|Topthorn (left) and Joey, the main horse character.|
Both photos by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater.
I’ve been freelancing for Young Rider magazine for more than ten years and it’s one of my favorites. So back in March when my YR editor,
Later that day I returned to
to interview three of the actors who make up one of the horse teams in the play. I chatted with actor Joel Reuben Ganz (he serves as Topthorn’s “heart” and front legs from inside the puppet’s aluminum frame), Jonathan Christopher MacMillan (he controls the horses head), and Tom Lee (also inside the puppet, he moves Topthorn’s back legs with two hand-controlled grips). They talked about the art of making an inanimate object breathe, and the physical challenges – and the thrills – of bringing an aluminum puppet to life. Inspired, I spent the rest of that Friday writing. You can check out the stories in the September/October 2011 issue of Young Rider and the August 2011 issue of Horse Illustrated. Lincoln Center
Also, check out this public service announcement about how producers of the play are supporting the
military. Net proceeds from ticket sales for the Friday, November 11 Veteran’s Day performance will be donated to the USO for programs specifically designed to support the 3,000 troops and families of the New York National Guard who are being deployed through the end of the year to Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information the play, check out http://www.warhorseonbroadway.com/. U.S.