Client News : Kim Wong at Lincoln Center
New Tom Stoppard Play
The Hard Problem
Directed by Jack O’Brian
Congratulations to coaching client, Kim Wong, on the opening of her new LCT production of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem directed by Jack O’Brien.
The production will feature Eshan Bay, Adelaide Clemens, John Patrick Doherty, Nina Grollman, Katie Beth Hall, Eleanor Handley, Olivia Hebert, Sagar Kiran, Chris O'Shea, Madeleine Pace, Robert Petkoff, Tara Summers, Jon Tenney, Baylen Thomas, Kim N. Wong, and Karoline Xu. The Hard Problem will begin performances Thursday, October 25 and open Monday, November 19 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).
In Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, Hilary (to be played by Adelaide Clemens) is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is "the hard problem" facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one.
I’m really looking forward to this production and to seeing what Kim is up to next.
Here's what Kim has to say about our work together :
“What I originally thought would be some quick, last-minute accent work to brush off my RP for a callback quickly turned into an amazing, thorough, all-encompassing coaching session.
Christopher is welcoming, accessible, precise, and extremely knowledgeable. His insights not only helped me sound authentic in my accent, but they also helped me to better convey the story and character with the way I used the accent.
His keen attention to detail—while maintaining a relaxed work environment—made me feel that I could trust him to make me sound great.
Not only is he attentive to sound changes, but also nuances like the melody of the accent, the use of pitch, and the specifics of character within an accent. We worked through it sitting at the table, and also worked on my feet, implementing voice/body connection for a complete exploration of the accent and how it tied into the acting.
His passion shines through his coaching, and he is genuinely excited to dive into material with you. I'm so thrilled to have found Christopher, and I highly recommend him!”
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Christopher Gurr is an American theatre artist and educator known for playing a wide range of roles on Broadway and across the U.S. as well as the more readily accessible reaches of Canada.
Native Southerner, Midwest educated, with chapters in Northern California and southern Appalachia he currently makes his home in New York City.