A lot of people ask – What the heck is Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets? Based on your experience so far, how would you describe it?
Simply put, its dramatic interpretations of both plays and poetry in an atmosphere of good natured competition .
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences?
I'm participating as an Actor.
Most excited about sharing the results of the collaboration process…as these are all new works that must be developed quickly, the spirit of collaboration tends to run higher than with traditional theater.
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
It forces you to be more flexible and to think on your feet more due to the time constraints of the process.
My favorite cheap booze is booze that someone else pays for …for obvious reasons.
This edition of Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets tackles the theme of (D)Constructing Seattle. What is one aspects of living in Seattle that you either love or hate – and why?
Love the growing microbrewery industry in Seattle…I can now walk (or bike) very short distances to get a wide variety of great tasting & super fresh beer….and 9 times out of 10 I can find my way home after sampling some hoppy goodness.
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?
Hard to ever predict audience takeaways, but hopefully they will enjoy our multi-disciplined approach to the art.
Can you tell us something about your aesthetic and approach as a writer, actor, or visual artist?
NO…. No I can't.
Tom is happy to get the chance to work once again with Dan T. and the Medicine Ballers. Favorite past stage roles include Dr. Osbourne in "Tall Tales of the Unnatural Frontier"(Pacific Play Company), Professor Moore in Kim Rosenstock's "Tigers Be Still" (Catapult Theater), Ozzie in the Gregory Award winning "UNDO" (Annex Theater), and Captain Lon McQuigg in "The Racket" (Theater Under the Influence). Look for him later this year in the independent short film "Ted Bundy: King of Hearts" when it hits the festival circuit.
Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets plays February 5 – 6 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill. Friday performance is at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:30 pm. and 10:00 pm. Tickets are available here: http://seattletheatreworks.org/