Q – Why did you decide to audition for RED at Parkway Playhouse?
A – I auditioned for Red for the subject matter. I really love this play because it discusses the ideals of art and also creative thought in general. It’s a play of ideas. That attempts to get people thinking about what they love to do and why and how to stay true to your own creative intent.
Q – What are some other shows people might recognize you from?
A – I have been in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Demetrius, George Merry in Treasure Island, Hoi in the King and I all at Parkway Playhouse and have also worked for Ana Caram theater in Asheville in Birdie as Birdie. Also I will be the Duke of France in King Lear at Montford Park Players.
Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsal so far?
A – My favorite moment of rehearsal has been pretty much all of it. Andrew is a fantastic director, Pat is a wonderful actor, and Bobby is a terrific stage manager it’s been a blast.
Q – What challenges have you faced during rehearsals?
A – The topics of conversation between Ken and Rothko. The birth of tragedy especially. Nietche is very interesting but a little hard to comprehend.
Q – How have you prepared for this role?
A – Looking at paintings and reading philosophers have been a huge help, also finding out what my habits are as Jered and not bringing them into the role.
Q – What do Rothko’s paintings mean to you?
A – Rothko paintings mean to me… Struggle and perseverance and sense of connection to how we as humans have all felt from time to time. Joy anger depression introspection all are present in Mark Rothko paintings to me.
Q – What is the #1 reason folks should come see this show?
A – The number 1 reason people should see this show is for the relationship between Ken and Rothko and the struggle they both share to keep the truths and ambitions of their art alive in a constantly changing world. This play’s meaning can resonate not with just artists but all walks of life.
Q – Anything else you’d like people to know?
A – I’m very involved in stage combat. And I am a friend of the society of American Fight Directors. Plus I can breathe and swallow fire as well.
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