Sam Mendes' & Kevin Spacey's "NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage" Shakespeare Documentary Opens May 2
NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, which takes you along with twenty British and American actors on a whirlwind ten month international tour of “Richard III” starring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes. The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and opens in theaters in New York on May 2. (SEE SPECIAL OFFER BELOW)
As we discover Spacey’s revelatory performance as the power-mad Richard III destroying his family and everyone in his path, we also see how Sam and Kevin demonstrate the leadership required to unify and bring the best out of a group of different actors, with different techniques and experiences. You can view the trailer and learn more about the film here: www.nowthefilm.com
The film follows Mendes’ Bridge Project—the first transatlantic theatre company—as the play takes shape and unfolds for us in a seamless tapestry between the backstage world to the on stage production, as it travels through nine cities.According to Mr. Spacey, "This film is an insider’s look back stage at the experience of being an actor in a company: going to rehearsal every day, beginning to create a role with your director, crew and fellow actors; spending ten months together, first at our home theatre The Old Vic, finally at our sister home the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in between—six months on the road in many different cultures and countries forming a company."
The film offers us a privileged look at the process of putting a play together, and plunges us into the hustle and bustle of the goings -on behind the curtain. This intimacy is enhanced by our introduction to every member of the company, as they share their thoughts about acting their roles, their personal lives, and what the play and the tour means to them.
The film is a study in the art of performance: the transatlantic actors have varying training, experience levels, and ages; the cities and cultures they encounter are exotic and diverse, with a vivid clash between ancient civilizations like Beijing and Doha and the futuristic architecture of their theatres; the play itself is staged by Mendes with sets and costumes that are a mélange of the old and the new; and the world tour itself is a throwback to a grand theatrical tradition that may be fading away.
Spacey and Mendes, who collaborated so memorably on “American Beauty,” for which they won Academy Awards® for Best Actor and Director, and for which the film won Best Picture, now work together for the first time since then on the stage, a medium they both cherish. Those who only know Spacey through his commanding, but realistic acting style—currently showcased in his stunning turn as Frank Underwood in “House of Cards”—will get a rare opportunity to see an audacious, swing-for-the-fences Spacey who playfully engages in real time with massive audiences from vastly differing cultures.
The word “now” epitomizes what makes the theatre unique among all the arts—it is a living thing that only exists in the moment—and the voyage of the cast and crew parallels that. While “NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage” reveals the transitory nature of an actor’s existence, few who watch it will question why people devote their lives to the profession.
Spacey presents A Treetops Production: Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes & The Bridge Project Company in “NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage.” The film was edited by Will Znidarick, with Aadel Nodeh-Farahani as director of photography, and Michelle Mullen as associate producer. It was executive produced by Kevin Spacey and produced and directed by Jeremy Whelehan.
The film opens May 2 at the IFC Center in NYC and becomes available for digital download May 2 as well (currently in the pre-order stage).
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Proceeds from the digital release go to the The Kevin Spacey Foundation).