Esquire Jauchem

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Esquire Jauchem
Born (1947-10-20) October 20, 1947 (age 71)
OccupationProducer, Director, Writer, and Designer
Years active1970–present

Esquire Jauchem is a producer, director, writer, and designer working in theater, opera, ballet, film, and video. In 1971 he founded The Boston Repertory Theater. In 1975, he adapted and directed the world premiere of the stage version of Harry Nilsson's The Point! starring David Morse as the character Oblio. He has produced over 1,000 television programs, most recently the Supervising Producer of Clean House starring Niecy Nash and the Co-Executive Producer of Home Made Simple starring Paige Davis. Both of those shows received Emmy nominations.

Early life[edit]

Jauchem was born in Akron, Ohio, where his father was a machinist at Goodyear Tire and his mother was a beauty queen and housewife. His acting and directing career started in his grandmother's garage where he staged mini-theatrical events. His maternal grandparents were from Zics, Hungary, the paternal side from Biermansdorf, Switzerland. Jauchem attended Harvey S. Firestone High School and went to The Defiance College where he studied theology, made his first film, and became deeply involved in the theater department led by Professor William Curtis. In the summer of 1964 he was an actor with the Defiance College Players performing in Barnstable, Massachusetts. After graduating from college, he moved to Boston to attend Emerson College, but very shortly became involved in the Opera Company of Boston productions led by world-famous impresario Sarah Caldwell who offered him a full-time job.

Theatre[edit]

At the age of twenty-four Jauchem founded the Boston Repertory Theatre[1] that, over the next ten years, became the most successful local theater company in Boston, originating over 40 shows with such dramatic luminaries such as James Kirkwood Jr., Tommy Tune, Viveca Lindfors, Dick Shawn, and kickstarting the careers of newcomers like David Morse (an original founding member of the Company). The resident acting company performed several plays in true rotating repertory, often two different shows in the same day. The Boston Rep built the first new theatre in the Boston Theater District in thirty years at One Boylston Place and opened it for the national bi-centennial in 1976 with the world premiere of Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano.

Opera[edit]

Jauchem was also the Associate Director and Production Administrator of the Opera Company of Boston[2] with world-renowned conductor and director, Sarah Caldwell. He helped her stage many American premieres including The Trojans by Berlioz, Russlan and Ludmilla by Glinka, The Icebreak by Sir Michael Tippett, and the epic, War and Peace by Prokofiev (which featured the entire Boston Rep acting company in key, non-singing roles.) Opera luminaries with whom he worked include Beverly Sills,[3] Régine Crespin, Plácido Domingo, James McCracken, Donald Gramm, Victoria de los Ángeles, and Shirley Verrett among scores of others. Jauchem also became known for creating elaborate special effects Sarah Caldwell's productions and also often appeared onstage in the productions.

Moving to New York, he and Gregory Meeh founded Jauchem & Meeh Special Effects[4] which has, for several decades, been dazzling opera and theatre audiences with storms, explosions, magic, and illusions. His special effects with Gregory Meeh vividly destroyed Troy, Moscow, and the Temple of Solomon, then burned Beverly Sills at the stake.

Hollywood[edit]

Moving to Venice Beach, California, Jauchem became involved in electronic media where he has produced and/ or directed over one thousand episodes of television for NBC, CBC, Spike, UPN, E! Entertainment, Style, Logo, and The Oprah Winfrey Network. He was the Supervising Producer for the wildly successful comedy/makeover show, Clean House starring Niecy Nash. That show was number one for the network for several years and resulted in two Emmy nominations for Jauchem,[5] and generated a spin-off special "The Messiest House" achieving the highest ratings in the history of Style.

He continued his work in the theatre producing, directing and designing scenery, lighting and costumes including another production of The Point! and The Little Prince starring David Morse as The Aviator.[6]

Recent projects[edit]

In recent years he has written and directed multimedia stage tributes to Paula Vogel, Marsha Norman and David Henry Hwang for William Inge Theater Festival and was most recently the Supervising Producer of RuPaul’s Drag U on Logo TV and the Co-Executive Producer / Showrunner of Home Made Simple starring Paige Davis on the Oprah Winfrey Network that was nominated for an Emmy.

He is in currently pre-production on a short film based on award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang’s play, Bondage. He is developing an independent feature film Down by the River slated to star David Morse and Kimberly Elise, screenplay by Gerald Berns, based on a play by William Curtis. Jauchem is also developing a cabaret style musical based on the music of Stew and Heidi Rodewald and writing an adaptation of "The Mad Woman of Chaillot" set on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Occupations[edit]

Selected works[edit]

TV/Film[edit]

Title Venue Position Notes
Bondage by David Henry Hwang Los Angeles Screenplay / Director Currently in Pre-production
Down by the River Screenplay by Gerald Berns Los Angeles Director based on the play, Lester Sims Retires Today by William Curtis, currently in development
Home Made Simple[8] Oprah Winfrey Network Co-Executive Producer / Showrunner Starring Paige Davis, Emmy Nomination
RuPaul's Drag U[9] Logo Network Supervising Producer Starring RuPaul
Clean House [10] E! Entertainment, Style Network Supervising Producer Starring Niecy Nash, 65 Episodes
Messiest Home in the Country [11] E Entertainment, Style Network Supervising Producer nominated for an Emmy.
I Hate My Job [12] Spike Network Director hosted by Al Sharpton
Ocean Drive [13] USA Networks Executive Producer/Director Starring Hunter Reno
America's Most Wanted [14] Fox Segment Producer
Livin' Large [15] NBC Story Coordinator Syndicated Magazine Show
Vegas Life USA Networks Producer/Director
Anatomy of Crime [16] Court TV Sr. Producer 26 – One-Hour Specials
Strange Universe [17] United Television – Rysher Entertainment Coordinating Producer Five 1/2 hour pilot segments
Movie Magic [18] Discovery Channel Writer/Director
TrialWatch NBC Pilot and Series Producer 130 Episodes
Divorce Court [19] CBS & Syndicated Supervising Producer 390 Episodes
Divorce Court [20] CBS & Syndicated Producer 260 Episodes
The Krypton Factor [21] NBC Line Producer 34 episodes

Theater[edit]

Title Venue Position Notes
Theatre's Golden Warrior William Inge Theatre Festival Writer/Director Tribute to David Henry Hwang
Traveler in the Light [22] William Inge Theatre Festival Writer/Director Tribute to Marsha Norman
A Hot Waltz with Paula [23] William Inge Theatre Festival Writer/Director Tribute to Paula Vogel
Rondelet: Scenes of Seduction Boston Repertory Theatre Director based on Reigen by Schnitzler
October 20 at Night Boston Repertory Theatre Producer American Premiere Israeli play be Yeshua Sobol
My Mother, My Son Boston Repertory Theatre Producer with Viveca Lindfors and Chris Tabori
The Point! by Harry Nilsson[24] Boston Repertory Theatre; Trinity Square Repertory Theatre, Providence;Chapel Court Theater, Hollywood Stage Adaptation / Director World Premiere Musical/LA Premiere; Nominated as Musical of the Year
The Reason We Eat by Israel Horowitz Boston Repertory Theatre Producer Boston Premiere
Nightclub Cantana by Elizabeth Swados Boston Repertory Theatre; Charles Playhouse Producer with original NY cast
P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood [25] Boston Repertory Theatre; Charles Playhouse Producer
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut[26] Boston Repertory Theatre Producer World Premiere
Ichabod Boston Repertory Theatre Producer Original Musical Starring Tommy Tune
I Am a Woman[27] Boston Repertory Theatre; Charles Playhouse Producer Starring Viveca Lindfors
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail[28] Boston Repertory Theatre Director Starring David Morse
The Little Prince[29] Boston Repertory Theatre; Charles Playhouse; Los Angeles; Berkeley; & San Francisco Producer/Director Starring David Morse
When You Comin' Back Red Ryder[30] Boston Repertory Theatre Producer Boston Premiere in Harvard Square
Home Free by Landford Wilson[31] Boston Repertory Theatre Director Boston Premiere
The Second Greatest Entertainer [32] Boston Repertory Theatre Producer Starring Dick Shawn
"Grandma's in the Cellar"[33] Boston Repertory Theatre Writer/Director World Premiere
The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber[34] Boston Repertory Theatre Producer World Premiere
A Hatful of Rain by Michael V. Gazzo[35] Boston Repertory Theatre Director
Luv by Murray Schisgal [36] Boston Repertory Theatre Producer
The Romantics by Edmond Rostand[37] Boston Repertory Theatre, Hyannis & Boston Director
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov Boston Repertory Theatre Producer
The Knights of the Round Table by Jean Cocteau Boston Repertory Theatre Director
Animal Farm by George Orwell[38] Boston Repertory Theatre Producer Boston Premiere
The Beautiful People by William Saroyan Boston Repertory Theatre, Hyannis Director
The Knights of the Round Table Boston Repertory Theatre, Hyannis Director
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas[39] Boston Repertory Theatre Producer
Lenya: Life to Legend LA County Museum of Art Producer Production and Lighting Design
Trials of Peter the Hebrew (Opera ) LA County Museum of Art Producer Production and Lighting Design
Assassins by Sondheim/Weidman The Los Angeles Repertory Company General Manager at LATC
The Hostage by Brendan Behan The Los Angeles Repertory Company Producer Lighting Design
The Messiah by Martin Sherman The Los Angeles Repertory Company Producer Scenic & Lighting Design
Methuselah by George Bernard Shaw The Los Angeles Repertory Company Scenic & Lighting Design

Opera[edit]

Title Venue Position Notes
The Daughter of the Regiment [40] Opera Company of Boston Assistant Director Starring Beverly Sills
The Good Soldier Schweik [41] Opera Company of Boston Assistant Director American Premiere
La Bohème [42] Opera Company of Boston Associate Director starring Ilona Tokady
Mass by Leonard Bernstein Opera Company of Boston Associate Director Boston Premiere
Les Troyens [43] Opera Company of Boston Associate Director American Premiere starring Regine Crespin
The Flying Dutchman [44] Opera Company of Boston, Wolf Trap Farm Park Associate Director starring Simon Estes
Aida Opera Company of Boston Associate Director Starring Shirley Verrett and James McCracken
War and Peace[45] Opera Company of Boston, Wolf Trap Farm Park Associate Director American Premiere starring Donald Gramm
The Vamprye Opera Company of Boston Associate Director Starring Brent Ellis
The Good Soldier Schweik Opera Company of Boston Associate Director American Premiere
Die Fledermaus Opera Company of Boston Associate Director Beverly Sills, Donald Gramm, Victor Borge
Hansel and Gretel Opera Company of Boston Associate Director Starring Rosiland Elias
Madame Butterfly Opera Company of Boston, Wolf Trap Farm Park Associate Director Designed by Ming Cho Lee
The Icebreak by Sir Michael Tippett, Opera Company of Boston Associate Director American Premiere
The Barber of Seville Opera Company of Boston Associate Director Starring Beverly Sills and Alan Titus
La Vide Breve Opera Company of Boston Associate Director StarrinbgVictoria De Los Angeles
Tosca Opera Company of Boston Associate Director Starring Magda Olivera
The Impresario Opera New England Staging Director
La Traviata Opera Company of Boston, Opera New England Director & Designer
Falstaff Opera Company of Boston, NYC Opera, Los Angeles Tour Associate Director Starring Donald Gramm
Don Pasquale Opera Company of Boston, Houston Grand Opera Associate Director Starring Beverly Sills and Donald Gramm
The Marriage of Figaro Wolf Trap Farm Park Associated Director Directed by Donald Gramm

Festivals/Casino/Tours[edit]

Title Venue Position Notes
"Burning Man Festival" Black Rock City Producer/Designer Center Camp Bubble Lounge 6 years
"Carnevale!" [46] Venice Beach Producer Street Festival for 8 years
American-Soviet Festival [47] Boston, Massachusetts Producing Director 300 Soviet and 400 American artists
The Big Apple Circus NYC and on tour Managing Director
Harmonia Mundi Irvine, California Production & Lighting Design With the Dalai Lama on the night that he won the Nobel Peace Prize
California Dream Men Tour of Germany Production Stage Manager Directed by Walter Painter
Ballet Trocadero de Monte Carlo Tours of Russia and Japan Lighting Design
Flash! A Magical, Mystical Adventure [48] Gold River Casino Director, Designer: Scenery, Costumes, Lighting Magic and Dance Show

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston Repertory Theatre". Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Opera Company of Boston". Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Snyder, Louis. " 'All hail the conquering Beverly Sills' ", February 25, 1970
  4. ^ "Jauchem & Meeh, Inc". Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ {{cite web|url=http://cdn.emmyonline.org/day_36th_nominations.pdf%7Ctitle=Daytime 36th Emmy Nominations|accessdate=February 27, 2014}}
  6. ^ "Nilsson Able to Make His `Point' Again" – Los Angeles Times
  7. ^ "SEEING IS BELIEVING WITH JAUCHEM'S SPECIAL EFFECTS" – Boston Globe
  8. ^ http://www.paigedavis.com/home-made-simple.html
  9. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1584942/
  10. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381740/
  11. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2009808/
  12. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412144/
  13. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=443014&more=ucepisodelist&episodeid=1075694
  14. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094415/
  15. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395879/
  16. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364781/
  17. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117755/
  18. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108865/
  19. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0282291/
  20. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0282291/
  21. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235127/
  22. ^ Independence Daily. " 'Traveler in the Light' ", Independence, Kansas. April 17, 2011
  23. ^ Armbruster, Doug. " 'Vogel's diversity on display at tribute' ", Independence, Kansas. 25, Apr 2010
  24. ^ New England Newsclip. "Repertory Theater to Present Nilsson's 'The Point' ", The Point!, Boston, Mass., 21, Jan 1975.
  25. ^ Cronin, Beverly. P.S. Your Cat is Dead, ITEM News Staff
  26. ^ SO Shore News. "Rep Theatre needs piano", Rockland, Mass., 02, June 1976.
  27. ^ New England Newsclip. "Bits and Pieces", I Am a Woman, Springfield, Mass., 06, Feb 1976.
  28. ^ Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle. "David Morse has lead in Boston Rep opening", Hamilton, Mass., 01, May 1974.
  29. ^ Levitan, Alan. "LUV, By Murray Schisgal", Luv, Boston, Mass., 16, Apr 1974.
  30. ^ Eckert Jr., Thor. Boston Rep's season opener is 'dramatic step forward' , When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?, Boston, Mass., 08, Oct 1975.
  31. ^ Levitan, Alan. "LUV, By Murray Schisgal", Luv, Boston, Mass., 16, Apr 1974.
  32. '^ Kelly, Kevin. 2nd Greatest Entertainer' is great, The Second Greatest Entertainer, Globe Staff, December 9, 1976
  33. ^ Brager, Alison. "Independent Theatre", A Hatful of Rain', 'Grandma's in the Cellar', 'Thirteen Clocks', The Little Prince.
  34. ^ Brager, Alison. "Independent Theatre", A Hatful of Rain', 'Grandma's in the Cellar', 'Thirteen Clocks', The Little Prince.
  35. ^ Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle. "David Morse has lead in Boston Rep opening", Hamilton, Mass., 01, May 1974.
  36. ^ Levitan, Alan. "LUV, By Murray Schisgal", Luv, Boston, Mass., 16, Apr 1974.
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  38. ^ Levitan, Alan. "LUV, By Murray Schisgal", Luv, Boston, Mass., 16, Apr 1974.
  39. ^ Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle. "David Morse has lead in Boston Rep opening", Hamilton, Mass., 01, May 1974.
  40. ^ " 'Homeless in Boston' ", New York, NY.
  41. ^ Rosenthal, Harold. " 'Opera' ", Boston, MA., July 1970
  42. ^ " 'Homeless in Boston' ", New York, NY.
  43. ^ Schonberg, Harold C. " 'Opera: Boston Production of 'Trojans' Completed' ", Boston, Mass., 06, Feb 1972.
  44. ^ Steinberg, Michael. " 'The Flying Dutchman' ", January 30, 1970
  45. ^ Allston-Brighton Citizen. " 'Rep Co. hired for 'War and Peace' ", Boston, Mass., 02, May 1974.
  46. ^ Hanatani, Melody. " 'Venice goes glitzy' ", Venice, CA.
  47. ^ Temin, Christine. " 'It's a dashing array of artists, productions' ", Boston, Mass., 14, Feb 1988.
  48. ^ The Laughlin Nevada Times. " 'Gold River's 'Flash' mixes magic and dance' ", Laughlin, NV, August 6, 1997.

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