In memoriam: George Morfogen (March 30, 1933–March 8, 2019). I had the good fortune to work with George Morfogen on seven plays: The Voysey Inheritance, The Madras House, A Picture of Autumn, A Day by the Sea, The Oxford Roof-Climber’s Rebellion, Freud’s Last Session, and The Traveling Lady. Four of these productions were at the Mint Theater Company, which happily honored George with a lovely gala when he was still with us to enjoy it.
I always felt, while watching George in rehearsal (to say nothing of performance), that I was receiving a master-class in acting (if only I were smart enough to grasp it). I’m sorry there won’t be any more such classes. I’m grateful for the memories and what I learned.
The brief video below (from the Mint gala) includes George himself performing excerpts from Harley Granville-Barker’s The Voysey Inheritance, the production that really put the Mint on the map (and only my second professional production as dialect coach). There is a longer version, which I recommend for a fuller understanding of how very much George was appreciated during his lifetime. He is no less appreciated now; he is and will be missed.
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Recent stage: The Mint Theater production of Elizabeth Baker’s The Price of Thomas Scott, at the Beckett, Theatre Row.
… all of the actors not only looking the parts, but fully inhabiting the characters, capturing the right British accents and demeanors, and delivering the divergent viewpoints that Baker has defined with empathy and clarity of thought and emotion. … each completely natural in the speech patterns, timing, and characterizations.
Deb Miller, DC Metro Theater Arts
on The Price of Thomas Scott
On the air! Or at least on the interweb. Recently I was a guest on Paul Meier’s podcast, In a Manner of Speaking.