The following is the text work session taken from the full episode with Francis.
In this excerpt we discuss performing a speech from Jessica Dickey’s The Rembrandt, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2017 with Francis in the cast, alongside John Mahoney (known by many as the dad on Frasier), and who was also another longtime ensemble member. I was lucky enough to see this production at Steppenwolf and John passed away not long after The Rembrandt closed.
You’ll hear about the working relationship Francis and John had over the years, plus how Francis found his way through the text, and the deeper connections between art and the relationship his character has with John’s.
It’s a great session and a wonderful insight into how an actor works.