S: I think I was drawn to Harlequin because of how outrageous he is allowed to be. Harlequins were employed by royalty to be funny and satirical, and they could get away with saying what we all want to say. So I really liked that. He also plays an Evil Baron. And I love witches.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your process as an actor? Where do you begin?
S: I suppose it is different for every role. Triumph of Love has such a specific style, I really wanted to get a grasp on the tradition of commedia dell’arte, so I looked into the art form.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about the production?
S: I am most looking forward to playing with this amazing cast. We have some Chicago greats like Katherine Condit and Bill Chamberlain – it’s like watching a master class. And then we have some amazing new talent including Nathan Gardner and Elizabeth Telford, who are just starting to make their mark here. And then there’s my two partners in crime, Meghan Murphy and Garrett Lutz that are so much fun to be on stage with. It’s really electric when all of the pieces are in place!
Q: Would you compare your character to any “men/women of the 21st century,” fictional or not?
S: I would say Harlequin is a little Jim Carey, he has to be very versatile – very “yes and.”
Q: Where do you hail from?
S: I am from Ottumwa, Iowa. Birthplace of Radar O’reilly, for any of you “M.A.S.H.” fans.
Q: What’s your favorite color?
S: Honestly my favorite color is grey. I think it makes my skin look really vibrant. (I am serious).
Q: What excites you the most about working at TMTC?
S: I love that I get to explore so many aspects of my artistry with TMTC. I have gotten to explore a lot of myself through my work here. I got to explore dance when I assisted with choreography on The Pajama Game, I got to explore new music with The 48 Hour Musicals: Autokorrekt. And now with Triumph of Love, I get to explore clowning and this larger than life character. It’s such a gift.