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New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announces a premiere cinematic experience of Sir Arthur Sullivan and F.C. Burnand’s comic operetta, Cox and Box. This all-new original film is shot, fully staged, at South Orange Performing Arts Center with an Actors Equity Association-approved COVID19 safety plan. The 50-minute film is produced in 1080p HD resolution across multiple cameras, transporting the audience into the action of this hilarious one-act farce. Join Mr. Cox and Mr. Box as they dig in their heels when they discover the mischievous scheme of their landlord, Sgt. Bouncer. Victorian formality is thrown to the wind in this entertaining and beautifully shot musical film! Opera News called Cox and Box, The Film “theatrical fun”!
The prim hatter, Cox (David Macaluso), works during the day and the tousled printer, Box (Daniel Greenwood), works during the evening, and both are renting a room at Bouncer’s Board and Lodging. Unbeknownst to these two lodgers, their bumbling landlord, Bouncer (Matthew Wages), is renting out the same room to both. His tightrope walk is just the beginning of the comedy as they squabble and sing their way through this early score by Sir Arthur Sullivan.
With the current pandemic crisis in mind, the NYGASP team (David Wannen as Executive Producer, David Macaluso as Creative Producer, and Albert Bergeret – NYGASP Founder and Artistic Director serving as Technical Director) saw the value in presenting a complete show with a small cast (Cox and Box was written for 3 actors and piano in 1866). The piece even contains themes of unintentional social distancing, while allowing audiences to enjoy a fully staged work. This is the third iteration of this production from creative producer David Macaluso and Music Director Elizabeth Hastings, who premiered the production in a 2014 award concert, then produced it at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre on NYGASP’s 2016-2017 season. The film is brought to life by director Matthew Wages with a vision more in-line with situational comedy and 21st century sensibilities. Wages collaborates on the new set design with Bergeret and Joshua Strone, who also serves as Production Stage Manager.
Cast includes: Daniel Greenwood (Box), David Macaluso (Cox and Creative Producer), and Matthew Wages (Bouncer and Director). Production staff: Danny Bristoll (Director of Photography), Elizabeth Hastings (Music Director), David Wannen (Executive Producer), Joshua Strone (Production Stage Manager), Laura Sudduth (Assistant Stage Manager), Albert Bergeret (Technical Director), Benjamin Weill (Lighting Design), Rob Cruz (Sound Engineer, TD SOPAC), Camillo Estrada (COVID19 Safety Compliance Officer), Shuhan Xie (Master Camera Operator), and Kai Kevin Qiu (Camera Operator).