Film majors, take note! The summer after he graduated, Michael Steves ’13 brought a bunch of people down to Texas and shot his first-ever feature film. It’s an indie horror-comedy (starring Vincent Martella of Phineas & Ferb), and here is the trailer:
You’ll have to excuse me, I’m fanboying so hard.
I have a tendency to be able to go on and on about The Hero of Wesleyan, the man they call Joss Whedon ’87. Besides being the school’s 2013 commencement speaker, the Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel/Firefly/Dollhouse/Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long-Blog/Cabin in the Woods/The Avengers writer and director also put together his own, modern-day movie adaptation of the play Much Ado About Nothing, by that one famous old British writer.
The film, shot in October 2011 at Whedon’s own house over the course of less than two weeks, is set for a June 7 theater release, but we finally get a taste of what it will look like. It’s shot in mostly black and white, with the trailer set to an upbeat, jazzy tune, and we can see some of the promised all-star cast, many of whom Whedon has put in his other films and shows.
Representatives of the Whedon Army here include Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Cabin), Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers), Reed Diamond (Dollhouse), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Buffy, Dr. Horrible’s), Clark Gregg (Avengers), and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin), among many others. I’m guessing it’ll be better than the original.
Michael Steves ’13 writes:
Come see an outdoor production of Macbeth this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Shakespeare’s classic tragedy gets a jolt of adrenaline in a visceral production that will feature fierce battles, gallons of blood, creepy witches, celtic music, and kilted warriors.
Starring: Paulie Lowther ’13, Danielle Springer ’13, Evan Hazelett ’13, Tim Wolock ’13, Andrew Malkin ’15, Joe Gargan ’14, Alex Hirsch ’13, Dex Blumenthal ’15, Michael Firer ’13, Anika Amin ’14, Catherine Aker ’15, Lindsay Schapiro ’14, Matt Lynch ’15, Roxie Pell ’15, Rachel Leshin ’15, Felipe DaCosta ’15, Coz Deicke ’15, Kara Wernick ’15, Kate Malczewski ’15, and Derek Fossi ’15.
Directed by Michael Steves ’13, assistant directed by Amara Davila ’13, stage managed by Hanako Rodriguez ’15 and Caillin Puente ’15.
- WHEN?: Thurs, Fri, and Sat @ 7pm; Sat @ 2pm
- WHERE?: CFA Green (the area between CFA Hall and the Arts Workshop / Zilkha Building)
- COST?: Free!
Michael Steves ’13 is full o’ the milk of human kindness:
Second Stage’s production of Macbeth, which goes up May 3rd, 4th, and 5th, is seeking extras to be in a battle scene and in a few transition sequences. If you’ve been looking for an easy way to get involved in student theater, this is a great chance! The time commitment is minimal and you’ll get to meet a bunch of fun people. Contact me at msteves(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you’re interested in being an extra in the show. No theater experience necessary.
Michael Steves ’13 invites you to audition this weekend for Second Stage’s production of Macbeth:
The production is going to be set in olde Scotland with a booming Celtic soundtrack and Braveheart-style costumes and warpaint. The staging, however, will have a surrealist/expressionist flair that delves into the twisted minds of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Directed by Michael Steves, assistant directed by Amara Davila, and stage managed by Hanako Rodriguez.”
the hurly-burly’s done Sat, Jan. 28 from 3-6pm & Sun, Jan. 29 from 2-5pm
Where the Place?:
Upon the Heath CFA Theater and Dance Studios East Room