Starring Anne Heche and Jared Harris, the hilarious Henceforward... is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s most unusual works. In the near-future, a composer with creative block tries to reunite with his estranged wife and daughter, hoping their reconciliation will free his mind to create his greatest musical masterpiece. But his own erratic impulses hinder his journey to creative freedom.
Includes an interview with playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn.
Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in August 2010.
Lead funding for this production is provided by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
Director: Martin Jarvis
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
Jack Davenport as Mervyn
Jared Harris as Jerome
Anne Heche as Corrina/Nan (Act I)
Paula Jane Newman as Geain
Moira Quirk as Zoe/Nan (Act II)
Darren Richardson as Lupus
Associate Producers: Jennifer Brooks and Christina Montaño
Recording Engineer/Sound Designer/Editor: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood
Music Supervisor: Scott Willis
Original music composed by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez
Rarely does a stage play combine science fiction, social dystopia, and laugh-out-loud comedy so seamlessly (or ever, really). The versatile Jared Harris (who has played Henry VIII and John Lennon in his career) plays Jerome, a reclusive electronic music composer who lives in a dicey section of town in a future "sometime quite soon" and has inherited, Nan, an android, from a neighbor. Anne Heche, sounding so perfectly put upon as Jerome's demanding former wife, and Moira Quirk, as the undemanding new mistress, have a wonderful time in dual roles taking turns providing the mechanical voice of the robot. Clever use of music "sampling" techniques turn Heche and Quirk's voices into futuristic songs. Marvelously inventive and entertaining.