GA Voice - - Acting Out -

I have to say I have a great cast here. Ev­ery sin­gle time I go into a re­hearsal room I am really glad to be there.

Tell us about your re­la­tion­ship with Ge­or­gia Ensem­ble The­atre.

(Ge­or­gia Ensem­ble The­atre artis­tic di­rec­tor) Bob Far­ley had seen a pro­duc­tion of “Equus” at Ac­tor’s Ex­press that I di­rected and asked if I would do a pro­duc­tion of “The Ele­phant Man.” With­out hes­i­ta­tion I said yes. He is a smart man and has been a men­tor, kind of a fa­ther to me, and has helped me fine-tune my skills as a di­rec­tor. He and his wife Anita have been gen­er­ous in offering me the chance to direct other plays. If it weren’t for them I would not be di­rect­ing at all this sea­son.

Most peo­ple wouldn’t as­so­ciate me with this, be­cause the shows I have been most suc­cess­ful in work­ing on have been pe­riod dra­mas, such as “The Ele­phant Man” and “Equus.” Even “The Ju­das Kiss” (the Ac­tor’s Ex­press drama about Os­car Wilde) is kind of

‘Charley’s Aunt’

a cos­tume pe­riod piece. “Charley’s Aunt” is big and broad, with peo­ple run­ning around, chase scenes and a man in a dress. Peo­ple don’t as­so­ciate me with that but I love stuff like that.

What can an LGBT au­di­ence get from “Charley’s Aunt?”

The first one is that there’s noth­ing fun­nier than a man in drag. There’s some­thing sub­ver­sive, silly and funny. If you like to laugh you’ll enjoy it. Be­yond that, it’s about peo­ple will­ing to break so­ci­ety’s rules in or­der to get the love they de­sire, to be with the peo­ple they want to be with. That ap­peals to ev­ery­body.

We don’t look at cross-dress­ing the same way we used to.

We don’t, but this is definitely all about the laughs, the gag of it. It’s not dis­re­spect­ful at all. It’s about this straight man and what he learns about him­self.

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