Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
CLM: That would have to be Elijah repeatedly mis-pronouncing “pint” with a short “I” (think “pinto pony”). I don’t think any of us will ever let him live that down!
Q: What is your favorite line from the show?
CLM: When Long John Silver tells the pirates “that lad’s smarter than all the rest of you mixed together in a thin broth.” I love his way with words, and I admire the way he’s self-confident enough not to hesitate to tell a bloodthirsty mob who are as dumb as a box of rocks just exactly where they stand. I took that line as a partial inspiration for my pirate character, who is quite the knuckle-dragging mouth-breather.
Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?
CLM: There are still a few. I think they will be surprised by the astronomical levels of stupidity displayed by my pirate character, who is a “Bear of Very Little Brain” and also apparently has absolutely no survival instinct whatsoever…
Q: Do you have a favorite pirate joke?
CLM: What has 8 legs, 8 arms, and 8 eyes? 8 pirates.
Q: What is your favorite pirate movie?
CLM: The first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie is by far my favorite pirate film. In on notable quote, Jack Sparrow says “I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place: spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.” This is a very apt observation; throughout the movie there is a great deal of word-play and subtle humor based on fine semantic distinctions. As a teacher of literature and grammar, I was charmed by this layer of the movie; it’s very unusual to find that kind of sophistication in an action movie – or in a pirate; your eloquent pirates are few and far between. I’d love to see a war of words and wits between Jack Sparrow and Long John Silver; at last both of them would have found an opponent worthy of the other in both treachery and subtlety!