Dana Delany, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Zachary Quinto and other stars of stage and screen will appear in “Hearts on Fire,” a one-night-only fundraiser for the Ojai Playwrights Conference. The Saturday event will start with a reading of scenes from selected plays at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Matilija Junior High School (703 El Paseo Road). It continues at 7:30 p.m. with a sit-down dinner and live auction at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish (185 St. Thomas Drive). Tickets for both the reading and the post-performance gala are sold out. For information about the 13th annual conference slated for Aug. 10-15 at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, call 640-0400 or visit the Web site at http://www.ojaiplays.org.
Zach made a post on his official website about the interview done to Wired, yesterday:
i have been inundated with questions and confusion about a comment i made during an interview with wired – about the new atari star trek online game – in which i said i am stepping away from trek for the next two years. obviously i will be a part of any upcoming films… reprising my role as spock. what i meant was that in the meantime i won’t be making any public appearances related to the franchise – or doing any more auxiliary projects pertaining to the trek universe. i will be focusing my efforts on other projects and preparing to shoot the next film – which will be released in june of 2012… two years from now. hence the no trek for two years remark. worry not trekkers. it was a misunderstanding of context. i am not spock. but i am spock. all at the same time.
I don’t know how people was able to misunderstood his interview, but, well…
Zachary says that his bow in the forthcoming Star Trek Online game will be his last voyage to the stars for a while.
“I’m stepping away from Star Trek for at least two years — no movies, no conventions, no anything for a while,” Quinto told Wired.com in a telephone interview. His planned absence from geekdom was a major motivation for doing the new game. “I did this game to make an investment in the fan base,” the actor said.
Quinto doesn’t play Spock in the forthcoming game, but rather provides the voice for a holographic doctor — the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark VI. New players of the MMO will hear Quinto’s voice as they make their way through the game’s opening tutorial. Quinto himself played the game’s opening and found his own voice instructive.
“I did exactly what I told myself to do and I survived,” he said. “I passed the mission with flying colors.”
The actor, who also plays the evil Sylar in sci-fi show Heroes, admits he’s not much of a gamer. He’s too busy with work and other pursuits. But he understands the draw of a game like Star Trek Online — one that lets you captain a starship and explore strange, new worlds.
“The appeal is the investment you make,” he said. “I was shocked at how much time and energy one could spend on just creating their avatar for the game,” adding that the connections players make online provide another hook.
“You get invested because your friends are invested,” he said. “Or you get invested because you are fighting against a certain group of people that have been dogging you the whole time.”
During his shore leave from Star Trek, Quinto has several projects in the replicator. He plans to do some acting that doesn’t require green screens or eyebrow plucking. “I’m stepping away from that genre and exploring a lot of other territory,” he said. The actor said he hopes his fans, used to seeing him in more fantastical settings, will join him.
“I want to invite them along with me on my journey, which is going to take them out of their comfort zone and into other areas and other styles of storytelling,” he said.
Quinto isn’t abandoning geekdom entirely. Before the Door, a production company he founded with friends and collaborators, aims to develop television shows, websites and several comic books for publisher Archaia. Quinto says properties he’s helping produce as graphic novels “could be really interesting as games.”
Star Trek Online launches for PC gamers Feb. 2. The next Star Trek movie will be released at June 29th 2012.
I added some new pictures of Zach at Critics Choice, last January 15. And also he’s being at Broadway this past days, and I have some cute pictures to you. Check it:
Appearances > 2010 > January 15 – 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
Appearances > 2010 > January 21 – “Present Laughter” Broadway Opening Night
Appearances > 2010 > January 24 – “A View From The Bridge” Broadway Opening Night
Thanks once again to wonderful Andreas:
Heroes > Season Four > Promotional > 4×18 – The Wall
Next January 28 Zach will be live at Peter Jay Sharp theater, in New York, in a one-night-only presentation of “The Issues Projects: Collected Plays”.
In a star-studded celebration of the recent publication of The Issues Projects: Collected Plays, Naked Angels presents a one-night only, blast-from-the-past benefit performance with selected pieces from the company’s first anthology. Following a one-hour program, hosted and directed by Artistic Director Geoffrey Nauffts, guests will be invited to a VIP reception with the artists. Ticket includes an autographed copy of the book.
More information can be found here: nakedangels.com/playing/
This was posted by Zach on his official facebook page. He appeared in an episode of “Yoda & Me“, that chronicles the lives of Bill and his new roommate Yoda.
Episode 7: Empire Outtakes
Bill unearths outtake footage of Yoda filming “The Empire Strikes Back.” With special guest star Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek” and “Heroes”).