I had the opportunity, honor and absolute pleasure of doing the staged reading of HOPE'S LAST CHANCE for the Spooky Cabaret and could not believe how funny, touching and overall fun the whole process was. We began the reading with the audience not entirely sure what to do: laugh, snicker, scream, squeal, ponder, etc. Then somewhere in the second act the audience and the cast as a whole discovered that it was a comedy, it was magical.
What is the greatest challenge you face with this show?
Not laughing at myself or at the comedic moments that occur during this show for one, second is allowing this character to really speak and to resist the urge to edit him.
What kind of research are you doing to prepare?
I'd like to say that I've been watching a lot of horror movies and rereading my copy of THE SHINING, but in all honesty I've been picking apart my character to better understand him. He has his quirks and foibles that make him say and do funny things, but I was more interested in the reasons why he has said quirks. Stan, approaches things from a skeptic's perspective. He also has a very 2 dimensional way of dealing with life which lends to a lot of comedic moments! I've had to change my mental gearshift to accommodate that point of view and step outside of myself to honor this character and allow him speak.
What have been some of your favorite previous roles (or productions you have been involved with)?
LAWFULLY WEDDED has to be one of my utmost favorite productions. That show challenged and stretched me in ways that I hadn't felt since my college theatre days. It's always the shows where you put in the most work and commitment that really touch you and transform you. LAWFULLY WEDDED was a show that truly moved me with it's trials and tribulations. Speaking of college theatre I have to say that playing Belize and Mr. Lies in ANGELS IN AMERICA has to be one of my favorite roles, little shout out to the Lewis and Clark Theatre Departement!
I honestly don't know. I've had a number of people pass away on me while I was working in EMS and haven't encountered or experienced anything of the sort.
My immediate family believes in certain supernatural things but only when they've lost someone that they've had a deep and personal connection to. I will have to admit that I felt and heard some of the same things when a number of my close relatives had passed, but I haven't really experienced anything since then.
What is the scariest movie or play you have seen? Why?
THE RING has to be one of the scarier movies that I've seen. I love good story telling and enjoy being taken on a good journey, gore and violence don't scare me, it's the twist in the road when you least expect it or the unexpected turn in the story that you couldn't possibly forsee that gets my heart rate up. I like it when mythology, science and reality coalesce and you don't know what is real and what is fictitious, that's when my mind starts to take the story further and I continue to scare myself.
I hope that the audiences leave with big grins on their faces with their cheeks sore from the smiles and laughter. I hope they get off this little roller coaster and run back into line because of how much fun they had.