The American Theatre of Actors concentrates on dark New York back stories for its summer cutting-edge series. THE SANDMAN, written by Lynn Navarra and directed by Ken Coughlin, tells the story of two beat cops, moonlighting in construction, caught up in a battle between a pub owner and the Irish mob… NYC circa 1979 … will be revived for a limited run, August 9 – 20 (Wed. – Sat. @ 8:00 pm and Sun. @ 3pm) Featured in the cast are Michael Bordwell, Meredith Flood Rust, AJ Converse, Brady Richards, Ken Coughlin, Tony Scheer, Ben Guralnik, Dan Lane Williams, and Valerie O’Hara, with Fight Choreography by AJ Converse. Performances for this revival will be held at The John Cullum Theatre of the American Theatre of Actors. For reservations, call 212.581.3044
Tickets are $20 (cash at the door).
Ken Coughlin is in high demand. While directing AND starring in this revival of Lynn Navarra’s acclaimed drama, he is technical director of the ENTIRE American Theatre of Actors arts complex; AND appeared in the historic, long-running play LINE at the 13th Street Theater.
OK, Ken, I know you’re pressed for time, so here goes…
What inspires you as an artist/entrepreneur … and how does it correlate to your decision making when choosing venues, festivals, performance runs, etc.
As an actor, I’m inspired by many things, good writing, good characters, good cast mates, important stories. I know actors who are inspired by a riveted audience, but I feel it is my job to gain their interest, not the other way around.
As a director, I’m inspired by many of the same things, but especially by the actors putting themselves in front of an audience, taking chances, making bold choices, and making an audience believe they are who they’re portraying.
I will work in almost any venue, as long as there is respect for the work I am doing. If you don’t show me the respect I feel I deserve, I will complete the production, to the very best of my ability, but I will refuse to perform there again.
How does independent theater play into realizing ultimate goals?
I’ve spent most of my theatrical life in independent theater. One thing I’ve found is that it brings with it more challenges that allow me to develop and utilize many more skills. Overcoming, what may seem at the start, an insurmountable obstacle, can be a reward unto itself.