Worst onstage mishap: Oh, do I have to choose? I have a few
good ones... which, come to think of it, always seem to involve my
slapping other actors. The first time I... I don't know how it
happened, exactly. I just... got kind of carried away, I guess,
during The Taming of the Shrew, and while my character was frantically trying to get
another character's attention I... I just hauled off and slapped
him. We were both pretty shocked. Another time I waved my arm and
whacked another actor in the crotch.
Most Terrifying Moment:
Preview night of A Funny Thing
Happened On the Way to the Forum: we had finished the opening
number and I had done my first solo. I was waiting in the wings to
go on again; Sandy Bray came up to me and whispered "You're boring.
You're fine during Comedy Tonight and then you go downhill,
and I don't care about you. I don't want you to think about anything
else except your character, and I want you to be present; we open
tomorrow." First musical, first lead, first show at the FAC. I was
mortified. Needless to say, I fixed it.
Funniest performance anecdote:
punching that actor in the crotch was pretty funny.
Theatrical High point:
Playing Mickey in The Normal Heart
[Performing Ensemble]. It was my first deeply emotional role, and
I'd had trouble being able to touch that during performance. Then,
one night, something changed; these floodgates opened, and I was
completely in the moment and outside of myself, watching. It was a
revelation - one of the most terrifying, enervating moments I'd ever
You as a performer in three
words: Enthusiastic, definitely. Animated. Empathetic.
What do you want the audience
to know about the current show?
I think that lots of people have an idea of Godot as heavy and bleak. We hear
'existential crisis' and we think sadness, depression, boredom, but
Beckett is much, much funnier than that. The human condition is
Tell us three things about you
that have nothing to do with theatre:
I stopped eating meat almost
two years ago. A friend posted a PETA video on Facebook and that was
My bedroom/bathroom suite is
painted the color of my favorite ice cream (mint chocolate
In high school I started
drinking soda pop with two straws, because I thought it got the soda
in my mouth faster. Now I still do it out of habit, even though I
pretty much consume my weight in soft drinks every day.
What's your Actor's Nightmare?
remember dreams very well. All I remember is thinking 'I'm screwed',
and then waking up sobbing with relief that it was just a dream.