Forever Plaid Actor Spotlight – David Sebren as Smudge

pictured left to right – Steven Green as Jinx, David Sebren as Smudge, Bobby Abrahamson as Sparky (photo by Rob Storrs)

Q: Why did you audition for Forever Plaid?

DS:  I auditioned for Parkway Playhouse because I have wanted for quite some time, to come back home (Asheville) and be able to perform.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

DS: I have worked for quite a few theatres.  It is possible that people could have seen me at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival or The Lost Colony.  It might be easier to say what they can come see me in.  After Forever Plaid I will be performing in Charlotte’s Web in Asheville and this fall I will be playing Macbeth at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

DS: A typical day for me would be rehearsals and performances.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

DS: The cast is great.  We have only known each other for a few days.  We have been out to lunch several times and had a good time.

Q: What is your favorite song from the show?

DS:  My favourite song would have to be 16 Tons and Chain Gang.  Chain Gang was one of my favourite songs as a child.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

DS: I’m pretty sure every one has seen me perform at this point.  I’ve been doing theatre for 15 years now.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

DS: I started dance lessons at three and I can remember wanting to be on stage my entire life.

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

DS: Sir. Laurence Olivier, because he is amazing!


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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