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The Soul of a Man

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jennifer Fouche
July 6, 2013

What is your job on this show?
actor.

What is your show about?
A very successful young man finds out that family, strength of character and the love of a good woman are what really matter in life.

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I'm a proud native of Detroit, Michigan! I studied Journalism at Michigan State University and after several years in the music industry (long story), I moved to New York to study acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Is this a trick question? :) I was doing a production of Hamlet in The Drilling Company's season of Shakespeare In the Parking Lot and prior to one of our shows, our director read a letter written to the cast by a gentleman who had seen every performance during our run. The man wrote that every night we took him "from the miserable and hard existence" of his own life and for a few hours, he was "happy". This man was homeless. So, my answer to this question is not one of the choices listed because I believe the most important person is the one sitting out in the house. They experience the joy, love, excitement and sometimes even enlightenment that the theatre can bring. The actor, director and playwright must work in tandem and as equals to make that happen.

What is one specific thing that you hope audiences will realize you’ve contributed to the production?
I am of the opinion that every character, no matter how over the top or downright strange, relates to a real story and a real person. I feel that it is my job to tell that story as truthfully and genuinely as possible. I hope that at the end of the show each night, audiences feel I have told the truth.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, or Zeppo?
Harpo. Hands down. :)

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
Diversity is incredibly important because it reflects the world in which we live. It provides the theatre the wonderful opportunity to present different cultures, perspectives and ideas to a vast number of people; that is powerful because it can change a person's outlook or get them thinking and open up dialogues that didn't necessarily exist before. There is also something powerful about looking up at the stage and seeing someone who looks like you.