What is your role in this production? I play Mr. Dumby, who is variously described as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘an absolute brute’, but is really just trying to do his best to succeed in this demmed thing we call ‘society’, for better or worse.
What is your background in theatre? I got involved in theatre during high school, where I played some part, big or small, in fourteen productions over the course of three years. In the years since, I have not been nearly so prolific. My last appearance on stage was as Michael in Sex Lives of Superheroes for the Stage Struck festival in 2013.
What brought you out for this show? Why did you want to be a part of it? I’ve always loved Oscar Wilde’s writing, and I find it fascinating that what was his idea of satire and modern society more than a hundred years ago isn’t too far off from today. Of course, we might be dressed a bit differently, but the sentiments are the same.
Why do you think audiences should come and see this show? First of all, it’s just a great story, with a little bit of everything. Love, jokes, insults – what more can you ask for? Secondly, the costumes. We all look pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself.
What has been the most fun so far working on the show? The most challenging thing? Absolutely, without a question, the best part of working on the show has been the people. I don’t have a lot of experience in the community theatre scene in Edmonton, but everyone has been fantastic, and I couldn’t imagine a better reason to wake up for a 9:00 AM rehearsal on a Saturday morning.
What is your favorite Oscar Wilde quote?“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.” (Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories)