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"Exclusive interview with "Hello Herman" director, Michelle Danner… Who would she like to cast and why?"
"SPECIAL SCREENING "Hello Herman" review: Poignant Portrait of The Abysmal Descent of Youth ."
“Henry Jaglom & The Rainbow Theater Company, in association with Edgemar Center for the Arts, presents Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley in “The Rainmaker,” a play by N. Richard Nash."
“Written by N. Richard Nash. Directed by Jack Heller. Produced by Alexandra Guarnieri. Presented by The Rainbow Theater Company in association with Edgemar Center for the Arts. Starring Tanna Frederick."
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“Jack Heller directs “The Rainmaker.” He has directed over 60 productions in the U.S. and Canada, and also television (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”)."
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“Robert Standley portrays Starbuck. He starred in the national tours of “The Rainmaker,” “Cotton Patch Gospel,” and his one-man show “According to Coyote.”"
“Tanna Frederick stars as Lizzie. She had earlier starred in Los Angeles in Nash’s play, “Echoes”."
“Playwright N. Richard Nash (1913-2000) was famous for his Broadway shows (“Wildcat,” “110 in the Shade,” “The Happy Time”) but also wrote for TV (two seasons as writer-developer of “Here Come The Brides”) and for the big screen (“Dragonfly,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Nora Prentiss”)."
““The Rainmaker” was also made into a hugely successful film in 1956 by director Joseph Anthony and famously starred Katharine Hepburm as Lizzie andas Starbuck."
Eye Spy LA
““The Rainmaker” focuses largely on the fate of Lizzie, who lives on a family farm with her brothers and father in the Dust Bowl during the Depression."
“The cast includes Benjamin Chamberlain, David Garver, Ralph Guzzo, Steve Howard and Scott Roberts."
““The Rainmaker” is about love, desire and magic, and expresses these themes so resonantly that the play has been translated into forty languages since it premiered on Broadway in 1954."
“Doug Kaback has directed and adapted a modern version of this haunting and classic play. And, I have to say, he's done an excellent job bringing this tragiedy to life.”
Life In LA
“The close packed seating arrangements make for an intimate environment, and at times it feels like you’re eavesdropping on the household drama taking place."
Ghosts: A Theatrical Review
“This production directed by Doug Kaback, and playing through May 13th boasts an absolutely beautiful and well-designed set by Travis Tuyen Thi and wonderful costume design by Maro Parian”
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“For those that enjoy a classic Ibsen play or just a stage production that offers a moral without
becoming preachy, this would be the theater opportunity one is seeking and is well worth a good look!”
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“…a haunting story that is as interesting to modern audiences as it was back when first published.”
“This timely and disturbing film offers no answers, but, Danner hopes, may spark a much-needed dialogue between our nation’s youth and their peers, parents and teachers.”
Santa Monica Mirror
“I think sadly enough that history has proven that such a topical, relevant social matter is happening, which is especially in our schools with youth violence,” she says. “I know this is a provocative subject matter with a very strong message.” – Michelle Danner
Washington Times Communities
“Anything that sparks debate is a good thing … the message here is acceptance and connecting, reaching out to others so a kid won’t get bullied..” –Michelle Danner
Actor, Teacher & Director Michelle Danner talks Hello Herman
“To me the movie is about reaching out and connecting and hearing someone and seeing someone. So many of our young people, teens, they feel that they are not seen or not heard.” –Michelle Danner
Reel Talk Reviews
“Hello Herman, Michelle’s latest film project, is an unflinching examination of today’s society through the eyes of a young copycat killer and the journalist who sees the tragedy as a potential boost for his own career.”
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“There’s 2 parts to me, I’m very creative and artistic and then there’s a part of me that understands the business side of it. I like the art better than the commerce, that’s why I’m not running a movie studio. “ – Michelle Danner
“…the play takes us through is what we are experiencing today in the world. So it's not something that happened way back then and now it's not relevant. More than ever, it's very relevant.” – Michelle Danner
“In the play, Helen's struggle with the ghosts of her past is about to come to an end.”
The Independent Critic
“It's not that the film excuses or makes excuses for the boy's behavior. However, it seems to very much make it clear that ‘we,’ meaning society, have created these children through our own actions.”
“Danner will star as Mrs. Helen Alving, whose struggle with the ghosts of her past is about to come to an end.”
“Because actors are constant students of life, they need to trust their instincts as to what tool to apply to what project, medium, and acting moments.” – Michelle Danner
Actors learn how to create vivid, fleshed-out and interesting characters through an intense and emotional workshop with technique exercises and lectures.
“Personally, whenever innocence gets squashed and people are cruel to one another, it provokes a lot of sadness for me. It’s important to keep telling those stories.” – Michelle Danner
Exercises include learning how to build provocative and complex back stories by opening up your instrument emotionally and finding triggers and psychological gestures in your work.
“I’ve always been fascinated by what makes a great moment in acting, and of course if you’re able to join the many great moments together then you do come up with a great performance.” – Michelle Danner
“This is a story of prejudice and isolation,” she continues, “as well as the racism, bullying and violence that our youth encounter in schools that has the potential to lead to these high school tragedies.” "If I won the lottery, I would still teach. I have an absolute passion for it." –Michelle Danner
AOL: I Love My Job
"If I won the lottery, I would still teach. I have an absolute passion for it." –Michelle Danner
Anne Archer and Michelle Danner Come Together For A New Play
Back Stage recently sat down with actor Anne Archer and Los Angeles acting teacher and director Michelle Danner to talk about their first-time collaboration. Danner is directing Archer as the title character in a workshop presentation of " Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion," written by Archer's husband, Terry Jastrow, who is co-directing. The play examines a 1988 meeting between Fonda and 26 war veterans to confront her antiwar activity during the Vietnam era. The play opened Oct. 8 at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, where Danner is the artistic director and teaches acting.
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I Love My Job: Acting Coach To The Stars
Michelle Danner loves the arts — and she has a particular passion for acting. That's one reason Hollywood stars such as James Franco and Penelope Cruz have turned to the acting coach to help improve their own ability to create memorable characters on stage and screen.
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How Did You Make the Transition From Actor to Director?
While the idea of directing was always intriguing to me, I never thought it would be something I'd be able to do. It seemed like this overwhelming job that I'd only seen executed by people I considered to be creative geniuses.
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Gossip Meets Couture Interviews Michelle Danner
Gossip Meets Couture Interviews Michelle Danner about the A-List Actors/Actresses she has coached, her journey coming into the Industry and how her Acting Studio at Edgemar Center for The Arts came to be.
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