Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Ryan Edlinger

Meet Ryan Edlinger, who plays Chad Mailer in True Believers. Ryan says, “Chad is a comic writer who is convinced that he is the hero of the story – and fuck all those other guys who insist on treating him like a supporting character.”

How did you get involved in theatre? What is your first theatre memory?
I got involved in theatre through school plays in elementary schools, which later turned into my doing them in middle school and high school. My first theatre memory was doing a cheesy school play about dental
health sometime around second grade, where I was given the lead role because I was the only kid that wasn’t terrified to say more than two lines in front of an audience.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side?
My day job is thankfully closer to full-time acting work than a lot of  actors get. I play various characters in a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party. While it may not be the most challenging character work I’ll  ever do, I do enjoy that I get to play to an audience several times a day. Also, I get to play around on ships all day, and who doesn’t want to do that?

What has been your favorite thing about rehearsal so far?
I got involved in the first reading we did for There Will Be Words, just before I became an official Vagabond member. I’ve especially enjoyed the opportunity to work with completely different casts throughout the process. It’s led to my making plenty of discoveries in response to different actors and their take on the characters.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
I’m constantly amazed by Chad’s uncanny ability to be right in every situation – no matter how wrong he is.

What is your favorite thing about comic books or comic book movies?
My favorite thing about comics is the scope of the stories they’re allowed to tell. They get to be larger-than-life in ways that other storytelling mediums often can’t. Because the characters have super-human capabilities, audiences are more willing to accept their super-human passions as well. The line where people stop thinking “that’s cool” in favor of “this makes no sense” gets set a lot higher, which gives writers the creative freedom to tell even cooler stories.

Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
I’m kind of pissed that Thom Dunn got there before me on this one – but Multiple Man, aka Jamie Madrox is easily one of my favorites. Especially with the noir-style inner monologue Peter David gives him in X-Factor. Another contender would be Deadpool – again owing largely to his amazing inner monologue. I think I’m beginning to see a trend here.

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Ryan is no stranger to VTG, having appeared in last year’s The Unfortunate Cutthroats and multiple instances of There Will Be Words. Other recent credits include Lucky Stiff with Moonbox Productions, The Curse of the Starving Class with Ghostlight Theatre Company, and Hair with Counter Productions Theater. He can also be found dressing up in colonial costume and pretending to be an American Revolutionary at the newly reopened Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, continuing a long tradition of convincing people to pay him to wear period clothing and mess with tourists. In addition to being a fan of comics and video games, he really misses his long-term relationship with his tabletop gaming group, and thinks it might finally be time to move on and start meeting new geeks.

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Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Jeff Marcus

Meet Jeffrey Charles Marcus, one of two True Believers cast members with three first names! Jeff will be playing Calvin Elder (AKA Avenger), a lover of all things comics. He has devoted his life to them whether it’s drawing superheros or actually becoming one – it doesn’t matter. Avenger is Calvin’s superhero identity – not ‘the’ Avenger, mind you.

If you weren’t in theatre, what would you do?
Probably would have devoted my life to martial arts or living in a cave. I’ve heard that sometimes those both go hand in hand

What is the most nerdy thing about yourself?
You don’t even want to know how much money I spend on hero clix back in high school….

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I normally say super strength. That automatically makes you faster, you can do crazy jumps all over the place and I want to throw a hummer. I bet that’d feel so great. Though invulnerability has been sneaking into the spectrum. Pencil diving off a huge building and climbing out of your six foot divot just to say to those around you ‘Wooo, watch your step” then casually stroll away

Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
Other than Batman, ’cause everybody loves Batman, it’s a toss up between Hulk and Gambit. Hulk has been through so many different iterations and the dude can’t be stopped. He friggin held a mountain on his back. D’ya hear me? A mountain. Gambit = badass, fights with a bow staff and exploding cards and a ladies man.

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Jeff Marcus is overjoyed to be working on Thom Dunn’s True Believers with Vagabond theater. Having only been back in Boston for a little over half a year he is hopping back into the acting scene last appearing on stage as Dr. Gerald Cuthbert in Pirate Lives! The Musical. Some of his other favorite rolls include Gary/Roger (Noises Off), Berger (Hair) *DASH and IRNE nominee, Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Frenchy Cabazon (Cannibal! The Musical). After this show he will be taking on the roll of the Price in Brown Box’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Caitlyn Conley

Meet Caitlyn Conley – you may have seen her recently in VTG’s TWBW reading of Meron Langsner’s Burning up the Dictionary. In True Believers, Caitlyn is playing Kt Watts: “Artist and writer for DC Comics. Her graphic novel Robots Still Love You Until Their Batteries Die just got picked up by a film studio. Her roller derby name is Snatchbox 20.”

How did you get involved in theatre? What is your first theatre memory?
I got involved in Theatre when my mom took me to see the touring production of Annie when I was 7. I fantasized about wanted to play Annie so much that I was notorious for singing “You’re Never Fully Dressed” at the top of my lungs every time I showered. Everyday I would bring my mom the newspaper to check the classifieds to see if they were looking for Annies. My first role ended up being Screaming NSYNC fan in an elementary school production where NSYNC was somehow involved. It still might be my best work.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side?
On the side I work as a theatre educator. I teach for local theaters and I also am an acting coach for kids with special needs. This has always been really fulfilling because it is not only giving back to a community that helped you grow as an actor but its training young adults for real life. An education in theatre helps more than just on stage. It allows you to build confidence both socially and individually. It also gives you a cool skill to pull out at parties.

What has been your favorite thing about rehearsal so far?
I would describe rehearsing with Vagabond as sitting in your college dorm with all of your most talented friends at 4am, drunk and deciding you want to put on a play about something awesome. The best and worst ideas coming out of you, but in the end you have something completely unique that you can be proud of.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
My favorite thing about KT is her talent. I love the moments we get to see her at work. My favorite scene is with her and Chad at the artists booth and she is explaining
decoupage to him, she is so cool in that scene that it makes me want to be as awesome
as she carries herself. I also love her relationship with Chad and how they relate to each
other. Shes fucking awesome and she knows it.

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Caitlyn only slightly excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew. She holds a degree in Theatre from Westfield State University. Her recent credits include Wandaleria (Argos Productions), Huck Finn (New Rep on Tour), Twelfth Night (Summer Festival Theatre), The Effect of Gamma Rays (Happy Medium Theatre Co), Farragut North (Zeitgeist Stage), The Coast of Utopia (Westfield State University) and Scenes from Hurray for Hollywood (4th Grade Parent Night, Robin Hood Elementary School). Caitlyn is a three time nominee for the Irene Ryan Scholarship and placed in finals in 2008. She thanks her dad for letting her live with him and her dog, Marty Mcfly, for some wonderful adventures.

Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Steve Marois

Steve Marois in Rehearsal

Meet Steve Marois, one of our two fantastic ensemble members for True Believers! Steve, who has a day job in Higher Education Administration, has an odd obsession with Sailor Moon and Doctor Who!

How did you get involved in theatre? What is your first theatre memory?
In 10th grade, my friends made me audition for our school musical. That year it was Greece: a Musical Parody. Grease Lightning became a chariot; Sandy and Danny were Sandacia and Dannilaeus. Been hooked ever since…

How did you get involved in this production? What is your favorite thing about rehearsal?
I’m a big British Sci-Fi nerd and I’m friends with a lot of Vagabond members, so if the shoe fits, a stitch in time saves the bird in the bush from rolling moss.

What is the most nerdy thing about yourself? 
I have all 200 episodes of Sailor Moon in Japanese and German.

Who is your favorite superhero? Why? 
Sailor Saturn. She’s a BAMF, and could destroy the entire planet if she wanted to. She also has the coolest weapon of any of the Sailor Senshi.

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Steve Marois is thrilled to be involved in his first Vagabond show, especially considering the amount of Doctor Who references in it. His previous acting experiences include appearances in Boston University Stage Troupe’s productions, such as Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Amadeus (Kapellmeister Bonno), and Poona the F@*kdog and Other Stories for Children (Cigarette Box, Aide, VCR, Sparky, Stagehand, Guard, Satan, Reporter, Angry Villager). He has never cried more than when he watched Episode 4 of Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Jim Remmes

Meet Jim Remmes, True Believers actor and attorney at law who would choose super speed if he could have any super power! Jim is playing Box (yes, that’s the character’s full name). Box is odd. Not in the manic “isn’t it cute I’m so weird” kind of way. More in the Charlie Sheen “everything he says should be on a t-shirt” kind of way.

How did you get involved in this production? What has been your favorite thing about rehearsal so far? 
I discovered Vagabond Theatre Group on http://www.netheater411.com. James and Thom have been the best part of rehearsal so far – having both the playwright and the director present for all the rehearsals has opened up a really unique collaborative process. It’s really been a joy to be a part of this show.

What is the most nerdy thing about yourself? 
I love really random, complex board games and card games. Anything with thoroughly obtuse rules that takes an entire evening to play. I still watch pro wrestling – I go to Indy shows whenever they come into town. I know all the words to MC Hammer’s “Turtle Power.” I can go on.

What is your favorite thing about comic books or comic book movies? 
Comics can tell stories in a way no other medium can. The best comics – like The Sandman, Irredeemable, Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns hold up against any piece of literature.

Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
Green Lantern. I have a long, complex, Box-esque theory about how Green Lantern is really just an allegory for the creative process – but I’ll spare you the details. There’s just something indescribably awesome about an intergalactic space cop who fights crime with the power of creativity.

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Jim has a degree in Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University. He is now an attorney.  Jim was previously seen as Gary/Roger is Noises Off, a Charlie Baker in “The Foreigner,” and will be appearing in Acting Out Theater Company’ production of “Almost Maine” in September.  Jim is also a member of the Providence, RI & Cambridge, MA based improv troupe “Bring Your Own Improv.” He wants to thank his family and friends for their love and support, James and Thom for the opportunity the wonderful cast and crew of  True Believers for making this an amazing experience.

Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Zach Winston

Meet Zach Winston, actor, wannabe pro wrestler and VTG Literary Manager. In True Believers, Zach is playing Billy, cyborg rights activist and video-blogger with a passion for ruin, and disdain for order.

How did you get involved in theatre? What is your first theatre memory?
The first thing I can ever remember wanting to do was direct movies. However, filmmaking is not the most accessible activity for a 7-year-old. So my mom suggested that I join drama club. I was resistant at first but, in fifth grade, I finally did it. Originally, I wanted to assistant direct or stage manage. But, like all elementary/middle/high school drama clubs, they were a little short on boys. So I ended up getting cast as the antagonist in some sexually frustrated original melodrama called “Penelope, Pride of the Pickle Factory.” I don’t remember the story too well but I seem to recall a lot of emotional abuse towards my all-female pickle factory staff. I was in fifth grade.

If you weren’t in theatre, what would you do?
Pro wrestling. Definitely.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what else do you do? How does it connect to your life as an actor?
I’ve worked a variety of jobs over the past few years. These include scooping ice cream, giving tours in a pirate costume, and sitting in a cube at a health insurance company. The one thing they all have in common is that I’d rather be doing theatre. Plain and simple.

What is your favorite thing about your character?
Billy is very passionate about the things he loves. We can all relate to that, but what makes it interesting is that he’s passionate to a destructive level. He’s not trying to be malicious; he’s not a monster. After all, Iago isn’t interesting for an audience to watch unless the actor justifies his actions. I think my favorite thing about Billy has been walking in his shoes and seeing what makes this seemingly troubled kid do the things he does. It’s been an interesting journey, and I’m itching to see just where it brings my performance.

What is the most nerdy thing about yourself?
When I’m at the gym, I listen to WWE entrance music. There. I said it. Happy?

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After being conned into auditioning for A Skull in Connemara in the summer of 2009, Zach is honored to be working on his fourth production with Vagabond Theatre Group. Since then, Zach assistant directed VTG’s IRNE award nominated production of Burning the Barn, and penned last year’s piratical sea epic, The Unfortunate Cutthroats. Other local acting credits include Hair (Counter-Productions Theatre Company), The Boys of Winter (Boston Playwrights Theater), The Shape of Things (Salem State College, Student Theatre Ensemble; KC/ACTF Irene Ryan Scholarship nomination), and Tigers Be Still (Zeitgeist Stage). Zach works as Literary Associate, and can be seen reading stage directions at VTG’s new play reading series There Will Be Words. He would like to extend his thanks to the VTG staff, designers, and performers for their endless inspiration and passion. In case he doesn’t get the chance to do it in person, Zach would like to extended a special “thank you” to each and every person in attendance for, without an audience, it’s merely a rehearsal. And last but, certainly, far from least, Zach would like to thank VTG’s unsung hero, guardian angel, and resident “proud mom,” Cynthia Winston.

Meet the Cast! A Short Interview with Anne Colpitts

Meet Anne Colpitts, one of our two fantastic Ensemble members in True Believers! Anne defines her role as “Fan” and “Bar Patron” and “Person Onstage from Time to Time.” She says “My role is to create atmosphere without distracting from the primary action, which isn’t unlike my true existence.”

How did you get involved in theatre?
I was in a very well-reviewed nursery school puppet show about Goldilocks at the age of four (“’Five stars!’ says Anne’s Mom”). That was not only my first theatre memory, but one of my first ever memories. I’ve been going at it ever since, with various degrees of success and humiliation.

If theatre is not your full-time job, what do you do on the side? What do you enjoy about it and how does it connect to your life as an actor?
I work as an executive assistant for a venture capital firm in the Hancock Tower. I spend my days pretending to be efficient, organized, well-mannered, and productive. It’s basically acting at its finest.    

What is the most nerdy thing about yourself?
When I was twelve, I created a fan website dedicated to the 1992 classic film, “Newsies”  called “Suspenders ‘n Such.” I may or may not have written fan fiction. Don’t bother Googling it, I revealed it at an office party after a little too much wine, and had to delete it off the face of the interwebs to prevent further humiliation. 

What is your favorite thing about comic books or comic book movies?
Confession: I have never read a comic book. By the time you read this, they will already have kicked me out of the cast for that statement, but I believe in honesty at any cost. My favorite thing about comic book movies, however, is that they have given me the opportunity to go to a movie starring Christian Bale multiple times in the theatre without being considered a little creepy (because who DIDN’T see ‘Dark Knight’ more than once)? 

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This marks Anne’s first time with VTG, and she wants to thank the group for including her in this experience. Recent other credits include “Floyd Collins” and “Lucky Stiff” with Moonbox Productions, “Absurd Person Singular” with the Footlight Club, and “Crimes of the Heart” with Divine Stageworks. Anne grew up in a museum, spent her formative years on a farm, and lives in a garage, but has never been on a houseboat (offers are accepted). Her favorite X-Man is Cyclops, which makes her appalling, by all accounts.