the young rebellious General in the original play The General and The Jew done
He's on a quest to save his poor family, against corrupt officials in Russia at
the turn of the century. I worked with rigid physical forms, and an inner world
of love, compassion, and great courage - but in this case - youthful courage
driven by love, yet discovering itself every step of the way. I remember a lot
of weird lines.
NEWSDAY - "John Monteleone is an engaging Mayer Schindel."
The theatre I did this play in
was one of the worse experiences I could possibly imagine. The director was from
Brooklyn but had this fake English Accent and he wore his beard like
Shakespeare. His directing technique was "running through" act 1 one night, the
act 2 the next. If you asked him a question he'd say "he's angry". Then after
that for 2 weeks, he'd run through the play 10 x a night - give no notes, stuck
me in a tight ass costume that stunted the growth of my private parts and said
ACTION. They used to call it summer stock - I called it hell. I got a good
review - who knows why. I remember that my first dog
died 1/2 hour before a performances. Spots died in my arms - he was 17 years old
and grew up with me for most of my childhood. I'll never forget it. It was my first real
experimentation with "substitution" all I did was cry. I substituted every line,
comic or not, with death. Truth is, I think faking it is better. :) Just
kidding. Sort of.