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Awake & Sing! Curtain Calls

Curtain Calls

Name: Michael Goldsmith

Role: Ralph

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Last Huntington Role: Matt in Now or Later

What is your favorite Clifford Odets film or play?

Awake and Sing! is so, so brilliant, but I’d probably have to say Golden Boy. All of his work is a prettty irresistible combination of gorgeous language and a fierce moral conscience.

Does this play resonante with you in 2014?

The play is about a family struggling to gain (and maintain) a foothold in New York City, a topic I know a little something about as a Brooklyn-based actor.


Name: Will LeBow

Role: Jacob

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York (a second generation Russian/Polish Jew)

Last Huntington Role: Carl in Bus Stop

What is your favorite Clifford Odets film or play?

Awake and Sing! is my favorite. It is the New York City my extended family grew up in and it deals with the issues they had to navigate.

How are you like your character?

I share a lot with Jacob. My parents were liberals/leftys, and they met in 1933 — the year Awake and Sing! takes place.


Name: Annie Purcell

Role: Hennie

Hometown: St Louis, Missouri

How are you like your character?

I’m like Hennie in that I can be tough as well as tender, though Hennie has a real way with words, even more than I do. We both have a lot of pride. Luckily I feel l have a little more happiness and balance in my life, whereas Hennie is balancing right on the edge.

Does this play resonante with you in 2014?

Hennie’s story is so topical — you can see how her unexpected pregnancy changes the course of her life, and in the time that she lived, she was rendered relatively powerless by this turn of events. Just like Hennie, women are still fighting to be have control of their own reproductive health and choices, and ultimately, their own destiny.


Name: Steven Schnetzer

Role: Morty

Hometown: Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts; Lives in New York, New York

What is your favorite Clifford Odets film or play?

Awake and Sing!, of course, is my favorite! But I also love Golden Boy.

Does this play resonante with you in 2014?

The play speaks to families struggling economically. There’s not much left of the middle class. The job market is so depressed now that I feel bad for our young. So many 20-somethings are moving back in with their parents and that can put a strain on everyone. I have two sons, 28 and 24, and it’s hostile out there.


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