MICHAEL AND JENNIFER GUEST STAR INTERRY TEO
Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode (4 December 2016), and Michael plays Cornelius Jones in the fourth episode (11 December 2016) of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show.
Available on TVNZ On Demand since July 2016, it is now being shown on TVNZ 2 on Sundays at 7 p.m..
Review: "Terry Teo is an effortless reboot that's perfectly pitched for its modern audience and the old-school fans. It pulls off the neat trick of being both familiar and new. It's a winner".
JENNIFER IN THE OPENING NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Jennifer will be a celebrity guest in this year's Basement Christmas show on 13 December 2016 at 7:00p.m.
"Waiting for Guffman meets Love Actually as a small town community theatre group has just 24 hours to rehearse their show, and get it ready for opening night – the biggest highlight on Levin's calendar. Tensions run high as the show's Broadway-aspiring director pushes for a new high-concept, Santa-free drama, while love blossoms backstage, and the stage manager plans a coup".
Click here to book. The full season runs 2-22 December 2016, with other celebrity guests on other nights.
MICHAEL DIRECTED TATAU
Michael is the director of episodes 6 and 7 of the BBC/South Pacific Pictures series Tatau. It has already been shown in the UK, and is now airing in New Zealand on Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on Prime, beginning 4 December 2016.
MICHAEL BRINGS NO HOLDS BARD BACK TO WAIHEKE
After selling out at Artworks Theatre in September, Michael is bringing No Holds Bard back on 27 and 28 January 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Click here to book.
Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final "dark night of the soul". The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is.
A glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare's greatest creations (a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry King Lear) come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man. An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self-destruction.
Edinburgh Spotlight: " … a tsunami of a performance … feats of physical and mental ingenuity. It elicits gasps as well as laughs, and shifts acrobatically between comedy of an almost stand-up nature and emotionally-rooted tragedy. A breath of fresh Shakespeare air and a comedic head-bashing all in one!"
Click here for the No Holds Bard website.
Michael was on Jesse Mulligan's show on Radio NZ on 13 September talking No Holds Bard, including doing a but of diakogue from the show. He also talks anout directing the short film Balloons.
MICHAEL NARRATES OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
Michael is the narrator again for the second season of documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. It airs Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the show's Facebook page.
MICHAEL DIRECTING WESTSIDE
Michael is directing episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 – January 2017.
Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed 4 episodes.
MICHAEL IN HIGH ROAD
Michael has a guest role in episode 3.4 of High Road web series, released 5 November 2016. Watch it below.
Click here to watch all episodes; click here to read the story behind the show.
JENNIFER DIRECTED HUDSON & HALLS LIVE!
Jennifer is director assist for the return season of Kip Chapman's Hudson & Halls Live!. It will be performed at Hannah Playhouse (Wellington) 15 November – 10 December 2016, starring Kip Chapman, Chris Parker, and Anya Tate-Manning, with design by Daniel Williams, Elizabeth Whiting, and Sean Lynch. Click here to book.
MICHAEL DIRECTED BALLOONS FOR THE ACTORS' PROGRAM
Michael is directing Balloons, The Actors' Program short film for 2016, in September and October 2016. It is written by former Actors' Program alum Jess Sayer, and produced by votre arme.
JENNIFER IN AUCKWARD LOVE
Jennifer plays Barbara in episodes 2.1 and 2.5 of webseries Auckward Love.
The show premiered on TVNZ On Demand on 22 September 2016. Click here to watch.
MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words. The first half of the season was shown on Channel 7 (Australia) in August-October 2016; the second half will be shown at a later date. In New Zealand, the series will be shown in 2017.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benso Jack Anthony. Click here for info.