Recorded interview originally airing live on the Tribeca Film Festival's live Periscope feed October 2nd 2015. A Tribeca Film Festival Alumni with the film "Trust Me, I'm a Lifeguard", Bree Michael Warner is back to the festival officers to promote her latest projects and what lies ahead on the horizon.
Collaborating with close friends on finding your sense of purpose in your professional and personal lives is an endearing lesson that not only applies to the lead characters in the new short comedy, ‘Trust Me, I’m a Lifeguard,’ but also the actors and filmmakers of the project. Actress Bree Michael Warner, who was already friends with the short’s writers, Christian Keiber and Tyler Hollinger, who also star as the title lifeguards in the film, before they began filming, learned valuable lessons as a first-time producer on the comedy. As the scribes’ characters worked together to figure out their true calling after the summer ends, Warner also relished in working withRichText.
Bree Michael Warner Discusses Her Career, Role in 'Officer Down' And More!
by: Jason Price
Bree Michael Warner is more than just a pretty face. In fact, she is one of the most dynamic actors on the scene and continues to grow at her chosen craft. With her chameleon-like ability to adapt to any role, she has quickly established herself as an actress to watch in the coming years. Her latest project, ‘Officer Down,’ teams her with director Brian Miller and an ensemble cast featuring Stephen Dorff, James Woods, Stephen Lange, Walton Goggins, David Boreanaz and Soulja Boy – who makes his feature film debut. ‘Officer Down’ is a gritty crime drama that centers around a cleaned up cop who’s crooked past comes back to haunt him. In the film, Warner plays the part of ‘Brogan’, who is Dorff’s right hand forensics partner. Together the duo ultimately discover the proverbial ‘smoking gun’. ‘Officer Down’ is set to have an exclusive theatrical engagement on January 18, 2013, with a Blu-ray and DVD release to follow on January 22. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this inspiring artist to discuss how she became involved in the entertainment industry, the making of ‘Officer Down, her ongoing evolution as an actor and what the future holds for her in the months to come!
Interview: Bree Michael Warner Discusses Officer Down
by: Karen Bernadello
While people may initially be surprised by the helpfulness of strangers, who seemingly commit random acts of kindness that save their lives, they may be motivated by an ulterior motive and need for their own help that they will later come back to collect on. That's seemingly the case in the upcoming independent crime drama 'Officer Down,' in which a former bad cop will continuously have to pay for his past wrongdoings to a stranger driven by his own need for revenge. While the officer now wants to do what's right, he has to question if his desire to change was built on a lie.
'Officer Down' is set to have an exclusive theatrical engagement on January 18, 2013, with a Blu-ray and DVD release to follow on January 22. Directed by Brian A. Miller and written by John Chase, the drama stars Stephen Dorff, Bree Michael Warner, James Woods, Stephen Lang, Dominic Purcell, AnnaLynne McCord, Walton Goggins, David Boreanaz and rap star Soulja Boy in his feature film acting debut.
It may be the dog days of summer, but Artistic Director Victor Lirio of the Diverse City Theater Company is taking Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms out of mothballs and resuscitating this political gem at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row from August 9th through the 25th. Commissioned and produced at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1988, this work about an American hostage in Beirut was celebrated as the “Best Play of the Year” by Time Magazine. Blessing is best known for his Pulitzer Prize and Tony-nominated play A Walk in the Woods, which played to much critical-acclaim on the West End and on Broadway. Alirio is hoping that his revival of the playwright’s lesser-known work will spark a fresh dialogue on the current tensions between the West and Arab world.
Peeling the Political Onion: Lead Actress Talks About Diverse City Theatre Company's Revival of "Two Rooms"
April 22, 2013
"In 1988, when Lee Blessing wrote “Two Rooms,” the media was giving a great deal of attention to westerners kidnapped in Lebanon, but we in the United States had not yet felt the full devastating impact of terrorism. Fourteen years later and more than a decade after 9/11, “Two Rooms” is not only relevant, it is almost prophetic.
However, this production really belongs to Warner, whose anguish is so palpable it hurts to watch her. In her very real discussions and arguments with Walker and Van Oss, or imagined conversations with Michael, she displays all the contradictory emotions of a woman who knows whatever she does may lead to disaster. A native of Cleveland with bicoastal credits, Warner will hopefully spend more time in New York City in the future."
Performance Review | Diverse City Theatre's Nervy Rivival of Lee Blessing's "Two Rooms" Gives Voice to the Voiceless
"Diverse City Theater’s nervy production argues that Two Rooms has not lost an inch of topical relevance (even though Blessing himself notes in an interview in the company’s website that “perhaps today’s audiences won’t be quite so stunned by governmental indifference to the plight of American citizens in this sort of situation”). The play has not lost its eloquence. It is a muted cry of rage. Undiminished are its import and lyrical effectiveness. It dramatizes a couple’s harrowing isolation (not just in a foreign country but in one’s homeland)."
"This emotional pivoting allows Blessing’s considerable gifts for metaphorical dialogue to come to the fore — and it paves the way for Bree Michael Warner to stand out as an actor. As Lainie, she brings an honesty and sincerity to the part of the tender and loving wife living in her imagination and as the guarded woman living in the real world on the edge of collapse. "
Review Roudup: Diverse City Theatre Company's "Two Rooms"
"Two Rooms” is about Michael (played with understated sensitivity by Curran Connor), an American professor who is held hostage in Lebanon for several years; and Lainie (played with persuasive mixed emotions amid adversity by Bree Michael Warner), the professor’s wife who returns to the U.S. to hold a vigil for her husband in their home near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
In essence, the play, directed by Jamie Richards, tackles the U.S. government’s complacency toward terrorism abroad; the prying eyes of the media; and the bond of love and trust between husband and wife.