Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Roster

Hello All.

It is my understanding that last night Zoot announced its summer series to be produced at the Dayton Art Institute.

Though I haven't found an official link or press release, I have been given leave to let you, my loyal readers, in on the major roles I will have the opportunity to portray this summer.  I say the major roles as I will likely be playing multiple characters and/or helping with the Ningyōtsuka of one or more others as the casts for the second two shows will be small.

I'll give you more information as I get it in rehearsals.  Neat, huh?

First off, I will finally have my crack at Nick Bottom the Weaver in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream opening on Wednesday June 19th and closing Sunday June 30th.  Like most theatre professionals who focus on text or classical work, I have worked on this show in a number of capacities somewhere between 5 and 10 times depending on how you count it.  Probably more.  But this is the first time I get the chance to focus on a single character, and one of the most delightful comic roles in the comedies.

After this I'll be able to proudly say: "My friend's don't call me Jackass for nothin'!"

The second production will be Christopher Marlowe's Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus which will open n July 10th and close on the 21st of that month.  Doctor Faustus, as it is often called, is one of the few other plays that made it out of the Elizabethan period along with Shakespeare's and I am eager to be invovled as I have never had the chance to work on this piece in any capacity. 

I will be playing the Pope.

Told ya.

To round out the season I will be lending my voice to Caliban, one of my favorite characters in all of Shakespeare's canon.  Like Midsummer, I have worked on The Tempest on several occasions but this will, again, be my first chance to interpret the monstrous son of a witch as an actor.

This production will open on July 31st and close on August 11th. 

I am jazzed about this as The Tempest is one of my favorites and I would expect there will be some cool and unexpected results from the Artists at Zoot!  In fact, I think these three pieces are a magnificent menu of theatre for the talents of the puppet-makers and I really can't wait to see what they cook up.

I bet you'll be impressed as well.

I hope this  information makes it even clearer why I was so desperate to be involved in this season of plays and I'd like to express again how thankful I am to all of you who are helping me to achieve that goal.

See you in magic land!




  1. After all these years, you've finally worked your way up from nun to pope!

    1. Ha Ha! True! Pretty good for recovering Protestant eh? ; )