals. You hear every cigarette and every whiskey that these people had. They were not pretty voices; they were potent voices. Now you have these Olympic athletes. And so that’s hard to think about sometimes because I’m not a trained singer. I don’t think of it in terms of singing, I just think of it in terms of acting. You’ve played multiple roles before, most notably in I Am My Own Wife. Is this your specialty? It’s quite a different experience in that Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and everybody were wearing a little black dress. Everyone was a transvestite by default. Here, the transformations are complete. You’ve said you don’t have a television. In what ways do you indulge in pop culture? We have a laptop where we watch certain shows. We’re fixated on The Walking Dead right now. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 You look very dashing in your fedora and suit. I always dress up for recordings. 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Qi Based Extended Power Profile Wireless Charging Solution Reduces Smartphone Charge time by 30%

first_imgLG Electronics and Integrated Device Technology have partnered on the world’s first implementation of Qi wireless charging Extended Power Profile (EPP) in a flagship smartphone, the LG V30. The Extended Power Profile (EPP) enables safe, wireless fast charging capability while remaining compatible with existing Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Qi 5W, baseline transmitters commonly used today.IDT’s wireless power chips are designed to provide fast wireless charging by reducing charge times by up to 30 percent. The addition of the wireless charging feature contributes to the water-resistance and durability of the sleek, low profile, Qi-certified smartphone design.LG’s latest flagship sets a new standard in the evolution of premium smartphones with its offering of optimal multimedia capabilities. The V30 features many industry innovations – the first F1.6 aperture glass Crystal Clear Lens, the first OLED FullVision display, Cine Video mode for producing movie-quality videos, premium sound with advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC and sound tuning by B&O PLAY.The IDT wireless power receiver is based on a flexible 32-bit ARM M0 core architecture that has allowed LG to optimize wireless charging performance and the charging speed.last_img read more

Muskegon Clippers lose first game of series in Canada, fall to 8-11 on season

first_img Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share Other Report a problem This item is… LocalSportsJournal.comThe Muskegon Clippers fell to the St Clair Green Giants 10-2 om Wednesday in Windsor, Ontario.Bryce Kelley took the loss on the mound, throwing four innings while allowing six runs (three earned) and striking out three.Scott Bean threw the final four innings in relief, allowing four runs and striking out five batters.Kelley was a bright spot for the Clipper offense, slugging a home run and accounting for three of the Clippers’ six hits. Jimmy Roche, Tyler Trovinger and Jacob Buchberger each had one hit on the evening.Muskegon fell to 8-11 on the season and sits in a tie for third place in the Great Lakes League’s Northern Division, five games out of first place.The two teams will play the final game of the series Thursday night. Fox Sports Go Not relevant Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… Inappropriate / Offensive × ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Shop Now Other DEAL OF THE DAY $15.29$17.99 ENDS IN $0.00 Ads by Amazon Displayed poorly ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other Inappropriate / Offensive × Not relevant Bestseller Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY $14.99 × (22) DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Other Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller NBC Sports $59.99 Mail Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again.center_img Other ENDS IN Not relevant (1009) The League (1461) Inappropriate / Offensive (124) × Not relevant $0.00 ENDS IN Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… (33138) $26.86$49.99 Not relevant ENDS IN Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… × Bestseller Bestseller Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (1862) Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive (8187) Displayed poorly Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Share Not relevant $3.99 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… A Warrior’s Heart Shares Report a problem This item is… Other FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… (35539) $0.00 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Other ×last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After the way the 2017 season went with injuries, the Arizona Cardinals had to be satisfied with a record of 8-8.ESPN’s Bill Barnwell says so himself, calling a 5-4 record with backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton a “nice note” for former head coach Bruce Arians to go out on.With that being said, this is not a reason to believe the Cardinals are trending upward, according to Barnwell. The ESPN staff writer picked six teams in the NFL that are the most likely to decline and the Cardinals were one of ’em.Related LinksLittle but memories remain of Cardinals training camp in FlagstaffWhat is Barnwell worried about? Well, it’s hard not to see his reasoning given the fact the Cardinals have a new head coach and starting quarterback.Why might they struggle to hit those same heights in 2018? Changes. New coach Steve Wilks is moving the defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3 alignment, and while that means less than ever before because of how frequently teams line up in sub packages, there will likely be growing pains.Barnwell is concerned about how the Cardinals replace the key contributors they lost on defense as well.Nine defenders played 50 percent or more of the defensive snaps for Arizona last year, and five of them — most notably safety Tyrann Mathieu, who played 99.4 percent of the defensive snaps last season — are no longer on the roster.The departures outside of Mathieu include safety Tyvon Branch, cornerback Tramon Williams, linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.Despite a currently healthy offense, Barnwell believes it’s a “big ask” for running back David Johnson to stay upright for a full 16 games after pulling his hamstring in 2015, spraining his MCL at the end of 2016 and missing almost all of last year because of a wrist injury. There’s also the offensive line’s reliance on left tackle D.J. Humphries and right guard Justin Pugh, who both have their fair share of injury histories. Ah, yes, this is without even arriving at Sam Bradford. The veteran QB’s injuries are well-documented, with a worrisome knee that doesn’t feasibly lead to a path toward 16 starts. And while rookie Josh Rosen would provide some serious excitement in his place, he had a shoulder injury in 2016 and two concussions last season at UCLA.There’s also the schedule.FPI projects the Cardinals to face the third-toughest slate in the NFL thanks to a relatively difficult NFC West and a pair of tough divisions in the AFC West and NFC North. Last year, Arizona racked up wins against the Buccaneers (with an injured Jameis Winston), Colts and Giants and a pair of triumphs over the 49ers before the Garoppolo trade. The worst team on their schedule this season might be Denver.As Barnwell notes in the piece, Las Vegas currently has the Cardinals’ over/under for wins at just 5.5. 15 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks huddles with his team during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more