Tuesday, August 6, 2019

MEET THE 2019 NOMINEES: Evan Teich

NOMINATED FOR: 2019 Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role
Evan Teich* as "John Wilkes Booth" in The Secret Theatre's Production of ASSASSINS

Evan Teich*

Executive Producer: Richard Mazda
Director: Lauren Shields
Musical Director: Morgan Morse
Stage Manager: Melissa Barry
Set Designer: Steven Bolt
Lighting Designer: Annie Garrett-Larsen
Assist. Direction/Choreography: Christopher Noffke
Costume/Prop Designer: Ashley James

*Denotes Member of Actors' Equity Association

What first attracted you to working on this show?
I'm a big history buff and I love how Sondheim/Weidman have woven the stories of these tragic historical misfits together to highlight a greater overarching narrative about the American dream.

What was your favorite part of working on this production? And why?
I loved how the intimate nature of The Secret Theatre brought out the hauntingly claustrophobic nature of some of ASSASSINS.

What was the most challenging part of working on this production? And why?
Working in a 3/4 thrust is challenging since you're always giving your back to someone. But, as long as you're engaged in the scene and conscious of giving face time to each side of the audience, it works in the end.

Was there anything odd, quirky, innovative, funny or otherwise noteworthy about your experience with this production?
Our Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald, typically cast as male, was played by a woman. This was my second time playing Booth and the gender changeup completely changed the nature and energy of the final climactic scene between Booth and Oswald. It was a refreshing change to a usually male dominated cast.

What is the best thing about working with this company and/or these artists?
The Secret Theatre was wonderfully supportive and generous during this production. The folks there went above and beyond to make us all feel at home.

Did you learn anything or discover anything new while working on this project? If so, what?
There's always a lot to learn working on a history piece, but getting the rare privilege to play a role twice, I got to dive even deeper into the motivations and nuances of Booth. He is a deeply interesting and tragic historical figure who gave up a life of fame and comfort in pursuit of his misguided cause.

What does receiving this nomination mean to you?
This nomination means a tremendous amount. We perform because we love it, but this recognition lets us know that others have loved it too. I can't claim full credit, however, as ASSASSINS is a truly ensemble piece. I shared the stage each night with a truly monumental cast and share this honor with them.

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