JS: The prospect of the civil war, which is a very important part of American History has always interested me. Also the use of stage combat is one of my favorite parts of performance and this play uses a lot of it.
Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?
JS: I was in a staged adaptation of William Falkner’s As I Lay Dying at Catawba College, Huck Finn: a play with music at Catawba College, Wind in the Willows, and Chicago.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
JS: I spend my days working as a carpenter for Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, and Parkway Playhouse, and then I rehearse or workout in the evenings.
Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
JS: Working on the fight scenes, and watching my fellow actors connect with their characters.
Q: What is your favorite line from the show?
JS: “It’s easier to start a war then finish one” Because I believe that line really sums up the play the Civil War was and still is one of the most defining moments in American History. Even though technically it’s over the reenactments and the way it has continued to influence America shows the truth and significance of that line.
Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?
JS: For the story that it tells and the way that it tells it. It’s an engaging, sobering story of the brutality of war and shows that even after the last gunshot has fired, its echoes and influence can still be heard and felt for years later.
Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?
JS: Laurence Olivier, he is truly one of the greatest actors the world has ever seen, and I think I could learn so much by just appearing on stage with him.
Q: What is it like to work on a world premiere play?
JS: It’s really wonderful. You get to be the first people to create something and know that even if it is revived later. that you were the first people to do it. It’s also really exciting to work on something brand new.