Ray Field

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Agent contact: Stefanie Field at Stefanie Talent

[February 22, 2017] Very proud to be a part of a well-received Leah, the Forsaken at the Metropolitan Playhouse. There's a great deal of talent, mutual respect, and love in this production (a good thing, since the cast numbers 15 and most of us have four or five costume changes we need to make in offstage areas about the size of a shower stall). We are all feeling a unique joy in reconnecting with a significant and well-crafted 150-year-old melodrama that was a staple of the English-speaking theatre for decades. I think I can safely say that everyone involved in this production regards this as a professional highlight. Kudos to director Frank Kuhn and Metropolitan Playhouse macher Alex Roe.

Yesterday I discovered the play figures prominently in James Joyce's Ulysses, in several references to Bloom's father's fondness for the episode where our villain, the apostate Nathan, ably played by Jeff Grover, is exposed as a Jew by old, blind Abraham (me).

Ray Field v. Jeff Grover

photo credit: Jacob J. Goldberg

The scene he was always talking about where the old blind Abraham recognises the voice and puts his fingers on his face.

-- Nathan's voice! His son's voice! I hear the voice of Nathan who left his father to die of grief and misery in my arms, who left the house of his father and left the God of his father.

Every word is so deep, Leopold.


The reviews are in for NY84:

"Ray Field as Harold, the rich art dealer who makes Anton famous, is deserving of praise for his stand-out performance.... A minor masterpiece." Edge Media Network

"'NY84' deftly captures the city and an era in the shadow of AIDS... a bold effort.... as a zeitgeist-heavy memory piece, 'NY84' knows its stuff." L.A. Times

Ray Field as Harold Sherer in NY84

 now streaming on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play


Why, you may ask, is my groin being slated in this production still?

Find out when the short film Daddys_Girl_99 is released in 2017. I play Saul Simmons, senior philosophy professor at an Ivy League college, whose teenaged partner in cybersex is apparently blackmailing him -- that's the back of her pretty blonde head you see just below the edge of the table. 


In 2015 I made my off-Broadway debut at the Beckett Theatre, joined Equity, and wrapped my first supporting role in a feature film, as Harold Sherer in NY84, an independent French film directed by Cyrial Morin, based loosely on the life of Robert Mapplethorpe; Harold is the artist's lover and patron -- should be released in early 2016. (Update: NY84 played at Cannes in mid-May, expect a fall 2016 release.)

It's been a challenging and rewarding change but though I had never really not been acting it wasn't until the mid-1990s I started to pursue a career as a comedian and actor in earnest, building on theatrical experiences in high school, college, and with independent New York City theatre companies, along with scene-study classes at HB Studios and later improv at UCB. In 2001 I started hitting the open mics and eventually got bookable, featuring in clubs in New York and clubs here and there around the country, while also establishing myself as a comedic and serious actor in black-box productions. This pretty face -- along with an ear for regional and foreign accents, and a sense of who people are -- has helped get me steady work in commercials (Schick Hydro, a cancer hospital, New York tourism), viral videos (Wet Personal Lube), industrials (US Trust, a pharma convention), the obligatory occasional cable re-enactment, and modeling gigs (Visit Scotland, Aetna Healthcare) plus a few independent and short films.

Currently working with JoAnna Beckson and Austin Pendleton.

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Performance art and comedy

Liz Magic Laser cut-and-pasted familiar talking points, creepy manifestos, and famous media meltdowns to create I Feel Your Pain, a wry and inventive exploration of public acting-out and politics. Liz's conception of weirdly narcissistic political beings upstaging a movie performance in which they were already the stars was brilliant -- and a hit at Performa 11 in the fall of 2011. Hats off to Liz and the entire cast and crew, who handled the significant technical hurdles brilliantly. Here's two minutes of I Feel Your Pain, with the wonderful Kathryn Grody:

In early 2012 I played a psychiatrist in the pilot episode of a webseries titled Feed Your Head for the director Hugo Perez, co-written with Peter Greer and featuring Yamaneika Saunders and Hilary Greer -- here's the very first one of the series, with more on the way.

It's a pleasure to be able to work on low-budget or student projects out of desire rather than necessity: if it's a good script and a talented and professional creative team, I'll usually go for it. After seeing one of Diogo Cronemberger's short films and reading Danilanh Latnhotha's script, I was excited about the opportunity to work them on with Campers, his Columbia thesis film. A brief scene from it starts off my reel:

There's more clips on my Vimeo page.