Death Takes a Holiday: A Conversation with Julian Ovenden

Posted on: July 7th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez


Roundabout's resident Education Dramaturg, Ted Sod, sits down with Death Takes a Holiday leading man, Julian Ovenden, to discuss working on a new musical, life/death and more, as part of Education @ Roundabout's UPSTAGE Guide.

Ted Sod: How did you come to work in the theatre?

Julian Ovenden:It’s quite a difficult thing to trace back; your motivation. I wasn't one of these people who came out of the womb and realized the stage was for them. I think it occurred as a natural progression in my life as a result of the events that fashioned me. My father, for example, is a priest and a man of the people. He is a great communicator. That might be one of the influences. Then I went away to school when I was seven as a chorister in a choir which was musically and artistically a professional environment. That set me up in that way. It opened a window into that world. In England, if you go away to boarding school at a young age, you could find yourself emotionally stunted. You have to deal with the trauma of leaving your parents. People talk about the English “stiff upper lip” and being reserved. When I was 16, 17, 18, 19 and growing up, I perhaps wasn’t as in touch with my emotional life as I wanted to be or needed to be. I think it was a natural progression to find something that allowed me to reconnect with that part of my life; whether it was through music which I was passionate about or whether it was through acting. I found myself going to drama school and I felt at home with it. I felt I had something to give, something to offer and something to share. Those are the main sign posts on that particular map. I discovered that it is a job that I deeply love.

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A Conversation with: Kathleen Marshall, Director of ‘Anything Goes’

Posted on: March 4th, 2011 by Ted Sod Roundabouts Education Dramaturg


For our UPSTAGE playgoer’s guide, Roundabout’s Educational Dramaturg, Ted Sod, sat down with director Kathleen Marshallto discuss her exciting upcoming musical, Anything Goes - beginning performance on March 10 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre!

Ted Sod: How did this production of Anything Goes come about?

Kathleen Marshall: Todd first mentioned Anything Goes to me back when we were doing The Pajama Game. He said that Roundabout had the rights to do a Broadway revival of Anything Goes and that he would love for me to do it. I told him, “Absolutely. Yes.” It took us awhile to figure out when, where and who. Also, we had to figure out my schedule and Roundabout’s schedule. I thought ideally that I would love to see Anything Goes in the new Stephen Sondheim theatre. We needed time to find our leading lady and once we found out we had Sutton Foster on board, we were good to go.

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Q & A with Brian Bedford, Director and Star of The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 by Ted Sod Roundabouts Education Dramaturg


Brian Bedford

Ted Sod, Roundabout's Education Dramaturg, sat down with director and actor Brian Bedford to hear his thoughts on The Importance of Being Earnest and his character: Lady Bracknell.

Ted Sod: Let's start by talking about you. When did you realize you were going to be a man of the theatre?

Brian Bedford: As long as I can remember. Even before I knew the theatre existed I was an actor. It wasn't that I wanted to become an actor, I was one. When I was a tiny child, the radio was everything. The BBC had fewer programs than they do now but they had the BBC Third Program, which was a sort of cultural channel that did rather high falutin plays. I lived with my parents in a little semi-detached house, not unlike the one you see at the beginning of Brief Encounter.

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2010-2011 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Front & Center, Star Spotlight, The Importance of Being Earnest, Upstage

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