Saturday, April 01, 2006

..... and presenting ..... TMK!!!!!

... And finally the man of the moment speaks out !!!!! An exclusive interview with TMK... a.k.a. George Schneider....

TMK had some really interesting insights into his character i.e. of George Scheider, the protagonist of the play, Neil Simon as a playwright, theatre in Chennai etc etc.
On being asked what all he did to prepare himself to play the character of George Schneider, he said that they all as a team visited a psychiatrist just to get an idea of what a man who has lost a spouse would go through!! He said that the doctor did a runthrough of the different stages that a person would undergo. Apparently the doctor was able to predict the story line of the play when the character of George, and the situation he was in was described to him. There would have certainly been an added sensitivity to the character of George as he is a writer. A lot of nuances in George and Jennie's characters fell into place after this meeting, says TMK!
TMK also says that a lot of what the character experiences in the play is contrary to what he has experienced in his personal life - much of the 'getting-into-the-character's-shoes' has come from keen observation!!!He had done the same role seven years ago when masquerade performed "chapter two" ... but he sheepishly reminisces that at that time his perception of both the role and life in general were very different and so was his interpretation of the play!He admits that he is able to relate much more to the character owing to the simple fact of having aged a bit more ... "the play just seems much more real this time .... last time it was more of freaking out with the guys... it means a lot more to me this time",he says!
"Each of us are a George Schneider... in Neil Simon's plays, you would always see what he believes in ... its not for just sheer entertainment.. the entertainment comes from the fact that it is so wittily written!! My only words to the audience is that they would definitely see something of themselves in the play..."
Finally, a comment on his co-actors- I have known all my co-actors for so long now and I have worked with them on productions prior to this ... and we are so comfortable with each other that it is both fun and easy to work together!!"


Blogger Doodler said...

how abt an encore of chapter 2 in chennai..tht wud be great ..missed it both at chn n blore :-(

April 02, 2006 12:53 pm  
Anonymous Avataar said...

i just caught chapter two in bangalore today. absolutely entertaining. esp leo..i hope there will be many more performances..n i hope i get to see them. i ll check this space for details. .

April 03, 2006 12:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since this was a psychologically demanding play, leaves me wondering whether the cast has come out of the play post the shows, especially TMK! ;D
Also wondering if he cares to reply!!


PS: Thanks Anusha (wondering if you did it?, remember I requested for it!)for putting up the interview. Pics would have been icing on the cake! ;)

April 03, 2006 1:59 pm  
Blogger evam said...

yes yes that was me......
pics coming up!!!!
:) anusha

April 03, 2006 5:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ananya,

This is TMK. Well, for one thing, having had a nice clean shave after the play did help coming out of the character a bit :-). Jokes apart, I guess I will be George Schneider till I do some other role !It is too wonderful a role to play for any actor and I am gonna miss it !


April 03, 2006 6:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMeeeeeeeG, cant believe this, anyways every dog has his day it seems!! ;))

Thanks girlie for acknowledging the comment, now waiting for the pics!!
Best wishes for your future posts. :)

Neenga eppadi irukheenga? :)
Never thought you would read, forget about replying to the comment. If there isnt one, consider it start of "TMK Fan Club"!

New roles waiting for ya, ahem ahem!! ;)
My best wishes for all the roles that come your way, reel as well as real.

Thanks for taking time out for me!

Ananya Rashmi

April 04, 2006 9:15 am  

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