For our fourth interview with the cast of the play The Princess of Rome, Ohio, let’s hear from Adam Bryan, who plays the outsider paying a visit to Rome.
Q: Tell us the story behind The Princess of Rome, Ohio.
Adam: Well from my character's (England) perspective it is a show about finding love, but the show on a whole is about how everyone needs love. Love however, has some really screwed up ways of showing itself. In short, it's a show about love found, love lost, and found again all on the front porch.
Q: Tell us about the character you play.
Adam: I play England the character Alma meets online. I show up towards the end to sweep Alma off her feet and prove to everyone that she isn't making me up.
Q: Why did you want to be part of this show?
Adam: I got brought in very late in the process because of an loss of the previous actor to another show. However, it was a show that I wanted to be a part of in the beginning, but knew I wouldn't have the time during the first part of the rehearsal process to be fair to the other actors. So amazingly I still got to be part of the show anyway and it was in perfect timing for me to have to time to give it. I really wanted to be part of the show form the start because I liked the script a lot. I think Jon Joy wrote real and believable characters from the first page and then puts them in some really funny situations. The characters are just fun to play, and I hope watch It's really amazing though when an author can take some really very serious and heavy issues and make the audience laugh through the pain.
Q: What's the biggest challenge to this show?
Adam: Keeping in character when some truly ridiculous things are going on around you.
Q: Why would you recommend this show to our reader?
Adam: It's really funny to start with but it's not a show that is just about the laugh, there is also a very real tragedy going on underneath all the laughs.
Q: Tell us the dates, times, and place of the show.
Adam: The show plays on June 30 and July 5, 6, 7 at the Alban Arts center. Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Call 304-721-8896 for tickets and visit www.albanartscenter.com for more information.