“Peck creates a nuanced Blanche, generating laughs with dry sardonicism, giving the audience glimpses of Blanche’s trauma, lending a tender authenticity to their scenes of courtship with Cork’s similarly fully-realized Mitch, and showing the steely strength under the petals of the belle when squaring off against Carpenter’s Stanley.” -Thinking Theater NYC
“Most inspired is what Mr. Hourigan and Mx. Peck do with the devastating last scene…It’s never been clearer that Blanche has been stripped of any defense, de-personalized - neutered, if you will. And when queergender Mx. Peck intones, even in a voice that registers well below all Blanches that have come before, “Whoever you are…..I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” all the grand pathos that makes this one of the great American plays gets embodied on a tiny stage in a tiny Brooklyn storefront. Whoever you are, indeed.” -Off Script with Dan Dwyer
“The production distinguishes itself through its unique portrait of Blanche. Instead of the hysteric we frequently see, she comes off here as a practical woman broken down by the sorry and painful conditions of her life…The result is an effective portrayal of a person sincerely trying to take steps to get her life together, and trying to save her sister from an abusive relationship…As portrayed by Mx. Russell Peck, the first genderqueer actor the Williams estate has granted the rights to play the role- a point lightly noted toward the end-Blanche doesn’t seem like a liar. Her untruths and misdirections are central to the character, so this choice is significant. ..Blanche is not clinging to an aristocratic past, but doing her best to navigate an unsteady future with charm, poise, and dignity, the only avenues to healthy growth.” -Theatre’s Leiter Side
“Russell Peck is the first genderqueer actor to play fading Southern Belle Blanche Du Bois in the United States…Far from being a novelty, the casting of Mx. Russell gives new texture to an already vibrant play that builds toward a shattering final scene...Without hesitation, I suspect this “Streetcar” will long reign as among the most visceral and memorable productions of a Tennessee Williams play that I have ever been privileged to witness. It is, in short: a must-see.” -Robert Russo, Stage Left
“As Blanche DuBois, elegant Russell Peck brings a studied composure to the role. Peck invokes a whirlwind of manipulation and seduction, which ignites Blanche in new ways. It’s a revelation to see Peck build to a ravishing and unexpected final scene-it’s subtle, yet startling too.” -Barry David Horowitz, Theatrius
I was thrilled to get to shoot and be featured in a scene on the upcoming film The Brits Are Coming starring Uma Thurman and directed by James Oakley, to be released soon.
Next year, I will be collaborating with Precariat Produtions on a 6 actor, site-specific, experimental workshop of Michael Cunningham's 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Hours. In addition to having adapted the novel and screenplay into a theatre piece, I will be playing The Artist (Virginia Woolf/Richard Brown). More information to come soon.
Last spring, I wrapped Season 1 of a new web series called Façades where I play the role of Phinn. Façades is a typical boy-meets-they webseries, as characters of varying genders struggle to figure out who they are and how they form relationships. The pilot episode is available online at http://facadeswebseries.com
After a sold out run at Mister Rogers in Brooklyn this past spring, I am working with director Kevin Hourigan and our team at Precariat Productions to bring our production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire back this year, in which I play the role of the fading Southern belle, Blanche DuBois. More information to come soon.