RS: It is Shakespeare! I’ve played Theseus once, and Lysander three times, but never a Mechanical. Lucky me!
Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?
RS: The Giver at TheatreUNCA; Limonade Tous Les Jeurs at 35 Below; Walking Across Egypt and Romeo and Juliet at Parkway Playhouse; and The Nutcracker at High Country Ballet.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
RS: I recently told Jason, my dishwasher repair man, that I was retired from 2 jobs, but still had to go to work at night for my third one (Parkway). He commiserated about my having to work the late shift. Typically I work on rejuvenating my house with my bride: painting, woodworking, updating appliances, and yes, doing the dishes (thanks, Jason!).
Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?
RS: I believe this is the 10th time I’ve met my son on stage. Outside of rehearsals I meet him on a regular basis at the auto shop to help him repair flat tires.
Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
RS: Listening to Andrea Bailey “slow jam” a faerie rondel for Titania.
Q: What is your favorite line from the show?
RS: “I am amazed and know not what to say,” Hermia’s response to co-ed camping in the woods.
Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?
RS: Recently a colleague from graduate school and her husband happened by Parkway looking for tickets and were dumbfounded to find out that I still trod the boards. I hope they remember a slimmer me, and perhaps note that time has been kind to my craft.
Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?
RS: I attended an all-male Episcopal church school from Primer Form through high school. I entertained the notion of becoming a preacher and having a captive audience for one hour a week. I’m glad I now attend the church of storytelling and “preach” to a ticket-buying audience-of-choice for over two hours a night!
Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?
RS: No matter whether you are a Faerie, an Athenian, or a Rude Mechanical, hypocrisy and pedantry are mocked, and man’s foibles are held up to true reason’s sunlight – but forgiven in true love’s moonlight.
Q: Do you have a favorite Shakespeare line?
RS: Theseus’s speech in Act V: “The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst are no worse if imagination amend them.”
Q: What is your favorite Shakespeare play?
RS: As I progress through the Seven Ages of Man, the NEXT play is my favorite.
Q: Anything else that you’d like people to know about you?
RS: My mother, now 94, has always supported me in my choice of a life in the theatre. As she approaches Act V in those Ages of Womankind, I hope she has many more juicy speeches to deliver.