November 18, 2019

Part 3 of 3

In the 1st installment (1) of this blog, I talked a little about the kind of music we usually associate with performances of Shakespeare’s plays.  Pigeon Creek often uses adaptations of familiar pop songs whose lyrics are topical to the play being performed,...

October 30, 2019

Not necessarily something to which I gave much thought until I was cast as Antonio in 12th Night.  I like him as a character, I think I understand many of his emotions and motivations, but I don’t think he’s inherently funny. 

Which is okay – a comedy in which...

October 18, 2019

I am from Aurora, Illinois. I attended Aquinas College and officially moved to Grand Rapids after graduation in May! I stuck around because of all the lovely people I met here. I want to work and grow with our local theatre community until it's time to head to grad sch...

Hello, Shakespeare Fans, and welcome to another edition of “Executive Director Questions.”  Occasionally I like to use our company blog to answer questions that I get frequently, either from audience or from our actors.  Today I am looking at a big question, which is w...

June 13, 2019

What makes a Shakespearean character “good” or “bad”? In much of my work with Pigeon Creek this issue doesn’t arise: I tend to present as a relatively genial, like-able guy, and the majority of my roles so far accept and play with that reality.

Romeo and Juliet is diffe...

February 12, 2019

As I write this we are about to have a rehearsal for the first time in a week. We have missed four full days of rehearsal. So a lot of my character work on Trigorin, at least in terms of on stage relationships has taken a back seat this week to working only with the sc...

February 2, 2019

I'm excited to be appearing in my second year at the Lake Effect Fringe Festival. Last year, along with the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, we launched a show by one of Shakespeare's contemporaries, Francis Beaumont. "The Knight of the Burning Pestle" is a rather odd...

January 28, 2019

My role in Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Sorin, is the older brother of Irina, a middle-
aged actress who is one of the main characters in the play. When we meet him in the first act,
he is recently retired, already dependent on a walking stick or cane to get around, an...

October 24, 2018

“Mr. Vesbit! You’re dead! So, why are your feet moving?”

It’s the day before opening night, and things are not going well.

“Mr. Vesbit! Your feet!” again yells Mr. Rose, my high school play director, from somewhere deep in the darkness of West Catholic’s cafetorium.

It is...