Sal Viscuso (Soap’s Father Tim) is finally getting some long overdue recognition for his dramatic work in the gripping two-hander A Steady Rain. Currently being staged at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre until Nov. 2, the production is technically touring, so could pop up in your town soon. If it does, don’t miss it. Here he is chatting with Minneapolis’ local CBS affiliate yesterday. A force of nature is our Sal.
Soap’s Father Tim, Sal Viscuso, is back on network TV Thursday, Sept. 25th, after his brilliant part in the two-man show A Steady Rain. Don’t miss it.
And to get the back story on Sal, I heartily recommend taking a moment to read Otto Bruno’s new piece on the man himself. There are some good folks in the acting world, and Sal is one of the best.
First off, I’m glad the Powers That Be have finally come out with a bit of video of A Steady Rain, the play that Sal Viscuso (Father Tim) was kicking ass in at the beginning of this year, and will be kicking ass in later this year and on into 2015 & 2016.
Yep, A Steady Rain is going on tour, beginning with some dates in Minneapolis this October, as well as Atlanta’s Alliance NEXT September! Check out the official A Steady Rain Tour site for background and some awesome pics.
Sal’s also appearing in the fall season premiere of ABC’s Scandal Thursday, Sept. 25th, which should be a hell of a thing. If you watch the above video through to the end, I think you’ll see why many of us are excited to see him in a full-on dramatic TV role.
Rain has been pushing him steadily into some very interesting waters in terms of his acting style – allowing him to tap into his own personality, which is best described as being a force of nature. And quite frankly, we’re anxiously awaiting that Scandal cloudburst!
Here’s a short but powerful look at what I’ve been going on about for more than a month now. (Sal Viscuso’s character is a long, long way from the sweet and befuddled Father Tim.) Book those tickets before they’re gone!
A Steady Rain @ The Odyssey Theatre in West Hollywood: Click here for performance times and ticket information.
I’ve been neck-deep in backlogged day-job work, but I wanted to bring you up to speed on a couple of other Soap-related encounters we had during our few days in Los Angeles.
We met Soap‘s Sal Viscuso at a favorite restaurant of his for an early lunch, along with Book Soup’s Amelia Cone, shortly before we left LA. We had all seen Sal a few days before in A Steady Rain at the Odyssey Theatre in West Hollywood (more on that performance later in the week).
When Sal is in his element, he is like a force of nature – when he’s talking to you he is talking to you, as if there isn’t another person on the planet he cares more about at that moment. This manner instantly strikes you as surprising not so much because you don’t expect it, but because you suddenly wonder why we all don’t make each other feel that way.
It is an intensity that he uses to amazing ends in A Steady Rain – a refocusing of all his personal passions, enthusiasms and sense of right and wrong that normally bubble just beneath the surface. I think Pamela and I both learned a great deal about the creative process just by watching him on stage and off.
Katherine Helmond & David Christian
Katherine Helmond and her husband, David Christian, had intended to be at the Book Soup signing, but they were detained out-of-town until the evening after. However, they graciously invited Pamela and I to their home, which we visited on Monday morning shortly before we met up with Sal and Amelia.
The couple were extremely kind and we seemed to discuss everything under the sun – Pamela and Katherine seemed to bond particularly over their love for their strong grandmothers, and their own shared love of animals. David, an amazing artist across a number of mediums (a small bronze work he made in his early 20s was particularly impressive), has a sharp intellect cushioned by an innate affability.
(Pamela and I both wanted to get a picture with the couple, but individually decided while we were there that it would feel like we were invading their privacy somehow since we were at their home.)
Those few days in LA were like a dream for both of us. We really want you all to know how much we appreciate the enthusiasm you’ve shown for the book, which convinced us to go out there in the first place. Thank you for that.
(Left to right: Thomas Vincent Kelly, Sal Viscuso (Soap’s Father Tim), assistant director Deidra Edwards, director Jeff Perry)
Still trying to catch up on backlogged work and fighting “drive lag,” but I wanted to share this photo with you, and to urge anyone in the LA area to check out the Odyssey Theatre’s production of A Steady Rain.
I’m sure I’ll go into the opening night performance in detail later this week but really, anybody with the slightest interest in good drama should see this. Two men, two chairs, 90 minutes, a tiny theater, and you won’t even blink as this drama plays itself out. Mesmerizing.
Photo courtesy of Sal Viscuso
Can’t wait to catch Sal Viscuso in the opening night for A Steady Rain at the Odyssey Theatre in West Hollywood Feb. 22nd. Here’s the new poster for it:
If you’re going to be in town for the Soap: The Inside Story… book event (and I hope some of you will be, because honestly I’m not sure what I’m going to do all afternoon if you’re not), you can catch the opening night for A Steady Rain about 15 minutes away that night. But get those tickets soon…
Just got off the phone with the amazing Sal Viscuso,* who’s gearing up for a tense two-man drama: A Steady Rain by Keith Huff at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles starting Feb. 22, 2014. It will be directed by Jeff Perry, co-founder (with Gary Sinise) of the Steppenwolf Theatre Co. (Perry can also be seen these days as Cyrus on the ABC drama Scandal.)
If the title sounds familiar, that’s because Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig made headlines when they performed A Steady Rain on Broadway in 2009. (This was also the production in which Jackman told an audience member to get off their cell phone. Yes, apparently some people have to be told these things….) Sal is playing the Hugh Jackman role.
Stay tuned for ticket information when it becomes available.
*If you want to know one reason why I call Sal amazing, you need to check out his story in the Soap book. Really.
The fellow who brought us everyone’s favorite priest was kind enough to share these photos he took during his time in “Clybourne Park,” which earned him a number of raves. (For more on his role in that production, click here. And for his work in “The Elephant Man,” click here, here and here.)
And do check out what appears to be either an audition reel or promo for Sal’s role in “Clybourne Park” – the fellow just doesn’t age!