The Seattle Theater Writers critics' circle just announced the nomination slate of the fourth annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (2014), and Elijah was nominated for "Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor", along with co-star Connor Toms, for their roles in The Invisible Hand last fall. The cast of four was nonimated for an "Excellence in Performance as an Ensemble", and the play itself was also nonimated for "Excellence in Production", as well as director Allen Nause for "Excellence in Direction".
Elijah will be playing the role of 'Gentleman' in the World Premiere of Fingersmith at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which opens March 1st, 2015 and runs through July 9th, 2015. Adapted by Alexa Junge, based on the 2002 novel by Sarah Waters. Directed by Bill Rauch, who won a Tony for the Broadway production of All the Way, starring Brian Cranston.
About the play:
A wild ride of a Victorian crime thriller
At first, the job seems simple: All pickpocket Sue Trinder has to do is help a con man cheat a gullible young heiress out of her fortune. But nothing is quite what it seems in this gritty mystery set in 19th-century England. As the twisting story sends Sue spiraling through squalid London streets, madhouses and a stifling mansion with a ghastly secret, it leads her to the most dangerous landscape of all: awakening sexuality, love and betrayal.
Elijah's commercial for Princes Cruises is now airing nationally .. watch for it!
BroadwayWorld Seattle has announced their CRITIC'S PICK AWARDS (by critic Jay Irwin). Not only was "The Invisible Hand" named BEST PLAY OF 2014, and ACT awarded THEATRE OF THE YEAR, but Elijah was also named BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY for his performance as 'Bashir', in a tie with Jack Willis ("All The Way/The Great Society" at Seattle Repertory Theatre). Kudos all around!
Elijah has been nominated for BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY for the BroadwayWorld Seattle viewer's choice awards, for his role as 'Bashir' in Ayad Ahktar's The Invisible Hand.
You can vote for him here! (Voting closes on December 31st, 2014)
"Elijah Alexander … is electric."
"… this is The Play of the Year. It has high theatricality, great acting, solid technical support and a terrifically smart script. It's a memorable event and topical, contemporary, and politically charged. "
Review of Ayad Ahktar's "The Invisible Hand" by Miryam Gordon.
"I can guarantee that you will not find a more powerful, relevant or moving drama in any Seattle theater."
"All of these characters are rich and thoroughly genuine. There is not a false moment in the entire play and never an obvious or simple word uttered by any of them. Their interactions feel spontaneous and thoroughly believable, their hopes and fears thoroughly rooted in the reality of their lives."
"Elijah Alexander is … compelling and powerful as Bashir. Balancing brutality with a sense of civilized hope, his enormous stage presence becomes all of the power that shackles Nick in this forgotten place. What I liked best about Bashir was the sense that he would do anything, anything to advance his cause, but that it must already have been justified in his own mind and to his own morality. Entrance to that dark and forbidding place is as captivating and dangerous as the cell where Nick is held."
Review of Ayad Ahktar's "The Invisible Hand" by Jerry Kraft for SeattleActor.com.
"As usual, ACT offers the highest quality acting, stage design, lighting, sound, and special effects, but the gem in that setting that sparkled most brightly for me was the performance by Elijah Alexander, as Bashir …"
"Alexander's natural and spellbinding acting brings Bashir to life as someone we will not forget."
Read the full review by Candace Brown at Good Life Northwest
"One of the most potent, provoking and timely theatre productions I’ve ever seen."
"Elijah Alexander deserves lots of credit for this performance."
Read Chris Burlingame's review of "The Invisible Hand" for the SunBreak
"The four-person cast is terrific starting with Elijah Alexander as Bashir. This Yale Drama School graduate offers a performance of astonishing range and subtlety. When we first meet Bashir, he is an angry brute, uneducated and seemingly incapable of any empathy. By the play’s end, he has become a sophisticated manipulator and financial genius. Alexander is so skillful that this evolution seems completely natural; he helps us to understand the root cause of Bashir’s fury without making him an overly sympathetic character. At play’s end, when Bashir has evolved into a different kind of monster we are horrified by the scale of the damage he can do."
Read the full review here.
Excerpts from Broadway World's review of "The Invisible Hand", by Jay Irwin:
"There are moments, Dear Reader, when you can encounter a work that can completely revitalize your love of good theater. Such was a moment for me the other night when I was lucky enough to catch ACT's production of 'The Invisible Hand'
Elijah Alexander turns in a performance that I could not keep my eyes off. He completely owns the stage when he's on and manages to deliver a truly layered and complex portrait of a man stuck in between his religion, his duty, his drive and his friendship.
And each and every one of the ensemble are so tight and together that they almost feel like one performer as the power dynamic shifts around the stage with grace."
The Huffington Post also reviewed the play from a political perspective:
"a behind-the-scenes look at what might really be happening in the Mid-East, and I have no doubt that it will leave audiences thinking and rethinking their beliefs."
Excerpts from Seattle Times review of Ayad Akhtar's 'The Invisible Hand', reviewed by theatre critic Misha Berson.
"… Alexander is outstanding as Bashir, a jumpy, mercurial British-born Muslim caught between two cultures and philosophies. He clearly articulates the conditions that might turn a disaffected man into a fundamentalist revolutionary."
"Three men. One room. A stack of virtual money. Amazing how they can add up to a gripping tale that is so much more than the sum of its parts."
"There’s suspense aplenty in Nick’s race against time. Indeed, 'The Invisible Hand' jolts along like a well-made caper flick, its short, punchy dangling scenes tightly paced by director Allen Nause and a first-rate cast."
"… the taut plot is also a great setup for a fierce psychological match, and a useful colloquy on the American dollar as a force for good and evil."
Read the full review here.
Show runs through September 28th at the ACT Theatre in Seattle, WA. Tickets on sale here.
Elijah will be playing the role of "Bashir" in the west coast premiere of "The Invisible Hand" at the ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, this play takes on terrorism, drone strikes, financial markets, and American foreign policy in a hostage drama set in modern day Pakistan. Show opens on September 10th and runs through September 28th. Tickets on sale here.
"At the heart and soul of this production is the dynamic duo bringing the Macbeths to gutsy, heartrending life … Elijah Alexander and Jules Willcox deliver powerhouse performances … in what may well be the finest performances of their careers to date … Alexander’s transformation from upright to unscrupulous is gradual and seamless and stunning … two very good reasons to catch one of Macbeth’s remaining performances on the ANW stage. They above all make this Scottish Play worth a look-see."
--- Steven Stanley, www.stagescenela.com
MACBETH at A Noise Within (Pasadena California)
Mar 8 - May 11, 2014