MEET THE CAST

The cast of Grand Concourse is a very talented group of local actors who have come together to bring this work to life.

 
 
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Zach Brewster-Geisz

Question 1: Hi, Zach! In this play, your character, Frog, is homeless. He compels us to consider how we see or perceive a person, and how that can change our interactions with them. Why is this conversation important to have within our communities?

"You don’t give me the easy questions, do you? Here in the D.C. area there’s a lot of stratification, where it seems quite unlikely that people from one social class will interact with people from another. Frog is an example of someone who (yep, I’ll indict myself here) I would probably ignore or avoid walking down the street, but who has a robust history and intellectual life. I think there are a lot of invisible people who, if given a chance (and, I don’t know, universal mental health care), would transform the world around us."

Question 2: What is your dream role?

"I’ve been lucky enough to play my dream role twice: Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So geez, what’s left now? Probably a line or two on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, at the moment."

 
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Tim German

Question 1: Hi, Tim! In this play, your character, Oscar, unconsciously seeks to be truly selfless, but quickly finds that his actions are selfishly driven - he is truly a "human" being. Why is this idea, that it's okay to be human, an important conversation to have within our communities? 

"I think we make the effort to hide our intrinsic, flawed nature from the rest of the world. I think in GC, we find that not only do actions have consequences, but selfless actions have an even more resounding effect. They move harder, strike deeper. The thing this play does so well is set the expectation that humans shouldn't be view as good or bad, but as products of their actions and how they effect their environments. 

Oscar ends the play having filled his surroundings with more kindness and empathy than had previously been in that space. Can we all say we done that? We should be trying to achieve that."

Question 2: What is your dream role?

"Iago. Hands down"

 
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Carolyn Kashner

Question 1: Hi, Carolyn! In this play, your character, Shelley, makes us ask ourselves, "Why do we forgive?" Why do you think this is an important conversation to have within our communities?

I think the subject of forgiveness can be very complicated and personal. Forgiveness can often mean letting go of our expectations of others in order to bring ourselves inner peace.  This is especially important when it comes to community: forgiveness is often the only way to pave the road to compromise and cooperation, in situations where great animosity existed beforehand.  Our country is more divided than ever right now.  And while it's important to emphasize that forgiveness is the ideal way forward, there are many transgressions for which forgiveness is not deserved because it is not earned.  It all comes down to asking yourself: will forgiveness give me what I need to move forward without compromising my own integrity and self-respect?

Question 2: What is your dream role?

That's a tough one!  There are many roles I would like to play, but what springs to mind is the main character in "Every Brilliant Thing," the various female roles in "The 39 Steps," Valerie from "The Weir," Lady Macbeth, and Hamlet..

 
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Annie Ottati

Questions 1: Hi Annie! In this play, your character, Emma, forces us to ask ourselves, “How do we treat, and interact with, people dealing with severe illness?” Why do you think this is an important conversation to have within our communities? 

This conversation is important to have within our communities because it is often a conversation people feel unsure they are “allowed” to have.  Illness not only effects the person who is sick, but everyone who cares about them. There is a guilt loved ones of an ill person often feel: 'How can I be concerned with myself when they are the one suffering?' This guilt creates a lot of silent rooms. It is unproductive because often, if not always, talking about it helps everyone involved.  It relieves tension and makes things less scary and less huge. It brings us back down to reality and reminds everyone involved that we are all human and we can relate to one another more than we think. 

Question 2: What is your dream role? 

Scar in The Lion King, Sarah or Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Rizzo in Grease, Iago in Othello, Little Sally in Urinetown (And I’ve already played her twice!). Basically any part in any show.