Jake Holliday Purcell, Blackfriars Theatre, and Million Dollar Quartet

Jake Holliday Purcell, Blackfriars Theatre, and Million Dollar Quartet

Sat, 10/22/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Jake Holliday Purcel

Photo credit: Christie Spring

Join host Robert Hammond as he talks to Jake Holliday Purcell about his starring role in the Blackfriars Theatre production ofThe Mystery of Irma Vep.  Playing at Blackfriars Theatre from October 22nd through November 11thThe Mystery of Irma Vep is a definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas; a quick change marathon in which two actors play all the roles, including a sympathetic werewolf, a vampire, and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened. Written by the late Charles Ludlam, the production is directed by Danny Hoskins and also stars Ed Popil.  

Jake Holliday Purcell The Mystery of Irma Vep is Purcell’s debut on the Blackfriars stage. Although a Rochester native, he is a graduate from Montana State University (Bozeman) with a degree in film/television production.  As a theater minor, he has been featured in productions of Biloxi Blues, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as directing The Real Inspector Hound. Local credits include: Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Harry), Hair (Berger), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), The Fantasticks (Henry "the actor"), Evita, and West Side Story (Dance Corps).

Blackfriars, in their 60th season, is proud to invite you to their new theater located in Rochester's "theatre row" along Main Street. Each year, they produce six shows, including one musical.  They are a committed group of performers, technicians, and volunteers who are proud to bring live entertainment to Rochester. 

Inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together Rock-n-Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, Million Dollar Quartet will be in Rochester from October 25th through the 30th.  Derek Keeling, in the role of Johnny Cash, and Lee Ferris, in the role of Carl Perkins, will be on the program to discuss the smash hit Broadway musical.   



Irma Vep

Caught the television interview with the actors as well. Cannot wait to see this show!!!

Thank You, "Stage Notes" Listeners

Thank you for all the kind comments. Jake Holliday Purcel was an outstanding guest—knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I hope to have him back soon.

As many of you have mentioned the play, below is what I wrote on the “Stage Notes” Facebook page:

The cat is out of the bag: "The Mystery of Irma Vep" is spectacular. Jake Holliday Purcel and Ed Popil are stunning together on stage in the two person show. Bravo! Once again, Rochester has shown it's an A-list city for theatre. Thank you, Blackfriars.

Irma Vep

Great interview- can't wait to see the show!

Can't wait!!!

So excited for this show after listening to the radio program. I am coming to the show this Friday. I can't wait. Thanks for again bringing great theatre to Rochester!!

Irma Vep

LOVED the interview with Jake about the show at Blackfriars! Very much looking forward to seeing it!

Irma Vep

I'm so looking forward to seeing this show! Always a great experience at Blackfriar's!

Great show!

Great program on Saturday. LOVED all the song choices. Already have my tickets!!