Antony & Cleopatra
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Lamar K. Cheston
October 17, 2012
What is your job on this show?
What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like to work on classical theater most because my favorite playwright is Shakespeare. I believe his stories still have a lot of relevance in today's society and when his work is done it still resonates with audiences.
Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
Ever since I graduated from college in 2009 I've wanted to do a Shakespeare play. This was the first one I've been cast in. When I found out that it would also be an all African-American cast I was even more excited because I love those two things together. After reading the script, it all made sense that this would be how I made my professional Shakespeare debut.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
I would say smooth best describes my role in the show because some of the elements of my character in this show could be taken in different ways. Some will see my allegiance to Caesar, others will see that I have objectives or goals but go about them subtly. I have a smooth approach to getting what I want without letting people know what I'm trying to do so I think our audiences will enjoy watching the story unfold.
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would probably invest in a community theater, build it, and create productions suited to the area that it's built in. Just to bring people out, to bring community theater to more of a forefront. Broadway and Off Broadway are all great, but I believe that some of the greatest stories are told in community theater.