Dial M for Murder is next up at Parkway Playhouse… with some familiar faces in new roles.
PP: You’ve played many memorable roles at Parkway, so tell us a little about the character you play in Dial M for Murder…
Mike: My character, Captain Lesgate (among other psuedonyms), comes from a Cambridge background which, of course, seems to suggest intelligence and higher education. However, he falls out of that studious collegiate culture, as it were, and ends up making a living off of petty (and not-so-petty) crime. As such, he is susceptible to manipulation from those who “have some things over on him”, and thus Tony establishes a fairly easy foothold on good ol’ Lesgate. This character could be portrayed as rather one-dimensional – or perhaps two at best – but I don’t believe in characters with less than three dimensions regardless of stage-time or number of lines. I’ve played lots of big leads in my career, but sometimes I enjoy a supporting character that I can sink my teeth into, challenging me to reach deep into the “actor’s toolbox” so that the even a somewhat secondary character can resonate realistically with audiences, as well as my scene-partners.
PP: You keep coming back… What do you enjoy about performing at Parkway Playhouse?
Mike: I’ve probably given this answer in the past, but it never gets old nor any less true: despite the fairly long drive from my house in East Asheville, I truly enjoy the mountainous beauty and “innocence” of Burnsville and the feel of Parkway Playhouse. It has embraced me back, for the greater most part, allowing me to – thus far – enjoy performing in seven productions for which I’ve been cast and contracted. Every production I’ve been a part of, or have experienced as an audience member, has been rather amazing with continued professionalism and creative inspiration.
PP: Are you working with any old pals in this show?
PP: What has director Michael Lilly’s directorial choices done to bring the play new life?
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