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Local theater veterans to visit CCRI,
discuss benefits of collaboration Oct. 22
Oct. 12, 2012
Tony Estrella, artistic director of the Gamm Theatre, and Fred Sullivan Jr., resident actor/ director with Trinity Repertory Company and a resident director at the Gamm Theatre, will visit the Community College of Rhode Island at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, to present “Collaboration: Productive Relationships in the Theatre.”
Based on their own experiences together, the two will discuss how to build relationships in the theater. They will talk about their respective histories, how they met and how their collaboration has grown each of their careers and theatrical endeavors over the years. A question-and-answer session will follow. The event will be held in Room 2706 at the college’s Flanagan Campus, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln. The event is free and open to the public and is made possible through the Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities at CCRI.
Estrella has been an actor and director with The Gamm/Alias Stage since 1996. He has appeared in more than 20 productions including “A Doll’s House” (which he also adapted), “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Rock ’n’ Roll,” “Much Ado About Nothing” (2009 and 2000), “Awake and Sing!,” “The Pillowman,” the world premiere of Paul Grellong’s “Radio Free Emerson,” “La Bête,” “Crime and Punishment” and the title roles in “Hamlet” and “Henry V.” He adapted and directed new versions of Friedrich Schiller’s “Don Carlos” and Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and has directed many productions for the company since 1997, including Amy Herzog’s “After The Revolution,” the North American premiere of Howard Brenton’s “Paul” and Sarah Kane’s “4:48 Psychosis.” He will direct the company’s production of “Red” by John Logan in November.
Estrella has appeared in theaters throughout New England including Trinity Repertory Company and Boston Playwrights. In addition to being The Gamm’s artistic director, he teaches at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island, where he has been on the theater faculty for the past 15 years. His film credits include Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” and “The Company Men.” His television credits include episodes of the Showtime series “Brotherhood” and NBC’s “Law & Order.” He is a graduate of Trinity Rep Conservatory and the University of Rhode Island.
Sullivan has acted in more than 110 productions in 29 seasons as a resident acting company member at Trinity Rep since Adrian Hall invited him to join the company in1984.
Sullivan’s favorite roles include Sir John Falstaff in both “Henry IV” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”; Charles Condomine in “Blithe Spirit” (Norton award for outstanding actor); Walter Burns in “His Girl Friday” (IRNE award for best actor); James Tyrone Jr. in “A Moon for the Misbegotten”; Edmund Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey into Night”; Harold Hill in “The Music Man”; Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple”; Captain Hook in “Peter Pan”; Joe Pitt in “Angels in America”; Charlie in “Stones in His Pockets”; Alfie Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”; George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life”; Sergeant/Lieutenant/ Undertaker/Old Man in “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!”; Sir Toby Belch in “Twelfth Night”; Creon in “The Dreams of Antigone”; Lloyd in “Noises Off”;, Pischik in “The Cherry Orchard”; Daddy Warbucks in “Annie”; Geoffrey in “Absurd Person Singular”; Pato Dooley in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”; Wolf/ Cinderella’s Prince in “Into the Woods”; Peter Patrone in “The Heidi Chronicles”; Max in “Lend Me a Tenor”; Sam Truman in “Lips Together, Teeth Apart”; Brodin in “Red Noses”; Aldo in “Italian American Reconciliation”; Jack Favell in “Rebecca”; Lloyd in “Reckless”; Dr. Sugar in “Suddenly Last Summer”; Hucklebee in “The Fantasticks”; and Ronnie in “The House of Blue Leaves.”
As a resident director at the Gamm Theatre since 1996, he has staged “Hamlet” and “Much Ado About Nothing” (twice each), “King Lear,” “The Tempest,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Dresser,” “Barrymore,” “The Birthday Party,” “The Crucible,” “School for Wives” and “Tartuffe” in rep, “One for the Road,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “La Bête,” “Awake and Sing!” (Norton award for outstanding production), “Glengarry Glen Ross” (Motif award for best director), “A Doll’s House” and “boom!” This season, Sullivan acts for the first time on the Gamm stage as Mark Rothko in “Red” and will direct “The Real Thing.”
Sullivan teaches acting at Rhode Island School of Design and Gamm and as a Trinity Rep teaching artist.