Let’s continue our interviews with the actors from the play Glengarry Glen Ross, which starts this weekend in Huntington. Up next is the very funny (and very intense) Dylan Clark:
Q: Tell us about Glengarry Glen Ross.
Dylan: It’s a story that takes us on an intimate ride through the cut throat world of 1980s real estate salesmen.
Q: Why did you want to tackle this show?
Dylan: I've wanted a chance to do Mamet since first reading him in college, and I've been a fan of the film for some time, but really any chance to do a contemporary play that's not a musical is one I'll jump at. It doesn't hurt that the people I'm doing this with are all phenomenal performers and good friends.
Q: Tell us about the character you play.
Dylan: I play George Aaronow. He's one of the salesmen, probably the most anxious of the bunch.
Q: What's your background in theatre?
Dylan: I started doing plays in high school, eventually got my BFA in theatre from Marshall.
Q: This is an adult show - what's the most challenging thing about it - the language or the subject matter?
Dylan: It's a close call. There's definitely a challenge in trying to embody the desperation of the given circumstances, however I think the language might win out. David Mamet writes in a manner that lends itself to sounding how people tend to talk in real life, including repeated phrases and fractured sentences, but without care the words can sound anything but natural.
Q: Tell us about the cast and director.
Dylan: These are all men I have worked with before. I'm lucky to have found a friend in each one. In addition to the camaraderie we share, I'm staggered by the talent in this cast. These are guys you can analyze the text with for hours and when you're on stage with them you can't help but become absorbed into the world Mamet created. The same can be said about the captain of our vessel, Mike Murdock. He's the reason this was all possible.
Q: Why would you recommend this show?
Dylan: It's not typical. It's good theatre. It's Mike Murdock's last show. Also there's lots of cusses!
Q: Thanks, Dylan!
Glengarry Glen Ross is a play by David Mamet that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. It will be presented in the Renaissance Theatre Ballrooom at 900 8th Street in Huntington on Feb. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Dinner and Show are $30 each (reservations required - call 304-733-2787. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Show only tickets are $15 each. Also, the Feb. 9 (Thursday) show offers 2 tickets for $20. Visit www.artstristate.org for online tickets.