(Brookline) — Stage & Screen, a collaboration between Coolidge Corner Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company that explores the depictions of shares themes in Huntington productions and acclaimed films, continues its second season of collaboration on Monday, January 6 at 7pm with Secretary starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. The screening will be followed by a conversation moderated by Boston Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein with Venus in Fur director Daniel Goldstein and actors Andrea Syglowski and Chris Kipiniak.
Tickets to Secretary are $11 / $8 for Coolidge members (with member ID) and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers (with promo code) and may be purchased online at coolidge.org or at the Coolidge box office, located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.
Tickets to the Huntington's production of Venus in Fur (January 3 — February 2, 2014 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre) are available at huntingtontheatre.org/venusinfur.
In Secretary, after a bout of illness, Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) moves back in with her dysfunctional family, ready to start anew. Despite a few strikes against her she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey (James Spader). At first the work seems quite boring — typing, filing, and coffee-making — but Lee tries hard to please her new boss. Slowly Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship behind closed doors, crossing lines of conduct into a deep realm of human sexuality, a unique love affair in which the roles of dominance and submission suit both of them perfectly.
Venus in Fur by David Ives explores similar relationship dynamics: Vanda (Andrea Sygowski) has her eyes on the lead role in Venus in Fur, an adaptation of the classic erotic novel. Her charged audition for the director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse as the lines blur between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This hilarious and sexy new comedy was a smash Broadway hit. The New York Times calls Venus in Fur, "90 minutes of good, kinky fun."
Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. Her column Love Letters is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that gets about 1 million page views every month on Boston.com. Love Letters appears in the Globe’s print edition every Saturday. Meredith also writes about fake rock stars, former boy banders, female werewolves, self-help books, last picture shows, and how to sound like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting. Meredith’s first novel, The Singles, was released by Penguin/Plume in April. Not surprisingly, it’s a story about complicated relationships. Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, went to Syracuse University, and now lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts with a carnival-size cotton candy machine that she bought for herself on her 30th birthday.
Daniel Goldstein directed God Of Carnage, Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Cry of the Reed for the Huntington, and the recent revival of Godspell on Broadway. Regional credits include Snapshots and Hello, Dolly! (Goodspeed Musicals), Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater Company), Gekido (New National Theater: Tokyo), Anna Christie (The Old Globe), and Artificial Fellow Traveler with Ethan Sandler. As a writer, his musical Unknown Soldier (written with Michael Friedman for a Huntington Theatre Company Calderwood Commission) was developed by the O'Neill Musical Theater Conference. Other projects include The Ride (NYC commercial), Golden Boy (The Julliard School), True West (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Miss Margarida's Way (Bay Street Theatre, with Julie Halston), Lower Ninth (The Flea Theater and SPF), and the Off Broadway commercial production of the hit Fringe Festival musical Walmartopia. He served as the associate director for All Shook Up! and Fully Committed and the resident director for the first national tour of Mamma Mia! He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Chris Kipiniak has appeared on Broadway in Metamorphoses (dir. Mary Zimmerman) and Macbeth (dir. John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg). Off Broadway credits include Kit Marlowe (The Public Theater / NYSF), Nora (Marvell Repertory Theatre), Charles Winn Speaks (Living Image Arts), How to Act Around Cops (New York and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals and Soho Theatre in London). He's appeared regionally at the Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and many others. His film and television credits include Deal Travis In, Trying (also writer/director), "Delocated," "The Good Wife," and the web series "Real Actors Read Yelp." He's written the plays Save the World, Stalled, Change the Be, and IIIINSAAAAAAAANE!!!!, as well as Nightcrawler, Amazing Fantasy, and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man for Marvel Comics.
Andrea Syglowski previously appeared at the Huntington in Venus in Fur for which she won an Elliot Norton Award and the IRNE Award for Best Actress. Her recent New York credits include Queens (Women’s Project Theater: Pipeline Festival), Asking for Trouble (Ensemble Studio Theatre), and The Walk Through (Slant Theatre Project). Her regional credits include The May Queen (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Dear Elizabeth (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Nest (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Of Good Stock (South Coast Repertory), A Flea in her Ear, Bully to You, Schmoozy Togetherness, and White Trash Anthem (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Three Sisters, Love’s Labours Lost, Elijah, and Carve (Chautauqua Theater Company), and Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Deam (Shakespeare at the Manor). Her television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Elementary,” and “The Good Wife.” Ms. Syglowski is a graduate of the University of Southern California and The Juilliard School, where she was the recipient of the Robin Williams Scholarship. She is a proud member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild.
(As of November 2016)
This season's Stage & Screen series began with Sidney Lumet's award-winning film Network and a conversation with The Power of Duff playwright Stephen Belber. Last season's series included Gore Vidal's The Best Man and a conversation with Now or Later playwright Christopher Shinn, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and a conversation with Invisible Man adaptor Oren Jacoby and WGBH Senior Investigative Reporter Phillip Martin, and Fritz Lang's M and a conversation with artists from Ryan Landry's "M." Additional Stage & Screen events will be announced at a later date. More information at cooldige.org/programs/stage-screen.
About the Coolidge Corner Theatre
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the nation's most prominent independently operated movie theatres, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. A beloved movie house, the Coolidge has been pleasing audiences with the best in cinematic entertainment since 1933. In addition to contemporary art house and independent film, the Coolidge presents the prestigious annual Coolidge Award, Science on Screen, high-definition broadcasts of live opera, ballet, and theater performances, Big Screen Classics, midnight screenings of cult films, kids' programs, and sneak previews and discussion of upcoming films as part of Talk Cinema The Cooldige has won numerous awards and honors for its creative programming. For more information, visit coolidge.org
About the Huntington Theatre Company
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 by Boston Magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.