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Thursday
Apr232015

Call Redialed: Jay William Thomas: Easy Laughter

Jay William Thomas"Call Me Adam" catches up with actor Jay William Thomas. This time around we talk about Robert Shearman's Easy Laughter which is presented by Dirt [contained] Theatre Company from April 30-May 10 at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory in NYC (104 West 14th Street). Click here for tickets!

For more on Jay be sure to visit http://www.jwilliamthomas.com and follow him on Facebook!

1. What made you want to be part of Easy Laughter? I was drawn to the dark humor and subtle absurdity of what was written on the page. As we have fleshed out these characters in rehearsal the humor shines through with a bitter knife ready on the other side to cut that laughter short.

2. What do you identify most with about your character? My character is very intellectual and calculated. I identify with his measured approach to all situations.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Easy Laughter? I hope audiences come out of the play with questions about the world they just witnessed. The extremes of this play are extreme, but everything is rooted in the real fear of the State. It makes for interesting conversation.

4. What has been the best part about rehearsing and getting ready for the run of this play? Everyone in the cast is hilarious. They bring such incredible energy and subtlety to their characters. It’s a pleasure to listen and laugh at every rehearsal.

5. What do you like about working with Dirt [contained] Theatre Company? Dirt [contained] has found a way to bridge the gap between the artistic and business models that every company strives for. They are smart and they are passionate. They don’t settle and they have awesome taste.

Cast of "Easy Laughter", Michael Broadhurst, Nick DeMatteo, Jay William Thomas, Tana Sirois, and Maria Swisher6. Easy Laughter is a dark and twisted comedy that explores an alternate reality full of not-so-natural selection, xenophobia, fundamentalism, extreme gender roles and censorship, while expertly revealing a subtler horror story surrounding the lies that families tell each other and the lengths they will go to protect themselves through laughter. Was there ever time in your life when you told a lie to protect the ones you love? Yes. I think we all want to protect our loved ones. This play really asks if we do things for love or for duty, the duty determined by the world we live in...in that world are we allowed to question our actions when those actions don’t agree with us?

7. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Why you of course, Adam, ha ha…or perhaps about the time my grandfather took me hiking in the Appalachian mountains.

8. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? It would be called "BubbleGuts" and would be a cross between Pepto-Bismol and pop rocks for your stomach.

9. Favorite way to spend your day off? Laying in bed with someone you love.

10. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

Jay William ThomasMore on Jay:

A Map To Somewhere Else, DeathBed Ripple Effect Artist Directed By Brent Buell; EinsteinVariations Theatre Group Directed by Randolph Curtis Rand - Off-Off Broadway: Something Wicked Everyday Inferno Theatre; Zombie Frat House Bash EndTimes Productions; I Do Wonder Synapse Theatre Ensemble; Leaving Normal Avalon Studios. Jay is a company member of Ripple Effects Artists and holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University.

Wednesday
Apr222015

Call Redialed: NEW interview with People You Know creators John Dylan LaTorre and Baltimore Russell

"Call Me Adam" catches up with John Dylan DeLaTorre and Baltimore Russell, the creators of the new drama series People You Know, which airs at www.peopleyouknowtheseries.com and every Friday night at 8:30pm on HERE TV! 

"Call Me Adam" went live to the set of People You Know inside "Lucas'" apartment (played by John Dylan DeLaTorre) to talk with John and Baltimore about the creation of the series, their Kickstarter Campaign to make the second half of Season One, and about all the drama happening so far!

From left to right: Chris Costa, Blaine Pennington, and John Dylan DeLaTorreFrom left to right: Baltimore Russell and Lee Harrison MitchellSeason 1: Part 1 is out now. With only six episodes made, People You Know is in the midst of their Kickstarter Campaign to film the 2nd half of season one. Season One: Part Two has until May 8 to raise $75,000. Let's help John and Baltimore continue to achieve their dream and let us, the viewers, enjoy more drama filled episodes to make this season end with a bang!

What's in it for you if you donate to their Kickstarter Campaign? Everything from social media shoutouts to a 15-minute Skype chat session with the cast to video greetings from Steve Hayes and/or Pandora Boxx to being an featured actor in some big scenes to a day on the set! So, there is something for everyone! No matter how much you can give, every $1 helps. Click here to contribute!

For more on People You Know be sure to visit http://www.peopleyouknowtheseries.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, and YouTube!

If you missed my very first interview with John and Baltimore, click here to read it!

Part 1: Call Me Adam Interview with John Dylan DeLaTorre and Baltimore Russell: Making of People You Know and Kickstarter Campaign:

Part 2: Call Me Adam, John Dylan DeLaTorre, and Baltimore Russell talk about the drama happening so far in Season One of People You Know:

Tuesday
Apr212015

Call Answered: Pearce Bunting: Theatre Exile's: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Plays & Players Theater in Philadelphia PA

"Call Me Adam" chats with Boardwalk Empire's Pearce Bunting about starring in Theatre Exile's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf through May 17 at Plays and Players Theater in Philadelphia, PA (1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19147). Click here for tickets!

1. From April 16-May 17, you will be starring in Theatre Exile's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. What made you want be part of this production? It all makes total sense to me. Besides being one of the greatest American plays ever written, the role of "George" is one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever read. I say "read" because I’ve never seen a production on stage. I’ve seen the movie, which is brilliant, but the play is a much, much bigger. Joe Canuso, our director, started talking about it a few years ago and I sensed it was coming - an inevitability as "George" would say - and I don’t think I was ready for it until now. Needless to say, Joe and I have been working on passion projects for years together, and this one is the mother lode of all passion projects. Virginia Woolf is taking all of us into areas of character and thought that none of us have explored before - at times it seemed impossible to me - and that’s exactly the kind of work I want to be doing.

Pearce Bunting as "George" and Catharine Slusar as "Martha" in Theatre Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski2. What do you identify most with about "George" and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Among other things, the regret of not following some of my dreams all the way through; of getting stuck and making excuses and trying to bury the self-loathing of it under layers of craftiness and boozed up, drugged up, justification. Then looking back, resigned and defeated, at these things that I still carry with me. I’ve been sober for 23 years but I still regret some things.

Also, the very thin line between reality and illusion. The games we play with ourselves and our partners; distracting entertainments that slowly, over time, build walls around us. And wondering if there’s a way to blow the whole thing to bits and start again.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing this production? I hope they feel as if they’re really going through this night with "George" and "Martha" and "Nick" and "Honey" - that they’re there in the living room with us…and then, looking back, after they’ve been through a few months of therapy, that they find there is hope at the end of the play.

Cast of Theater Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf": Back Row: Pearce Bunting, Catharine Slusar, Front Row: Jake Blouch and Emilie Krause, Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is one of the most well-known plays of all time. What will you be bringing to this production that hasn't been brought before? Having not seen it performed before, I hope we bring fearlessness.

5. You are playing, "George," opposite Catharine Slusar's "Martha." You both have previously starred in Theatre Exile's Barrymore Nominated production of Annapurna. What excites you about reuniting with Catharine? What do you like best about working with her? Catharine and I have very different ways of working. I tend to pull out all my bombs from the very beginning and destroy everything in sight, whereas she slowly inhabits a role, little by little. We do meet in the middle eventually. We have. We get to the point where we start to explore inner space together. What I love most about her is her truth, her stubbornness, her fear and her overcoming of her fear, and in this process, her belching.

Pearce Bunting as "George" and Catharine Slusar as "Martha" in Theatre Exile's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", Photo Credit: Robert Hakalski6. What made you want come back to star in another production at Theatre Exile? What do you enjoy most about working with this theatre company? We have an agreement - Theatre Exile keeps asking me and I’ll keep coming back. It’s as simple as that. They don’t do easy plays. They’re not afraid. And everyone who works there has a huge heart and a wicked sense of humor. We do it for the profound joy of it - I mean, nobody’s getting rich at Theatre Exile.

7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? In the beginning, I just wanted attention. Then I did it because it felt like where I belonged. Then I seriously started to do it because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Then I saw Angela Lansbury and George Hearn do Sweeney Todd and I knew that I HAD to do it. At last my arm was complete!

8. What's the best advice you've ever received? The threat of an explosion is more interesting than the explosion. (I’m still working on that one)

Pearce Bunting9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I’m capable of great things if I can get out of my own way. That I’m smarter than I think I am. That I’m dumber than I think I am. That I have a lot left to learn.

10. You had a recurring role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire as "Bill McCoy." What was the best part about being part of this hit show? The lunch menu - are you kidding me?

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to see myself the way people who love me see me.

12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? "Monkey Nipples" - scotch, bitters, a small lemon rind and a drop of honey.

13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Giulietta Masina, teaching me Italian, making me dinner, flirting with me.

Pearce BuntingMore on Pearce:

From television to film to theatre, Pearce Bunting has acted in every medium. His television credits include recurring roles on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, CBS' As The World Turns with guest starring roles on Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, and Young Americans. Pearce has lit up the big screen in The Descendent, Something's Happening to Robin Stark, and Smoke and Mirrors.

On Broadway graced the Great White Way in Mamma Mia as "Bill Austin." He also played this role on the National Tour. His regional credits include A Behanding in SPokane, As You Like It, Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Grapes of Wrath, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest. Pearce has performed in The International Theatre Festival at San Antonio and Plzen, Czech Republic as well as Vienna's English Theatre, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He's a graduate of Yale School of Drama and the recipient of The Oliver B. Thorndike Award in Acting.

Monday
Apr202015

Call Answered: Migguel Anggelo: Joe's Pub La Casa Azul Album Release Concert

"Call Me Adam" chats with Latin singer and Venezuelan theatre star Migguel Anggelo about his upcoming album release concert for La Casa Azul at Joe's Pub on Monday, April 20, 7:30pm, directed by OBIE Award winning actor/director David Drake! Click here for tickets!

For more on Migguel be sure to visit http://www.migguelanggelo.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

1. On Monday, April 20 you are returning to Joe's Pub, but this time celebrating the release of your new album La Casa Azul. What are you looking forward to most about this release? My Musical Director Mau Quiros and I have been working for a couple of years on our sound that utilizes strings as the core. La Casa Azul is the culmination of that work, and we look forward to everyone’s feedback.

Migguel Anggelo at Joe's Pub in NYCThe album includes several songs that are narratives like the title cut which is the story of Frida Kahlo’s life, an artist that I have long admired. There are many inspirations that come from our Latin American roots. The song "Que Paso con El Hijo de la Luna" (What Happened With the Son of the Moon) is an answer to the Spanish pop group Mecano’s song "Hijo de la Luna" (Son of the Moon) that was a HUGE, HUGE hit when I was growing up in Venezuela. Their song was a beautiful metaphor that really touched me, and my song answers the unanswered questions that their song posed.

All of the album is filled with poetry and metaphors, and I am looking forward to performing live to share a fuller vision on the stage.

2. What made you want to come back to Joe's Pub? Joe’s Pub is one of my favorite places in New York! I love the intimacy, history and the creativity of the Public Theater – you feel it in every chair, on the stage, in the walls! The folks that make Joe’s Pub tick from Shanta Thake to every server are just wonderful, but most of all, I have such respect for the mission of Joe’s Pub and The Public – they really champion difference. It’s a place where not only an immigrant like me with a strong accent can have a chance, but where my difference can be an asset. I feel very blessed to find a performance venue like this that feels like home.

David Drake3. This show will be directed by OBIE Award winner David Drake. How did you two come to work together and what has been the best part about collaborating with David? Oh, David is such a sweetheart and such an incredible talent! This has been a fantastic collaboration, and I look forward to working with David again and again. I am very lucky to have gotten advice and feedback from some very smart and generous folks in the industry – Dick Scanlan and Christine Jones have both been so generous with their time and thoughtfulness and through them, I was introduced to David. David is a brilliant writer, and beyond the writing and his laser sharp direction, he ALWAYS has a smile on his face.

4. How do you feel you and your music has grown with the release of La Casa Azul? I think this is a more sophisticated album (than my last) that merges many of my influences from childhood through adulthood – everything from pop music to opera, traditional Latin folk music, boleros, classical, and jazz. I am proud of how these perhaps disparate notes come together to make a new sound. One of the songs on the album, for instance, the classic bolero "Piensa En Mi" (Think of Me), is reinterpreted as a tango but with some electronic sounds. That song is a wonderful example of taking tradition and making it contemporary.

5. What do you hope audiences come away with after attending your concert? I’m a storyteller. Of course, my shows are about my love of music, but they are also theater, and we are telling stories on stage that touch upon art, history, immigration, homelessness, and dictatorship – all through my eyes as an immigrant that has lived in many places. I hope people walk away from the show thoroughly entertained, but also touched by the poignancy of the passions, struggles, and desires that we all share regardless of where we are from.

6. What do you enjoy most about performing live? I love the audience. In live theater, you never know how the audience is going to react, what will happen, and how, as a performer, I need to react to it. The adrenalin from being on stage and having that connection is like nothing else.

Migguel Anggelo, Photo Credit: Nico Iliev7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Julie Andrews and Freddie Mercury. Seriously.  When I was a kid and saw The Sound of Music, I was hooked and wanted to be able to sing all the high notes that Julie hits, but I was also blown away by Freddie Mercury’s theatricality. I know they might seem like different ends of the spectrum, but they both hold a lot of influence over me even today.

In addition to being a singer, you are also a classically trained ballet dancer. Both of these artistries allow you to express yourself. How do you express yourself through music that you are not able to through dance?

Of course, the lyrics of a song can tell a whole different story than just movement. In my perfect world, dance and music are married and happily in love.

8. What's the best advice you've ever received? It may be a little corny, but I believe it to the depths of my core -- my mom taught me to never stop dreaming.

Migguel Anggelo9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Being a performer, I am always humbled by the realization that no matter how much experience or knowledge I have, there are ALWAYS new things to learn, and I am very open to learning. The truth is, coming to New York and English being a second language, I have rewritten a lot of my songs that were originally in Spanish to English, and I speak in English on stage. The truth is, this is VERY, VERY hard for me, but I am excited about what I am learning every day, and whether Spanish, English, or Chinese, honest emotions on stage are universal.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would choose? If I could have any super power, it would be to transform the hatred in people to that of love and respect. I know that that is perhaps less thrilling than flying, perhaps, but that would be my dream.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I would name a drink after my grandmother: The Lola. It would include dark, Indian chocolate, ginger, and vodka.

12. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love to run over the Brooklyn Bridge. That run never loses its romance.

13. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. And if there is a color choice? Black.

Migguel Anggelo, Photo Credit: Nico IlievMore on Migguel:

"I’ve always been obsessed with music. My father, a chef, was constantly singing and listening to music while tending to his own craft in the kitchen, while my mother, a ballet dancer, always danced around the house to Spanish boleros or classical music."

For someone whose early life was filled with such a range of artistic influences, Migguel Anggelo could have limited himself to one of the many talents that came naturally to him, acting, dancing, singing, writing, and painting among them. Instead, he chose to do it all.

Born in Venezuela, Migguel Anggelo first fell in love with the theater as a child playing Pinocchio, a character that battles with fact and fiction. It was then that he discovered the integral role of fantasy in storytelling, and began to imagine real and imagined characters that could illustrate the many facets of his own experience.

Migguel AnggeloHe trained for a dozen years in classical ballet and studied opera in the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. He loves the drama and discipline of opera and the explosive whimsy of pop. He counts Luciano Pavarotti and Freddy Mercury as two of his biggest influences and, with his multi-octave voice, pays homage to them by jumping easily from operatic aria to rock anthem.

He has performed on many of the world’s greatest stages, including Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Venezuela; Teatro Insurgentes in Mexico City; Teatro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; Teatro Jorge Eliezer Gaytan in Bogota, Colombia; Teatro Lola Membrives and Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Burgen Zentrum Theater in Cologne, Germany.

Migguel Anggelo, Photo Credit: Nico IlievFor anyone meeting Anggelo for the first time, the question is not: what does he do, but rather: what doesn’t he do?

He writes poetry and lyrics that walk a fine line between confession and invitation. He performs live shows with elaborate orchestration and staging that feel like a rock show one moment and an operatic dream the next. He dances with the ease of a child whose parents never told him to sit still. He creates sculptural portraits of people—historic and contemporary—in the form of chairs made from all kinds of unlikely materials, from matches to yarn. He paints images using simple and innocent gestures, leaving one to wonder what the true story is. Migguel Anggelo is a story teller.

Migguel Anggelo performs at Joe's Pub in NYCIn one song, he explores the complexities of love as an old cello falls in love with a harp. In another, he illustrates the power of delusion through the story of a homeless woman who has one-sided conversations with the White House. Most recently he has transformed himself into the fabled Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the subject of his forthcoming album, The Blue House.

Anggelo’s evolving body of work reminds us that the way a story is told is as important as the actual story itself. Summoning all of his gifts—song, poetry, drawing, physical gesture—Migguel Anggelo creates theatrical metaphors that blur the boundaries between performance art and popular music. For Anggelo, this is just the beginning.

Tuesday
Apr072015

Call Answered: 54 Below interview with Joshua Warr: "Love & Warr"

Joshua Warr"Call Me Adam" chats with MAC nominee Joshua Warr about his upcoming 54 Below show on Friday, April 10 at 9:30pm entitled Love & Warr. Click here for tickets!

Love & Warr is a candid, irreverent and entertaining evening sharing his thoughts on a certain 4-Letter Word. Joshua uses songs from Broadway (Aida), standards (Rodgers & Hart), pop (The Jackson 5, Diane Warren) and rock (Pink) to uncover "The Truth About Love" with passion, wit and humor. The show features a special "surprise" duet with Stormy Weatherz, Joshua’s inseparably close friend and confidant. Love & Warr is directed by multi-award winner Miles Phillips with Jason Wynn as Music Director leading the band.

For more on Joshua be sure to visit http://www.JoshuaWarr.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

1. On April 10, you are debuting your new show Love & Warr at 54 Below. What are you looking forward to most about performing this new show? This show is a party, a celebration. And it is so much fun to do! I've had this show in my head for so many years, I'm just excited to finally let it loose! The songs are so much fun to sing. The band is extraordinary, led by the incomparable Jason Wynn and my back-up singers are bringing down the house. Samantha Northart and Rob Langeder have some serious instruments in those throats! One of my best friends, Jess Hryniewicki, is playing guitar in one of the songs, so to get to jam with her is so cool! She's my Patti Smith. I'm dancing in it, of course. And I had a custom-made suit made for the show...custom! (I have these gorgeous red shoes to go with it. And vintage cuff links. Ok, I'll stop gushing now). To top it all off, working with Miles Phillips and Jason Wynn has been a dream team. We are excited to share this show with the world. And to be doing it at 54 Below is mind blowing. I feel so blessed. This is one of Miles' last shows he's directing before he leaves NYC for the magical islands of Hawaii. I'm touched he's leaving his mark on this show. He's been a wonderful mentor to me.

2. What excites you about performing at 54 Below? I saw Patti LuPone there TWICE when 54 Below first opened. I remember thinking how beautiful the room was, how spectacular the people performing there were, and how much I wanted to do a show there, too! And I am finally getting to do just that. It just so happens that Patti LuPone is the 7pm show to my 9:30pm slot on Friday, April 10th. If that isn't a treat, I don't know what is! All of my friends keep asking me if I am going to make a Patti LuPone joke in my show...And I'm all like, "wait, can you even do that and live to tell of it?"

3. In Love & Warr, you are going to be sharing your thoughts on a certain 4-letter word. As a confirmed bachelor, what is at least one thing you've discovered about love that you are not going to be talking about in the show? My parallel love life with Tina Turner's black eyes. I've decided to leave thaaaaaat stuff out of the show.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your concert Love & Warr? I want to give the audience a full range of love to experience, the light and the dark. I keep saying to people that this is an antithesis to your typical love show...but then again, not really. The most important thing for me is to celebrate. Sometimes love makes us do stupid things, and if the audience can see or hear parts of themselves through the songs I'm singing, then hopefully they'll have experienced something meaningful for themselves. But it can also be just a show for everyone that will have people dancing in their seats and singing along to the songs. We've changed up the way a lot of these songs have been heard in the past, I'm really excited for the arrangements! I think everyone will come away dancing in the streets. And 54th street is the perfect place.

Joshua Warr and Stormy Weatherz5. What made you want to do a duet with your alter ego "Stormy Weatherz" as opposed to giving her a solo number? What do you like most about performing with her? Hah! She will love you for asking that. I'm pretty sure she DID want her own solo spot. This part of the show is super fun. For the longest time, I've had the idea to do Love & Warr. And in my dreaming up the show, one day I thought "I need to do a duet with myself." Ya know, as we all think...and so a Stormy duet popped into my head and I didn't stop talking about to my design team for over a year. It has exceeded all of my expectations! Jason Courson shot the scene and Todd Trosclair curated all of the fashion in it. And the gorgeous Pixie Aventura made sure Stormy looked equally gorgeous. Just wait until you see her! I think what I like most about this duet with her, is that Stormy Weatherz is so unapologetically free and uninhibited; so, it's fun to watch her do her thing up there. She's a show stopper, ladies and gentlemen! She even has her own bow in the show. She's getting the royal treatment. I think I'm a pretty damn good alter to her. ;)

Joshua Warr6. With an endless supply of songs about love to choose from, how did you decide on your set list for the songs you are going to perform? I have a rule, make the obligatory first draft song list and then throw out half. Then pick, like, four songs to keep from that list. This hopefully whittles out the common or over-sung songs. This show has had about seven different set lists since I've started writing it. At first they were all angry songs. Then really depressing songs. They've gradually softened into much deeper songs for me. Songs that touch my soul somehow. And to get to the set list we are using today, I studied lyrics for what seems like so long. I listened to just about every song that either said "love" in the lyrics, had "love" in the title, or was categorized as a "love song." And if something struck me or moved me, I jotted that song title down and came back later to explore the song deeper. When we all (Miles Phillips my director, Jason Wynn my musical director) got into the rehearsal room and I was singing through the songs we had finally picked, it all just clicked and made so much sense. And of course it is all about the order, Miles Phillips is a genius when it comes to arranging the order of the songs. I had a vision for how I wanted the show to progress, he helped finesse how that journey is experienced by the listener. I love these songs. This show's set list is by far my favorite to date.

7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Patrick Swayze (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar). Alan Cumming (Cabaret -1st revival). John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Lypsinka. Just, everything Lypsinka. Sutton Foster. I used to do these long distance endurance bike rides to Thoroughly Modern Millie. I'm probably NOT the only one who exercised to her belting, too. And the first Broadway actor I ever met was Robert Evan when he was doing Jekyll & Hyde...he asked me what I wanted to do when I was older. I told him I wanted to do what he did. He gave me the warmest and sweetest advice. But this list could go on and on! Music helped me escape in so many ways, I listened to so many singers! Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Ben Vereen, Patti LuPone, Gavin Creel, Linda Eder, Shania Twain...yeah, I'm from Upstate, NY. You can take the boy out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the boy! Yeah gym class line-dancing!

Joshua Warr8. What's the best advice you've ever received? When I was working in retail I was helping Makeba Riddick (songwriter for Beyoncé and Rihanna) and she and I were chatting about the idea of using my last name in a title because she liked it so much, and I said I had always flirted with using "Love & Warr" and she told me I absolutely had to find a way to use it. Um, she wrote Déjà Vu. When God speaks, you listen. That was almost 9 years ago, better late than never. I studied acting with Maggie Flanigan. She has given me so much of her wisdom over the years. She instilled in me a sense of true crafting. Her advice is priceless, I feel I am where I am today because of her guidance. And my parents, two incredibly hard working and giving role models. My dad always told me "excuses are reasons to fail" and he made it very clear he didn't want to hear excuses from us growing up. So I am incredibly competitive and don't give up very easily! And my mom makes sure I stay true to the love and light in this world. She gently reminds me to make sure I pay it forward more, give back more, and help thy neighbor when they are in need of it. She's an Irish Catholic, gotta love her. So full of love. I've seen my parents be so incredibly selfless so many times before it makes me want to do the same with my life.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned to let go more. To bring all of me to the table every time. To be more truthful, and try to be as present as you can be in every moment. It's incredibly grounding. Because most of the time I'm bouncing off the walls! I've also realized how much I love post show energy. Live theatre is exhilarating. There is nothing like it. The effect is immediate. And I love experiencing that!

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Psionic powers for sure! I see a little, er a lot of, Emma Frost in Stormy Weatherz.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? Right now I'm obsessed with tequila so whatever it is called it has to have tequila in it. Maybe some grapefruit juice. Some salt and lime juice. Definitely some St. Germain in it too, because then you're just bougie. And I'd call it...De La Warr.

12. Favorite way to stay in shape? I live on the 5th floor of a walk-up, and on 11th Avenue. Every time I run an errand it's like I've gone to the gym. So I just make sure to run a lot of errands.

13. Boxers or Briefs? I'm totally a briefs guy! I have so many amazing briefs in my underwear drawer. But there's definitely something sexy about a guy in boxers. Am I right!?

Joshua WarrMore on Joshua:

Joshua Warr – who stars as "Harris" in Logo TV’s hit web-series Hunting Season, which will air its second season in 2015 – also appeared in the reality dinner party competition Dinner Takes All on TLC, in addition to his role last month as "Young Philip" on FX TV’s The Americans. His New York theater credits include Dangerous Walk; Love, Genius and a WalksExtOrtiOnPride River CrossingKnight of the Burning PestleThe RevivalRaft of the MedusaThe Servant of Two Masters; Elegies for AngelsPunks and Raging Queens; Soul Ascending (La MaMa). Other film and TV credits include Law & Order: SVU on NBC, All That Glitters, Outliers and PX This: The Series. Joshua is also a director, having helmed Tape, An Infinite Ache and The Blue Djinn.

As a nightclub entertainer, Warr is a MAC and BroadwayWorld Award nominee for his shows Sing No Evil and Joshing Around. He was praised for his "great range and dynamic personality" by Times Square Chronicles and his performance was called a "clever and frothy dose of fun" byBroadwayWorld.com. Originally from Potsdam NY, Joshua studied French and Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He moved to New York in 2005 to pursue a career in dance which took him to a tour  through South Korea, before returning to the US and training full time with Maggie Flanigan.