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THE ENDGAME PROJECT: Theater, Life, and Parkinson’s Disease – Special Previ...
Thu, April 6, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM MST
THE ENDGAME PROJECT
Dan Moran and John Christopher Jones represent six decades of acting between them. They have appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theater, in films, and on TV.
They met in 1995 while sharing a dressing room in the Broadway production of A Month in the Country. Now they share another bond: both have Parkinson's disease.
In spite of this, Dan and Chris continue to work as actors. A new documentary film, THE ENDGAME PROJECT, shines a light on their daily battle against this crippling disease while putting up a production of Samuel Beckett's darkly comic play, Endgame.
On the evening of April 6, 2017, Dan and Chris, along with filmmaker Jim Bernfield and stage manager Ruth Kreshka, will present the Arizona premiere of THE ENDGAME PROJECT at ASU’s Beus Center for Law and Society in Downtown Phoenix. A question and answer session with the group will follow.
For more information about THE ENDGAME PROJECT, please visit the film’s website: http://www.theendgameproject.com
And to continue with one of the missions of this event, please consider joining the Network for Humanities, Arts, and Neurodegenerative Care: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NetworkforHumanitiesArtsandNeurodegenerativeCare
Actors Dan Moran (left) and John Christopher Jones (right) in the play Endgame. Photo credit: Peter Angelo Simon.
Dan Moran, Actor
Dan Moran is perhaps most recognizable from his appearances in five films directed by Woody Allen: Mighty Aphrodite, Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity, Sweet and Lowdown, and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Dan has also done sitcoms and primetime television dramas; nearly half of Shakespeare’s oeuvre, on Broadway and off; and a variety other dramatic roles, as a founding member of New York Stage & Film, a nonprofit dedicated to developing new productions.
John Christopher Jones, Actor
John Christopher (Chris) Jones began his long career on Broadway in Simon Gray’s Otherwise Engaged, directed by Nobel laureate Harold Pinter; he went on to found Shakespeare & Company and perform in more than a dozen Shakespearean roles; along the way, he appeared in a numerous television shows as well as notable Hollywood films, including Moonstruck, Awakenings, Desperate Hours, The Hurricane, and The Village.
Jim Bernfield, Director/Producer
Jim Bernfield has written, directed, and produced award-winning films that have been broadcast and exhibited nationwide. Rally Behind the Virginians, a television documentary, aired on PBS. Two short films have won awards at film festivals around the country. His pilot, The Second Oldest Profession, won the Creative World Awards competition as the best television comedy. He wrote the teleplay It's Best Not to Know for an Italian production company's two-part miniseries based on the true story of two young sisters who survived the Holocaust at Auschwitz. Jim has also written, produced, and directed thousands of issue and advocacy advertisements for public interest groups and political campaigns, including media for the campaigns of the last four Democratic Presidential candidates. He earned his MFA in film directing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. He lost his father to Parkinson's ten years ago.
Ruth Kreshka, Stage Manager
Ruth Kreshka feels graced to have been able to help bring the words and works of Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, Joseph Chaikin, Eugene Lee, Beth Henley, George Walker, John Patrick Shanley, David Henry Hwang, Reinaldo Povod, Adrian Hall, Truman Capote, and many others to the New York community. She recently retired from Columbia University's School of the Arts Theatre Program, where since 1998 she was Director of Production and headed the MFA Stage Management concentration.
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