February 21, 2013

Chastain: Back To Before

Way before bursting into the film scene and even before entering Juilliard, Jessica Chastain honed her acting skills early on by treading the boards.  Just yesterday photos of her in the 1998 production of Romeo And Juliet from Theatreworks in the San Francisco Bay area surfaced. 

The article from Celebuzz states that "Chastain played Juliet in the production opposite another aspiring young actor, Travis Engle. Set in war-torn Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the production of the Shakespearean classic mixed boisterous brawls and soaring Celtic music as the young couple tried to find love amid the city’s Catholic and Protestant divide." --->  I really like that idea of this setting in Ireland with religious tension involved aside from just the family conflict. 

Theatreworks director Robert Kelley was interviewed for the article and he states "Jessica was a really talented actress in our production of Romeo and Juliet, and I had a feeling she would go on to have an amazing career even back then."

“With her flaming red hair, Jessica was perfect for the part, and she was really excellent in the production. Her facial expressions and delivery were perfect, and she really got the Irish accent down too,” he said.

“Jessica was great with the other actors, and she was a real leader of the company. We could all see the beginnings of a wonderful actress. We wrote up a recommendation for her for Juilliard School in New York, and it is to her testament that she has gone on to have both a successful career both on Broadway and in film too.”

And he hopes that his protégé will one day return to work at the theater company that helped launch her to superstar status.

“We will all be absolutely be rooting for Jessica at the Oscars, and I think her nomination is very deserving,” he said. “Hopefully, she can win the award and can come back to work with us once again at Theatreworks.”

(Photos from Celebuzz)


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