I was contacted by Mark Cajigao, who I’d met playing Trigorin in the production of The Seagull I shot back in February. In this production he was playing Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in Dylan. The show follows the poet’s life during his trips to America and his travails with drink, women and the double edged sword of celebrity. I must admit, I don’t know much about Thomas’s life, though I knew that he was a habitué of the White Horse Tavern. This tragic, though often humorous look at his final years was a good evening of theatre.
The show was performed at Voorhees Theater, which is on the campus of CUNY City Tech. This space is a hidden jewel normally used as a teaching space for their Entertainment Technology department. It’s a well appointed, if small space, but with top notch technical appointments.
The shoot went well. I was given the second row to work in and, given the small space and intimacy, there was no problem getting some lovely shots of the actors. I mostly shot with the 70-200 with some fill in from the 24-70 to get some wider shots of the set and some of the more spread out group scenes. I kept the ISO up at 6400 and was mostly covered, except for a couple of scenes that were very softly lit.