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Shakespeare, Mendelssohn & Carmel make my heart sing!

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL – July 13- 27, 2019

Actress Francesca Faridany will recite Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream complementing Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music on the Sunday main concerts, Bach and Shakespeare.

Faridany is an international film, TV and theater actress who appears in the movie blockbuster, Black Panther, and also on TV in NBC’s Manifest. She is a past winner of a Tony Award for Best Play (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime), a Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actress Award and an Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Featured Actress nominee, among many other credits.

She is a British-American actress and playwright who was born in San Francisco and raised in rural England near the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. She graduated from The Drama Centre, London.

Faridany has many connections to the Festival. Her grandmother Nancy Morrow, was an early supporter; her mother, Nana, was a longtime Festival administrator, and her sister, pianist Lucy Faridany, is the Festival’s Chorus accompanist. Hearing A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect way to spend a tranquil summer afternoon in Carmel.

The concerts take place Sundays July 14 and 21, 4:00 pm at the Sunset Center. The first half of the program presents the first two parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio featuring the full orchestra, soloists, chorale and chorus.

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Love After Love poster for Tribeca

Russ Harbaugh’s beautiful film opened last month in New York. See it if you can.
We got a lovely write up in the Times:


WAMC interview I did about ‘Curious’

Here’s a 15 minute interview from the radio, where I speak about education, acting out of period costume and working with rats.


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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is up and running on Broadway.

It was a fun night!


Hecate, Lady M and the iPad

Christopher Isherwood did a great piece in the NY Times, reviewing the Wordplay Shakespeare series, and it came out right at the time we were performing Jack O’Brien’s production of Macbeth at Lincoln Center.

Macbeth, Lincoln Center Theater, photo: T. Charles Erickson Macbeth, Lincoln Center Theater, photo: T. Charles Erickson


A Midsummer Night’s Dream eBook

The first in the series of Shakespeare eBooks produced by The New Book Press is now for sale in the iTunes eBookstore.
I play Titania/Hippolyta in this filmed version of the play, which has the full text right next to the video and is interactive. It is a pretty great learning tool for anyone wanting a simple and fun intro to Shakespeare or for those who know and love it and want to hear the play again.


Helen Hayes Award Winner

Francesca is the recipient of the 2013 Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play for her portrayal of Nina Leeds in Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC, directed by Michael Kahn.

- This production was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Michael put together the most marvelous team of actors and designers and the Shakespeare Theatre is a hugely supportive place to work. A fabulous, fabulous ride we all had with this extraordinary, gnarly, heart-breaking, long (and consequently rarely done) work of art. What a work out for soul, mind and body.



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Martin Pakledinaz

One of costume designer Martin Pakledinaz’s final great creations for Maria Aitken’s production of Man and Boy at the Roundabout.
Rest in peace dear Marty.


Sylvia Plachy’s beautiful shots

I love Sylvia Plachy’s beautiful shots from our production of Orlando at Classic Stage Company in 2010. A great way to remember a magical time.

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