What was your most rewarding role? That’s a hard one. Maybe Nick in A Thousand Clowns. Did that my junior year in High School and took 4th in the Illinois High School state play festival and I used one of the monologues for my college auditions and it got me into Carnegie Mellon.
Worst onstage mishap: I can’t remember ever having something specific go wrong and I never got hurt in a production. The worst that’s happened are lights or sound failing or actors missing entrances.
Most Terrifying Moment: Definitely going up in the middle of a three-page monologue as Jack in The Weir at THEATREWORKS a couple of years ago. Did it twice in the same place. I got it back but not before the most intense adrenalin rush imaginable!
Funniest performance anecdote: A couple of actors were very late on an entrance leaving me, Michael Borghe and Mel Grier hung out to dry, and Borghe just starts improvising Shakespeare, rhymed couplets, full iambic pentameter. He kept it up for a few minutes. It was amazing.
Theatrical High point: Probably my last college production early 70’s, directed by Israel Hicks who I became friends with and went on to spend years at DCT. My character, Dippold the Optician, closed the show. One of my professors used me as an example in an acting class after the show, illustrating how to embody a character. Pretty heady stuff at the time.
You as a performer in three words: Growing, present, vulnerable.
What do you want the audience to know about the current show? This show is Chekov, only better, realer, more current. All the themes are there only more accessibly portrayed. It can’t help but move you.
Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:
I review construction plans and approve them for permitting at the Regional Building Department. I built houses for Wolfgang Petersen and Andy Summers (The Police) when I lived in LA. I have 10 grandchildren!
What's your Actor's Nightmare? Same as everyone, didn’t know I was in the play so I don’t know the lines and I can’t find the script and I blew off learning the lines and I just missed the rehearsal or the performance and I’m a real asshole!!