800 WORDS NOW IN NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, USA
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words.
In Australia, it is airing on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on 7. Michael's episode 2.13 should air on 28 February, and 2.14 on 7 March.
In New Zealand, it is airing on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on TVNZ 1. Michael's episodes 2.3 and 2.4 have already aired. Click here to watch all episodes to date OnDemand. Episode 2.9 will air on 8 March and 2.10 on 15 March 2017.
In the US, Acorn TV has episodes 2.1-2.8 available for streaming; click here to watch. The rest of season 2 will be released later in 2017.
Michael will also be directing in season 3, episodes 3 and 4, from late February to early April 2017.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony. Click here for info.
JENNIFER TO DIRECT AND SO IT GOES
Jennifer will direct And So It Goes, an Auckland Fringe show that will be performed at Backbeat Bar on 10-11 March 2017 at 7p.m. It features original music written and performed by Cally Castell and Roby Lyon. Click here to book.
"Audrey has a memory that needs repairing. So she's going on a journey. She's wearing her running shoes and has brought a packed lunch. There may be some well-meaning peculiar creatures causing a few hiccups along the way, but nothing can hinder Audrey's determination to make things right.
Part cabaret, part gig, part musical theatre, And So It Goes is a dream-like theatrical exploration of hope and longing."
JENNIFER TO SING WITH JUBILATION CHOIR
Jennifer will sing with Jubilation a cappella gospel choir on Sunday 12 March at 6:30 p.m. at TAPAC. Click here to book.
MICHAEL TO SPEAK AT MASSEY UNIVERSITY
Michael will give a talk, "Classics on Stage and Screen: A conversation with actor, director and playwright Michael Hurst," at Massey University (Albany) on 4 April 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (room 100 Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre Bldg).
He has also given an interview to Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, lecturer in Classical Studies, on his interest in and work with classical plays and texts. Click here to read.
MICHAEL TO PLAY SALIERI IN AMADEUS
Michael will play Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, 2-17 May 2017 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, with Ross McCormack as Mozart, directed by Oliver Driver and with musical direction by Leon Radojkovic. Click here to book.
"In Vienne, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this upstart and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.
"Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Peter Shaffer's psychologically thrilling musical is one of the most famous acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century. With sweeping operatic theatricality, it juxtaposes the petty world of human excess and envy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry and passion".
JENNIFER IN VERMILION
Jennifer is playing Darcy in feature film Vermilion, which started shooting on 20 February 2017. It also stars Theresa Healey, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell. It is written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann and produced by Michele Fantl.
Vermilion tells the story of a group of women who are close to each other – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors. Some of their relationships are good and some are broken. The events of one summer month changes their lives forever.
Click here for the NZ Film Commission's press release on Vermilion.
MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE
Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 through early February 2017. It will air later in 2017.
Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed 4 episodes.
MICHAEL NARRATED OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD – DVD NOW AVAILABLE
Michael was again the narrator for the second season of documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. Click here to buy the dvd.