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I think I’ve au­di­tioned for a na­tional tour once or twice but it was a per­fect time for me to do some­thing like this. I was scared about how dif­fi­cult it would be but I knew it was a rite of pas­sage as an ac­tor that I wanted to do.

How is the tour go­ing so far?

It’s amaz­ing. I love it. It can be ex­haust­ing but it’s an in­cred­i­ble way to see the coun­try. What I like about this ver­sion is that it’s very stripped down and I think there is less sep­a­ra­tion between the au­di­ence and on­stage.

Tell us about your ver­sion of the Em­cee.

It’s the Em­cee as cre­ated in the ver­sion by Alan Cumming and Rob Mar­shall. There is a huge amount of lib­erty you can take, a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­pro­vi­sa­tion. I feel like the role is a ves­sel cre­ated by the play and pro­duc­tion it­self, a ves­sel that the more you fill with your­self, the more of my own sense of hu­mor and in­tel­li­gence, my sex­u­al­ity and joy and pain, the play works.

Why is this so iconic for gay au­di­ences?

I think gay peo­ple are ex­tremely used to be­ing used as some­thing that can mo­ti­vate po­lit­i­cal fear and ha­tred. Much like the Jews were in Ger­many at the time. There are so many mi­nori­ties or po­lit­i­cal fac­tions that are used to turn into a talk­ing point. We are aware of how that con­ver­sa­tion can hap­pen with­out call­ing it, ig­nor­ing the fact that some­thing is hap­pen­ing

Hi Oren and Niv. What can you tell us about “Cow­boy?”

Oren: It’s four men, the two of us plus two more. We started out play­ing with our mas­culin­ity, and what is ex­am­ined from us as men with our gay sex­u­al­ity. We were very in­flu­enced by Amer­i­can cul­ture. We also took the cow­boy im­age – the Amer­i­can icon. We saw “Broke­back Moun­tain” a long time ago but the in­flu­ence re­mains, the as­pect of the lone ranger, be­ing se­cluded, be­ing an out­sider, hav­ing to prove mas­culin­ity. That is the area we were swim­ming in when we did “Cow­boy.”

Is this the pre­miere of the show? Niv:

We pre­miered it in Au­gust of 2015 af­ter a year of putting it to­gether,

‘Cabaret’ ‘Cow­boy’

Novem­ber 3 – 6 7 Stages 1105 Eu­clid Ave. At­lanta, GA 30307 www.7stages.org but this is the U.S. pre­miere.

You two have never hes­i­tated to in­clude sex­u­al­ity in your shows.

Niv:

It’s our iden­tity – that is who we are. It would be weird to cre­ate some­thing that didn’t in­clude that. But in the new piece we are do­ing, the gay is­sue isn’t re­ally even a part of the show.

Openly gay ac­tor Randy Har­ri­son (cen­ter) stars in “Cabaret” play­ing Nov. 1-6 at the Fox The­atre. (Cour­tesy photo)

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