Patrick Page

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Patrick Page
Patrick Page DF-SD-04-13011.jpg
Patrick Page in 2002
Born
John Patrick Page

(1962-04-27) April 27, 1962 (age 58)
OccupationActor, playwright
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2001)

Patrick Page (born April 27, 1962) is an American actor, low bass singer, and playwright. He has originated the roles of Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical and Hades in Hadestown. He also played Menenius in Red Bull Theater's Coriolanus.[1]

Early life[edit]

John Patrick Page was born in Spokane, Washington, and raised primarily in Monmouth, Oregon. His father, Robert Page, was a theatre educator at Western Oregon University (then named Oregon College of Education). Page's early love of Shakespeare took hold when Robert, his father, was an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, in 1964-65. His mother, Geri, was an administrator at Oregon State University. Patrick has two brothers, Robert and Michael, and one sister, Gayle.[citation needed]

In his teens, he developed an interest in magic and illusion. In 1978 he won the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Stage Competition and in 1979 he was chosen by the International Brotherhood of Magicians as the Outstanding Teenage Magician in the stage-magic category.

Education[edit]

Page attended Central High School in Independence, Oregon, graduating in 1980. During high school, Page was active not only in theater, but also in speech and debate tournaments and became the first person to win the national championship title twice, as the National Forensics League's Speaker of the Year in both 1979 and 1980. Next, he attended The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. He then graduated cum laude from Whitman College in 1985 and was chosen as the valedictory speaker for his class. During his time at Whitman, Page was twice chosen as the Outstanding Competitive Speaker in the Nation by the American Forensics Association, leading the Whitman team to an overall second-place finish at Nationals.

Career[edit]

Page's early career was spent primarily in Utah and Oregon. Page spent six seasons with the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, becoming a Resident Artist and the Director of Development, during which time he helped oversee the creation of the new Randall L. Jones Theatre. During the off-season he frequently performed with the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City. Subsequently, he spent several seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, before branching out to other regional theatres and eventually moving to New York.

Page's Broadway credits include originating the role of The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,[2] Scar in The Lion King, Lumière in Disney's Beauty and the Beast in the U.S. National Tour, Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar (opposite Denzel Washington), and multiple roles in The Kentucky Cycle. His performance as King Henry VIII (opposite Frank Langella) in the Broadway revival of A Man for All Seasons[3] in 2008 was nominated for the Outer Critics Award and chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the outstanding theatre performances of that year.

Off-Broadway, he has been seen in Richard II, Rex, and The Duchess of Malfi. Page is also widely recognized as one of America's leading classical actors. He is an Affiliate Artist of The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC and an Artist in Residence at The Old Globe in San Diego. As a member of The Shakespeare Theatre Company he received the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (Will Award) along with other company members in 2007. Past recipients include Ian McKellen, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins, and Kevin Kline. In 2006 Page was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Leading Performance by an Actor for his portrayal of Iago in Michael Kahn's production of Othello at The Shakespeare Theatre. Washington Post critic Peter Marks cited Page's Iago as one of five outstanding American performances of Shakespeare in his lifetime, along with Stacy Keach, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Kline, and Michael Hayden. Page's other performances at STC include the title role in Macbeth (opposite Kelly McGillis) and Claudius in Hamlet.

At the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego Page's performance in the title role of Cyrano De Bergerac won the Craig Noel, San Diego Critics, and Patte Awards for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play. He has also been seen at the Globe as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Pogo Poole in The Pleasure of His Company and Geoffrey Cordova in Dancing in the Dark (aka The Bandwagon) for which he also received the Craig Noel Award. Page has performed at many of America's leading regional theatres. His classical performances include Cyrano, Sergius, Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III, Oberon, Henry V, Talbot, Pinch, Armado, Mercutio, Brutus, Antony, Dr. Caius, Autolycus, Pandarus, Brazen, Hortensio, Malvolio, Horatio, Claudius, Iago, Jaques, Macbeth, and Benedick. Page is also a playwright. In 2004 his play Swansong debuted at the Lucille Lortel White Barn Theatre in Norwalk, Connecticut and was named one of the top ten plays of the year by the American Theatre Critics Association. It later played at the Kennedy Center,[4] The Seattle Shakespeare Company,[5] and Off-Broadway on Theatre Row.[6]

Page is also the author of the one-man shows Passion's Slaves and Love Will, and the co-author (with Doug Christensen and Larry Baker) of Nothing Like the Sun. He is also the author of a popular stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Page is also an acting teacher who has worked at NYU's Tisch Graduate School of the Arts, The Old Globe's MFA program, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival's MFA program, Southern Utah University and many others. He now teaches privately in New York City. He has directed Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and many more.

Page created the dual role of Norman Osborn and his alter ego the Green Goblin in Julie Taymor's Broadway rock musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which played at the Foxwoods Theatre until January 2014. Premiered in June 2011, it features music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge. Page's performance received positive reviews, and was quoted as being one of the main reasons to see the show.[7][8] For this performance, he received a nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.[9] Page left the show on August 5, 2012, to star in the new Broadway production of Cyrano De Bergerac which ran for a limited engagement from September to November 2012. His role in Spider-Man was taken over by Robert Cuccioli.

Page played the title role in Shakespeare Theatre Company's Coriolanus from March to June 2013.

Page appeared in the Broadway production of John Grisham's A Time to Kill. The production started on September 28, 2013 and officially opened on October 20, 2013.[10] He appeared in the new play Casa Valentina, which opened on Broadway in April 2014.[11] He originated the role of Frollo in the U.S. premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame,[12] made his Shakespeare in the Park debut in Cymbeline, and in fall 2015 played Adult Men in the Spring Awakening revival, produced by Deaf West and directed by his Hunchback co-star, Michael Arden.

Page played Hades in productions of Hadestown at the New York Theatre Workshop, at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton,[13] and at London's Royal National Theatre.[14] He reprised the role on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre beginning in March 2019,[15] receiving a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to actress Liisa Ivary from 1989-91. In 2001, he married actress and TV personality Paige Davis (TLC's Trading Spaces, Broadway's Chicago and Boeing-Boeing). The Pages said in 2009: "We've been a couple for 14 years and married for eight of them..."[17][18]

He has long been an advocate for better mental health awareness, and has spoken publicly about his long fight with debilitating depression, which he now manages with medication. "It took a long time to get my medications right. I have variously been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder—you name it. It takes constant vigilance to keep up with my sneaky serotonin levels. And—full disclosure—there were years of dangerous substance abuse as I attempted to self-medicate my symptoms."[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Page has received a variety of awards and accolades throughout his career, including a Grammy Award, the Helen Hayes Award, The Princess Grace Award, The Emery Battis Award, The Utah Governors Medal for the Arts, The Whitman College Young Alumni Award, The Craig Noel Award and The Joseph Jefferson Award.

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play A Man for All Seasons Nominated
2012 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
2014 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award Outstanding Featured Male Performance in a Musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame Won
2017 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Hadestown Nominated
2019 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
2020 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Won

Filmography[edit]

Movies

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Substance of Fire Mr. McCormack jr
2014 Affluenza Jack Goodman
2015 I Am Michael Bible Teacher
2015 A Warrior's Tail Elza (voice) English dub

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Animated Book of Mormon King Lamoni (voice) Episode: "Ammon, Missionary to the Lamanites"
1991 Animated Hero Classics Bosco Episode: "Christopher Columbus"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jack Rexton Episode: "Harm"
2011 Late Night with David Letterman Green Goblin (uncredited) Episode: "Bono & The Edge/Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"
2012 The Good Wife Horton Baker Episode: "After the Fall"
2015 Flesh and Bone Sergei Zelenkov TV miniseries
2015 Elementary Jonathan Bloom 2 episodes
2016 The Blacklist Rene Le Bron Episode: "The Thrushes (No. 53)"
2017 Chicago P.D. Calvin Huntley Episode: "Little Bit of Light"
2017 Madam Secretary Reverend Slattery 3 episodes
2018 NCIS: New Orleans General Stanley Parker Episode: "Welcome to the Jungle"
2020 Evil Father Luke Episode: "Book 27"
2020 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alistair Woodford Episode: "Dance, Lies and Videotape"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shakespeare's Coriolanus". Red Bull Theater. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew (2007-08-27). "Page Will Be Green Again for Broadway's Grinch". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  3. ^ "A Man for All Seasons". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  4. ^ http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/06-07/prelude/prelude_pagestage.html
  5. ^ "The rivalry's the thing in 'Swansong,' a play about Shakespeare and Jonson". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2008-01-03.
  6. ^ Summer Play Festival
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (August 10, 2010). "Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, Patrick Page to Star in Spider-Man; Performances Begin in November". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam (January 13, 2011). "Troubled Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Delays Broadway Opening Again". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Drama Desk Nominations Announced; 'Death Takes a Holiday' and 'Follies' Lead the Pack" Archived 2012-04-30 at the Wayback Machine, Playbill, April 27, 2012
  10. ^ "Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins and More Will Join Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Dalton Thompson in Broadway's 'A Time to Kill'" Archived 2013-09-05 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, Retrieved September 17, 2013
  11. ^ Purcell, Carey. "Harvey Fierstein's 'Casa Valentina', Starring Patrick Page, Mare Winningham and Gabriel Ebert, Begins Broadway Performances April 1" Archived 2014-04-06 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, April 1, 2014
  12. ^ Patrick Page, Michael Arden, Ciara Renee & More to Lead THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at La Jolla Playhouse! Broadway World, September 4, 2014
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 11, 2017). "Spider-Man's Patrick Page, Reeve Carney, and T.V. Carpio Will Reunite for Hadestown in Canada". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  14. ^ "Hadestown | National Theatre". www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  15. ^ McPhee, Ryan (January 28, 2019). "Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, More to Star in Hadestown on Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  16. ^ 2019 Tony Awards Nominees - Complete List! HADESTOWN Leads with 14 Nominations Broadway World, May 1, 2019
  17. ^ "Real-Life Married Couple Paige Davis & Patrick Page Open 'I DO! I DO!' at The Old Globe" broadwayworld.com, October 26, 2009
  18. ^ Hebert, James. "It’s ‘I Do! I Do!’ all over again for married pair" San Diego Union Tribune, December 6, 2009, retrieved January 16, 2017
  19. ^ "Patrick Page Shares His Personal Struggle with Depression; Reflects on Deaths of Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain | Patrick Page | The Official Website". Patrick Page. 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2019-01-30.

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