What is your role in this production? My role in this production is Harold (Hal) Dobbs. Hal is a former student of Robert’s, he’s a math geek, a teacher, he plays in a band, and he gets laid surprisingly often. He’s a complex character, and it’s an absolute joy to portray him.
Why did you come out for Proof? The reason I was drawn to Proof, is that I was eager to be part of a dramatic work. I had worked on TOWTTBP’s The Full Monty, which involved a lot of singing and dancing, and my Fringe show (God on God) which was heavy on comedy. Both of those experiences were wonderful, but I wanted to try something different. So I was looking for something that was a straight play (no singing or dancing), something dramatic, and something that spoke to me as an actor. After reading the script, I knew this project was something that I wanted to be a part of.
What is your background in Theatre? At Walterdale? My background in theatre consists of some high school productions, The Full Monty (TOWTTBP) and God on God (WAMO Productions), which I co wrote/directed and starred in with my creative partner, Dan Moser. Proof marks my debut with Walterdale Theatre.
What do you most connect to about the play? Why? I think I connect most with the complexity of the characters. Hal in particular has multiple motivations, and at times it can be somewhat unclear if he wants one thing or the other. As an actor, it’s my job to know what his motivations are, but it’s fun to keep the audience guessing. I connect with this, because as people we often want something, even though we might not say we do. Or our actions may not be in line with our desires. That conflict, and indirectness is something that I think is in everyone to some degree.
Proof is about Math to some degree, how are you at math? Got any math stories? Ugh. I dread math. I love science, and I really respect people’s ability to do math, but it’s not my strongest field. But I’m an actor, so I can lie and pretend I’m brilliant at it. I’m a math genius!
What are you most looking forward to/enjoying the most about this production? I’m most looking forward to our performances. There’s something so satisfying about putting all of your energy into a show, and sharing it with an audience. I’m enjoying every moment of working on this production. We have an amazing group of people working on this show, and I’ve learned so much. As an actor, I’m extremely lucky to be working in a profession that gives me such pleasure.