On the Set of Hulu’s ‘The Path’: “We Get to Bring the Drama and the Weird”


We do not get to see Hugh in the video, but there is a scene of his from season one included.

So says Michelle Monaghan as she, Aaron Paul, showrunner Jessica Goldberg and others keep it light on the set of the show about a cult-like religious group even as they shoot intense scenes about passionate affairs, messy rivalries and bursts of violence.

The Path are shooting a scene in which Eddie (Aaron Paul) quite literally is threading a needle, or trying to — he’s blindfolded. “Stay close to the light,” intones his elegant spiritual mentor, Felicia (Adriane Lenox). “The light provides everything you need.” Paul misses once, twice, then guides the thread through. Awestruck, he lifts the blindfold and raises his eyes to Lenox. “OK, cut,” says veteran director Phil Abraham. Paul pumps his fist. “That’s how you do it,” he says. “Badaboom badabing.”

The first season of The Path introduced viewers to the Meyerists, a cult-like religious group struggling to move forward after its founder falls ill. The second season ratchets up the pressure on both leaders and followers. But the set of the intense show — which features passionate affairs, messy rivalries and bursts of violence — is calm and efficient. “We keep it light and focused,” says Paul. “A lot of that starts with Jessica [Goldberg, the show’s creator and showrunner].”

On the monitor, Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) now is in the same hotel room having a confrontation with Felicia. It’s a grim moment, but Monaghan laughs after finishing the scene. “It’s a great environment,” she says. “We get to bring the drama and the weird.”

There’s a palpable respect among the cast and crew of Path, and that extends to the writing and to Goldberg — who looks remarkably alert, considering that she just got off a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. She waves away any compliments. “Look, one of the blessings is having met [executive producer] Jason Katims. He knows how to create a good place to work, and he’s not a time-waster. It’s good to be mentored by someone like that.”

A key strength of the series is that it presents the Meyerists as having a range of faith and belief. Goldberg has set up a kind of religious love triangle: Eddie is the doubter, Cal [Hugh Dancy] the pragmatist, and Sarah the true believer. Tensions among them become more pronounced in the second season. “The first season was about people, and with the religion, maybe the skeptics were right, maybe there’s nothing,” says Goldberg. “This season we’re exploring if maybe there’s something.”

It’s time for lunch, for the crew at least. Paul heads to his dressing room to run lines, and Monaghan is giving a set tour. Goldberg ducks into a production meeting. “I heard that script is turning out great,” she says. “How’s it going with this episode. Amazing?”

This story first appeared in a November standalone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Read article on HollywoodReporter.com

The Path: Season 2 premieres January 25


The official twitter for the series The Path (@ThePathOnHulu) posted the above teaser today with a release date for Season Two. How excited are you for the upcoming season? Don’t forget to mark your calendars (and renew your subscription to hulu if you haven’t already).

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24 Hour Plays on Broadway

The annual event will be held at the American Airlines Theatre.

Participants have been announced for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway—the annual event that brings together professionals from the entertainment industry to write, direct and perform six original plays within a day’s time—which will be presented November 14 at 8 PM at the American Airlines Theatre.

Proceeds benefit the Company’s program supporting theatre professionals 25 and under—The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals.

Actors planning to participate in this year’s event include Justin Bartha (The Hangover); Jason Biggs (Orange is the New Black); Michael Cerveris (Fun Home); Michael Chernus (OITNB); Joanna Christie (Narcos); Hugh Dancy (Hannibal); Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live); Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot); Mamie Gummer (The End of the Tour); Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent); David Krumholtz (Numbers); Andre Royo (The Wire); Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom); Justice Smith (The Get Down); Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia); and Alicia Witt (The Walking Dead).

The Company has also announced five writers who will participate in the creation of the original plays: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire; playwright Hansol Jung; playwright and television producer Warren Leight; playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman; and Drama Desk Award-winning playwright Bess Wohl. Additional cast members, writers and directors will be announced over the coming weeks.

New York-based singer, songwriter and playwright Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra will be the musical guests for the evening.

“This year, we are proud to be once again working with a diversity of great talent spanning the entertainment industry—from upcoming actors leading hit television series, to those breaking ground in theater and film,” said Mark Armstrong, executive director of The 24 Hour Plays, said in a statement. “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway has always provided an opportunity for many actors to try their hand at theater for the first time, while others return to the art form we all fell in love with. We look forward to seeing the six original productions this group will create.”

It was previously announced that Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman will be the honoree for the evening. At the event, playwright Lisa Kron and actor Jayne Houdyshell will speak about Silverman’s influential work.

Following the November 14 gala, productions of The 24 Hour Plays are planned to take place in Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Dublin as well as in various theatres across the United States.

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