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Blithe Spirit

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Matt W. Cody
August 21, 2013

What is your job on this show?
actor.

What is your show about?
When Charles Condomine asks Madame Arcati, a local psychic, to lead a seance in his living room, he gets more than he bargained for!

Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in a suburb called Wauwatosa. It's an incredible coincidence, too; our director, Sue Glausen, is also from the Milwaukee area and went to the same high school as my mother and aunt! Sue would want me to mention that she's MUCH younger than they are. I went to college at UCLA and studied music.

What are some of your previous theater credits? (Be specific! Name shows, etc.)
I've been lucky enough to work with some great companies here in New York, including Metropolitan Playhouse, where I did BOTH YOUR HOUSES, and Resonance Ensemble, where I appeared in R.U.R. on Theater Row. Regionally, I've played Milo in SLEUTH twice--that's probably my favorite role I've ever done.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
This question is particularly challenging because BLITHE SPIRIT has some great surprises, but the play is so famous I don't suppose I'm giving anything away by saying that Madame Arcati's psychic trance is pretty hilarious-- especially as performed by our own Noelle McGrath.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
This is an easy one: Ang Lee, for sure. I've always loved his films going all the way back to THE WEDDING BANQUET. He's a director with a fantastic range; when you think of how he tackled Jane Austen in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, the American Civil War in RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, and gay love in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, it's astonishing. And special mention to THE ICE STORM, which made a huge impression on me when I saw it in the theaters when it first came out. That film really snuck up on me.

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
What could be more important that using theater to tell the stories of people who've historically had less of a voice due to prejudice? Diversity is essential.