This was perhaps one of the most meaningful pieces of theater I’ve been involved in as an actor. It was truly an honor for me helping Jim Hanson tell his story. Because the play has it’s depths rooted in factual reality, I felt a deep sense of responsibility as an actor to honor the play. Many a performance, audience members would approach us, thanking us for our work, and that was so gratifying.
Selected roles and some thoughts on each
TRUST Self-Reliant Productions Father Randall
A young man, Michael, becomes withdrawn and starts doing poorly at school. His father tries to figure out what’s going on while, about the same time, the family’s former priest becomes the president of a fictitious college. The link between those events becomes clear when it’s revealed that Michael is coming to terms with the fact that the now-even-more-powerful priest abused him for years.
"I was truly impressed by this work from a first-time playwright, a first-time director (actor Rich Remedios), and actors who were mostly unfamiliar to me. Trust is a powerful play telling an important story, tough to watch but worth the effort."
Each representative role is labeled title, producer and role.
"The interactive and immersive experience that is Crime and Punishment pushes the boundaries of what theater can be...You're not just watching the show, you're in it, you're part of it. This experience may not be for everyone, and you do have to push yourself outside of the theater seat comfort zone, but if you're willing to don a mask and stumble around in the dark for an hour with an open mind, you will be rewarded with a totally unique and all-comsuming experience."
A twisted interpretation of the Dostoyevsky novel, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT blends physical theater, dance and design into an adventurous, immersive performance in the basement of The Soap Factory.
The creative direction of Noah Bremer, Tyler Olsen and Joanna Harmon leads a co-production between Live Action Set, Dangerous Productions, and The Soap Factory that brings together a team of over 40 artists, including some of the most innovative performers and designers in the Twin Cities. With two-dozen storylines unfolding simultaneously, the production is unique to every person who sees it.
This was pure fun for me as an actor. The play was interactive, which for me was a first. Very different and very avant garde. We were performing right in the thick of it with audience members. It brought the meaning of theater to a whole different level.
I was fortunate enough at the time to be in Raye Birk’s class, The Actor’s Workout, when they came up with the great idea of having an actor’s showcase. It was my first time performing in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie theater.