Actor Spotlight: Luke Haynes

You will soon think of him as the notorious Tony Wendice.

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PP:  Your last Parkway show was the musical Bonnie & Clyde… Which do you prefer? Musicals or straight plays?

Luke:  I love singing. Its a huge passion of mine, but there is something about diving into a straight play and playing with a real meaty subject. It gets me excited about tone, story telling, and overall feel. So, I would say I prefer musicals but I am fascinated by this show and my character.  

PP: Tell us a little bit about your character. What about them captures your attention? or What about them do you find a challenge to portray?

Luke:  Tony Wendice is driven and cunning but also obsessive and manipulative. Every detail mapped out, and every move calculated. The challenge is that Tony has an agenda to push, and what decisions and reveals does he make to the other characters force that narrative on them. This challenge has been a great deal of fun to play around with.

PP:  Do you have a favorite scene in this show? Why is it your favorite?

Luke:  Scene 2. It allows me, as an actor, to really stretch the proverbial acting muscle and I believe that Mike Yow and I get to play this really fun game of cat and mouse.

dial m promo photo1PP:  How have Michael’s directorial prompting brought new energy to the show?

Luke:  Discoveries all the time. Every rehearsal, I am learning new motivations and adding new variables.

So, be a part of new variables by being an audience member opening weekend… and watch the motivations unravel before your eyes.


You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

dial M for wkyk
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm
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What Audiences Are Saying…

about Dial M for Murder after opening weekend…

“The buildup was wonderful and the 2nd Act was just amazing to pull off!  The Inspector was outstanding… with intrigue.”    ~ Gay Teel

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“I thought it was done very well.  Everything flowed very nicely.”  ~Anon

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“I think the natural organic interaction between the characters was very well done.”  ~ Jennifer Williams

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You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

 

dial M for wkyk
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm

Actor Spotlight: Alesa Bryant Laws

Always up for an acting challenge, Alesa Bryant Laws takes on the role of Inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder.

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PP:  What have you enjoyed about the rehearsal process so far?

Alesa:  I love ALL parts of rehearsal! I love when actors discover the nuances in their character (and in the story line) because I get to watch them create multi-dimensional characters whose every move, expression, and gesture in specific to that particular character. It is utterly fascinating to observe actors take the flat character on the page and layer him into something full and dynamic. Its easy to play a character’s stereotype; it’s hard to uncover and learn the real character. Michael makes us do that, and the actors I work with do it extremely well.

PP:  Are you working with anyone you’ve acted with before?

Alesa:  What a joy it has been to work with Michael Lily again. Working with him last season in On Golden Pond was a blast. Working under his direction has given me even deeper appreciation for his talent. Love working again with Mike Yow, sheriff in The Quiltmaker and Strother Stingley, Alfie Doolottle My Fair Lady.
 

PP: We often get to see you act in the summer, and typically it seems to have been early n the season, but this is your first show this season… What have you been doing with yourself this summer?

Alesa: This is my first show this season. Before rehearsals began I spent my days digging in the dirt, growing my flowers, petting goats, traipsing through the woods, spending time with my sisters, and loving the heck out of my children.
Remember our opening night reception following Saturday’s performance — it’s quite a treat!

You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

dial M for wkyk
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm

Actor Spotlight: Andie Morgenlander

Playing the role of  Margot Wendice is one new face in the cast:  Andie. We hope she sticks around….Andie

PP: So what drew you to audition for this role?

Andie:  I knew Brenda Lilly (director Michael’s wife) through friends at Western Carolina University, and she is the one who first mentioned to me that Michael was directing Dial M for Murder. Brenda had spoken to me about Michael’s directing style; the fact that he gave actors a ton of autonomy on the front end of rehearsing, and trusted his actors to contribute majorly to both character development and movement (blocking) onstage. The style of directing sounded like a great fit for me, so I pursued the opportunity further!

PP:  What have you enjoyed about rehearsal process thus far?

Andie:  My favorite part of rehearsal has been transitioning from the rehearsal room into the space. There is something magical about working on the Parkway Playhouse stage, and as Bruce adds more and more to the set, our energy as actors continues to rise! I love leaning into the environment to make new discoveries about Margot’s personality and why she makes certain choices and says specific things.

Dial M smalll photoPP:  We hope you’ve enjoyed working here. What’s your experience been?

Andie:  My experience working at Parkway Playhouse has been amazing. Firstly, the people. The artists that work here are so connected to the community and so dedicated to keeping it vibrant. The positivity is infectious. I also love working in a space that is so seasoned….so many individuals, artists, performers have created in this theatre, and it feels so wise, almost like it holds you and supports your work.

PP: Are you working with anyone you know in this cast?

Andie:  I am working with all new acquaintances. It has been a blast! I’ve spent the duration of my last three years working in film, so I had almost forgotten the uplifting and energetic nature of working in the theatre. My cast mates are so much fun, each one is so incredibly unique. It’s interesting to get to know new artists, and to find out what drives them to tell the stories that they tell.

PP: You mentioned working in film.  What is your acting background?

Andie:  I am originally from Durham, North Carolina and I received my Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University in theatre performance. Throughout my childhood, teenager and college years I both acted in and costume designed a variety of pieces. During my time spent in “Hollywood South” (New Orleans) I began to dabble more with film and film production. I became disenchanted with the roles that were being offered to me as a young woman in the industry, and fell in love with writing and directing. After graduating from college, I got certified to teach yoga and starting working on my first feature film, Luke & Jo, which will be playing next in Statesville, NC at the Full Bloom Film Festival! I co-wrote this film with my partner Joshua Overbay, who directed and produced while I wrote, produced, acted and costume designed. It’s been an incredible journey co-creating with him. I’ve moved to Asheville where I’m diligently creating short and feature length narrative films and working for a non-profit called Light A Path which shares yoga with under resourced communities. I’ve been hired as the Production Manager for Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, and feel incredibly grateful to be on board with such a passionate and creative group of people.

Don’t miss Andie’s first show at Parkway Playhouse… We hope she lives through the experience!  


You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

dial M for wkyk
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm

Actor Spotlight: Mike Yow

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?

Mike: This is, if memory serves, my fourth show with Strother (Company, Into The Woods, The 39 Steps, and now ‘Dial M’), and my second with Luke (Bonnie & Clyde here last year) and Alesa (The Quiltmaker, which was my first gig with PPH). And despite seeing several Michael Lilly shows, and his attendance in a fair number that I’ve performed in as well, this is my first time working with him. First show with Andie, as well as with Daniel our stage manager, both of whom are excellent.

PP:  What has director Michael Lilly’s directorial choices done to bring the play new life?

Mike: Michael Lilly brings, of course, an experienced thespian’s point-of-view with his directorial style. He also lets the actors play and experience a great deal, which I thoroughly enjoy, which helps find a more naturalistic approach to the text and to the overall story. And he often has some nifty little “bits” to add to a scene, over and above what might be written in the script or otherwise expected.

 


You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

dial M for wkyk
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm