If ever there was an actor to answer the spotlight questions unpredictably… it’s Graham.
Graham Livengood (center) in the oh-so-serious photoshoot by Meandering Photography
PP: We suspect that watching rehearsals (and “outtakes”) might be as entertaining as the final product. Are you able keep straight faces?
Graham: No, not even a little bit. It’s been so much fun working with two really funny guys and a very funny director. We’ve been able to play a lot with this show, so straight faces lets you know your scene needs more work.
PP: Best rehearsal moment?
Graham: See above. We didn’t have a single rehearsal that wasn’t stopped for some giggles.
PP: You have to play countless roles in this play, but you also have a character “type” if you will… What is your stage character like?
Graham: A friend who has done this show a few times broke down the three characters: the one who knows Shakespeare, the one that dies, and the one who wears all the dresses. I’m the one who dies. And my character is excited, but clueless.
PP: What is your dream Shakespeare role?
Graham: Audience member. Unless it’s translated into contemporary English–them words is hard.
PP: Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?
Graham: My favorite would be Twelfth Night. I think it’s one of the few comedies that’s actually funny and it’s made for some really great adaptations. Seriously, “She’s the Man” is way better than you think.
PP: So, how would you characterize your “relationship” with Shakespeare?
Graham: I’d say my relationship with Shakespeare is complicated. I still love him, but we’ve really grown apart as time has gone on.
PP: What color tights do you wear? Did you get to pick them yourself? Any codpieces?
Graham: I’m in blue shorts and green tights. Fun fact about cod pieces (which had just fallen out fashion as Shakespeare became known): the stuffing that went into a codpiece was called bombast.
PP: We understand there is a fair amount of improv in the show? Is that a stretch for you?
Graham: I may or may not have done some improv before. A little bit.
PP: Do you think this play makes Shakespeare roll over in his grave?
This question assumes that Shakespeare is, in fact, dead. I think that’s just a little bit presumptuous.
PP: Do you have a favorite prop?
Graham: My hat for the nurse in Romeo and Juliet is very close to my heart. It reminds me of a favorite movie from my childhood. See if you can figure out which one when you see the show.
PP: You’ve gotten a new job (in Yancey County!) and had a kid (!) since the last time you appeared on stage here… How have those changes affected rehearsals?
Graham: I also bought a house. Adulting is hard. But somehow I have time to write and direct “Murder in the Moonshine” a murder mystery experience to benefit Parkway Playhouse at the NuWray Inn. Get tickets from the Nu Wray for late October, we’ve sold out for the past two years.
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Upcoming Events at Parkway Playhouse:
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Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 (followed by the usual Opening Night reception)
Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 (followed by an actor talk-back)
Friday, September 28 at 7:30
Saturday, September 29 at 7:30
Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 (followed by back-talking actors)
Friday, October 5 at 7:30
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30