The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol Presents – Frankie and Johnny Promo #3


SO DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, OUR ORIGINAL
JOHNNY, JOE LLORENS, IS NOT ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH US HERE AT THE STUDIO. AND SO MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, TREVIN,
HAS STEPPED IN LIKE A VALIANT WHITE KNIGHT AND TO SAVE THE DAY. WHILE WE WILL MISS JOE HERE TERRIBLY, WE’RE
REALLY THANKFUL THAT TREVIN IS WILLING TO DIVE IN TO THIS SHOW AT SUCH SHORT NOTICE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAVE EVER WORKED
ONSTAGE WITH WITH WHITNEY AS AN ACTOR. I HAVE DIRECTED HER QUITE A NUMBER OF TIMES,
AND I HAVE SEEN HER ONSTAGE, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE EVER WORKED TOGETHER AS
PERFORMERS. SO, IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY, I THINK WHEN YOU’RE
ARTISTS YOU’RE ALWAYS LOOKING TO EXPLORE NEW ASPECTS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP
AND THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GROW AND LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER IN A WAY THAT WE
PROBABLY NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE BEFORE. ACTING IS A DIFFERENT ANIMAL, BECAUSE WHEN
YOU DIRECT A PLAY WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE DONE WITH THE LAST FEW YEARS OF MY LIFE ALMOST
EXCLUSIVELY ONCE THE PLAY OPENS ITS SORT OF NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS ANYMORE. YOU CHECK IN ON IT THROUGH YOUR STAGE MANAGER,
BUT ONCE A PLAY OPENS THE EVOLUTION HAS JUST BEGUN. IT’S KIND OF AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE, AND
AN EXCITING ONE, TO TAKE OFF THAT ONE HAT AND GO BACK TO A HAT THAT’S REALLY HOW I STARTED
OUT. BECAUSE MUCH OF MY EARLY LIFE I INTENDED TO
BE AN ACTOR. IT’S ONLY BECAUSE THROUGH A SERIES OF PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENTS I STARTED DIRECTING PLAYS SO THIS IS KIND OF GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS, I’M
TRAINED AS A PROFESSIONAL ACTOR, SO I’M EXCITED TO DO SOMETHING THAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE ARE
SURPRISED TO FIND OUT, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE REGULARS TO THE STUDIO, THAT, HE ACTS? YES, I DO ACT, AS A MATTER OF FACT. AND QUITE WELL. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THAT. WELL, I THINK I WILL ADDRESS THE ELEPHANT
IN THE ROOM WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FRANKIE AND JOHNNY AND WHAT THE AUDIENCE CAN EXPECT. WE DO HAVE ADVISORIES ON THE SHOW FOR SEXUAL
CONTENT, LANGUAGE, AND NUDITY. AND SO YOU CAN EXPECT ALL THREE OF THOSE THINGS. I BELIEVE THERE’S ALSO A VIOLENCE ADVISORY. THE VIOLENCE IS LIGHT. THE SEXUAL CONTENT IS, I WOULDN’T CALL IT
HEAVY. BUT IT’S DEFINITELY THERE. IT’S A BIG PART OF WHY THEY’RE TOGETHER. THEY HAVE A VERY STRONG SEXUAL CONNECTION. AND THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF NUDITY IN THE
SHOW AS WELL. IF THOSE IDEAS MAKE YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE,
MAYBE STAY HOME. I THINK THAT YOU CAN FIND A LOT OF REALLY
BASIC HUMAN INSTINCT IN THIS PLAY. YES, THERE IS SEXUALITY. YES, THERE IS NUDITY. BUT THOSE THINGS LEAD TO THE MOST IMPORTANT
ASPECT OF THE HUMAN CONDITION WHICH ARE LOVE, AND AT ITS HEART, THAT’S WHAT THIS PLAY IS
ABOUT. IT’S ABOUT TWO PEOPLE FINDING A CONNECTION,
RESISTING FINDING A CONNECTION, FINDING A CONNECTION AGAIN, AND THERE’S SO MANY WAYS
THAT WE DO THAT AS HUMAN BEINGS. AND MCNALLY TAKES US ON THE JOURNEY OF TWO
PEOPLE ON A WAY THAT VERY FEW PLAYWRIGHTS CAN, REALLY THAT TRUE FLY-ON-THE-WALL SCENARIO
OF TWO PEOPLE IN A POST-COITAL SITUATION. ONE OF MY FAVORITE LINES IN THE PLAY IS, FRANKIE
SAYS EVERYBODY HAS ARMOR THEY’D BE DEAD IF THEY DIDN’T. AND I THINK THAT IS A HUGE PART
OF THE PLAY, IS WHEN TWO PEOPLE COME TOGETHER IN ORDER FOR THEM TO REALLY CONNECT THEY HAVE
TO BE ABLE TO SHED THAT ARMOR AND BOTH FRANKIE AND JOHNNY HAVE THEIR OWN KINDS OF ARMOR AND
I THINK A LOT OF THE PLAY IS ABOUT THEM FIGURING OUT HOW TO BE NAKED TOGETHER. EVEN THOUGH THE PLAY BEGINS WITH THEM NAKED
TOGETHER, THEY’RE NEVER MORE NAKED THAN THEY ARE BY THE END OF THE PLAY WHEN THE ACTUALLY
HAVE ALL THEIR CLOTHES ON BECAUSE THEY’VE ACTUALLY REVEALED THINGS ABOUT THEMSELVES. FRANKIE. YEAH JOHNNY. YOU THINK PEOPLE OTTA COME DOWN TO THE STUDIO
THEATER AT TIERRA DEL SOL AND PAY US A VISIT? WHY NOT? OK. WHAT ELSE THEY GONNA DO? GOOD POINT. ALTHOUGH THEY ACTUALLY GOT A LOT OF OTHER
STUFF THEY COULD DO. THEY COULD PLAY GOLF. THEY COULD GO TO DINNER. THEY COULD LISTEN TO MUSIC ON THE SQUARE. THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER STUFF THEY COULD DO. SO I HOPE THEY PICK US. THAT’D BE GREAT.

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