Articles & Notes — October 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Lane Davies from “Santa Barbara” visits Azerbaijan, holds acting classes

Film and stage actor Lane Davies, mostly known for spending four years playing Mason Capwell in the world-famous “Santa Barbara” tv-series, visited Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku.

Davies has been invited here by the local ANS TV network, to hold acting master-classes for actors of “Baku Film” studio, that makes movies for ANS.

Davies arrived in Azerbaijan on September 19, and upon arrival he has received tons of calls to arrange fan meetings and hold press conferences.

“I first heard about Azerbaijan on CNN, and now I am here to hold the acting workshop,” Davies said upon his arrival.

Talking to the local media outlets, Davies noted that he liked the city very much, and he just might come back here again in the future.

Being a trained stage actor, Davies noted that as part of his workship and acting classes, the main thing is that the actors would feel completely relaxed in front of the camera.

Regarding the meetings with fans – one of such was eventually held prior to Davies’ leaving Baku, who spent 2 weeks in Azerbaijani capital.

Though perhaps best known for sardonic roles in television comedy and drama, during 30 years as a stage actor, Lane has performed such roles as Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, King Lear, Petruchio, Henry V and Cyrano de Bergerac in companies from San Diego to Providence, Rhode Island.

He was the original “Mason Capwell” on NBC’s 80s soap Santa Barbara, an international hit which has now played in over 53 countries worldwide. His credits include starring roles in four prime-time series, Good & Evil, The Mommies, Woops! and The Crew.

His Television credits also include seven pilots and some 50 guest-star appearances. Davies has also worked as a consultant, writer and producer for Walt Disney Attractions on projects for Tokyo Disney Sea and EuroDisney.

As Artistic Director for the Santa Susana Repertory Company, a professional resident theater company in Ventura County, Lane has produced and/or directed over 40 productions, and he has also founded the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival.

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