When Mark directed Jon as Hamlet, the actor playing Claudius had to miss a few performances. Mark took over the role with no notice and was word-perfect.
Mark in one of his favorite roles,
Baptista in Taming of the Shrew
Jon visiting Mark in Santa Barbara
when he was studying for his Ph.D.
First Master: The Musical Dramas of Claudio Monteverdi,
and the Empty Urn: Metatheater and Role Playing in Sophocles and Shubert's Theater of Song are all available on amazon.com.
the Monteverdi book, Alan Rich of the LA Weekly wrote ". .
. an uncommonly well-told accounting of Monteverdis operatic
legacy . . . Trying to write about any kind of abstraction -- music,
the visual arts, another writers style should embody
the urge to send the reader back to the source; Ringers triumph
is that I sit here with my desk strewn with Monteverdi: LOrfeo
on a Virgin-Veritas CD with Ian Bostridge, The Return of
Ulysses and The Coronation of Poppea in the René Jacobs
discs on Harmonia Mundi, half-a-dozen DVDs. His book brings them
marvelously to life, and by doing so recreates a marvelous era in
the arts. Whether I know the music already or not, his kind of writing
communicates a deep and honorable appetite for the music under his
enthusiastic examination. . . . remarkably vivid, informed and,
I can well imagine, dedicated writing . . . [an] exceptionally