Thursday, February 11, 2010

Meet the Artists: Dek Ingraham

Well, I can start by saying that it’s a real pleasure to be directed by Lisa Grande again! Some of my favorite experiences in the theatre were shows directed by her. I was her student at Marietta College and her collaborative directing style has heavily influenced my own when I’m sitting in the big chair. This is the first time that I’ve gotten to act with her since moving to Pittsburgh in 2005, so I’m really happy to be in this show!

Lisa is the person who first introduced this amazing little play to me about 10 years ago when I was a student in her Irish Drama class. When she brought it up as a possibility for this season, I was excited to rediscover this gem of a script. At first, I was a little bit afraid that the play was a bit of a “museum piece” since it is set in such a specific time, but as I read it again, I discovered just how timeless this play really is. The relationships between the three characters are incredibly realistic. It has just as much to say about the kinds of love and friendship that exist between adult men as it does about the nature of violence. It is an incredibly complex play that is absolutely effortless for an audience to feel and comprehend in performance. The more time that I spend with it, the more of a masterpiece of Irish drama I find it to be.

The rehearsal process itself has been a ton of fun. Ricky and Rich are great to work with onstage. Lisa and Cory are really insightful and keep the spirit of rehearsal light—much needed when working on a play with such strong emotional investments! Sometimes we devolve into giggling like 14 year old boys with some pretty inappropriate comments, but it’s all part of finding our relationships as artists and funneling that into our relationships as characters. Who ever thought that being chained to a wall could be this much fun? That’s part of the magic of this play. There is such joy found in such misery. It says volumes about the human condition without ever getting preachy or wallowing in self indulgence. The story is told with such dignity and humor that it really is impossible to resist.


Well, it will be great to get back at rehearsal after our week hiatus thanks to Snomageddon. I hope you’ll join us for this very special show!

--Dek Ingraham, Actor (Edward)

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