What excites me most is the discovery and presentation of a new character, i.e. finding his "voice" and carrying the audience into his "truth" or, in this case, his "secrets and delusions."
What is your greatest challenge with this show?
The greatest challenge is to find some nobility in the character and not get wrapped up only in his dark side.
What kind of research have you been doing to prepare yourself for the role?
Research has been in watching some old "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" television episodes and the current Showtime series "Ray Donovan".
What have been some of your favorite previous roles or productions?
Favorite previous roles include the Marryin' Man in "Lawfully Wedded" and a long time ago as Bo Decker, the cowboy in "Bus Stop".
This play is about ghosts - have you ever encountered the supernatural yourself?
I sometimes feel guided by the spirits of some loved ones who have passed and had a dramatic impact on my life. I have even conjured them into my consciousness from time to time. I wish I could do that at will.
What is the scariest movie or play you have seen? Why?
Well, I was in the remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", but would have to say the original scared the bejesus out of me as a kid.
What do you hope audiences will take from this production?
Of course I hope the audience suspends preconceived notions of the supernatural and just goes with the absurdities, the comedy and the horror mined by the playwright and this wonderful cast.
JEFFREY ORTH (MACKIE) Jeffrey just finished working with Wily West this past summer as an ensemble cast member in the critically acclaimed world premiere of LAWFULLY WEDDED. Jeffrey has worked in Marin the past several years creating roles at Ross Valley Players, (RAW) and at the Fringe of Marin. He was featured as Freddy the bartender in PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE and as William in HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES, both at Novato Theater Company. Jeffrey is very excited to be in HOPE'S LAST CHANCE by Rod McFadden at the Exit Theatre this October. His excitement at creating the role of Mackie, the Lighthouse Keeper with a deep secret, is palpable.