Sand Dancing - played Jeremy in Robert Moss's production of Kenneth Pressman's play at Playwrights Horizons.
Nikos Psacharopoulos, a former Yale professor and artistic director of the festival, and actor Edward Herrmann, both of whom DHP considers mentors, suggested that DHP go to NY and try his hand at acting to see if he really wanted to pursue it as a career before going off to the drama school in London to which he was accepted. DHP took their advice, went to NY, spent a few months there, got his first professional acting job (on Broadway, no less), and the rest, as they say, is history.
Beyond Therapy (April 1982) - written by Christopher Durang, directed by John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love"), and starring John Lithgow, Diane Wiest, and DHP. DHP played the part of the waiter, Andrew, at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. This was his first professional acting job. During John Lithgow's acceptance speech at the 1997 SAG Awards, he paid tribute to DHP saying that he stole the show in his small part.
Summer (1982) - written by Edward Bond, starring Frances Sternhagen, Betty miller, DHP, and Caitlin Clarke and performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club's main stage. It was set in the former Yugoslavia. According to DHP, he spent a lot of it running around in a bathing suit. DHP mentioned on his interview on Later with Peri that he got a review from Frank Rich that was so bad that to this day he hadn't read it. All he knows about the review was based on Ed Herrmann's condolence note to him which read "Well, Dear David, I'm sorry about the review but if you're going to mutter your lines, what better place to do it then into Caitlin's breasts." So how bad was the review? Well, to view the review, click here. It looks like he already knows the worst of it without realizing it :)
Hamlet (winter 1986) - a Joseph Papp production, written by Shakespeare. DHP played Laertes opposite Kevin Kline's Hamlet in the New York Shakespeare Festival production. DHP was also Kline's understudy. He once stated that he literally learned how to fence against himself, having had to learn the fencing techniques for both Laertes and Hamlet.
The Cherry Orchard (1987) - a Peter Brooks production, written by Anton Chekov, and starring Josefson. He played the role of Yasha at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The Maderati (1986-87 season) - a Richard Greenberg production at Playwrights Horizons.
The Author's Voice (1987) - at Ensemble Studio Theater. He played Gene in the play. To see a photo from the play, click here.
Zero Positive (May 1988) - a Joseph Papp production, written by Harry Kondoleon. In this, one of the New York Shakespeare Festival's contemporary projects, DHP was called in to take over for an actor when there was some type of disagreement between an actor and the director. The play caused some controversy due to its theme, which touches on the AIDS epidemic. DHP said the material was difficult (referring to the language especially), almost like doing Shakespeare, but the cast etc. all helped him and made coming in on short notice easier.
Much Ado About Nothing (July 1988) - a Joseph Papp production, written by Shakespeare. DHP played Don John at the Delacorte Theater in Manhattan's Central Park as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. He continued the role when the play was moved to Broadway.
Waiting for Godot (November 1988) - DHP understudied for Bill Irwin at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NY in this play directed by Mike Nichols.
The Cherry Orchard (February 1989- ) - a Peter Brooks production, written by Anton Chekov and starring Josefson, Brian Dennehy, Linda Hunt, and DHP. He toured the Soviet Union (Moscow and Leningrad) as part of the US-Soviet cultural exchange and Japan continuing the role of Yasha, which he had done earlier in the same production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The Heidi Chronicles (September 1989 - March 1990) - written by Wendy Wasserstein and starring Christine Lahti (Brooke Adams took over her role in November) and DHP. He played Heidi's lifelong friend pediatrician, Dr. Peter Petrone, in this award winning play performed at the Plymouth Theater. DHP was so convincing in his role that he received a movie offer to play a doctor after a casting director saw him in this. He turned it down for a chance to work with Mike Nichols. Later, when they made The Heidi Chronicles TV movie, DHP was asked to reprise his role as Dr. Peter Petrone, but was unable to take the part due to "Frasier" filming commitments. Tom Hulse who ended up playing the part and winning an Emmy for it, thanked DHP in his acceptance speech for turning the part down. To see a photo from the play, click here.
Elliott Loves (1990) - written by Jules Feiffer, directed by Mike Nichols and starring DHP, Christine Baranski, and Oliver Platt.
It's Only a Play (April 16, 1992 - ) - The picture to the left is a scene from the play. The play also starred Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and was performed at the Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood. DHP played a director loosely modeled after Peter Sellars (the director, not the actor). To see a photo from the play, click here.
The Normal Heart (March 9-17, 1995) - DHP participated in an all-star reading of Larry Kramer's AIDS related play to mark its 10th anniversary. The reading, a benefit for AIDS research, was held at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood.
Trial by Jury (July 28, 1997) - DHP appeared in this Friends of Musical Arts production of Gilbert and Sullivan's mini-operetta at the Janet KinghornBernard Theatre in his hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY. The show was a benefit for the Saratoga County Arts Council. In this courtroom spoof, DHP played the Learned Judge who settles a dispute between two lovers by marrying Plaintiff himself.
The Boys From Syracuse (September 22 - October 3, 1999) - DHP played Dromio of Syracuse in this Rodgers and Hart musical based on "A Comedy of Errors" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. To see reviews, pics, interviews, and program from the play, click here.
(Other plays for which I don't have dates)
That's It Folks! (19 ) - at Playwrights Horizons
Candida (19 ) - Marchbanks at Goodman Theatre
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