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Translations - 1995

                
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by Brian Friel
Directed by Howard Davis
Colonial Theatre - Boston, MA, USA
Cast in order of appearance

Manus...................................Rob Campbell
Sarah....................................Amelia Campbell
Jimmy Jack...........................Donal Donnelly
Marie.....................................Dana Delany
Doalty...................................David Herlihy
Bridget............................Miriam Healy-Louie
Hugh.....................................Brian Dennehy
Owen......................................Rufus Sewell
Captain Lancey......................Geoffrey Wade
Lieutenant Yolland................Michael Cumpsty
Playbill Behind the Scenes......
An interview with Rufus Sewell
by Rita A Fucillo and Sarah L Elliot

As he prepares for his U.S. stage debut while happily anticipating his first visit to Boston, Rufus Sewell discussed his pre-Broadway trepidation, his ascending career in film as well as on stage, and his co-starring role in Brian Friel's TRANSLATIONS, scheduled for a February 11 opening at Boston's Colonial Theatre and arriving on Broadway in early March.

When asked what memorable performances spark his interest in theatre, Sewell explained, "I suspect Charles Laughton from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME had something to do with it." A leading part in RUMPELSTILTSKIN at age six was another contributing factor, an experience that prompted him to petition his mother for formal training. Sewell relates that while she was quite supportive, she made it clear she would not stand for living with a "screaming moppet," instilling in her son the importance of remaining level headed and grounded. "If she had a son with a huge false smile she'd chuck him out of the house," he added. Neither self-possessed nor all-consumed with a passion for acting, Sewell placed his theatre dreams in safe keeping until he was ready to study properly. He received training at the renowned Central School of Speech and Drama ( or "Screech and Trauma," as it is fondly dubbed ) in London at age 16, and flourished within a 'prestigious' early career in the campus and prison circuits.

Undaunted, Sewell persevered. Today at 27, he is an actor with an impressive resume of stage and film work and is currently the talk of the 'grapevine,' the subject of columnists hungry to exploit a fresh face, spotlight a new talent and in the same breath compare him to the current popular crop of 'young, handsome, witty and talented British imports.' Sewell approaches the impending barrage of media coverage with a sense of mistrust, as he is no stranger to the promise of success and the assurances of doting optimists. "I've been slapped on the back a few times and told 'this is the big one,'" he said. With Broadway imminent and three new films, most notably a co-starring role in A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE with Albert Finney and CARRINGTON with Emma Thompson, Sewell respects his healthy suspicion of stardom and, wisely, chooses to concentrate on TRANSLATIONS which, he explained, keeps him grounded.
 

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