- Town: Ridgewood, NJ
- Singing part: Tenor 1
- How did you hear about Orpheus?
I saw the group sing at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood [where Orpheus rehearses].
- How long have you been singing/performing with Orpheus and how long in general?
I joined Orpheus in September 2022. I have been singing all my life, including high school choirs and musicals and throughout my 47 years as a professional actor. I most recently was a member of the choir at Immaculate Conception Church in New York City for over two years. I have also directed many theater productions but never served as a musical director.
- What have you learned or experienced with Orpheus
Orpheus is a fun group to sing with.
- Can you share a favorite choral composition?
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
- How does music help you through tough times?
Singing has always improved my outlook of life in general.
- What are your non-musical hobbies?
I am a filmmaker, hiker, and collector of U.S. postage stamps.
Frank Farrell (actor, director, playwright, and producer) has recently directed three short films: Walt Kelly’s Songs of the Pogo, The Leaves Were Falling, and Salvador.
He was an actor in Chicago for 40 years, receiving three Joseph Jefferson acting nominations. While in Chicago he directed and produced plays for Free Shakespeare Theatre Company, Temporary Theatre, Shakespeare’s Herd, Steppenwolf Theater, Raven Theatre, Equity Library Theater, the North Lakeside Players, and Theatre-Hikes.
For Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest, Illinois, he directed outdoor productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Spoon River Anthology, Romeo and Juliet, and Scapin. Frank formed six theater companies along the way including Theatre-Hikes in Chicago and, in Grand Haven, Michigan, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company.
He recently returned to NYC, where he was born. In NYC he wrote, directed, and produced Forgotten Soldiers From Our Forgotten War for the First Flight Theatre Company (FFTC), the seventh theater group he has formed. For FFTC he also coordinated several stage readings of Maxwell Anderson’s plays in New York City and Chicago and directed and produced their most recent production of Maxwell Anderson’s play Valley Forge.
Since 2015 he has published seven books, including Forgotten Soldiers From Our Forgotten War, all available at Amazon.com.
Published in October 2022
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