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Horrors imagined and real in “The Pillowman”

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Well, the reviews are in… and they aren’t saying much. The Seattle PI wrote “If there is truly any risk that stories can turn real, then Martin McDonagh is a social menace. His deliciously grim drama of a writer accused of serial killings in an unnamed totalitarian state feeds on the revolting twists of cruelty […]

Men & their pillows

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But first a word from our sponsor: The Pillowman is a disturbing and darkly funny new comedy-drama from Martin McDonagh (A Skull in Connemara, The Beauty Queen of Leenane) about a storyteller/writer in a totalitarian state whose macabre fairy tales may be inspiring a series of grisly crimes. A brilliantly bone-chilling exploration of the role […]

“I like the Pillowman. He’s my favorite.”

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I made a deal with myself: if I get cast in ACT’s production of the Pillowman, I’ll let my For-Hire license expire, rather than renew it. That means no more driving cabs, even as a fall back… The hope was that this symbolic gesture would force myself to believe in myself and show myself my […]

Shawn gets 3 Footlight Awards… well, sort of

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At the end of every year, the Seattle Times does a recap of the year in theatre, commemorating the highs and lows with fitting rewards… I mean awards. (I never win anything!) This recently deceased year—2005, two plays I worked on Red Badge of Courage and Vincent in Brixton, were distinguished as “Most Thoughtful Children’s […]

Eye Heart Music Dot Com

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…is coming soon. In fact, it may already be here? I’m moving away from the idea of posting music reviews here on my main site, where (hopefully) people are coming to consider me for acting jobs. Instead, so as not to confuse anyone with the many things that interest me, I’m going to move all […]

Steinbeck’s timeless tale of Joad family revisited

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Misha Berson had this to say, “And several utility players (including Shawn Telford, Bradford Farwell and Josephine Howell) dispatch multiple roles well. Read the full article at the Seattle Times.

Van Gogh’s earnest realism shines through

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Seattle Times had this to say about Vincent: A stocky, utterly sincere fellow in his early 20s (as vividly portrayed by Shawn Telford), this Dutchman abroad is fluent in English and French, a voracious reader and a sophisticated art lover. But as Telford keeps reminding us, through the awkward pitch of his posture and blurting […]

Actress Anne Allgood excels at emotional extremes

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Seattle PI Theatre Critic Joe Adcock had this to say about Vincent: “Her Ursula starts severe and stoical. Shawn Telford, as Vincent, is not only raw and ruthless but also endearing and beguiling. Moved by his eccentric neediness, Ursula shifts from severe and stoical to giddy — giddy in a mature way — and affectionate.” […]

Grapes Of Wrath

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DIRECTED BY LINDA HARTZEL OCTOBER 14 – NOVEMBER 19, 2005 PREVIEWS OCTOBER 7 – 13 INTIMAN THEATRE INTIMAN’s five-year American Cycle initiative continues with The Grapes of Wrath, directed by Linda Hartzell, Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre. This epic story of Tom Joad and his journey across America is both a family saga and […]

Vincent in Brixton

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I’m preparing for a new show at ACT Theatre in Seattle. Here is the info… DIRECTED BY KURT BEATTIE SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 2, 2005 PREVIEWS SEPTEMBER 2 – 7 IN THE ALLEN THEATRE Before he knew he was a painter, brash, young Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in South London for three years […]