If you comply with Jason Ralph or Trevor Einhorn on Instagram, you may discover a typical chorus between the 2 “The Magicians” costars. “Looks like a great time,” Ralph commented on Einhorn’s submit of a backgammon recreation, in addition to on a submit revealing the pair’s new Off-Broadway play, “The Great Filter,” debuting Thursday. Einhorn echoed the identical sentiment on the vast majority of Ralph’s latest posts, with Ralph’s spouse Rachel Brosnahan chiming in on a promo shot for the manufacturing: “Looks like a great filter.”
“The Great Filter” marks a continued collaboration between the 2 associates and their extensive artistic community, in addition to a return to reside theater in New York. Brosnahan’s Scrap Paper Pictures produced the brand new play, which was written and directed by Frank Winters. Four reside performances shall be staged Thursday via Saturday at The Wild Project in downtown New York, adopted by a digital presentation accessible to hire for a month beginning July 29.
“I had a kind of religious experience when we walked into the theater for the first time for the walk-through,” says Ralph, en path to the theater for rehearsal just a few days earlier than opening. “I felt like I was walking into a church; I felt like I was finally home. It was very exciting. I almost cried.”
All the ticket gross sales from the net presentation shall be donated to the Cultural Solidarity Fund, which advantages the inventive group’s post-COVID-19 restoration. “We were privileged to be able to say we want to do something like a play creatively and be able to put that in motion. So from the start we thought a fundraising element should be the reason, should be the heartbeat behind this,” says Einhorn.
“The Cultural Solidarity Fund has really given us this platform and this opportunity to make art, and also put money in the hands of artists who need it so badly right now,” provides Ralph.
The affable pair turned to their community of business associates, lots of whom had been out of labor because of the pandemic. They reached out to Winters, who was a founding member of the Strangemen Theatre Company with Ralph, about writing a brand new two-man play for them to carry out.
“The Great Filter” is billed as “a play for two astronauts,” an existential thriller in a single act that’s “an exploration of everything that could possibly go wrong on the way to a bright new something — and why it’s probably a good idea to try getting there anyway.” Ralph was impressed by a documentary he’d watched in regards to the Apollo 11 flight and the expertise of the astronauts on board returning to Earth.
“They’ve done this absolutely extraordinary thing, and you expect them to have this big movie moment where they’re walking down the runway and everyone’s applauding them,” says Ralph. “And instead of that, they’re taken out of the tin can they’ve been in for days and then shoved in another tin can. And these guys are stuck in between worlds; they finished what they were supposed to do, and they’re home, but they’re not — and I want to know what happens in the backroom; let’s do a play about that moment. That was our jumping off point.”
Luna Replicas, an organization that creates correct replicas of Apollo 11 gear, together with NASA jumpsuits, donated all of the costumes for the manufacturing.
Ralph and Einhorn based their way of life firm Looks Like a Fun Time (therefore all the social media commentary) final 12 months mid-pandemic, after “The Magicians” wrapped up its fifth and remaining season. In addition to producing “The Great Filter,” their firm has launched restricted “drops” of attire like hats and T-shirts embroidered with their slogan. (“Looks like a great commercial,” Brosnahan commented on a latest video asserting a merch launch.)
“It started as sort of a joke and has turned into something that we are quite proud of,” says Ralph of their catch-all firm. “It’s become this home for the collaboration of Trevor and I, whether that be t-shirts or hats or producing a play or creating pilots or movies.”
“We got excited about the potential of doing something, sort of the same way that people got excited about making bread during the pandemic,” says Einhorn. “These are things that we’re passionate about, and we’re very lucky to have a very strong fan base from the show that we came from, ‘The Magicians.’ It seems now they’re willing to follow us with all of our interests,” he provides. “We’ve been excited to just keep exploring. So from a play to a hat to potentially a bottle of wine: it looks like a great time.”
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