Pic is the brainchild of director Bryan W. Simon and producer Marjorie A. Engesser, both of Montivagus Prods., which also produced 2009 ventriloquism doc “I’m No Dummy.” Simon will shoot two performances — both skedded for Sept. 15 at Thalian Hall in Wilmington, N.C. — with a total of eight cameras and then put together an edit combining footage from both shows.
Created by Jay Johnson, best known for his role on “Soap,” the stage production “Two and Only” is a ventriloquism showcase that includes appearances by a number of Johnson’s puppet characters. Show initially bowed in Gotham at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater in 2004 prior to its 2006 Rialto run (as well as a stint in L.A. that same year). Title picked up a 2007 Tony in the special theatrical event category.
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The Wilmington venue where the remounted production will be recorded is about the same size as the Helen Hayes, the Broadway theater that hosted “Two and Only.”
Filmmakers intend to seek distribution for the movie incarnation of “Two and Only” once it’s completed, with an exact timeline still to be set.