September, 2015: Phil is the unapologetically idiosyncratic mind behind our Fall 2015 production, a collection of seven of his short comedies entitled MAYBE IT'S JUST ME.
How long have you been doing theatre? A long time. Although I took a break for 25 years, from 1972 - 1997. I needed to do my laundry.
What was your most difficult role? I once did a scene from Macbeth in drama school. I got laughs. I don’t think I really understood the character.
What was your most rewarding role? Dr. Gerald Lyman in Bus Stop. That guy had more problems than me.
Worst stage mishap? I once played a really old man. I put talcum powder on my hair to simulate grayness. The other old guy enters the scene and slaps me on the back and says, “How you doin' old man?” A cloud of talcum powder rose from my head. The audience didn’t take anything we did seriously after that.
Most terrifying moment: Doing stand up comedy on the Merv Griffin show. I never recovered. Neither did Merv.
Funniest moment: The talcum powder.