We kicked off the new season last night with the opening of Compulsion. The reviews aren't out yet, but the media is already talking about the show.
Asked why he chose to take on this role, Mandy told the Chronicle, "When I read the script, I was in a little cabin in Colorado. Oskar Eustis sent it to me, and it really hit a nerve in my gut, and I couldn't get over how much I related to it. I called up Oskar and said, 'You're not allowed to do this without me. If you do, I'll have to find some way to hurt you.' My reaction to the play was just very personal and very visceral. I'd rarely read anything I'd had that kind of reaction to, so I pulled out every stop in the world to try and make it happen."
Sue Fishkoff wrote about Mandy for JTA as well:
JTA is the Jewish news wire, so that story appeared locally in J Weekly and was distributed to media outlets across the country. Read the rest of the interview here.
The intensity Patinkin brings to all his work stands him in good stead to play Sid Silver, the Levin character in this play. Silver, like Levin, is a man seared by images from the concentration camps and completely absorbed with bringing what he believed was Anne’s true message to the world...
“It’s about his obsession with an idealistic vision of humanity that this child represented, and his core belief that it must be respected, protected and guarded in perpetuity, and rekindled every day,” said Patinkin. “This play asks us, to what degree are we willing to go for what we believe in? Is the cost worth it? Are we living in a world of endless compromise?”
Finally, Pat Craig talked to Mandy for this story in the Mercury News and Bay Area News Group. Pat asked him about living on the road, traveling from city to city, performing in television shows, films, and plays (not to mention his popular concerts with artists like Patti LuPone). Mandy acknowledged, "At the end of the day, I have no idea where I'll be until the very last minute.... I live an actor's life."
But, for now, Mandy is in Berkeley. So come down and see him -- and Compulsion -- before they take off for New York.
Photo of Mandy Patinkin and Hannah Cabell in Compulsion courtesy of kevinberne.com