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Pigpen Profiles: Tony Moschetti

Like the start of a bad joke, the doctor and the priest step out on stage this week played by our own Tony Moschetti.

What is your theatre background?

I did youth community theatre classes when I was in middle school because my parents wanted me to have a hobby and flag football made me cry. I eventually received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from NAU, and a couple years ago Taylor and I started doing our own productions with some friends.

How do you feel about true crime?

I’m actually fairly indifferent to it. My wife listens to some true crime podcasts and I’ll listen in sometimes, but I don’t seek it out. I get the appeal, I just like fiction more.

What is a favorite family memory you have?

Unlike the dynamic in Per, my parents and my wife do try to get along. I remember once we all went to this orchard in southern Arizona called Apple Annie’s. We had gone as a kid so I built it up a lot and was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype. But there is something so satisfying and fun about picking fruits and veggies. Where else can you use the word bushel casually?

What’s next for you in theatre?

I will be acting in one of the short plays featured in our Now What? event in October, and then I will be directing Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner by Darcy Parker Bruce in January.

What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I have a sincere love for James Bond movies, slasher movies, and kung fu movies. I feel like I know people who also like those things, but haven’t been able to really geek out.

Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

If I had to pick one, maybe Burgers? If I didn’t have to pick one, I would get 2 huge New York cheese slices, cover them with chorizo, beans and salsa, fold them over, and use them as a bun for a bacon cheeseburger. Yeah.

Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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Pigpen Profiles: Eliana Burns

Continuing the spotlight on Per, we have our tragic ingenue (and part-time blood dealer) Eliana Burns.

What is your theatre background?

I have been acting since I was 7 , doing costumes and makeup since I was 13 and directing since I was 16. Some of my favorite roles in the past were Tricia in Parlor Games, Van Helsing in Dracula, #4 in Yellow Boat, and House in Under the Rug/Debajo de la Alfombra. This show is definitely one of my new favorites!

How do you feel about true crime?

I have been obsessed with true crime since middle school. I listen to Crime Junkie or My Favorite Murder on my way to class every day. I’ve seen pretty much every episode of Forensic Files. I also have some very strong opinions about the JonBenet Ramsey and Laci Peterson cases.

What is a favorite family memory you have?

Every year, my mom and I go to see the Nutcracker during the holidays. We’ve been doing this since I was 5, so we always get to compare the differences in each version afterward. The best year was in a smaller venue in Chandler where they incorporated dogs that were up for adoption into the show.

What’s next for you in theatre?

After this, I plan to continue auditioning for shows around the valley!

What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I am currently majoring in Sustainability with a minor in Political Science, so I love talking about sustainability and politics, or specifically environmental politics, which is the field I plan to go into. Beyond that, I love talking about my pets or conspiracy theories.

Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

Tacos

Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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Pigpen Profiles: Dolores Mendoza

Next up in the cast of Per, playing our macabre momma Anna, Dolores Mendoza!

What is your theatre background

I’ve been in and around theatre since middle school, but I’ve loved it even before that.  After being all about theatre in high school, I took a ten-year hiatus to work in corporate America and realized that my life was miserable without it.  I’ve since gone back to study theatre here at Mesa Community College where I’ve been able to act, design, and direct – and adore every minute of everything.  I’ve since been able to step out into the valley theatre community with Stray Cat Theatre and Laughing Pig Theatre – doing acting and properties design.

How do you feel about true crime?

True crime is such a guilty pleasure for me.  I’m strange because the more tame and “everyday” the situation is, the sadder it is for me, and I can’t watch it.  But if it’s over the top, twisted and creepy, I’m super fascinated.  I don’t know what that says about me other than I’m awful.

-What is a favorite family memory you have?

A favorite family memory I have is a New Year’s Eve that we spent in our upstairs living room, which was basically bare aside from a record player, playing with balloons that were filled with homemade confetti and singing and dancing to oldies records all night.  It was my mom, my dad, my older sister and her then-boyfriend (now-husband), my younger brother, and I.  It always makes me smile when I think about it.

What’s next for you in theatre?

Next up in theatre, I’m thrilled to be directing “Made With Love” for Laughing Pig’s “Now What” short play fest!  I can’t wait!

-What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I would like to take this opportunity to talk about Cup O’Karma.  It’s a little non-profit cafe that holds a special place in my heart due to where it came from and where it has grown.  It’s located inside the Chandler Public Library at 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, AZ 85225 and benefits the SEEDs program.  The Support, Education, Empowerment & DirectionS program is a transitional housing project of the National Advocacy & Training Network that helps to address the unmet needs of battered and sexually abused women and their children. The program is a community-based, safe, sober living environment committed to the physical, mental, and emotional healing of women whose lives have been affected by substance abuse and violence.  Not only is the staff lovely, the drinks and food delicious, and do they host great music, but it all benefits a wonderful cause.  Go check it out if you can!

-Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

This is like making me choose between my children.  Can we just say that all are beautiful in their own special and unique ways?  (And then just agree to get pizza.  Pepperoni with extra cheese, please.)

Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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Pigpen Profiles: Nathan Smith

The Pigpen is open again with the cast of Per, opening this Friday, September 20. To start us off is the man himself, Perses Nilsson, played by Nathan Smith:

What is your theatre background?

I started acting in high school and since then I’ve never considered stopping. I continued performing at Mesa Community College, and these days I am lucky  to be able to focus on improving as a performer with excellent local theatres like Laughing Pig! 

How do you feel about true crime?

I’m conflicted. I think a fascination with darkness is normal, and I love a good documentary no matter the subject. However, I feel the genre has contributed to an unrealistic sense of fear and mistrust. If you pick up a hitch hiker, the odds are probably higher that you’ll kill them in a wreck than that they’ll murder you. Which one are you worried about though?

What is a favorite family memory you have?

I recently said that Ceres was an asteroid and my 3 year old nephew immediately corrected and told me it was a dwarf planet. 

What’s next for you in theatre?

Who really knows? Maybe a meteorite will destroy the human race on closing night. If not, I’m always auditioning for new shows around the valley! 

What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

The great Pyramid at Giza has 8 sides, not 4. It is built of about 2,300,000 stones weighing from 2-80 tons each, cut and carried from miles away in Aswan and then somehow lifted as high as 140 meters to be placed. It was was painstakingly built upon a non-level surface to incorporate the “subterranean chamber,” and an existing electromagnetic anomaly. It incorporates the values of Pi, and Fi, and the accurate circumference of the Earth into its proportions and while it was coated in limestone, the interior and largest stones are granite- which is among the hardest stones worked by man, and will break copper tools with barely a scratch.

Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?

Tacos.

Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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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!