Hard Handed Men of Athens

We spoke with Corey, Hannah, Justin, Jonathan & Brendon.

What sound or noise do you love?

COREY – I love waking up to the sound of Rain in the morning…the love quickly wears off if I then have to get up and travel in it.19-cropped-gd2_orig

HANNAH – I love the sound of my cats sighing in their sleep.

JUSTIN – The sound my puppy makes when she finally crashes herself to sleep at night.

What sound or noise do you hate?

HANNAH – The sound of Silverware on certain plates is very bad.

COREY – I HATE the sound of Styrofoam! It cuts right through me like a knife.

JONATHAN – The sound of fingernails on vinyl fabric- or at least I think it’s vinyl. 

SSS Henry IV - Part 2 - 9547You know those CD/DVD binders that you’d pack a whole bunch of CDs or DVDs in and zip it up, and it had that fabric on the outside? I’ve always gotten a really obnoxious chill whenever I hear fingernails running along it.

Fun fact about yourself 

JUSTIN – My husband and I are proud owners of a puppy named Senator Witherspoon. She is very excited to see her daddy in a play in a park this summer!

BRANDON – At the time of writing this, I’ve never had a banana.

What is your favorite Shakespeare quote or section of text from any of his plays and why?


“The course of true love never did run smooth”

is just a beautiful line, while also being perfectly accurate.  

BRANDON – My favorite Shakespeare quote is said by Polonius in Hamlet:

“This above all: to thine own self be true”

My mother would always quote it to me and it is fantastic advice.


“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt”- Lucio in Measure for Measure.

I think anyone who has at any time been in a position where the only thing getting in their way is themselves can take some inspiration from this quote. I have a print-out posted next to my computer at work.

HANNAH – When I was doing MSND in North Carolina, I got to spend some time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I saw on a hike Demetrius’s line

“These things seem small and undistinguishable/ Like far off mountains turned into clouds.”

Seeing these massive, solid mountains seem to fade into something as ephemeral as a cloud. It brought that moment of the play to life for me.

Who is your favorite character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and why?

BRANDON – My favorite character in this play is Bottom as it was my first Shakespeare role. He will always hold a special place in my heart.  

SSS Tempest - 2973COREY – I feel like I should say that my favorite character is the one I’m playing…but its actually Titania. She has such beautiful and evocative language in her scene with Oberon in Act 1. She also has the opportunity to go from regal to ridiculous. Plus she’s Queen of the Fairies which is just, you know…awesome!

What are you most looking forward to about this production in particular?

JUSTIN – Performing Midsummer outdoors in the middle of summer has always been on my bucket list. Plus, I’m really excited to get to work with Smith Street Stage as my first production back in NYC after having been away for a few years! 

HANNAH – I can’t wait to be back in the room with old friends and new, and to find out what makes this band of theater makers (the mechanicals) so excited about Pyramis and Thisbe.

COREY – I am most looking forward to performing in Carroll Park again, but also getting the opportunity to the transfer to the Actors Fund! I’m very excited to see how the piece will change and develop once its in a more traditional venue after our park run.

What is your favorite performance from a Shakespeare movie or play?


JUSTIN – I’m obsessed with the gay high school musical adaptation of Midsummer, Were the World Mine. I’ve seen it 50 times, and cannot recommend it enough.

Have you just finished a project or are about to start a project that you’d like to tell us about outside of SSS?

JONATHAN – Currently, I’m planning production and fundraising for shooting the back half of my webseries, Everyone Else Has, which I’m writing, directing and acting in. Check it out! (Facebook: www.facebook.com/EveryoneElseHas/

For more information about Hannah Sloat

For more information on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM


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