Our Clybourne Park Cast Interview Series Begins with the Illustrious Bobby Danger
Where are you from? If not from the Pacific Northwest, what brought you here?
I’m originally from a little city called Long Beach, California. I served in the Army for ten years, and after my enlistment ended, I decided to stay in Olympia.
What makes Clybourne Park such a powerful piece of theater?
It’s America, pure and simple. It is our tapestry and provides a snapshot of our history in such a way that we can all identify with. The summer of 2014 forced America to pay attention to the conversation of race, and Clybourne Park provides dialogue for a segment of that conversation. I dare anyone to walk away from this performance and not be mindful of who we are as a people, hopefully moving towards the fact that we all have a part to play in the human race in this great nation.
How did you get started in theater? What was your first role?
I was a dancer back in California and got a small part in the gospel play A Taste of Life. I heard the audience’s applause and caught the bug. After high school I joined the Army, which put my theatre life on pause. Shortly after leaving the military and completing college abroad, I met Linda Whitney who allowed me to audition for this season’s Stardust….the rest is 2013-2014 history. Great to be back on stage.
Where did you go to college? What did you do while you were there?
I attended the University of Maryland, University College in Venice Italy. I majored in Human Resources Management and started a production company called Sumeh Breeze Promotions. We created Hip Hop, fine art and spoken word events in northern Italy.
Where else have you performed?
I played a role as Deckard in Slashburn Production’s Spaced-Out: An Intergalactic Crime Saga.
Do you supplement your income with any non-acting endeavors? If so, what?
I am the current Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager for a mid-sized state agency.
What’s it like working at Harlequin?
I’ve learned so much about theatre at Harlequin, most notably how to be part of a team. They treat you like a rockstar and do all they can to develop and encourage your talent. I love this company.
What advice would you have for an aspiring young actor?
It’s never about you. Acting is about listening not giving lines. Supporting others is the true evidence of a good character actor. If my listening helps the audience “feel” your words, I’m doing my part. Always listen, always be present.
What is one of the craziest theater experiences you’ve ever had?
Every night during Stardust!
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about coming to see Clybourne Park?
Come look in the mirror.
Click here for more information about Harlequin Production’s presentation of Clybourne Park, running October 2-25, 2014.