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We’ve already told you a bit about John Rubinstein because he wrote the incredible score for ENDER’S GAME ALIVE, but we’re going to sing his praises yet again for two reasons: one, he delivered an incredible performance as Major Anderson; and two, we adore him more than words can express.

Tony Award Winner John Rubinstein as Major Anderson.

Tony Award Winner John Rubinstein as Major Anderson.

In our music blog, we told you all about the musical background of John Rubinstein: how he’s the son of world-famous pianist Arthur Rubinstein; how he made his Broadway debut in 1972 as the title role in Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse, for which he received a Theater World Award, then later won a Tony for his work in Children of a Lesser God; how he wrote original film scores for The Candidate and Jeremiah Johnson.  But today we’d like to focus a bit more on his onscreen work, as well as his endless experience behind the mic.

John has appeared in nearly two hundred television episodes, from CSI (2013) to Dragnet (1967) and literally everything in between.  You name it, he has played it, and all with a commanding presence and natural grace.  As a narrator, we near that two hundred number yet again.  John has made a name for himself in terms of being the go-to guy for what we’ll call the best-selling male thriller, having given voice to works by heavy hitters such as Jonathan Kellerman, Tom Clancy, and James Patterson.  We’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with John for years on a variety of projects.  From the King James Bible to vampirical anthologies to Report from Nuremberg, John is simply one of those actors who can do it all.

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CAST LIST

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin………………Kirby Heyborne

Valentine Wiggin………………………….Susan Hanfield

Peter Wiggin………………………………….Paul Boehmer

John-Paul Wiggin…………………………..Arthur Morey

Theresa Wiggin…………………………..Gabrielle de Cuir

Mazer Rackham……………………..Richard McGonagle

Chamrajnagar/Fly Molo/Pol Slattery…..Vikas Adam

Jayadi………………………………………..Samantha Eggar

Colonel Graff………………………………..Stefan Rudnicki

Doctor/General Levy……………………………..Theo Bikel

DeeDee/Server………………………………………..Janis Ian

Dap………………………………………………………..Rex Linn

Bean………………………………………………..Emily Rankin

Alai/Stilson……………………………………Sunil Malhotra

Mick………………………………………………….Kathe Mazur

Bernard/Dink/Carn Carby………………Jim Meskimen

Shen………………………………………….Taylor Meskimen

Major Anderson………………………….John Rubinstein

For ENDER’S GAME ALIVE (available NOW!), we wanted to give John a part he could really sink his teeth into, and what better role than Major Anderson, the opinionated and commanding teacher at Battle School in charge of the Mind Game.  Little did we know, however, that Orson Scott Card had decided to invent a brand new character for this audioplay, Major Jayadi, in order to overcome the challenge of telling this entire story without narration.  Consequently, many of Anderson’s lines ended up going to Jayadi, but of course John is a pro, and he took it all in stride (see the video below, tee-hee).  Anderson’s role remains an iconic one, regardless of line count, and one that John delivered with his usual power and poise.  Plus, with a new character to play with, we were able to add the gorgeous Samantha Eggar to the cast, so we like to think it was a win-win all around.

 

 

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