|Steph Garrett in The Great Dictator|
Jaymes Gregory, Steph Garrett and Leslie Patrick discuss adapting and performing in a 50-minute play of Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator for the 19th Festival of Independent Theatres.| TheaterJones.com | published Friday, July 21, 2017
Dallas — Opening the second weekend of shows at the Festival of Independent Theatres is Audacity Theatre Lab with Jaymes Gregory’s adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Gregory transformed the two-hour film into 50 minutes with only four cast members. TheaterJones sat down with Gregory and two performers, Steph Garrett and Leslie Patrick.
TJ: Chaplin is known for his tramp character and silent film performance, does this film follow that form?
Leslie Patrick: Throughout most of the movie, Chaplin talks but he doesn’t talk a lot. It’s a lot of little short lines. But at the end, he unloads.
JG: Yeah, the tramp in the film doesn’t talk much, one-liners here and there. And in the end, it builds up and explodes.
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