Ethan Hawke Plays Legendary Jazzman Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue

Ethan Hawke pic
Ethan Hawke

Cornell University alumna Maxine Marie Hepfer works in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services Group. Apart from her profession, Maxine Marie Hepfer appreciates a wide variety of music, from Giraffage to Chet Baker.

Legendary jazz trumpet player Chet Baker died in 1988, but his legacy persists in a biopic that recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Ethan Hawke, Born to Be Blue has received glowing reviews.

As but one indicator of the seriousness with which he has approached his portrayal of Chet Baker, Ethan Hawke took up the trumpet. Moreover, he encountered the former a couple of decades ago while working with director Richard Linklater on a script that portrayed the jazz legend in his 20s, and while that project never materialized, it was enough of an introduction to leave Mr. Hawke feeling as though he was revisiting a character in his work on Born to Be Blue, a fictionalized account of Baker in his 40s that was written by director Robert Budreau.

I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard at Kitchen Dog Theater

I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard at Kitchen Dog Theater pic
I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration with a minor in real estate, Maxine Hepfer now serves as a Senior in the Transaction Real Estate group at EY in Dallas, Texas. Alongside providing real estate advisory services, Maxine Hepfer enjoys attending performances at the Kitchen Dog Theater, which she appreciates for its unique and thought-provoking pieces.

The Kitchen Dog Theater took its name from the play Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett. Although the kitchen dog in Beckett’s play represents the futility of the struggle for happiness, the Kitchen Dog Theater presents work that questions society’s cycle of injustice and ignorance. Hence its plays present sometimes controversial material and encourage audience members to question conventional beliefs about culture and the self.

One of the Kitchen Dog Theater’s spring shows, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard by Halley Feiffer, will open on February 12th, 2016. The play, directed by the company’s Lee Trull, tackles the conflict between parents and children through a complicated relationship between a playwright and his daughter, who is an off-Broadway actress.