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One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody

By admin | February 11, 2016

Two-faced super-nerd, Charlie Ross, lovingly tears Nolan’s Masterpiece a new one, in his solo show One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody, opening February 18 at Waterfront Theatre.

No costumes, no sets, no Batmobiles—Ross takes you on a one hour joyride, from the caped crusader’s origins to his epic battles against Gotham’s super-villains.

This town deserves a better class of parody, and Ross is going to make sure you get it.

If you’ve seen Charlie perform his signature One-Man shows you know that this third installment in Charlie’s Trilogy of Trilogies is an event not to be missed. This show is weird, respectful of the source material, and irreverent.

Similar to many Fringe performers, Charlie is the sole actor, although he wasn’t totally alone on this journey—fellow Fringe Star TJ Dawe came along for the ride, as the director. Charlie chatted with Theatre Wire about his process, giving a glimpse into why we can’t miss this show!

What things do you want your performances to prompt people to think about?
I want to prompt people to remember what it was like to play (uninhibited) when they were kids.

What are you most looking forward to about the performances?
The nerds.

As a producer, how involved are you in guiding the interpretation and creation of a character?
As Producer/Playwright/Actor I tend to use my intuition, and then try to make TJ Dawe laugh.

How did you prepare to play your character?
I watched the movies, a lot, and read the comics/graphic novels (anything relevant I could get my hands on) as research. I also studied the heck out of the performances of the actors from the Dark Knight Trilogy.

What has been challenging about learning this role?
Trying to communicate the details that people have likely forgotten from the films, everything from the character’s idiosyncrasies to the details from the complex capers. As the writer and performer I’ve had to streamline a story that I know very well, but adapt it for a more general audience.


One of Charlie Ross’ Many Faces

How has the rehearsal process influenced your original conception of your character?
When TJ didn’t laugh or respond to a joke or bit of business I was compelled to try either a different approach or edit out the bit completely. I also found myself improvising a lot more with some characters, like Bane, and discovering wonderfully ridiculous bits of material.

What’s the most misunderstood aspect of an actor’s job, in your opinion?
I think that too much emphasis is given to the actor and not enough to everyone who contributes to a production as well as the night itself (or matinee) of the performance. There’s a lot of pressure during performance on the actors, but the pyramid is built upon the backs of many who get very little notice for their efforts.

What inspired you to write this show?
I was looking (and had been for about 10 years) for a trilogy of films to round out my own desire to have a trilogy of trilogies. I loved the dark quality of Christopher Nolan’s films, it was exactly the tone that adapts well to parody. It’s hard to make comedy into comedy.

Is the story based in a true event? If so, what did you need to do to reshape the story into the guise of a play?
The only true event is something autobiographical, in that I have grown accustomed to doing myOne Man Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. The Bane of my existence (pun intended) is this nagging need to attempt adapting another trilogy for the stage. I feel a bit like the older washed up Bruce Wayne, very little cartilage in my joints, trying to slap on my costume and act like a younger man. I have changed over the years (some good, some bad), but I am trying to face the challenge. I’m facing my fear of falling—failing—and I can only do this by embracing the fear. By making the climb without the rope, so that fear will strengthen my resolve.


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