Me to Play
2021, NR, US, Documentary, 72 minutes
Filmmakers in Attendance
Director: Jim Bernfield
Producer: Jim Bernfield
Writer: Jim Bernfield
Cast: Dan Moran, John Cristopher Jones, Joe Grifasi, Ruth Kreshka, Mary Beth Coudal
Dan Moran and Chris Jones are professional New York actors who share six decades of acting experience between them. Now they share another bond: Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder that disables the brain cells that help control movement, balance and expression — all the elements most essential to an actor’s craft.
Defying the disease, Dan and Chris bravely put up an off-Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, a difficult and hilarious theater work featuring Hamm, a character who is blind and cannot stand, and Clov, who can shuffle but not sit down. Together, they play out a vaudevillian routine of repetitive sorrow as they await the inevitable end to their diminishing lives.