Dwight may be a familiar face at Parkway Playhouse, but not one you’ll see during Bonnie & Clyde… unless you spot him in the audience with you. This time, you see, he’s directing the show instead of starring in it.
PP: Rumor has it you’ve been wanting to see this show done here, specifically, for a while… Is that true?
Dwight: The rumors are true! Ever since I walked into Parkway Playhouse for the first time, during Romeo and Juliet, I wanted to be a part of Bonnie & Clyde in this theatre. Four years ago I assumed I would be a part of the cast if Bonnie & Clyde was ever selected for the season, but now I am so glad to be given the opportunity to bring this show to life as its director. The theatre itself is what inspired me to bring this show to Parkway and being able to see the images and ideas from my imagination come to life on stage has been a dream come true.
PP: This is your first time directing at Parkway Playhouse, but you’ve appeared in several shows over the years (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arcadia). What’s it like in this new role?
Dwight: I have had the opportunity of being involved in some of my favorite shows as an actor at Parkway, including Midsummer Night’s Dream and Arcadia among others. Taking on the new role of Director at Parkway has been a wonderful experience. Kristen and the staff have all been incredibly helpful and such an easy team to create with.
Usually when I direct, I also take on many other roles including set designer/carpenter/scenic artist….the list goes on. But having this dedicated staff also working on this show, I have been able to focus on only directing and it has been so rewarding. The cast! This has been one of the most talented group of actors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone, across the board, is really putting their all into this production and it has been such a joy to lead this group of artists.
PP: So, has anything surprised you about directing this show?
Dwight: The thing that has surprised me most rehearsing this musical is how excited and motivated the cast has been to do research about the characters they are portraying. In the beginning of rehearsals I told the cast they have the opportunity to step into the shoes of real people from history and there is a world of resources at their fingertips to help bring these characters to life.
We have found incredible details about these peoples lives such as Bonnie never went without her iconic red lipstick and that Clyde always took his shoes off before he drove because he thought it made him closer to the car and he would drive better. Little details that the audience is going to be able to enjoy at the theatre each night.
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Bonnie & Clyde, our first musical of the summer, opens on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30pm and is followed by the traditional Opening Night Party. Sunday’s 3pm performance is followed by a short opportunity to ask questions of the actors!