On dialect -- Unlike the young actors I watched last week at Asolo Conservatory, these guys are old pros at adopting different accents. And so the services of Florida Rep's dialect coach were not required. The actors did confess, though, that it becomes harder to speak in dialect (and, for that matter, to remember lines) as they get older.
|Thomasson, Smith and Clarke at talk-back|
On the role played by alcohol (which is consumed in copious amounts) -- In theater as in life, a bit of alcohol can ease the way. Smith enjoys playing roles in which the characters are drinking because it gives him the opportunity to over-act (or, in this case, to speak just a wee bit too loudly). Clarke, just back from two months in Ireland, talked about how meeting friends for a pint or a harder libation is an integral part of the way the Irish communicate.
On language -- While the use of profanity didn't even register with me, one audience member noted that another theater-goer counted the number of times the word "f**k" was uttered (73). Cacioppo said Florida Rep has never sanitized a script, but noted that the information on Florida Rep's website indicates that the show is for mature audiences only.
On casting -- Cacioppo is in charge of casting for all shows, and this was an easy one for him. Clarke, Smith and Thomasson, as well as Craig Bockhorn in the role of Ivan Curry, were cast based on Cacioppo's knowledge of their work. Approximately 25 actors auditioned in New York for the role of Nicky Giblin, with William Zielinski winning the part. One audience member noted--with apologies to Thomasson--that his appearance was perfect for the role of Mr. Lockhart (who is the human manifestation of the devil).Thomasson responded with a, well, devilish grin.
The "Seafarer" is playing at Florida Rep through December 13th.