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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013

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Stuart Soloway
(585) 395-2797

“Why Actors Choose Roles” is the Focus of “Stage Whispers” Talk

The talk will take place Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10 am

Press Release Photo David Alan Anderson

Brockport, NY – In a business that is known for less than steady employment, actors – in fact, all people who work in the performing arts – are constantly faced with choices. Certain choices have to do with their portrayals of a given character, but other choices have to do with why, and how, they got to play that character in the first place. David Alan Anderson, featured in Geva Theatre Center’s production of The Whipping Man, will visit The College at Brockport to talk about “Why Actors Choose Roles,” the final installment of the Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals series for the year. The talk will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 10 am, in the College’s Tower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 180 Holley Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Once they get through the audition process, an actor can accept a role for so many reasons: the show will tour, and they want to see the country; or the show will not tour, which works well if they want to stay close to a new baby. Of course, there are financial aspects to consider when working in the theatre, but there are cases where an actor wants to be involved in a play because of who they will be working with, or because of the message the playwright is trying to put forth. At the “Stage Whispers” talk, Anderson will explain how his own rationalizations have led to a flourishing career.

In The Whipping Man, Anderson returns to Geva, where he last appeared in Gem of the Ocean. Recently he played Troy in Fences at the Denver Center Theatre Company; the title role in Othello for HART, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the Great Lakes Theater Festival; and Walter Lee in a tour of A Raisin in the Sun that took him to the Cleveland Play House, Arizona Theatre Company, and the Guthrie Theater. He has directed The Color of Justice, Most Valuable Player, Two Trains Running and Topdog/Underdog. He is a company member at the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul. Regional credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Centerstage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage and St. Louis Black Rep. Anderson was a recipient of the 2007 Creative Renewal Fellowship sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and he was honored in 2009 by the Indianapolis Chapter of the Circle City Links. He is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship sponsored by the Ten Chimneys Foundation.

The “Stage Whispers” series is sponsored by The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre and Music Studies in conjunction with their educational alliance with Geva Theatre Center. The series gives members of the community insight into the process of professional theatre artists. For more information, please call (585) 395-2787.


Photo: Photo 1: David Alan Anderson, featured in Geva Theatre Center’s The Whipping Man, will be the guest at Stage Whispers: A Conversation with Theatre Professionals at The College at Brockport on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 10 am.

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