BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #11: Assistant Director Mark Falconer
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BLOOD BROTHERS BLOG #11: Assistant Director Mark Falconer

Tom Wojtunik first told me that he was interested in directing Blood Brothers just about this time last year, when we were working on The Secret Garden together. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled.

My first experience with APAC was as an audience member – I took the trip to Astoria to see Children of Eden in 2010, and I loved it. I was blown away by the quality of the work that everyone was doing – the actors, the musicians, the designers, and of course Tom, as director. So when it was announced that APAC was producing The Human Comedy, a musical I loved but had never seen, in 2011, I knew I wanted to be involved in some way. I ended up assisting Tom, and it ended up being one of the best shows I’ve ever worked on in any capacity. I loved being a part of the APAC family, so when Tom asked me to assist him again for The Secret Garden, I jumped at the chance. The Secret Garden was another musical that I grew up listening to the album and memorizing all the songs, and here was the opportunity to have another great experience with APAC – it was a no-brainer.

So when Tom mentioned Blood Brothers last year, I was a little let down. I vaguely knew the show – a friend of mine was in a one-act version in high school that I saw, but I didn’t remember much beyond thinking “Tell Me It’s Not True” was a great song. I had listened to the International Cast Recording a few times, but the overproduced sound of that album and the cheesy orchestrations really turned me off. But I felt that Tom had earned enough trust by this point in our relationship that I knew I would probably regret turning down the chance to work with APAC again, so I agreed to assist him again this year.

Well, let me tell you, the experience of working on this show has been incredibly exciting. From our earliest blocking rehearsals, it’s been thrilling to see the characters on the page come to life before our eyes (thanks to our fantastic cast.) We’ve discovered nuances and grace notes within the script that I never would’ve noticed myself. Tom’s visual storytelling brought an urgency and potency to the tale. Christine’s musical staging is vibrant and she is an amazing storyteller through movement. Through Julianne’s arrangements, we’ve found a rawness and bite to these songs, and I now love listening to them. I could go on for another thousand words talking about our cast – there really aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how much I’ve loved working with each and every one of them.

I really can’t express how happy and proud I am to have been apart of the team that brought you this fantastic production of Blood Brothers. I hope that you enjoy this show as much as I now do!


LEFT: Mark at the Opening Night Party with Marisa Devetta, Kristen Marie Ernst, and Christine O’Grady. Photo by Matty Baker.

RIGHT: Mark, on couch, at rehearsal (probably tweeting). Photo by Bradley Hawks. 

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