God of Carnage Curtain Calls

Brooks Ashmanskas

Role: Alan Raleigh

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

How did you spend your days on the playground?
Weeping.

If I could act like a child for a day I would...
Run for President?

How are you like or not like your character?
I'm not like him in that I don't have a child (but I do have a dog!) . . . and I'm like him in that I'm male.

What is your favorite Huntington memory?
I have very fond memories of playing Georg Nowak in She Loves Me there years ago, but I always have a great time working in Boston.

Stephen Bogardus

Role: Michael Novak

Hometown: Riverside, Connecticut

How did you spend your days on the playground?
Hanging upside down on the old metal jungle gym and running 50 yard dashes against the other kids.

If I could act like a child for a day I would...
Flirt with the prettiest girl in the classroom.

How are you like or not like your character?
My character, Michael, owens a wholesale company and sells household goods. My hobby is carpentry and construction. I renovated my own apartment and built my kitchen from scratch. To me, spending an entire day in The Home Depot is bliss...

What is your most memorable acting role?
Can't do 'the' most memorable. I have five. Tony in West Side Story, Whizzer in Falsettos, Rene Gallimard in M. Butterfly, Gregory in Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Narrator in The Pavilion.

Johanna Day

Role: Veronica Novak

Hometown: Sperryville, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains

How did you spend your days on the playground?
I guess we had sort of a playground at school. A large gield. Couple of monkey bars, and some balls and bats. Did that stuff. Mostly ran and ran in the mountains and played in the rivers.

If I could act like a child for a day I would...
I would be the oldest, as I am the youngest of 9 children.

How are you like or not like your character?
Let's see . . . I have been to Africa. I have never written a book. I read books. I do attempt to keep the peace. My character is probably much smarter than I am, although I fake it pretty well!

What is your most memorable acting role?
I have been so incredibly lucky with the roles I have been given. There is not one that is not memorable or fun and appreciated, but I would say playing Barbara Fordham in August Osage County, is pretty darn memorable as I had only 2 weeks of rehearsal. Fear and self-doubt can really lock in the old memory bank! But it turned out to be a jaw dropping beautiful experience.

Christy Pusz

Role: Annette Raleigh

Hometown: Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, New York

How did you spend your days on the playground?
I was a big playground kid. My friends and I rode our bikes in a pack through the streets and would play for hours. There were a lot of daring and dangerous games involving tire swings and monkey bars. As a group we played a lot of Manhunt — which is basically a more cut-throat version of tag. We took it very seriously.

If I could act like a child for a day I would...
Play dress up and make-believe. Wait — I guess I still do. I have three brilliant nieces who I wish I could play with as my 9-year-old self. I'm pretty sure they would be the coolest friends I'd have.

How are you like or not like your character?
My character, Annette, and I are sometimes more concerned with giving other people the benefit of the doubt than with sticking up for what we really feel. Some might call this being a people pleaser, but, sooner or later you look around and think, "Wait! I gave up all my power in this situation and I don't think I like it. LISTEN TO WHAT I WANT NOW."

What is your most memorable acting role?
I think being part of an ensemble cast is the most fun an actor can have. I just loved working on the film Almost In Love. It's an independent film with some amazing New York actors directed by Sam Neave. He wrote a loose outline of the script and had the actors improv it in their own words. We filmed the movie in two continuous 45 minute takes — so it was almost exactly like being in a play. Jackie was a funny supporting character who spends the movie drunkenly discussing love and sex with her friends. Being a part of a project where everyone was relying on one another for the take to go exactly according to plan (they were timed to the sunset and sunrise) made for an unbelievably thrilling and fulfilling experience.


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