Compiled by Jeremy van Meter; video by Ana Hagedorn
The Philadelphia Story just so happens to be the production which has the longest performance run of the 2012 season. When the production closes on October 26, it will have logged 54 total (public) performances and played to an audience of hundreds. One of the most common questions we as a cast get when people find out the length of the run is how we keep it all together for that amount of time and what sustains a production through that many performances.
Early on in my acting career I became aware of the phrase “the world of the play.” That idea is what I use when answering the question of what has sustained my personal performance within The Philadelphia Story. The particular set, lighting and costume design immerses me fully in the world of The Philadelphia Story. It is unlike any other world in which I have lived on stage and the character that I play unlike any other that I have played in the past. The other characters in that world are fascinating to connect with and that connection deepens with each performance. I have fallen in love with the story and to share it with a new group of people each time we are allowed to do so is extremely satisfying. It is also not too difficult to share the stage with some of my greatest friends and my wife at the same time!
A few other cast members were asked the same question and they share their thoughts in the following video:
It is unbelievable that we are in the waning days of the production run and if you have yet to see The Philadelphia Story, your opportunities are passing quickly. Seven performances remain before the closing on October 26.