Briefs: June/July 2019

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On May 31, 2019 alumni and friends gathered in New York City to see Elizabeth Marvel (IAA 83-87, IAC/NMC 82-83) and Michael Arden (IAA 99-01, IAC 99) in the wildly imaginative production of William Shakespeare's King Lear starring Glenda Jackson at Broadway’s Cort Theatre. Before the performance, Marvel and Arden joined attendees for a brief reception. Marvel, an Obie winner and stage and screen staple, is best known for her work on Homeland, House of Cards, and the Coen brothers’ films Burn After Reading (2008) and True Grit (2010). Arden, a two-time Tony Award-nominated director, started his career acting on stage and television before starring as Quasimodo in the regional production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Several alumni received recognition in the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards, including Chad Beguelin (IAC/NMC 85), Celia Keenan-Bolger (AS 93-95), Santino Fontana (IAC 99), Sydney James Harcourt (AS 94, 97, IAA 94-97), Steven Skybell (IAC/NMC 76-80), and Benjamin Walker (IAC 98, IAA 99-00). See the full list of alumni nominees and winners.

Diane Paulus (IAC/NMC 75-78) will direct the Broadway revival of the 1969 musical 1776.

Yolanda Kondonassis (IAA 78-82) and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s new harp concerto under the direction of Ward Stare (IAC 96). Listen as Kondonassis and Stare discuss the work and their experiences at Interlochen with IPR’s Amanda Sewell.

Jaime Ray Newman (IAC 91-93, 95) is a producer of the film Skin, which will be distributed by A24 and DirecTV. The film premiered at TIFF’s Special Presentation section.

Ben Foster (IAC/NMC 94-95) will make his directorial debut with a currently unnamed film about iconic U.S. writer William Burroughs. Foster will also star as Burroughs alongside Kristen Stewart and Tom Glynn-Carney.

Norah Jones (IAC 94-95) was interviewed on an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast.

Jada Yuan (IAC 95) has joined the Washington Post as a political feature writer. Yuan’s assignment will include the East Wing of the White House, First Lady Melania Trump, presidential candidates, and media personalities.

Jessy Hodges (IAC 96-02) stars in the series Indebted, which was recently picked up by NBC.

Benjamin Walker (IAC 98, IAA 99-00) will appear in the upcoming season of Jessica Jones as Erik, Jones’ new love interest.

Charlie Carver (IAA 04-07) was Cowboy in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Boys in the Band. Carver will reprise his role in the forthcoming Netflix adaptation of the play.

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