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Thursday
Nov022017

Call Answered: Conference Call: Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito: "Hot Mess" at The Theater Center

Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito, Photo Credit: Jeremy DanielWhen it comes to love, everyone is a Hot Mess in one way or the other, which is why when I heard about this new show opening this month, I knew I had to get the inside scoop from the show's stars themselves, the adorable & hilarious Max Crumm and the beautiful & funny Lucy DeVito.

Hot Mess is a new romantic comedy where "Max," a Jewish recovering alcoholic comedian begins dating "Elanor," a mile a minute aspiring magician. "Max," however, holds a secret that he is scared to share with "Elanor," something he confides in his therapist and best friend, and something that he grappled with for his whole life. There are many types of relationships and Hot Mess shows us that with trust and communication, anything is possible.

Hot Mess plays at The Theater Center (1627 Broadway/210 West 50th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) starting on November 7. Click here for tickets!

For more on Hot Mess be sure to visit http://www.hotmesstheplay.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Max follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more one Lucy follow her on Twitter!

1. What attracted you to Hot Mess?

Max Crumm: Initially, I was was attracted because of the premise of the show. The idea that I would be getting to play an LGBTG character that is normally under represented was extremely attractive! also...a job. ;)

Lucy DeVito: I love rom com's about imperfect people!

2. What do you each relate to most about your characters (Max, something other than the fact that you share the same name...haha)?

Max Crumm: I think I relate to "Max" in a lot of ways, but the most relatable thing I find in him is his ability to bounce back and forth between what he thinks and what others think. There is an inherent people pleaser in him that I scarily identity with.

Lucy DeVito: I relate to "Elanor's" struggle in defining who she is as a comedian. I'm always trying to reflect on my journey as an actor and re-examine how to express myself artistically.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel3. What is one characteristic of "Max" & "Elanor" you are both glad you don't possess yourself?

Max Crumm: I’m super glad that i don’t possess the ability to compartmentalize my emotions. I wear my heart on my sleeve, sometimes to a fault. But "Max" definitely knows how to navigate his & and others’ emotions so that there is no room to address them.

Lucy DeVito: "Elanor" has issues with her mom. I'm so thankful that's not like me...my mom is the best!

4. In this show, "Max" holds a secret that he is scared to share with "Elanor." What is one secret each of you have been holding on to, but are now ready to reveal?

Max Crumm: Nice try ;-)

Lucy DeVito: I have a sweet tooth and in times of severe laziness and desperation I will to run down to the bodega, in my sweatpants, buy a Kit Kat and eat it before I even get back to my couch.

5. There are so many kinds of relationships out there...monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc. What kind of relationship do you both seek out for yourselves? 

Max Crumm: I am an old fashioned Monogamous lover/relationship person. I’m too selfish to share anyone with anyone.

Lucy DeVito: I'm a monogamy gal.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel6. What are the top five things you look for in a relationship? What are your top five deal breakers?

Max Crumm:

Top Five Things: Sense of humor. YOU HAVE TO MAKE ME LAUGH, someone who makes time for me even if they are super busy, must love dogs, must believe in some sort of magic, MUST be a sexy hot hunk who loves me and only me endlessly forever and ever.

Deal Breakers: IF YOU CAN'T MAKE ME LAUGH, if you hate dogs...bye, if you don’t like cuddling...bye, if you can’t hold an intense conversation about cartoons...bye, if you’re an actor/singer and I think you have no talent and would have to eventually tell you my opinion or lie to you.

Lucy DeVito:

Top Things: Have a great sense of humor, be kind, be confident, be able to tolerate cats.

Deal Breaker: Voted for Trump.

7. What is one characteristic of yours someone would describe as being a "Hot Mess"?

Max Crumm: I sometimes decide to ignore tact to get my point across.

Lucy DeVito: I spill food on myself almost every meal.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel8. Since Lucy was in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, let's play with that title for a moment. When each of you are down, what is your go to place that "Is Always Sunny"?

Max Crumm: My bed!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Lucy DeVito: At the beach!

9. With Max being in the 2007 revival of Grease, let's learn about you both from two different songs. To keep things interesting, we'll go with songs Max did not sing. So, if each of you were to sing "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" & "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," who would you be imitating in the first song & what event would you be singing about in the latter?

Lucy DeVito: Max Crumm in the first song and making out with Max Crumm in the second song.

10. The tag line of the show is "Hot Mess: A Romantic Comedy That Goes Both Ways." Have you ever gone another way (in life) than you usually do?

Max Crumm: Why, yes... yes i have ;)

Lucy DeVito: Why? Who's interested? I'll think about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Max CrummMore on Max:

Max is currently starring in Legendale at the Human Race Theatre and starred in Beatsville at Asolo Repertory Theatre earlier this year. Last year, he originated the role of "Scott" in Disaster! on Broadway.  Max is represented by Headline Talent Agency and Vanguard Management Group. Broadway: Disaster! (Scott - The Nederlander), Grease (Danny - Brooks Atikinson). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks ( Matt - Jerry Orbach Theater), Disaster! (Scott - St. Luke's Theatre), Brooklyn Crush {formerly: F#%king Up Everything} (Christian Mohammed Shwartzelberg - Elektra Theatre). Festival/Regional: Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil (Woody Harrelson, - NYMF 2017), Jersey Shoresical (The Situation,  - NY Fringe Festival). Beatsville (Walter Paisley - Asolo Rep.), Legendale (Andy - Human Race Theatre). Film: Easy A, Killing Diaz, & Echoboom.

Lucy DeVitoMore on Lucy:

Lucy DeVito was named in Backstage's second annual list of 30 actors "On the verge of career breakthroughs" in 2013. Originally from Los Angeles, after studying theater and graduating from Brown University, Lucy moved to New York City where she currently resides. She most recently starred in Curmudgeons, directed by Danny DeVito, which screened at The Tribeca Film Festival (as well as various international festivals) and was just released on Vimeo. She will next be seen in Taylor Hackford's film The Comedian, starring Robert DeNiro and Leslie Mann. Lucy starred opposite Tyler Labine (playing his love interest) for two seasons in the comedy Deadbeat (Hulu). She recurred on ALPHA HOUSE opposite John Goodman for Amazon and did an episode of Girls. She is known for her work in movies such as Leaves of Grass, alongside Edward Norton, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, Speech & Debate, A Quiet Little Marriage, Syrup, Beware The Gonzo and Just Add Water. Lucy has made appearances in the television shows Girls, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Melissa and Joey. Onstage, Lucy recently starred in Steel Magnolias opposite Elaine Hendrix, Patricia Richardson, Susan Sullivan and Jessica Walter, directed by Marsha Mason at The Buck's County Playhouse. Previously, she worked with Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron in the original readings of their play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She performed the play many times in New York at the Westside Theater and in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse. Other plays in which she's performed include In Quietness by Anna Moench, Stefanie Zadravec's The Electric Baby, Bruce Graham's Any Given MondayThe Diary of Anne Frank, in which she played "Anne," and The Miracle at Naplesby David Grimm. She's a member of The Ensemble Studio Theater and Morgan Gould & Friends.

Thursday
Aug242017

Call Redialed: Orfeh: "Legally Bound: Orfeh & Andy Karl Live at Feinstein's/54 Below"

Orfeh and Andy Karl at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Walter McBrideIn December 2016, I was lucky enough to attend Orfeh & Andy Karl's concert Legally Bound at Feinstein's/54 Below. Then it was announced that these concerts were going to be made into a live album by Broadway Records. I was beyond excited. The end result is an album that really captures the essence of the evening, from their powerhouse vocals to the fun and excitement of seeing them live.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to describe just how thrilling it was to speak with Orfeh about the making of Legally Bound: Orfeh & Andy Karl Live at Feinstein's/54 Below. She really gave me a piece of her heart, opening up to me about her life with Andy! This is one "History" lesson you don't want to miss!

Orfeh & Andy Karl: Legally Bound: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below is available now on Broadway Records and iTunes!

For more on Orfeh & Andy follow them on Twitter @official_orfeh and @Andy_Karl

For more on Broadway Records visit http://www.broadwayrecords.com and follow them on Twitter!

CD design by Robbie Rozelle1. You and Andy just released your live recording of Legally Bound: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below. What made you want to make this concert into a live album? We've been planning on doing a recording together for some time now as it's the one thing we have not done previously. At the time of the concerts, Andy was about to go into Groundhog Day & I was very busy with a few projects and we just felt this would be the perfect time to make this recording. These concerts get booked so far in advance and you just never know when the next opportunity for our schedules to align would come up, so we took advantage of this moment together. Plus, we were very proud of the performances and material.

2. What is the recording process like for a live album as opposed to a regular album? The process is really difficult, but we had a great team working with us. I produced the album with Broadway Records President Van Dean along with Steven Jamail and Michael Moritz & Robbie Rozelle. Steven & I come from the world of pop music while Robbie, Michael, & Van Dean are more musical theatre, so it was great to have all our expertises joined together.

The challenge of making a live CD is getting the right balance of capturing the live experience and not making it sound like mush. You want to be able to hear the harmonies, background vocalists, the bass at a certain time, etc. It's not easy to get it perfect, but we had so many great people helping, which made the process a lot easier.

Me: Well, the album does sound good. I've been listening to it since it's release and you did a great job with the mixing of it all. You hear a little bit of the plates clinging together, but it's so subtle, that you hardly notice it and it allows you to hear your vocals really well.

Orfeh: One thing we really strived for with this recording is to give it a feel, that if you weren't able to be in the audience for any of our shows, you can still capture the live experience of the nights.

Me: I definitely feel you did that. I was lucky enough to come see Legally Bound, but after listening to this album, you definitely capture the fun of the evening and how great & powerful it was to hear you and Andy sing. I love both of you individually, but hearing you two sing together with your powerhouse vocals was insane!

Orfeh and Andy Karl performing at Feinstein's/54 Below3. Were both of you equally invovled in organizing the concert or did one of you take the lead in putting it together? It was definitely 50/50. You've got to make it comofortable for both of you. You know, Andy & I sing in such different stratospheres and keys so, when we were doing the opening Motown Medley, we had to choose songs that would work for both of our voices because our vocals then have to blend on the harmonies as well. Those songs are so harmony heavy that it’s very important to pick songs that make sense vocally.

4. One of my favorite songs that you did was Whitney Houston’s "I’m Your Baby Tonight." I liked how you said, at the show, that this is a song everybody knows, but it’s not a song done very often. You did it so well. Out of all the songs in Whitney’s music catalog, what was it about that song that made you go, this is the song I want to sing? ? It’s my favorite Whitney song. It’s such a catchy, first-listen hit, that no matter what the audience is like (whether they be rock-heavy or Broadway-heavy), it’s going to be a major crowd pleaser, if you do justice to it.

Whitney made her songs seem so effortless to sing, but they are actually very complicated to do. There was no voice like Whitney before her and there will never be a voice like hers again. I got to meet Whitney a few times and she was so nice to me and the people around me. I love her so much & miss her terribly.

I never wanted to do a concert and say, "Well, I’m going to sing Whitney now because she’s gone." It's like with Prince, I’ve been singing "Kiss" for years and I decided to add Whitney in because I am finally at a place vocally, where I feel I can do the song correctly and not have a melt down in the middle of it.

Andy Karl and Orfeh5. What was your favorite duet to perform with Andy? We really enjoyed performing "Make Like A Nail"/"If Can Dream" (from The Great American Trailer Park Musical & the Elvis Presley song). Somehow you would never think these songs would make any sense together and somehow they do. We’ve done it in the past and I just think it works really well and I think the audience enjoys it, so again, you are hitting on all cylinders.

I also think, oddly, which no one expected us to do, is "History" by One Direction. I feel like this is the best track on the album. It’s such a great song, such a catchy melody, but you’d never think the two of us would do it. We loved singing it. The back-up singers enjoyed singing it. The band loved playing it. It’s one of those songs that will definitely be a keeper in the set.

I come from the pop world, I had a pop hit years ago, but randomly, here we are doing a Broadway-esq cabaret show with pop songs including a One Direction song, which we made a video of for Broadway.com, and I often hear from fans or read on Twitter people saying they like this version better than the One Direction version. Some say it’s their favorite track on the CD. Here, we get to introduce this song to an audience that may not be One Direction fans and they instantly like it. I think that is the point of music. Good music is good music and that’s universal.

6. Was there anything, now that the album is out and you’ve had time to look back on the concert, you wish you did a little bit differently? I don’t think I would do anything differently. I’m very happy with how everything turned out and the choices we made.

Orfeh and Andy Karl7. Since the show was called Legally Bound and that is the name of the album, what is your secret to a successful marriage with Andy? I guess, according to the entertainment world, we’ve been married for like 110 years [laughs]. A long time ago, a girl I knew had a very successful/happy marriage and I said to her, "What’s the secret to your marriage?" and she said, "I married my best friend." Recently, I was having this same conversation with someone and they asked me the same question and I said, "Andy is my best friend. The best person I know on the planet."  I know it sounds cliché, but that is a very major ingredient. Prior to Andy, I had some ridiculous boyfriends, so I sort of came to the party with the knowledge of what I didn’t want in a relationship. That made things easier because I was able to go, "This I don’t want, this I don’t want, and this I don’t want," and then you meet someone who’s not suffering from those issues, who happens to be the most wonderful person out there. And Andy’s a really good person. We kind of matched instantly and while we are very different people, our core values are very similar, so it just really worked out.

Because of our schedules there’s a lot of time apart, which in it’s own bizarre way helps because it gives us our individual space and time. But what it really comes down to is that I like the person I love. When you like the person you love, it’s very, very, different and I like Andy more than anyone on this planet.

8. Just to go back in time a little bit. You and Andy met during the Broadway run of Saturday Night Fever. How long after you met, did you feel like he’s the one? We got married six months later [laughs]. It was truly love at first sight. It was one of those moments that you only think are complete nonsense when you hear about them happening to other people or you see them in movies or on TV. It’s a fantasy, but then it happened to both of us and we still look at each other and say, "Did that really happen to us?" [laughs]

Andy came into Saturday Night Fever in July and we got married in January. There are some people to this day who don’t know we’re married, but certainly, the cast/crew of Saturday Night Fever had no idea. It was just one of those moments. It's like trying to explain catching lightening in a bottle. It really was love at first sight. Nobody thought it would last, but, you know, they were wrong. And he’ll be the one forever and ever!

9. What’s next for you and Andy together, career wise? We’d love to do some film/TV together. I don’t have concrete dates yet, but I definitely think there will be more concerts in the not so distant future. The goal would be to wind up in some project together.

OrfehMore on Orfeh:

Broadway: "Paulette" in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, Broadway.com Audience Award), Saturday Night Fever, Fascinating Rhythm, Footloose. Off Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Love, Janis. TV/Film: Sleeping with the Fishes (with Gina Rodgriguez), Across the Universe, Film U, L&O CI, Sex and the City, Chappelle's Show. She has performed at Lincoln Center with her husband, Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Andy Karl, and in numerous Broadway benefits including Hair for the Actors Fund (Grammy nomination). Her extensive recording career includes music with the '90s pop group Or-N-More, she has performed with many music icons from legends the O'Jays to Cissy Houston. Her solo CD, What Do You Want From Me, latest single, "Forget My Name," and live album Orfeh & Andy Karl: Legally Bound – Live at Feinstein's/54 Below are available on iTunes.

Andy KarlMore on Andy:

Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for "Best Actor" in a Musical for Groundhog Day, Andy was recently seen on the NBC series Law & Order: SVU as "Sergeant Mike Dodds." Andy has also won the Outer Critics Circle Award and has been nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Awards for his starring role opposite Kristin Chenoweth in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century. For his critically acclaimed performance as "Rocky Balboa" in the Broadway musical Rocky, Andy was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards. Other Broadway credits include the revival of The Mystery of Edwin DroodJersey BoysWicked9 to 5Legally BlondeThe Wedding Singer and Saturday Night Fever. Off-Broadway/NYC credits include Chita Rivera: NOWADAYS at Carnegie Hall, Annie Get Your Gun (City Center), Altar Boyz (OCC Award), Slut and Saturday Night. His film and television credits include Forever, And So It Goes, Joyful Noise, and Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods.

Wednesday
Apr122017

Call Redialed: NEW Facetime interview: Migguel Anggelo: "So Close: Love & Hate" at Joe's Pub

"Call Me Adam" and Migguel Anggelo at The Algonquin HotelLive from The Algonquin Hotel, "Call Me Adam" catches up with singer/songwriter/actor Migguel Anggelo about his return to Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) with his new one-man show So Close: Love & Hate, directed by Obie Award Winner David Drake on May 23 & 24 at 7pm.

Here, we discuss love, hate, and how this country can stand united instead of divided. In So Close: Love & Hate, Migguel Anggelo addresses divisiveness, humanity and hope through a rich song cycle including an array of brand new compositions punctuated by Latin classics, American standards, Broadway, opera, and Bjork. Click here for tickets!

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

For more on Joe's Pub visit https://joespub.publictheater.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

"Call Me Adam's" NEW interview with Migguel Anggelo:

Friday
Dec092016

Call Answered: Michael Crane: Nicky Silver's "This Day Forward" at Vineyard Theatre

Michael CraneThe American Repertory Theater holds a special place in my heart. So when I find an actor who has a connection to that place, I always want to talk more with them. Combine that with playwright Nicky Silver, whose work I adore and presto, I called and Michael Crane answered.

We discuss his starring turn in Nicky Silver's newest play, This Day Forward, an unforgettable play about love and marriage and everything in between, currently running at The Vineyard Theatre through December 18 (108 East 15th Street). We also talk about love, being blindsided, and improving lives by one percent better! Click here for tickets!

For more on The Vineyard Theatre be sure to visit http://www.vineyardtheatre.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

1. You are currently starring in the Vineyard Theatre's production of Nicky Silver's This Day Forward. What made you want to audition for this show? I thought the script was funny and sad and surprising and moving. And I felt like it would be a huge challenge.

2. What do you relate to most about your character? What is one characteristic of his you are glad you don't have? I play two characters. "Martin's" inability to let go. And, I'm glad I don't quite have his level of rage. "Noah's" maladjusted familial situation. And, I'm glad that I enjoy the pleasures of nature.

Joe Tippett, Holley Fain, Andrew Burnap, Michael Crane in "This Day Forward" at The Vineyard Theatre, Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg3. What do you like most about working with Nicky Silver? How does his writing move you? He's very kind and very funny. His humor opens me up to a more empathetic view of people in pain.

4. What is something that has happened on stage or in rehearsal that made you laugh out loud? With Nicky and many of my castmates around, there's always plenty of tomfoolery. Ah man, I can't think of anything specific. Joe Tippett likes to give young Andrew Burnap, who just got out of acting school, terrible acting advice many nights before the show. That usually gets me.

Holley Fain, Joe Tippett, Michael Crane in "This Day Forward" at The Vineyard Theatre, Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg5. In This Day Forward, "Martin" thinks he has just married the girl of his dreams, but when "Irene" makes a surprising confession in their honeymoon suite, all their well-made plans fall apart. When has there been a time in your life when you've blindsided by a lover? Hahaha. Well, there was that M. Butterfly incident a few years ago. No, just kidding, I don't know...the usual? (sad face)

6. Nearly 50 years later, "Irene's" children wrestle with their past. What is something from your past that you still struggle with? I think a lot of us spend our lives trying to figure out what went wrong in the first few years of our lives to make us the neurotic messes that we are.

Michael Crane, Holley Fain in "This Day Forward" at The Vineyard Theatre, Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I guess it was film and TV performances I saw as a young kid. Gene Wilder, Robin Williams, Michael J Fox, 80s movies, TV. I know that doesn't sound that cool, but it's the truth. (I grew up in the suburbs and didn't see much theater).

8. As someone who has starred in both film/television and stage acting, what is something you wish you knew before going into it that you know now? They're not exaggerating when they tell you it ain't easy.

9. One thing we have in common is the American Repertory Theater. I worked there from 1998-2001 in the box office and house management. You performed in their show Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3). ART has allows held a special place in my heart. What did you enjoy about your time there? I was there during the Snowpocalypse of 2014. There were 4 blizzards in 6 weeks, 9 feet of snow fell. And yet, the audiences still came out! Those Bostonians don't let anything get between them and theater.

Michael Crane, Holley Fain in "This Day Forward" at The Vineyard Theatre, Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Gratitude. (And procrastinating less).

More on Michael:

New York Theater: GLORIA (Vineyard), THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN (Cherry Lane/Hartford Stage), BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, KING LEAR and RICHARD III (Public Theater), TAKING CARE OF BABY (MTC), DORIS TO DARLENE (Playwrights Horizons), THE MAG-7 (Naked Angels), THE YOUNG LEFT (Cherry Lane), THE TENANT (Woodshed Collective), WEST MOON STREET (Prospect Theater Company), BONE PORTRAITS (Stillpoint Prods), THE LEOPARD AND THE FOX (TBG), BRACK’S LAST BACHELOR PARTY (59E59), MIDDLEMEN (Human Animals). Regional Theater: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (A.R.T.), HAMLET (Pioneer Theatre), HELL MEETS HENRY HALFWAY (Pig Iron Theatre Co.), Long Wharf, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse. TV/Film: People of Earth, Barry, Damages, White Collar, Winter’s Tale, Forever, Law & Order, Kings. MFA: NYU.

Thursday
Nov172016

Call Redialed: David Perlman: A Dog Story at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre

Michael Perlman, Photo Credit: Danny Weiss Photo, Inc.What fun I had catching up with actor/photographer David Perlman. It's been almost two years since we've spoken, but what better time to re-connect then when David is taking center stage in a brand new musical, written just for him!

David stars in A Dog Story with a book by Eric H. Weinberger and music/lyrics Gayla D. Morgan. A Dog Story is a charming new musical comedy about "Roland," a career-driven lawyer, who thinks he must be married to get the partnership he desperately wants. To solve his dilemma, he gets a puppy as a chick magnet. But through first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, "Roland" ends up discovering there's more to life when you "get a dog!"

A Dog Story plays a limited run at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre in NYC (354 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

For more on David visit http://www.david-perlman.com and http://www.davidperlmanphotography.com!

1. Hi David. It's so great to catch up with you as you just started performances of the new Off-Broadway musical A Dog Story. What attracted you to this show? Actually, this is a pretty awesome story. In early 2012, Eric Weinberger asked me to be in a benefit concert that he was putting together; we knew each other peripherally and were fans of each other’s work, and I was excited to be part of this concert.  After the benefit, he wrote me such a sweet message and a follow up email saying that he wanted to write a show for me! I was completely honored and flattered, and also there was part of me that was skeptical it would ever happen. But I didn’t know Eric then the way I do now! We ended up getting together and talking through ideas and of course had a bunch of follow up emails. I remember he emailed me Gayla Morgan’s website and said he was thinking of collaborating with her. Since we didn’t know each other, she asked me to send her clips of myself, which I happily did.

In July 2012, Eric sent me the first draft of A Dog Story! In 2013, I went to Key West to do a reading of the show, and in May 2014 I played "Roland" in the world premiere production at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West. It’s pretty awesome to have been involved with this show from the very beginning. I almost cried when I read Eric’s bio for this Off-Broadway production, which includes "Many thanks…. to David Perlman, for whom I wrote the role of Roland." Eric is such an incredible man, and I am really so honored to be playing this role that I helped to inspire.

David Perlman in "A Dog Story", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel2. What do you relate to most about your character "Roland," a career-driven lawyer? "Roland" is a workaholic, and I definitely relate to that! I am an actor and photographer, and I’m often over scheduled with work; thankfully I love what I do. It’s not giving anything away to say that "Roland" gets a dog in this show. Interestingly, I didn’t have a dog when I first did this show…and now I do. I don’t think it’s a coincidence!

3. In A Dog Story, your character thinks he must be married to make partner in his law firm. When has there been a time in your life when you felt you had to do something in order to make it to the next step? What comes to mind is joining Actors’ Equity Association. When I was offered my Equity card, I remember thinking that it was an exciting, and also scary, step. I had been working a lot in the non-Equity world, and I knew it might be more difficult to compete for Equity jobs. I remember thinking "If I can’t compete in the Equity world, then this career isn’t for me. If I really want to make it, I need to take my card and see what happens." So joining Equity was a big and scary thing I needed to do in order to see if this career was really where I belonged.

David Perlman and Stefanie Brown in "A Dog Story", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel4. In order to get married, "Roland," gets a puppy to attract women. What do you think the puppy does for "Roland" that he couldn't do on his own to attract women? "Roland" pretty much gets so anxious around beautiful women that he can’t even talk. His friend "Guy" suggests getting a puppy to attract women, and really, it is the ice breaker that "Roland" needs. I do understand this to an extent; while I have no problem talking to people, I generally don’t go around talking to strangers. However, when I’m walking my dog Winnie, I find myself talking to all sorts of people on the street; dogs are great conversation starters!

5. As someone who is married himself, what is something you did, perhaps out of the ordinary, to attract your husband Trey Gerrald? Honestly, I didn’t do anything to attract Trey. For some reason, he had decided he wanted to date me before we even spoke. So attracting him was easy, but I will say that keeping him around is where I had to get to work! I will say that our greatest strength is communication; we are so open with each other it’s crazy. It’s wonderful to feel fully accepted and loved by someone for all the things, good and bad, that make me who I am.

Trey Gerrald and David Perlman6. Through first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, "Roland" discovers there's more to life when you "get a dog!" What was your first date with your husband? What were your initial thoughts after it? Trey and I did a show together, Sunset Boulevard at the Ogunquit Playhouse, in the summer of 2010. So we didn’t really have a first date, we just kinda were living and working together. We started as friends. The romance began about halfway through the five-week contract, and we did have one date near the end of the run where I thought "There is absolutely no way this is going to work." We’ve since talked about that date, and he was thinking the exact same thing!! I’m so glad we both gave it another chance.

7. What is something that suddenly disappeared from your life? I remember when my grandmother passed away when I was still pretty young. I was very close with her, and it was the first time I remember experiencing death and how someone is just suddenly gone. Grandma Winnie was awesome, and luckily my mother gave me her blessing to name our dog Winnie in her memory.

Lindsie VanWinkle and David Perlman in "A Dog Story," Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel8. A Dog Story's by line is "Relationships are ruff." What has been the most challenging part of your relationship? How did you get through that ruff spot? The most challenging part was when I went on tour about three months into the relationship. Since we are both actors, we are often apart from each other for big stretches of time. Now, we can handle it pretty well, but distance is not great for a three-month-old relationship. That was a big turning point for us, because we were forced into the kind of honest communication that is necessary to sustain a relationship. Luckily, my tour got cancelled after about four months, or I don’t know if we would have made it through.

9. What do you love about originating a role as opposed to stepping into one/reviving one? The best thing about originating a role is to be working with the entire creative team on a show that is still evolving. It’s pretty cool to be in the room with the composer, who will say "Would this song be better for you in a different key?" That doesn’t typically happen when you step into a show that has already been published. It’s pretty amazing, also, to be part of the collaborative process. Since we are embodying our characters, it’s exciting to be able to question certain moments, which may lead to a rewrite that provides more clarity and therefore strengthens the piece. For better or worse, this show wouldn’t be this show if these particular actors had not been cast.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Time management!  Like I said, I tend to be overscheduled. I love to work, and I am also very social. I have been better lately about making sure to have some downtime, but time management is definitely an area that I would love to improve upon.

David Perlman, Photo Credit: Jeff BlumenkrantzMore on David:

David Perlman is thrilled to continue with A Dog Story, having originated the role of "Roland" at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West. Broadway: Baby It's You! NY: Yank! (York Theatre), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM), Madagascar Live! (Radio City Music Hall). Touring/Regional: "Motel" in Fiddler on the Roof (Goodspeed, PCLO, Arena Stage), "Woof" in Hair (European tour), "Calvin" in Calvin Berger (Barrington), "Sheldrake" in White Christmas (dir. Randy Skinner). TV: Mysteries of Laura, The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Law and Order.