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Below is a round up of William Petersen news for the last few weeks. Click on the links below to read the full articles.
Some very sad news, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Billy’s co-star from TO LIVE & DIE IN LA, Darlanne Fluegel sadly passed away on December 15th, 2017. Our thoughts are with her family during this sad time.
Source : The Chicago Tribune – My worst moment: William Petersen and a ‘legendary moment in Chicago theater history’
Another old friend from Chicago is Joe Mantegna, who stars on “Criminal Minds,” yet another CBS procedural. “The guy’s never gonna get off that thing,” Petersen said, “and I tease him about it constantly: ‘Are you just going to die on that show? Literally?’”
Together they went through hell and back during an opening night performance of “Glengarry Glen Ross” at the Goodman Theatre. Or as Petersen put it: “I was a part of what is considered a legendary moment in Chicago theater history.”
My worst moment …
“It was the opening night of the American premiere of ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ at the old Goodman studio at the Art Institute. This was 1984 and it was on its way to New York, it was going to Broadway.
“My character’s name I believe was James Lingk, and he’s the guy who gets sold the bill of goods in the play. It’s all these salesmen with their real estate listings and I get suckered in and they take my money. So I’m with Joey Mantegna, who’s playing Ricky Roma (the slickest of the story’s salesmen). There’s three scenes in the first act and they all take place in a Chinese restaurant in different booths.
“Joey’s character and my character are sitting having a drink at this restaurant and he’s just telling me all these stories. And after he’s shooting (the breeze) for, I don’t know how long, he pulls out a map of Florida and says, ‘Listen, I got an opportunity that you might be really interested in,’ and that’s the end of the first act.
“So we start rehearsing the thing and David (Mamet) is there and (then-Goodman artistic director) Greg Mosher was directing it. And Joey’s off book the first day of rehearsal on this big scene. I have nothing in the scene; if you look at the text of the play, I have — in Mamet fashion — a couple of: ‘uh-huh,’ ‘yeah,’ ‘oh?’ Literally my responses to Ricky’s spiel. It’s basically a monologue for him. And Joey knows this thing really well, right from the beginning. And I think what happened was, we over-rehearsed it. Or over-rehearsed him in it. Because he didn’t need it. He didn’t need any rehearsal after the first day. It was like, ‘OK, just open — he’s ready.’
“Opening night comes — all the critics are in the audience, by the way — and we do the first two scenes. There are blackouts between each one as we switch booths. Lights come up for the last scene and Joey starts in and he gets about four sentences into this six-page monologue and — we call it ‘going up’ in the theater when an actor loses his lines, and I never really understood why we called it ‘going up’ until it happened.
The Minutes Updates
The Minutes wrapped up at Steppenwolf Theatre on January 7th, and the show move to Broadway has been delayed, however it was never 100% confirmed if Billy would be appearing in the Broadway version.
Source : The Chicago TribuneA Play About Politics For (But Not About) The Age Of Trump
William Petersen starred in the hit TV show CSI for over a decade. He’s also a Chicago-area native, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member. He first performed with the company more than 35 years ago. He plays the mayor in The Minutes.
“I felt that it had meaning and impact,” Petersen says. “And it was entertaining, and it allowed ourselves to look at ourselves in — in a different way than we have been over the last 12 months.”
It’s Petersen’s character, the mayor, who ultimately allows the truth to come out: What happened to the missing council member Mr. Carp, and why. The answer involves community complicity in a creation myth — one that hides how the town was really founded, and on whose backs.
Source : Playbill – Tracy Letts’ The Minutes Delays Arrival on Broadway
Tracy Letts’ new political comedy The Minutes, now playing Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, has delayed its arrival on Broadway, according to a spokesperson for Steppenwolf. The play was set to transfer to a yet-to-be-announced theatre on Broadway in spring 2018 following its world premiere in Chicago.
The Steppenwolf Theatre production of The Minutes officially opened November 19. Performances began in Chicago November 9 and are currently selling through January 7, 2018. Broadway previews had been scheduled to begin February 6, 2018, with an opening night set for March 8.
No new dates have been announced.
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