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Call Answered: Rob Townsend: Skinny Boys

Rob Townsend, Photo Credit: Jane GasparI have interviewed Ben Rimalower several times for "Call Me Adam." Ben loves my interviews so much that he often has referred people to me to interview. Rob Townsend is one of those people. A rising singer, Rob recently released his fun, catchy single "Skinny Boys." After listening to this song, I thought, Rob and I should talk, so we did! We had a great time discussing the making of Rob's debut EP Adelphi as well as what it takes to put an album together! Rob will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on October 29 to celebrate the release of Adelphi. Click here for tickets!

For more on Rob be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! 

1. Who or what inspired you to become a singer? I don’t think any one thing in particular. My dad played in bands around my home town - singing, guitar, and harmonica - which I guess was my first exposure. But the real "click" moment was a little folky band I played with in high school. I guess I was the best singer at the time, among three questionably pubescent boys, so I got that job. We were enough of a hit that I got to play somewhat-professionally in high school, and that really turned me on to how rewarding it was to sing and play for crowds - and to get paid for it.

Rob Townsend, Photo Credit: Nicola Gell2. Who do you hope to get to work with in your career? I checked one off with a band I was in while I was living in Austin, TX. That was Lyle Lovett. We got to open a few shows for him. I may be the only gay guy in the world under 30 that considers Lyle Lovett a hero, but I do. His songs are just brilliant. And his band is absolutely fucking rad. And he’s funny as hell.

Other than that, right now I want to play with Escort - the 18-piece (or something like that) disco band from Brooklyn. They’ve been around for a decade and are just now putting out their first record. If someone involved with them reads this, please let me open a show!

There are lots more but listing them seems not interesting for your readers.

3. You just released your debut EP Adelphi. If you could give people one reason as to why they should buy this album, what would that reason be? I think it’s definitely a "new" and possibly "refreshing" type of music for the "gay" community. I certainly did not aim it at our community purposefully, and I hope that TONS of straight people get into it too. I say that though because I just wrote songs that were true to me, and in doing so, I ended up with a few narrative-driven songs, songs that relied heavily on lyrics - lyrics that I suppose I might claim to be good. That’s not true of all the songs - some are completely based on making people dance - but I try to keep the content meaningful, even in the dance realm. This is mostly because I just cannot make myself write a lyric that I think is dumb or cliche. Someone I just discovered (Who happens also to practice drag in their stage persona. I think calling them a "drag queen" is an oversimplification), Hamm Samwich, is absolutely brilliant at that. Seriously my new hero(ine). Razor sharp, clever lyrics. But not based in that hokey, country, story-telling vibe. And great music to lay it all on top of. I just dig the hell out of that. And if I achieved that on this EP, I’m proud of that.

Rob Townsend in the recording studio, Photo Credit: Nicola Gell4. What was your favorite part in the creative process of putting this EP together? Oy. Finishing it. I am not a patient person. Recording is a lesson in patience. Someone who helped me produce a few of the songs says, "haste makes waste." This was a HUGE lesson in that. But as the months tick by during which I had planned to release this album, and it’s still far from finished, I tend to panic. So I’d have to say the day I finally threw it out to the world was my favorite part.

A close second are the nights walking home from a "studio” (read: someone else’s bedroom) listening down to a song we had just spent hours working on. Hearing the vision come together and feeling like it just might be objectively good is a great feeling.

5. Your first single, "Skinny Boys," is an homage to those of us who are not big muscly guys. What made you want to write a song about "Skinny Boys"? Nothing other than my particular predilection. I am attracted to skinny guys. So I wrote a song about it. It’s really not aimed at anything one sliver higher than that.

But as it came together, I realized I might stir up some emotions about body image, should the song do well enough where a lot of people were hearing it. That has begun to happen, and I was prepared for it. I try and just respond exactly as I did here. It’s just a dumb song about what I like. I am not out there to promote or disparage anyone’s body. I tend to ask the question hypothetically - should artists be censoring themselves just because a piece or their work isn’t "all-inclusive." I don’t think so.

And if it IS saying anything political at all, it’s saying that it’s ok to not ascribe to the chiseled, muscled body image that I think we do often promote in the gay men's community. If you want to read books or watch TV or listen to music and eat cookies and take-out nachos and never step foot inside a gym for your whole life, go for it. I have done exactly that for 28 years now.

6. You are currently out on tour as well promoting your EP, Adelphi. What do enjoy most about touring? Touring is my favorite part. Well, performing is. I do feel like everything leading up to that point - the writing, the recording, the marketing - is just homework to get the performance. I don’t actually get a lot of reward out of writing and recording - it feels like the hard work part of it. Touring is the fun part. I like to travel anyway, so traveling to go (hopefully) pick up some money is even better. That sounds pretty cynical, and it’s mostly meant as a joke. I like to play in front of a crowd - to earn them. The bigger the crowd the more comfortable I am. If you ever want to see pathetic incarnate, put me in a living room with 3 or 4 people and ask me to play a song. That is my worst nightmare and it happens WAYYYYY to often. Why do people think this is an acceptable thing to ask??? LOOKING AT YOU, MY FAMILY. Ok that’s enough. Sorry.

7. What's the best advice you've ever received? "Haste makes waste."

Rob Townsend performing, Photo Credit: Susan Lippe8. What have you learned about yourself from being a singer/songwriter? Toughest question so far. I paused for a WHILE. I am still learning. I think also I’m in a really important, huge growth point in my life - like really as "right now" as we can get. Let’s call it the last 8-12 months. Thing is I don’t quite know that I’m going through that. I think I’ll recognize this time to be that if you ask me in 5 years.

I think I am learning to be patient. My biggest struggle is feeling like this is a valid path to pursue in my late-twenties - the path of playing and writing music professionally. It’s incredibly hard for me to submit to the idea that "it’s ok to do this." I feel myself beginning to think that it is. Which is huge. If it doesn’t work out I’m going to buy a sailboat and sail around the world for the rest of my life. This is 100% true. I’m a United States Coast Guard licensed captain, no joke.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Time travel. Into the past only though. A few things back there I would have done differently.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I am a bartender in my other life so this is a pretty apropos question. I’d call it “Diet Coke,” and it would have Diet Coke and ice in it.


11. Favorite way to stay in shape? Bicycle. Only exercise I get, truly. 

12. Boxers or Briefs? Both.

Rob Townsend, Photo Credit: Nicola GellMore on Rob:

I'm Rob. I'm 28 years old, 6 feet 2 inches, and 155lbs. I write songs and sing them. I also play guitar, piano, and if I'm feeling particularly lucky, banjo too. You might call me a singer-songwriter, but I wouldn't because that word bums me out. Some guy's internet blog recently said you should "catch Rob before he's popular again," and another guy on YouTube said, "this shit is gay." 


Call Answered: 54 Below Facetime Interview: Josh Grisetti: Don't Bother I'm Here

On the heels of his Broadway debut in It Shoulda Been You, Josh is gearing up for his 54 Below solo debut on September 23 & 24! Josh was hilarious in It Shoulda Been You, a great character actor! When 54 Below asked me to provide coverage of their press day, I was super excited to see Josh's name in the line up! It was wonderful getting to talk to him about his upcoming 54 Below show Don't Bother, I'm Here, which chronicles his journey to Broadway while battling the heartbreak and pain of his dream! We had so much fun together! Definitely treat yourself to what is sure to be an inspiring and fun show!

Don't Bother, I'm Here will play at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) on September 23 & 24 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

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Call Me Adam Interview with Josh Grisetti:

Josh GrisettiMore on Josh:

Josh made his Broadway debut this past spring in It Shoulda Been You, for which he won the 2015 Clarence Derwent Award and received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Off-Broadway and regionally, Josh has performed in Sheryl Crow’s DinerPeter and the Starcatcher, and the revival of Rent. You may also know him from his show-stopping performance in Enter Laughing at the York Theatre, for which he won the Theatre World Award.


Call Redialed: Dina Martina: Flat & Lacking at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

I was first introduced Dina Martina's in 2005 when I went to Provincetown, MA with a group of friends! Her dark humor, quick wit, and audience interaction made me a fan at the snap of a finger. At that time, I had never, and still have not, seen anyone like Dina Martina! She truly puts on a one of a kind show and I have been seeing her shows non-stop for the past 10 years because of this uniqueness! Her shows are difficult to describe as to exactly what you will see, but one thing is for sure, laughter will happen, LOTS of laughter! She sings, she tells stories, and like one of my other favorite icons, Joan Rivers, she will shock you with her humor! I think I got my TMJ from all the times my jaw has dropped at a Dina Martina show, but the pain is worth it, because the laughter that results from the jaw dropping is worth it!

Dina is returning once again to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City from September 19-27 with a brand new show entitled Flat & Lacking! The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue inside the West Bank Cafe). Some of the shows are already starting to sell out, so click here to get your tickets! 

For more on Dina Martina be sure to visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

Dina Martina1. This September 19-27 you are once again returning to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with a brand new show Flat & Lacking. What are you looking forward to most about this new show? I'm really looking forward to sharing my new Eastern sensibility with audiences, as well as the fresh, new outlook on life I've acquired since my last New York show. But most of all, I'm looking forward to the revenue.

2. Why did you title this show Flat & Lacking? Because all in all, I think audiences will be pleasantly disappointed.

3. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see Flat & Lacking, what would that reason be? When money's no object, it's worth it!

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Flat & Lacking? Tighter pores and a greater Love of Country.

Dina Martina, Photo Credit: David Belisle5. Since this show is entitled Flat & Lacking, what in your life do you find to be "flat" and "lacking"? Well I inherited my mother's fallen arches, so I'd say my feet are flat. Mother used to say, "We Martina girls don't have feet, we have flesh-colored scuba flippers!" And my culinary knowledge is pretty lacking, because I was rehearsing monologues from A Raisin in the Sun and perfecting my Chinese splits at an age when most girls were learning to churn butter and cook pies.

6. You have received many accolades throughout your career including the 2012 Stranger Genius Award for Theater and have been nominated for an Alpert Award, a SPIT Award for Best Solo Show and two GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater. What do these awards and nominations mean to you? I'm sure you've heard the saying, "It's an honor just to win", so you know, the nominations don't really mean anything. But I think it'd be neat to win a Heisman. That'd be neat. Don't you think that'd be neat? I think that'd be neat.

7. What haven't you done yet, that you would still like to? I'd like to run for First Lady.

Dina Martina8. Your adopted daughter, Phoebe, has not made an appearance at one of your shows in a long time. What has she been up to? Will Phoebe come back on stage with you? I miss her! Phoebe is eleven now, so she's all grown up and leads the life of a busy woman. Currently she's in a furniture mart.

9. How did motherhood change you and/or your show creations, if at all? I know it made me drink more, but I think it also took away my free time I once spent on personal hygiene. It's been...I don't know how many years since I adopted her and I still can't get rid of that baby weight.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I'd call it Hot Sprite. It would contain hot Sprite.

Dina MartinaMore on Dina:

Tragic singer, horrible dancer and surreal raconteur, the hysterically funny Dina Martina debuted at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1989, instantly gleaning reviews that dubbed her "magically warped," "hilariously unfortunate" and "utter genius." Since then, she’s packed venues in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and San Francisco and shared the bill with acts such as Modest Mouse, Margaret Cho, Nina Hagen and Village People.

Absolutely packed with ludicrous song, horrifying stories and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to adequately describe, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. Dina Martina has been hailed as "Divinely funny" (Time Out London), "Painfully funny and demented" (Seattle Times) and "The most original drag performer working in America today" (Village Voice). What a Dina Martina show is, quite simply put, is a smart and hilarious evening of entertainment that you will never forget.

Recently, Dina Martina’s hugely successful shows in New York and Provincetown have made ardent fans of John Waters, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Stone, Jennifer Coolidge, Graham Norton and many others. Martina is the 2012 recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Theater and has been nominated for an Alpert Award, a SPIT Award for Best Solo Show and two GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Theater. She did not win those. Hooray!


Call Answered: Jamie LeeLo: Brunch Night! at Carolines on Broadway featuring Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth

My favorite meal is brunch! Nothing better than getting together with friends on the weekend for delicious food and catching up on what's happening. I love comedy! I love to laugh and make people laugh. I also love talk shows! I want to have my own talk show one day! And I love Broadway! So, when it was suggested I interview comedian/performer/writer Jamie LeeLo about her Brunch Night!, a late-night talk show that challenges the traditional format, I got out my menu and ordered up some funny! The laughter that came from this interview is just a sampling of what will be taking place at Brunch Night! at Carolines on Broadway on September 10 at 9:30pm, featuring Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth and musical guest Emily Danger (one of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls' featured "Smartists").

Brunch Night! with Jamie LeeLo is a late-night talk show that challenges the traditional late-night set up, casting away the Man in a Suit at a Desk template for a girly, bright, fresh and fun approach. Brunch Night! is theatrical, but also grounded, combining all the "feel good" of a daytime talk show with the edgy, late-night bite that only live, intimate theater can provide. Click here for tickets!

For more on Jamie be sure to visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Brunch Night! visit and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!

1. On September 10, you have the next installment of Brunch Night! at Carolines on Broadway with special guest Emmy and Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth. What are you looking forward to most about this show? We are honestly just so excited to be at such an iconic venue!! It's one of those pipe dreams as a kid for me, visiting the city around the holidays and always passing Carolines thinking "Wouldn't it be so, so cool to perform there some day?" I'm from a very small town in central Pennsylvania, so I'm still really seduced by all the bright lights and big city feel of Broadway and Times Square. I'd go back home after visiting NYC and milk my cows and think about watching the ball drop all year. Just kidding, I didn't have any cows. My neighbors did.

Bebe Neuwirth2. Why did you want Bebe Neuwirth as your next guest? How has her career influenced yours? Why WOULDN'T we want Bebe Neuwirth as our guest? She's an insane inspiration that has shined on the small screen, big screen, and Broadway stages. It's incredible. She's also our first Tony award winning guest! I'm just so excited to talk to her and soak up whatever knowledge and insight I can. I have to make sure I smell nice. Wouldn't it be embarrassing if her big take away is I smelled weird?

3. Let's go back to the beginning for a moment. How did you come up with the concept and format of Brunch Night!? What made you want to have your own talk show? Brunch Night! started as an excuse to perform comedy, eat whatever I wanted on stage, drink whatever I wanted on stage, interview my hilarious friends and have a reason to wear a dress and tease my hair. The long version is that I'm in it to prove there's a space for female's in late-night television, and that "girly" doesn't mean "trivial" and that "playful" doesn't mean "dumb." I knew from the beginning that I'm not selling what the big wigs of late-night right now are selling. (cough cough middle aged white men cough cough), and I knew I needed a different angle. Brunch is, like, my favorite thing. You get to hang out with your friends, booze and gossip and feel good. That is the inspiration for Brunch Night!. No cynicism, just fun.

4. What makes Carolines on Broadway the perfect venue for Brunch Night!? It's Broadway, baby! We are very theatrical, high energy and I love love love the pomp and circumstance of being on Broadway right next to Times Square. We're not meant for a basement underground scene (though that's perfect for lots of comedy out there). That's just not our show. You can expect lots of musical numbers, theatrics, pyro-technics, live animals and a hologram of Tupac. Just kidding about the pyro-technics. Tupac will be there though.

5. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come to Brunch Night!, what would that reason be? I'd say come for the comedy, stay for the baked goods, leave with my co-host and producer, Mehdi Barakchian. He's a heart throb, comedic genius, business power house and smells like the woods and expensive cocktails. That - and it's just the most fun you can have at a comedy show. We infuse each show with unexpected segments, surprise guests and muffins. I can't stress the muffins enough. Also, Mehdi is taken because I'm dating him. OMG SCANDAL.

6. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Brunch Night!? I hope they come away with laughter in their hearts and onion rings in their bellies. Truthfully, I just want them to laugh their butts off and know there's an alternative to the late-night format they're used to (and it's a damn fun one). And seriously, highly recommend the onion rings at Carolines.

7. Who or what inspired you to being a comedian/performer/writer? Comedy was always the thing for me. I thought it was ballet for a hot minute, then maybe becoming a famous pop star with just one first name, then maybe acting school - but all of that was like, really hard. I could always make people laugh and I recognized early on that cracking my family and friends up is what I loved to do most. I remember watching I Love Lucy as a kid and thinking she was so much more lovable, hilarious and talented then anyone else on TV. And that included Jonathan Taylor Thomas at this time in my life, so you know it's a big deal.

Jamie LeeLo8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? The short list? Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Kegan, Jon Stewart, the animators of Finding Nemo, the red and yellow M&M guys...the list is infinite.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a comedian/performer/writer? I'm not awesome at making decisions right away. I much prefer to dwell over my options in the wee hours of the night while eating a block of cheese thinking of all the plausible consequences to my actions. There is this entire back stage to running a show that takes an army. Luckily, Brunch Night! has one of the most bad ass teams out there. I'm super lucky to be surrounded by talented, lovable people I can lean on. That's one thing I've learned. I need people. I'm not really a loner. That's one reason straight stand-up isn't for me right now.

Mehdi Barakchian and Jamie LeeLo at Carolines on Broadway10. What's the best advice you've ever received? My mom told my brother and I growing up that it didn't matter if we were the smartest or most talented, but as long as we were kind we would get very far in life. And my Dad is the biggest example of hard work paying off I've ever seen. Between them, that advice has served me so well. It can be a nasty, competitive industry and the dog-eat-dog mentality stresses me out and makes me feel shitty. I'd much prefer to grow through relationships and hard work then by kicking other people down. She taught me that and to always wear mascara if you're gonna leave the house. I mean WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, PEOPLE.


11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To have the ability to slow down time and enjoy the moments worth relishing in. Life is really fast right now and everyone is in a hurry for the next thing, next thing, next thing and to keep up you have to move at the speed of light. But the other day, Mehdi and I were riding his motorcycle (omg I know) and the sun was setting behind the NYC skyline and because we were on a motorcycle I couldn't check my emails or phone - because, ya know, I'd fall off or whatever - and I thought "I would like to ride this motorcycle for the next two days."

12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? It'd be called "Young & Beautiful" and it would be tequila, orange juice and unicorn tears.

Jamie LeeLo, Photo Credit: Mehdi BarakchianMore on Jamie:

Jamie LeeLo hails from a small town in Central Pennsylvania and is really excited to be in NYC. She is a comedian, performer and writer who has trained with The Second City, The Peoples Improv Theater and The Upright Citizens Brigade. Jamie performs stand up and storytelling around the city and east coast universities, and is thrilled to be a tour member of the Awkward Sex and the City storytelling show. She is also the proud creator and host of the live talk show, Brunch Night! with Jamie LeeLo, which involves muffins and alcohol. You can catch her performing improv around the city or hanging out on the street waiting for ice cream and taco trucks to go by.

Mehdi Barakchian, Photo Credit: Ginny LeiseMore on Mehdi:

Mehdi Barakchian was born in New York City and currently lives in New Jersey — and doesn’t care for your opinion on the matter. He has studied sketch and improv at The UCB and The Peoples Improv Theater. Mehdi is the producer and sidekick on the critically acclaimed late night talk show Brunch Night! with Jamie LeeLo. Most recently, he helped develop and acts as Producer for UCB Comedy’s live theater show UCB Comedy Live! which was a TimeOut NY Critic’s Pick. He also produces and hosts the cross-theater improv show No Affiliation which brings improvisers from different theaters to play on one stage. He regularly performs improv and sketch all over NYC with his indie teams Bueller and Kibbles and Bits. In addition to teaching classes at the Peoples Improv Theater, you can catch him performing weekly with PIT improv house team Lovers.


Call Redialed: Stuart Williams: The Report: 2015 NYC International Fringe Festival!

Stuart Williams, Photo Credit: Taylor Hooper PhotographyIt has been five years since I first interviewed Stuart Williams. We first met when he was starring in Billy Carver and the Children in Mind at Manhattan Theatre Source. With talent, good looks, and that enticing British accent, I had no choice but to approach Stuart after the show to see if he would be willing to do an interview with me. Stuart was so kind, that he agreed, on the spot, to do an interview. I have been following Stuart's career ever since that fateful day, which is why I am beyond excited that Stuart is back on stage this summer (reuniting with fellow Billy Carver alum Jenny Green) in the world premiere of The Report which is part of the 2015 NYC International Fringe Festival from August 15-28 at Lynn Redgrave Theater (45 Bleecker Street). Click here for tickets!

The Report examines the true, unknown story of the British government’s cover-up of the deadliest civilian tragedy of World War II. On March 3, 1943, 173 people died in London’s Bethnal Green tube station, which served as a bomb shelter during air raids. But not a single bomb was dropped that fateful night. The cause of this disaster was kept secret for almost 30 years, until a young BBC journalist making a documentary began to uncover what actually took place. As the truth is revealed, we discover how trauma, fear and the paranoia of war impact our very humanity, and how the specter of a single public calamity resonates throughout multiple generations. If you are inspired by this play, please consider making a donation to the funding of a beautiful monument paying tribute to the victims at the site of the disaster:

For more on Stuart be sure to visit and follow The Report at, on Facebook and on Twitter!

1. This August you are starring in The Report, as part of the NYC Fringe Festival from August 15-28. The Report is based upon the largest WWII civilian disaster in the UK and the subsequent cover-up by Churchill's war department. What made you want to be part of this production? Last summer I was approached by the founding members of Cutting Hedge Productions to take part in a staged reading of The Report. I was exceedingly grateful and absolutely riveted upon reading the script. I called my Nan who was living in the East End of London at the time and would have been about 12 years old. Although she lived only five miles away from Bethnal Green, where this tragic incident occurred, she had no knowledge whatsoever of it's occurrence. I knew then that this was a story that needed to be told.

2. What do you identify most with about your character? He is driven and spirited but at the same time humble. He is well aware of his strengths AND his shortcomings. And his sideburns. I really identify with his sideburns.

Stuart Williams rehearsing "The Report"3. The Report is being directed by Alan Muraoka. What has been the best part about working with him so far? This is a true ensemble piece and it volleys between past and present at a tremendous pace. There's a lot to keep an eye on. With a beautiful balance of nurture and determination, Alan has managed to paint a very detailed and specific picture of those two worlds. He also happens to be a kind, genuine and generous artist.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing The Report? As an audience member, nothing makes me happier than leaving the theatre with unanswered questions buzzing in my head. If it's truly effective, they're still there in the morning. Moral scruples make for fantastic stories. "What would I have done?" "Where is the line between right and wrong?" Black and white are boring. Grey is where it's at.

5. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see The Report, what would that reason be? To be reminded of the human condition. There will always be tragedies, but so, too, will there always be hope. Only through accepting our grief may we move beyond it.

Stuart Williams and "Report" writer Martin Casella6. It's been three years since you were on stage. What made you take a break from acting and what was it about this show that lured you back? I wasn't taking a break from acting necessarily, but I got caught up in the business of acting. I was making a push to get more on-camera experience, so there were student films, short films, commercials, and my first television job, but the goal all along was to get back to the theatre. I was just trying a new strategy. I had a friend give me a great analogy describing the journey of acting in a play as a piece of music; with an arc, rising intensity, climax, denouement, etc., whereas acting in a film is akin to singing the same 4 bars over and over, very loudly. Go! I knew that it was going to take a stellar piece to knock me off that trajectory and remind me I'm really better suited at being an actor than a hustler.

Stuart Williams, Photo Credit: Taylor Hooper Photography7. How does it feel to be back on the boards? Will we have to wait another three years to see you after this run or will you keep entertaining audiences with your talent? Fantastic! Nothing creates a spark in me quite like the very cerebral process of stepping into a text and the very visceral process of stepping into a character. I can't explain the high I get when things start to fall into place one discovery at a time. I certainly hope it's not another three years, Adam, and that's very kind of you to say so.

8. What did you learn about yourself during this hiatus? In stepping away from the stage, I was reminded why I chose to do this with my life.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would instantly be able to speak every language I came in contact with.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? This one's easy. When I'm not on stage or in front of a camera, I can be found behind a bar. Unheard of, I know! My creation "The Highland Hussy" can be found on the cocktail list at Annabel in Hell's Kitchen. It consists of Bank Note Blended Scotch Whisky, Cherry Heering Liqueur, house infused Ginger-Orange simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, a few dashes of orange bitters and a splash of seltzer. Served in a Collins glass with healthy lemon twist and a sexy brandied cherry. It's somewhere between a Debonair and a Blood and Sand. And it's pretty tasty if I do say so myself.

Stuart Williams, Photo Credit: Alberto Hidalgo VergaraMore on Stuart:

My grandparents were children of the blitz; heroes quite by happenstance. My nan lived just five miles up the road from Bethnal Green and, like many others, had no knowledge of this incident. The fear, of course, is that we will learn nothing from history, but the greater fear is that we might be denied these lessons because history has been silenced. I am humbled to play a part in telling this story and beyond grateful to Marty, Alan and my own nanny Joy. Deeply proud I am of my East End heritage. NY credits: U.S. premier of Dr. Andrew Harrison’s The Future (Isaac) at P.S.122, rogerandtom (Rich/Will) at 59E59 Theaters with Personal Space Theatrics, U.S. premier of The Safari Party (Daniel) by Tim Firth (also P.S.T.), Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring), Louis Nowra’s Cosi (Henry) with Australian Made Entertainment, Gary Owen’s Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (Matthew D. Melody), and David Eldridge’s Under the Blue Sky (Nick) with Mind the Gap Theatre Co.  Television: Turn: Washington’s Spies, AMC