Arcadia Actor Spotlight: Dwight Chiles (VALENTINE COVERLY)

Dwight Chiles is Valentine Coverly

Q – Why did you audition for Arcadia?

A – I auditioned for this play because I fell in love with one of Valentine’s speeches.  I studied the speech in college a bit and I have always wanted the chance to real dig into the play.

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

A – I have had the privilege of performing with Parkway Playhouse a few times.  Last summer I played Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream and the summer before that I played Durdles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  Other Parkway credits include Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol.  Favorite roles outside of Parkway include Treplev in The Seagull, Martin in Seminar, Lady Bracknell in The Importance if Being Earnest, The Player King in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Pistol in Henry V.

Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

A – I have loved every bit of rehearsing this play.  It is a very difficult play and there is a lot to think about and learn.  I never thought I would have to research The Second Law of Thermodynamics or Chaos Theory for a play…

Q – How have you prepared for your character? Did you base your character on someone?

A – I have been doing a lot of research for Arcadia.  One of my favorite things to do for research is read reviews of other productions so I can find out the things that worked or didn’t work for each production.  Also I am learning a lot of research on Math and Science.  Studying Chaos Theory, Entropy and Chaos Theory.  IF I had to compare Valentine to someone I would have to say he is similar to Stephen Hawking.  I watched The Theory of Everything and got a lot of great ideas as to how the mind of someone who is this smart really works.

Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

A – People should come see this play if they want to laugh.  This play is hilarious and even though we talk about Math and Science and LIterature the comedy comes form how passionate each character is in the particular are of study.  Throw a bunch of geniuses and wannabe geniuses into a room, give them a mystery to solve and watch the hilarity ensue.

Come see Dwight and the rest of the cast of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia June 6-20th!

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