It’s a great question! I really enjoy the challenge of creating a character, and working with the director and cast to bring that unique individual to life for an audience.
How and why did you get involved with Some Mother's Son?
I received an audition notice via email, and was intrigued by the play’s story. The opportunity to be involved in the premier presentation of a play made it an especially interesting project. I emailed Kendra to see if she was looking for actual old guys, and she encouraged the audition. I was very happy to be invited to join the cast.
What has surprised, inspired, excited, and/or challenged you most throughout the process thus far?
Kendra encourages a collaborative and somewhat organic process of creating a company, then telling the story. Our first few hours of rehearsal focused on getting to know one another, and forming trusting working relationships. I feel that some interesting elements have come out of that work that I might have missed without that foundation. It’s been fun!
Yes. (I’ve been hoping to do a James Lipton questionnaire!)
What is your least favorite word?
Winter storm warning. (I know that’s more than one word. I think you get the point, though.)
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
Ignorance and certainty, particularly when concurrent.
What sound or noise do you love?
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
I love all of George Carlin’s 7 words, but motherfucker is the king. Or maybe queen.
I have had many great experiences. I really look forward to seeing my teenage kids continue to grow and create their lives.
Earliest memory of theatre?
My family went to see “Carousel” at the Jones Beach Theater in New York one summer when I was a little kid. It had to be in the mid-1960s. I can remember my amazement at the whole spectacle.
Why is theatre necessary?
Live theatrical performance is immediate. It can’t be captured, recorded or replayed. (I won’t be convinced that watching a video of a stage performance can compare to being at the actual show.) It is fundamental, direct communication, and it has no substitute or rival. In my opinion, of course.