What are you most looking forward to about the performances?
There’s a moment when Jamesy sticks his head through the fourth wall and sees the audience for the first time. As they see him seeing them, they know he knows they’re seeing him, and he knows they know he’s seeing them, and we’re all in it together—this hysterical and ridiculous theatrical predicament of players playing for and with each other.
Were there any moments in the creation or rehearsal of this piece when you thought you might not make it through?
When you’re working on a project that is about creating theatrical situations so delightfully ridiculous, the question of continuing is… do you still want to go to work and laugh till you throw up? Um, yep!
Which of your heroes would you want to see this play and why?
Martin Short and David Suzuki. They’d sit and hold hands. My hope is they’d like it and say something rad about it, which we’d be able to quote on our media releases.
Who is your favourite Vancouver based actor and why?
Ryan Beil. While I’ve only seen him perform a handful of times, he was one of those fellows who years ago, I saw and was like, “Damn! I want to keep an eye on you.”
Last play you saw in Vancouver? What did you like about it?
VU at PuSh. Meticulous
What does Vancouver’s Theatre scene need?
More culturally diverse content (and audiences).
What is your next project and why are you excited about it?
James & Jamesy in the Dark has been in the incubator for about a year now. It’s kind of about nothing. Two nothings. But in that nothing, everything is possible. It’s like two atoms debating turning into life.
Book your tickets into the sandbox now! High Tea plays April 12-17 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island.