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Pigpen Profiles: FML Writers & Actors

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Laughing Pig is powering through the remainder of our 18-19 season with the speed and determination of a pedicab driver who’s short on rent.

Tonight we open our third Monologue Cafe, where writers submitted themed monologues to be performed by talented local artists. This time it’s all about those classic tales of shame and absurdity we call #FML.

To get us in gear, we have continued our artist spotlight series with three tag teams of writers and performers you can see this weekend and next: Luke and Sergio, Alina and Shannyn, & Cynthia and Lydia. Hey

Luke Gomez – Writer:

What is your background with writing?
I started writing in high school nobody told me to stop throughout high school and now so if you don’t like my monologue that’s on them. I’ve had a quite a few of my plays performed in Phoenix but it’s been a hot minute.
How did the FML theme inspire you?
Well it made me think back on some rather unfortunate times, mostly hilarious in retrospect but at the time were not. I went with one that felt pretty funny at the time too.
Why is it important to share our lessflattering moments?
Our embarassments are ways we can sometimes feel out of control or even lower than others. If you own them, it becomes like an armor. I think thats a Game of Thrones quote.
Was there another story you considered sharing, but held back on?
Theres a lot, most of them booze related. There was one time I got lost in the woods and another time I woke up with a stop sign. There’s also a lot of non booze stories but not as funny.
What are you expecting from the performance?
I’m hoping the audience properly laughs at my dumbness.

Sergio Hans Martinez – Performer 

• What is your background with acting?
I was involved in theater in high school, but in the nine years since, I haven’t done any acting until now.
• What was your reaction to the piece you received?
When I first saw my piece I found it difficult to relate to, as I myself am not prone to blackout drunk moments. But then as I read into it, I realized that the monologue is also about the awkward situations this guy got into and the effort he was willing to put forward to avoid catastrophic embarrassment. And I think we can all see ourselves in that.
•Why is it important to share our less-flattering moments?
I think sharing embarrassing or shameful moments helps others get through tough times, and that’s always good. That being said, there are a few stories that are better kept to ourselves.
• Did this experience remind you of any of your own experiences?
At my drunkest, I too have made coworkers uncomfortable, destroyed property, and urinated in plain view of innocent bystanders. The difference between these stories and my monologue are that they are among my best memories!
•What are you expecting from the performance?
Ideally, I will be scouted at this performance to play Aegon Targaryen in the new Game of Thrones spinoff series. In the unlikely event that doesn’t happen, I have no backup plan.

Alina Rios – Writer:

What is your background with writing?
I’m a published poet and fiction writer and have been writing since I can remember myself, although I began writing in Russian (my first language). I discovered playwriting in 2017 and am completely head over hills with this medium. I have been living and breathing plays since.
• How did the FML theme inspire you?
It’s a brilliant display of character isn’t it, to see them deal with embarrassment. It tells so much in so little time.
 
•Why is it important to share our less-flattering moments?
Because we need to be reminded that we are all only human. We’re not alone in this.
 
•Was there another story you considered sharing, but held back on?
Yes, but it was too long.
 
•What are you expecting from the performance?
I’m hoping it is a slow and steady burn, and I hope that by the end, it hits you in the stomach, and you connect.

Shannyn Hall – Performer:

• What is your background with acting?
I’ve had a love for acting my whole life and started performing in plays at school and summer camp before I was 10. When I was 11, I filled in for a middle aged woman in a completely age-inappropriate community theatre play in which I played the father of a teen hippie played by an 80-year-old woman. It should go without saying that from that moment was born a lifelong love affair so great it would make peanut butter and jelly jealous.
• What was your reaction to the piece you received?

It was disheartening to see one woman unravel and pity herself for not being like a woman that she found enviable. It undermines her decisions on how she lives her life and minimizes her feelings on what she finds important. She seems to be more embarrassed by her own lack of self worth in comparison than any actual event.

•Why is it important to share our less-flattering moments?
Our less-flattering moments are real and sharing them is what connects us. No one is safe from experiencing them, no matter how glamorous their lives may seem. Those are the moments that make us laugh or cry, they evoke the very thing we want to feel from seeing a movie or play or reading a good book. They are what make us vulnerable and makes the flattering moments so satisfying. And you know, maybe some of us wouldn’t have much to share if we couldn’t share the less-flattering moments but I’m doing my best ok?
 
• Did this experience remind you of any of your own experiences?
Well I’m the queen of saying the wrong thing. So. Yes.
•What are you expecting from the performance?
That’s the exciting part of performing live, you never know what to expect.

Cynthia Wheeler – Writer

What is your background with writing?
Most of my life, writing has been technical in nature; job related, manuals, newsletters, and instructional. In recent years, I began writing for myself. Its often a exercise in capturing stories from memories. Other times I draw on situations I find myself in currently that strike me as amusing or even ridiculous. Ridiculous is a great place to find humor. I have found performing my writing at storytelling and spoken word events has been the logical next step for me, one activity feeding off the other.
How did the FML theme inspire you?
Embarrassment is universal, relatable and links to vulnerability, another great place to mine humor while contemplating the human predicament. While a lot of my writing is driven by a theme or prompt, I usually have a story or scenario already twisting its way out of my head onto the paper. As the Berry Turns monologue was a fragmented story line I was able to bring into focus with the theme embarrassment.
Why is it important to share our lessflattering
If a story is the shortest bridge between two people, sharing a vulnerability is the short-cut to authenticity.
Was there another story you considered sharing, but held back on?
I have other pieces that could have fit an embarrassed theme but this one really developed in a way that I could disassociate from enough to see someone else as the central character. Writing this monologue was a sort of breakthrough for me.
What are you expecting from the performance?
#1. I hope people are entertained and want to hear the rest of the story, if there is one. Second, I expect to have an awareness that was not available during the writing phase by observing the actor engage in the next phase of the creative process by bringing the monologue to life and the audience response.

Lydia Corbin – Performer

• What is your background with acting?
Well according to my family, I’ve been a drama queen all my life, but #FML is actually my acting debut!
• What was your reaction to the piece you received?
I absolutely appreciated the comedy and depth of this piece, and I’m excited to bring it to life.
 
•Why is it important to share our less-flattering moments?
So many life lessons are birthed out of our less-flattering moments in life, and that crazy experience could be a lesson for you or for others.  In any event, it’s necessary to celebrate the wins and the not so winning moments.
 
• Did this experience remind you of any of your own experiences?
There are definitely some parts of my piece that resonated with experiences in my life.  I actually can identify with bits of ALL the monologues which pretty much tells you that I’ve had a couple of “interesting” experiences. 
 
•What are you expecting from the performance?
You mean besides being discovered and cast in a major motion picture?  I just expect to have fun. and hopefully in doing so, I make the playwright proud and the audience laugh while thinking about their own experience in life. 
Tickets are still available for all four performances! We can’t wait to impress you!
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Pigpen Profiles: Shake-Smash Ensemble Pt. 2

We’re back with the second half of our ensemble, four performers directed by Artistic Director Taylor Moschetti, tackling six shows: The Role of the Actor, Frost/Macbeth, The Petition, Pray for Us! They Sent Jim Cantore, The Ills We Do, and Hamlet’s Revenge!

Erin Coté

Bailiff- The Petition

Elaine- Pray for Us! They Sent Jim Cantore

Mona- The Ills We Do

•What is your performance background?

Been acting since I could walk. graduated with a BFA from the University of Montana. Studied at The Groundlings and A Noise Within. Will perform any change I get!

•What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

Romeo and Juliet (it’s perfect. I’m a sucker for romance)

•Which of your characters do you most relate to?

I enjoy the bailiff’s relationship with the Doge. I love playing a sidekick. I imagine myself at the little king from Alice in Wonderland or the little laughing creature next to Jabba The Hut.

•Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

Comedy

•What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

•Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

My mom’s sugar pie. It’s so effff……efffffffffffff….. darn delicious. Also pumpkin and chocolate.

•What is one thing people should know about you?

I love Harrison Ford. Probably too much. 

Leonard Muhammad

Macbeth- Frost/Macbeth

Doge- The Petition

Ghost- Hamlet’s Revenge

What is your performance background?

I’ve been training for the past 3 years. I started with Meisner training. The studio I train with now teaches Method acting. I learned acting in grade and middle school, and decided to return a few years ago.

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

Othello.

Which of your characters do you most relate to?

Probably the Doge. I relate to his arrogance and laziness.

Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

When it comes to classical plays, tragedies.

What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

“How did I father such an idiot?”

Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

Pizza (yes, it’s a pie).

What is one thing people should know about you?

I am an introvert who likes the stage. (I don’t get it either.)

Aleksandra Marinkovic

Voice- The Role of the Actor

Jessica- The Petition

Emma- The Ills We Do

What is your performance background?

I study theatre and performing arts at Arizona Actors Academy. I graduated from the Torch Theatre in long form improv and have performed with various improv ensembles. I was recently part of my first Shakespeare Festival in a production called “Take Up The Paper” and first Scene Festival performing a Noel Coward piece called “Fallen Angels.”

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

As You Like It

Which of your characters do you most relate to?

Jessica- The Petition

Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

Both, I love Shakespeare and so I’ve come to appreciate a good Comedy and a good Tragedy because of him.

What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

“In converting Jews to Christians, you raise the price of pork.”

– The Petition

Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

Key Lime Pie!

•What is one thing people should know about you?

I am a huge fan of my fiancé, Ryan! I am so thankful for his patience and for his continued support in me and the craft. We are excited for our wedding in May! 🙂

Casey Anderson

Actor- The Role of the Actor

Frost- Frost/Macbeth

Jerry- Pray for Us! They Sent Jim Cantore

Hamlet- Hamlet’s Revenge

•What is your performance background?

My performance background is entirely with Laughing Pig Theatre, and I’ve loved every moment.

•What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

My favorite Shakespeare play is King Lear. Love that bit with the mirror or feather at the end. Just cracks me up.

•Which of your characters do you most relate to?

I relate most to the character of The Actor. He wants to be taken seriously but doesn’t take himself seriously enough for the respect he wants.

•Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

I prefer Tragedy over comedy generally, but man, I like goofing off so much.

•What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

My favorite quote is probably, The Actor tring to figure out somebody who may have payed Hamlet. He falls pretty flat on his face, it’s great.

•Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

Mud pie! Always and forever will be my kind of pie.

•What is one thing people should know about you?

Something people should know about me: yes, I really am that pretentious all of the time.

Don’t forget you can only see these fantastic shows December 7, 8, and 9, so get your tickets today!

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Pigpen Profiles: The Shake-Smash Ensemble

The first Shake-Smash is right around the corner (if that corner took four days to turn around)! To continue our tradition of spotlighting the fantastic people we work with, we want to profile our whole nine-person ensemble cast for this show!

The ensemble has been broken into two smaller casts that each handle half the shows. The first group is directed by our Outreach Director,Tony Moschetti, and performs the shows The Tragedy of Ravenna Rose, How Much of Me is You, Casting Call, The Tragedy of Beth and Mac, and The Shakespeare Project:

Thomas F. Graca

Painter/Suitor- The Tragedy of Ravenna Rose

Antony- How Much of Me is You

Martin- Casting Call

Witch- The Tragedy of Beth and Mac

Romeo (Bill)- The Shakespeare Project

•What is your performance background?

I’ve been performing around the valley for 13 years in both community and youth theatre and I’ve even been recognized by both the AriZoni Awards and the National Youth Arts Awards.

•What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

My favorite play by dear Bill has got to be Twelfth Night.

•Which of your characters do you most relate to?

The character I most relate to in these shows is probably Bill as Romeo. Even though I didn’t drop out of high school and have never been in a student film.

•Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

When it comes to the question of Comedy or Tragedy, I find Comedies with a hint of tragedy, it Tragedies with comedic moments to really hit the sweet spot.

•What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

The line that stands out to me the most, is “Routine dulls love’s dagger” in the play Casting Call.

•Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

My favorite kind of pie is admittedly Peach Cobbler.

•What is one thing people should know about you?

Something most folks should know about me is that old movies are a way of life. They are the fuel of my inspiration, and the soothing of my soul.

Dolores Mendoza

Grandmother- The Tragedy of Ravenna Rose

Fulvia- How Much of Me is You

Witch- The Tragedy of Beth and Mac

Mrs. Peterson- The Shakespeare Project

What is your performance background?

I’m a student actor.  I had previously only acted in one community play after being in a few high school productions back in my hometown of El Paso, TX before taking a 10-year hiatus from theater to work in retail, then corporate America here in the Valley.  After realizing how much I missed it, I was lucky to be cast in a few roles at Mesa Community College and do some properties and set dressing design work, before most recently being cast in my third professional production as Blythe Donnelly in Stray Cat Theater’s upcoming show, “Two Mile Hollow”.

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

I’m sure it’s cliche, but Midsummer Night’s Dream will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the very first play I was cast in (the ONLY 6th grader who landed a speaking part, thank you very much).  The mistaken love, fairies, the trickster Puck, a play within a play… It’s just so fun, a great introduction to the worlds of Shakespeare!

Which of your characters do you most relate to?

There is actually a lot of myself in all of the characters I get to play, but if I had to pick one, I probably relate the most to Jan Peterson in “The Shakespeare Project”.  She’s friendly, supportive, softspoken, underestimated, and willing to stand up for herself and those she cares about when it’s needed.

Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

Oh man, there are so many fun parts to both, but I’m going to have to say comedy.  It’s pretty easy to make people feel sad (difficult to make them cry, and that’s SO great when you can do it), but it takes timing, subtly, and skill to make them laugh.  There’s no feeling in the world quiet like making an audience laugh.  I don’t do drugs, but I imagine it’s like drugs.

What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

All of these pieces have so many wonderful nuggets of prose, but my personal favorites are from the little bits of wisdom Grandmother in “Ravenna Rose” shares that I think many of us need to be reminded of, especially in today’s society:  “Do not fear age, fear ugliness of heart.  What matters?  Are you kind as you are fair?  For beauty lives with kindness, they’re a pair.”  And, “With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come…”  Age isn’t something to fear if it is filled with a life of joy, and a kind heart is the most beautiful of all.

Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

Lemon Meringue is the best pie.  No contest.

What is one thing people should know about you?

I am often unnecessarily verbose.

Arielle Hurst

Ravenna- The Tragedy of Ravenna Rose

Witch- How Much of Me is You

Juliet(Krista)- The Shakespeare Project

What is your performance background?

I got my start in acting with the Laughing Pig Theatre, first taking their acting classes, then participating in performances like the Monologue Café and now, Shake-Smash!

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

My favorite Shakespearian play is definitely Much Ado About Nothing! I still remember reading it in high school and ~finally~ understanding what was being said well enough to laugh at a joke in the text. That moment turned Shakespeare into art that was interesting and relevant, rather than something to gloss over with Spark Notes.

Which of your characters do you most relate to?

I think Ravenna Rose has a really understandable perspective. Our society is so obsessed with beauty and youth, it’s no surprise an impressionable young woman would wish she were forever young!

Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

I’m not one for tear-jerkers and comedies at least give me a chance at a happy ending!

What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

It’s a long one, but I love shade Cleopatra throws at her lover’s wife, Fulvia:

But she, I’d wager, is of some hardy stock,

That can be got all year round regardless

Of climes, wealth, or elevation. Livestock!

That can be roasted, cured, ground or salted!

For any occasion! If I’m a fig, she’s beef.

Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

Hands down, bourbon banana cream pie.

What is one thing people should know about you?

I have a black belt in taekwondo! I got it when I was 14, so It’s a little rusty, but I still like to consider myself lethal 💪

Michael Rodriguez

Ruddock- The Tragedy of Ravenna Rose

Benjamin- Casting Call

Mac- The Tragedy of Beth and Mac

Michael- The Shakespeare Project

•What is your performance background?

My performance history is pretty slim outside of high school, although I have done a lot of shows while in high school. These include 12th Night, Romeo and Juliet, Wait Until Dark, and The Laramie Project.

•What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

Favorite Shakespeare play would probably be Macbeth. It’s a dream role of mine. Which is why I’m glad I’m sort of playing him in this production!

•Which of your characters do you most relate to?

I relate most to Mac. I am very vulnerable to peer pressure.

•Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

Tragedy all the way!

•What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

.“Shmucks, I tell you!”

•Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

Chocolate pie!

•What is one thing people should know about you?

One thing people should know about me is that i’m much more introverted than my characters make me out it be.

Trejon Dunkley

Cleopatra- How Much of Me is You

Beth- The Tragedy of Beth and Mac

Mrs. Label- The Shakespeare Project

What is your performance background?

I’ve been performing since I was 7. Choir, orchestra, drama, film, standup, you name it, I’ve probably done it. I studied film theory in college, which helped me learn not just how to perform but why we perform. The past three years, I’ve been a stand up comic, and I’m super excited to be back onstage!

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

I LOVE Macbeth. I love works about guilt and crime, messed-up marriages, and just a taste of magic, and Macbeth has it all. Lady Macbeth is probably one of my favorite characters ever in anything, she’s just such a great example of twisted ambition, and what happens when we limit women.

Which of your characters do you most relate to?

I honestly relate most to Mrs Label. I admit, I can be a little “holier-than-thou” when it comes to literature and film, and can get pretty frustrated when I’m surrounded by people who aren’t taking things as seriously as I am. Sometimes it’s hard being a braniac!

Which do you prefer: Comedy or Tragedy?

I think comedy is harder to pull off correctly, but I thing tragedy is much more satisfying. Getting to feel these huge, often dark emotions is so cathartic, and I come off stage after a particularly heavy scene just feeling lighter in life.

What is a favorite quote from one of the shows?

“We are made kin by our betrayal by you/my fellow-captive, and my sister-wife” -Cleopatra, How Much of Me Is You

Completely unrelated: What is your favorite kind of pie?

Cherry!

What is one thing people should know about you?

When I’m not performing, I’m a huge granny who loves to knit!

Check out the rest of the cast tomorrow, and come see Shake-Smash this weekend only!

Pigpen Profile

Meet the Performers: Taylor Moschetti

They say a good leader leads from the front, and that extends to the pigpen! Our last reasons to be pretty profile is our very own Artistic Director, Taylor Moschetti. Taylor shared with us how she connects and humanizes an emotional Tesla coil like the female lead, STEPH.
What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?
I’ve always wanted to be apart of a Neil Labute show because I love the language and pacing. It’s such a challenge.
How do you relate to your character?
She is a fiesty little mama. I LOVE IT. I also possess some of the self doubt and insecurity about my appearance that she is seen struggling with throughout the show.
What do you dislike about your character?
She comes off as unintelligent at points. It doesn’t make sense to me.
What is your favorite part of the show?
I have two, I love when Kent cries over being beat up and the first scene. I love how it starts in such an explosion.
Who inspires you?
I always have such a hard time with this question. Wonderful artists and performers give me life. I love seeing people in their element and doing things they love.
How did you first get involved with performing?
When I was in elementary school, I was cast as Duke Ellington… which I now see, how problematic that was…
What is your dream role?
Tracy Turnblad!!!
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
A good ribeye or Tomahawk… because I’m bougie as hell.
What is your favorite fandom?
All things Harry Potter. I’m a proud Hufflepuff.
What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?
Don’t let anyone else decide your value. And if someone is treating you like you don’t have any, drop them! Bye forever haters. 🙂
Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?
@laughingpigtheatre @borntoeatcupcakes
I will also be performing in Bridge’s upcoming staged reading called The Trauma Brain Project on Oct. 14th.

Also, Shake-smash is coming up! 🙂

Thank you Taylor for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!

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Meet the Performers: Clare Thompson

Are we on a Fantastic Voyage-style shrunken submarine traveling through a second-string Peanuts character? Because we just entered the Pigpen.

This time around we talk to recent AZ transplant Clare Thompson, about walking the tightrope of male expectations and self-worth that comes with playing CARLY.

What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?

I had a professor say to me once that I “need to do a Neil Labute play at least once, because if you can make Labute look good you can do anything.” So when I saw the posting for the audition I took it as a sign.

How do you relate to your character?

There aren’t many aspects of Carly that I relate too. But that’s the challenge and the fun part of being an actor, I get to play somebody who isn’t me.

What do you dislike about your character?

Carly is stuck in an abusive relationship. But mainly that she is the male “idea” of how a woman behaves.

What is your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part of show is when Kent get’s punched.

Who inspires you?

I’m not inspired not by anyone specifically, but rather the world that we live in. I’m inspired by the grass that grows through the concrete despite all odds being against it, the couple fighting in the grocery store over almond milk vs cashew milk, by long bus trips with so many lives that are riding together. Nature, People, and our Society is what truly drives my creativity.

How did you first get involved with performing?

I have been performing since my first role as Baby Jesus.

What is your dream role?

I would love to play a character named Woyzeck. A man who becomes so completely overwhelmed by the pressures of society it leads him to kill his wife on the blood moon.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Pomegranates, fresh juicy pomegranates.

What is your favorite fandom?

I don’t have a fandom. I try not to get hyper obsessed with anything.

What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?

The people that I have met have been the biggest takeaway. Every rehearsal has been fun and entertaining.

Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?

I’m shooting a movie in LA in November but can’t release any information at this time!

IG: @starvinglittleartist

Thank you Clare for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!

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Meet the Performers: Andre Johnson

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Andre.

Andre who?

Oh, you are about to find out my buddies. We’re back with our next reasons to be pretty pigpen profile!

This time we have Andre Johnson, who will be playing our favorite small town alpha male: KENT.

What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?
Tony contacted me about auditioning. It sounded fun and I like Tony, so I decided to attend.
How do you relate to your character?
I don’t, haha. At all. Kent is pretty much the polar opposite of who I am as a person. I do enjoy baseball though.
What do you dislike about your character?
Literally everything. He cheats, he’s two-faced, he values people based on what they contribute to his own status, he’s super misogynistic, he’s hyper-masculine… He embodies pretty much everything I hate.
What is your favorite part of the show?
Probably when I’m describing Crystal to Greg and describing the color of her eyes in the most inept way possible.
Who inspires you?
Among people I know personally, definitely my mother. She’s a fantastic role model and a powerful person. When it comes to celebrities and that kind of folk, I really like Terry Crews, and the Internet personalities I follow most are the Game Grumps, who are pretty much living my dream every day.
How did you first get involved with performing?
A drama class in middle school got me interested, but what solidified it was taking drama classes in high school. A teacher from one such class was directing a school musical, and she offered me a role 2 weeks before opening, and I took it and loved the experience, so I just ran with it.
What is your dream role?
Seaweed from Hairspray would be so much fun, or George Washington or Aaron Burr from Hamilton. But then I’d have to learn how to actually sing.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Probably spaghetti. Or juice, if that’s an option. If I could be guaranteed to get all my required vitamins and nutrients and not get canker sores every day of my life, I would just drink juice forever.
What is your favorite fandom?
That’s tough, a lot of fandoms are kind of awful… I guess the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom? They’re generally pretty agreeable and don’t gang up to bash people or nothing.
What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?
So many issues could be resolved with open and honest communication.
Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?
Not at the moment. I am trying to force myself to write and record a video series about the psychological impacts of video games and media, which I’m going to upload to my YouTube channel CascoreGamer. As might be expected, it’s entirely video game related stuff, and lately I’m attempting to branch out into more thoughtful content than I’ve been putting up so far.
Thank you Andre Johnson for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!
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Meet the Performers: Casey Anderson

This week in the pigpen you will get to know the amazing cast of reasons to be pretty, opening this weekend!

 

Casey Anderson is playing the male lead of our production of reasons to be pretty by Neil Labute. Believe it or not, this is Casey’s first time on stage in a fully produced show. We asked Casey about how such a loving and intelligent human takes on the role of GREG, a guy who might think he is more loving and intelligent than he really is.

What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?
C: I auditioned for reasons to be pretty thanks to the generous outreach of Tony, who was my acting teacher a year ago.
How do you relate to your character?
C: I relate to my character in that he can be pretty spineless in his attempt to just please everyone, though I feel he does so in a deceitful manner.
What do you dislike about your character?
C: I really dislike Greg’s reluctance to accept responsibility and to say sorry, even once.
What is your favorite part of the show?
C: My favorite part of the play is the opening scene. It just starts off with such high energy, it’s great.
Who inspires you?
C: The other players really inspire me. They’re naturals that have honed their craft. It’s so great performing with them and playing off their energy. Famous people: Well, Marion Cotillard has just the most beautiful nuanced performances.
How did you first get involved with performing?
C: This. This is how I got involved with performing. In my day-to-day life I’ve always had a more theatrical bent.
What is your dream role?
C: Well, after this I would really, really like to try something with a large cast and one where I have a more supporting role.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
C: Chips and salsa. Back home in Washington we grow a garden and make over 100 gallons of fresh salsa. At peak consumption I was eating a quart of it a day.
What is your favorite fandom?
C: There’s a subreddit called trebuchet memes. Full of a bunch of idiots making really terrible jokes. My people.
What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?
C: Don’t think you can act just ’cause you think you can spot good acting. It’s hard.
Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?
C: Terrence Malick
Just released his opus, The Tree of Life. Everyone should watch it. Not everyone will like it but it is the closest I think I have come to witnessing The Divine. Very difficult to watch. It challenges the viewer and conceptions about film.
Thank you Casey Anderson for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!