A few questions answered by Brian, Patrick & BA
What are you most looking forward to about this production in particular?
BRIAN – I am looking forward to going back to Shakespeare. It was my bread and butter for many years and what started my love for acting.
BA – I’m looking forward to really discovering the fairy world in a modern adaptation. I’m keep looking out for for today’s equivalents to these mysterious creatures living in our city. That, and Joe Jung’s music. That man is magical.
What sound or noise do you love?
BRIAN – I love the sound of being in a forest with no one else around.
BA – The first crack of thunder.
What is your favorite Shakespeare quote or section of text from any of his plays and why?
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”
This is one of the most inspiring speeches in Shakespeare. It’s us against many and win or lose, we will go on in infamy. It says we should revel in being the underdog.
“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”
Lear was the first Shakespeare play I every worked on. Certain words from that play still ring in my soul.
Who is your favorite character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and why?
PATRICK – Puck and Bottom are two of my favorite characters in the canon. That they happen to exist in the world of the selfsame play puts Midsummer towards the very top of my list.
BA – I really like Starvling. Poor Starvling.
Have you ever worked on this play before?
BRIAN – AMND was the first Shakespeare play that I worked on. I was 15 and I played Lysander. From that point I knew I wanted to be an actor.
Have you just finished a project or are about to start a project that you’d like to tell us about outside of SSS?
PATRICK – In May I was lucky enough to star in the world premiere of a new play, Old Names for Wildflowers, at The Tank. Written and directed by Corbin and Emma Went, respectively, the play was a feminist bent on The Crucible with a group dedicated to queering up the theatrical canon, if you will. I had an utter blast.
BA – I just finished and I’m about to start Titania with my good friends at Shakespeare in the Square. A very different “food fight” production 🙂 (August 2018). Also Jonathan and I just premiered our first feature film Hamlet in the Golden Vale with Roll the Bones.
What is your favorite Shakespearean performance from a movie or a play?
PATRICK – When I lived in London, I was lucky enough to catch both parts of Henry IV at Shakespeare’s Globe, featuring Roger Allam as Falstaff and Jamie Parker as Prince Hal. The performances in that show, and the way the actors were so viscerally driven by the text, despite working on a plain stage with intricate period costumes, was breathtaking.
BA – I have two I must mention. As a whole, the movie A Midwinters Tale is just everything. Watch it and tell me I’m wrong. And as a single performance, Orsen Wells in Chimes at Midnight. It doesn’t get much better than that.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
BRIAN – I will be having the honor of acting with my fiance this summer and marrying her in the fall.
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