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Mark Ringer

Jon with his close buddy Mark Ringer and his wife Barbara Bosch in Cental Park waiting to see a production of Tartuffe. Only moments after the photo on the left was taken, the sky opened up and it poured rain. Fortunately, the rain stopped at curtain time just long enough for the production to take place. It started pouring again just as the curtain call started.

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.

Mark's books Opera's First Master: The Musical Dramas of Claudio Monteverdi, Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheater and Role Playing in Sophocles and Shubert's Theater of Song are all available on amazon.com.

Of the Monteverdi book, Alan Rich of the LA Weekly wrote ". . . an uncommonly well-told accounting of Monteverdi’s operatic legacy . . . Trying to write about any kind of abstraction -- music, the visual arts, another writer’s style – should embody the urge to send the reader back to the source; Ringer’s triumph is that I sit here with my desk strewn with Monteverdi: L’Orfeo 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 valuable book."

Jon with Mark's dog Milton.

Mark with Jon's dog Winston.

Mark showing off a photo in his office of the
production of Hamlet that he directed Jon in.

Jon with a seemingly confused Mark at Carnegie Hall.

The cast of Mark's production of Ben Jonson's The Alchemist
in which Jon played Abel Drugger

A youthful Mark as Bottom and Jon as Flute in
A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Nevada Shakespeare Festival