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Dog Opera q&a preview by Jason B. Schmidt
October 15, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor and producer.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I was cast as an attorney in a dramatic version of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in 3rd grade. I was convinced then and there that I wanted to be a lawyer, like Matlock. Later, I realized I wanted to play a lawyer. I began working professionally in opera in high school and that's when I really knew I had found my calling. Opera led to musical theatre which led to straight acting, which is what my degree is in. I've been working (it) ever since.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever! (Off-Broadway at Actors Playhouse), Thank You for Being a Friend - The Musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Rocky Horror Show, and many many more.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
My co-producer/co-star and I became friends when we did a scene from this play over 10 years ago. We've been working together ever since. We've always known we wanted to do a full production and now our experience and the help of funders from all over the country has made that possible. I met our amazing director James when he and I starred opposite each other in A Year with Frog and Toad.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Daria and Queer Duck. I didn't pick from the list. Do I get points taken away? Okay okay, Marge because my Mama is flying in from Texas and I know she's going to love it.

Who are your heroes?
Comic legends: Carol Burnett, Danny Kaye, Charles Nelson Reilly, Paul Lynde, Bea Arthur.