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Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis signs on for ‘Misterman’ at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts

By Tim Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis

“Misterman” enjoyed sold-out runs and glowing reviews from audiences and critics when it premiered at the 2011 Galway Arts Festival, followed by the New York premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Chief theater critic Ben Brantly of The New York Times praised Enda Walsh as “one of the most fiercely individual voices in the theater today,” and called “Misterman” “a seductive and terrifying portrait of a luminous madness that dares you not to look away.”

“Misterman” is headed to Colorado with the news that Walsh’s critically acclaimed hit play will feature Olympia Dukakis voicing the role of Mammy. The play will be directed by Melissa Firlit and the role of Thomas Magill will be played by New York actor Craig MacArthur. “Misterman” opens at the Thingamajig Theatre Company’s 99-seat black box on Sept. 26 and runs through Oct. 12. The production will then relocate to Denver this fall before returning to New York in spring of 2015.

Announcing this exciting premiere as part of the Thingamajig Theatre’s fall lineup, artistic director Tim Moore stated, “Enda Walsh is one of today’s most prolific Irish playwrights and Olympia Dukakis is a national treasure on stage and screen. It is also a pleasure to have the superb Melissa Firlit and Craig MacArthur team up on our stage once again. We are delighted and proud to be hosting the Colorado premiere in Pagosa Springs.”

About the Artists

Academy Award-winner Dukakis has appeared in signature roles in more than 60 feature and short films, including “Cloudburst,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Dad,” “Look Who’s Talking,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Jeffrey” and “Away From Her.”

Her more than 40 television credits include “Bored to Death” (most recent), “Last of the Blonde Bombshells” (Judi Dench), “Sinatra” (Golden Globe Nominee), “Joan of Arc” (Emmy Nominee), “Tales of the City,” “More Tales of the City” (Emmy Nominee) and “Further Tales of the City.”

Her New York theater credits include “Who’s Who in Hell,” “Social Security,” “Rose” (Drama Desk Award nominee) and “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore,” and Dukakis has performed in more than 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theaters including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as associate director. She was most recently seen at Shakespeare & Co. last year in the title role of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” and will appear at New Repertory Theatre in Spring 2015 in “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.”

MacArthur is a New York City-based actor and graduate of the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. MacArthur has received glowing reviews for his portrayal of Judas in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” Joey in “A Steady Rain,” and Trevor in “The Submission,” at the Olney Theatre Center.

He made his New York City stage debut in “The Northern Kingdom,” which was written by Nancy Fales Garret and directed by director/actress Dorothy Lyman. His most recent work at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts was in the thrilling production of “Red,” (director Melissa Firlit) in which he portrayed Mark Rothko’s (Dennis Elkins) struggling young assistant.

Firlit is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she received her masters in directing. Firlit has been nominated for and won various awards at festivals across the New York area. Her accolades include best direction, best ensemble and best variety show. She teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., as well as Wagner College of Staten Island. Her work has been featured in the Fringe New York City, Midtown International Festival, DreamUp Festival, Edinburgh Festival, The Zipper Factory, The Pulse Theater, Soho Playhouse, Orlando Fringe Festival, Theatre Tuscaloosa, The Crossroads Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Rutgers University, Wagner College and the Pagosa Spring Center for the Arts.

The creative team also includes Elaine Wong (lighting design) and Matthew Bittner (sound design).

Produced by Tim and Laura Moore and Resolve Productions, this regional premiere is being crowd funded through Kickstarter.

Contributions to this project are welcome. Please visit www.mistermantheshow.com or contact the production team directly at mistermantheshow@gmail.com.

This story was posted on August 14, 2014.