Don James is an active member of RCLT. He has been involved in many productions including: The Odd Couple, Birds of a Feather, One Child, Black Coffee, The Beams are Creaking, The Curious Savage, Arsenic And Old Lace. He also recently assistant directed for To Kill A Mockingbird.
Thanks for having a chat with us today. Tell us about your character, Sid Prince.
Don: He’s kind of a boisterous, wise guy who likes to irritate and instigate trouble. He is Moriarty’s #1 henchman, and he’s quite proud of that. He is morally bankrupt and will not hesitate to kill at a moments notice, nor does he have any remorse for doing so. He also prides himself on being thorough and makes mental notes of his accomplishments.
What challenges have you faced while portraying this role?
Don: The biggest challenge I have is mastering the English accent. Second is overcoming the perception that I could not portray and bad or evil person. I hope that will change after this play.
What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
Don: It is always my hope, in any play, that the audience is thoroughly entertained. Whether it be in humor, suspense, thought, or sorrow, the viewer should come away fully satisfied and maybe even learn something about the society we live in. I also hope they will have a renewed interest in the theater and perhaps decide to participate themselves, as well as appreciate the effort and hard work that is put into these productions.
Come see Don James play his first ‘bad guy’ ever!
You might remember Will Atkinson from The Lion In Winter or An Evening Of Culture. His love for the theatre combined with his exceptional talent are an unstoppable combination!
Thanks for having a talk with us today. Tell us about your character, Sherlock Holmes.
Will: The character I play is of course Sherlock Holmes. I’ve grown up watching the originals, reading the books, etc.. and honestly I have always seen Sherlock as this charismatic, witty, overbearing, a** that tends to bounce from good to bad on a regular basis not to show off but to prove to people how simple things can really be. He says a line in the script to Watson telling him that he sees but he doesn’t observe and I believe that’s what Sherlock has always tried to portray, that if people observed whats around them more instead of just “seeing” they would notice more things about others and themselves. With that being said though he does have a good and bad way of showing people that, he can be nice about it but he can also be ugly about it.
What are some of the challenges you have faced in performing this role?
Charles Lathrop is not a new comer to RCLT stage, however, it has been some time since we’ve seen him here! We are glad he’s decided to come back, he’s quite talented!!
We are glad to talk to you today! Tell us about your character, Professor Moriarty.
Moriarty is a criminal mastermind. He strikes me as being somewhat fatalistic, taking more interest in the game itself than actually winning per-say. While he might consider it acceptable to be defeated by a worthy opponent he considers being arrested a detestable ignominious result. In other words, the police and the courts are beneath him. If he’s ever beaten it would really be Sherlock who did it and therefore Moriarty doesn’t see any reason that anyone else should have any claim to it. Moriarty surrounds himself with those who are easily cowed, overawed, or manipulated. As a down side, his henchmen are not always reliable.
Gina Montague is a regular on RCLT’s stage! You may remember her as Becky, in Small Talk, Elaine, in Arsenic and Old Lace, or Glenda the Good Witch, in The Wizard of Oz. We are blessed to have her talents portraying Irene Adler!
Thanks for chatting with us today! Tell us about your character, Irene Adler.
Gina: I think that Irene is very intelligent and accomplished in her career. However, she has terrible taste in men. She has been badly mistreated by men and is desperate for love, but even more desperate not to appear so.