Monday, October 24, 2011

A Conversation with Jesse Eisenberg

Eisenberg & Davis
It was just a fluke that Heather stumbled across the article in the Times Union online newspaper announcing actor Jesse Eisenberg was to appear in a free theater performance this week in Albany and Saratoga Springs.  Eisenberg, an Oscar nominee for The Social Network, performed in two productions of Theater of War, which presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes.  We're not really into ancient Greek drama, but we sure do like seeing famous people!

We got to see the Theater of War production in Saratoga Springs and were treated to performances by a great group of folks with pages.  We saw 24 actor Glenn Davis, Nurse Jackie and Law & Order actress Chinasa Ogbuagu and Mystic River and The Wire actor John Doman alongside Eisenberg.

The production of Theater of War is pretty heavy as it encourage audiences to consider the impact of war on individuals, families and communities.  The emotional readings are followed with an audience discussion of the psychological injuries of war.  We didn't really have anything to add to the conversation, but it was interesting and insightful to listen.

After the production wrapped up, we wandered around the Military Museum where the production was held.  Of course, Brett had to read nearly every exhibit before Heather noticed Eisenberg hanging out by the exit.  She inched her way closer and suddenly found herself in a line waiting to talk with the actor.  By the time Brett noticed what was going on, we were just feet away from him!

Thankfully, the lady behind us in line snapped this memorable photo...

Pretty sure we're scaring the crap out of Jesse Eisenberg.
...and it gave us time to strike up a meaningful conversation with Jesse Eisenberg.  It went something vaguely like this:

BG:  She (pointing at Heather) was too scared to ask you how it was like hosting SNL?

(Heather looks mortified as she has just been sold out by Brett)

JE:  It was great. Really fast paced and a lot of fun. It's like three days of just non-stop.  

BG:  Yeah, I heard it's crazy.

JE:  Are you a big fan?

HF:  Yeah, we really enjoy your work!

JE:  Of SNL?

BG: Oh, that too.

JE:  You guys should get tickets.

HF:  We've tried.

JE:  Oh, how's it work?

HF:  It's a weird lottery system and I don't think we were picked for this season.

JE:  Really? I had no idea.

BG:  If we'd only had a host help us get tickets we wouldn't have had any problems getting in.

JE:  laughs...Thanks for coming out tonight!

Leave it to us to strike up meaningful conversation with the guy.


  1. Ahh.. you guys look great - and he does look terrified. I hate it when folks can't take a second to smile pretty for the camera... just a second people!

  2. He acted just like his character in The Social Network, sort of seemed really awkward. I should have taught him how to smile :D