Friday, July 27, 2012

Spotlight On...Randy Harrison

Name: Randy Harrison

Nashua, New Hampshire

BFA from CCM.  Also, tons of different teachers in the city.  I was pretty much constantly in different classes the first 7 years I was in NYC.

Select Credits: Red (Ken, George Street Playhouse & Cleveland Playhouse); The Habit of Art (Stuart, Studio Theatre DC); Twelfth Night (Sebastian, Shakespeare Theatre DC);  Waiting for Godot (Lucky), Ghosts (Osvald), The Who's Tommy (Tommy) at Berkshire Theatre Group; Wicked (Boq, Broadway)

Why theater?: I began performing as a child and the theatre has always been a home for me.   Being with actors in a rehearsal or on stage has always been one of the few places I really feel I belong and am accepted.  When I was younger, the more fantastical and magical aspects of the theatre appealed to me.  I loved that on the other side of the proscenium was a world where anything you imagined could exist and the rules of everyday reality didn't have to apply.  As I got older the poetic, social and political aspects of theatre really inspired me.  Seeing or reading Kushner, Beckett, Shakespeare- it makes me feel more deeply engaged in the world.  Also, some of the most cathartic and personally inspiring moments in my life have occurred as a member of an audience, and I want to be part of that for other people.

Tell us about Silence! the Musical:
Ha ha.  After I get all deep, I'll talk about Silence! the Musical because this shit is DEEP.   Silence! the Musical is an unauthorized musical parody of "Silence of the Lambs", I kid you not.  Its insanely funny and raucous and filthy. I watched it a bunch rehearsing to go in, and I was laughing my ass off every night.

What is it like being a part of Silence! the Musical:
It is so fun.  Its refreshing for me to be a clown, cause its an aspect of my personality that I haven't had much opportunity to explore professionally.  Also, I'm working with friends who I think are brilliant, so I feel lucky every night to look across the stage and see someone I love and admire do something so hilariously idiotic that I can't help but break.  And the audiences enjoy it so much that it really leaves you feeling rewarded.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I have a hard time pinning it down.  When I go to the theatre I always want to see something personal, something engaged and a little bit idiosyncratic.   I like to be surprised and when you see plays all the time it can become hard to be surprised.  It's nice to be refreshed and challenged.  Even if the work is messy or doesn't come together, I find the attempt and the risk more inspiring than anything else.    Actors inspire me.  When you meet an actor with a long eclectic career who's managed to do some amazing work and keep a roof over their head and their feet on the ground, that's fucking inspiring because its not easy and you know how much they've sacrificed.   I'm also inspired by risk and failure.  People who aren't afraid, who can let go of needing to be right or good or liked. 

Any roles you’re dying to play?: I have a bunch of somedays, a few maybe sometime soons, but no absolutely right now at the moment.    Uncle Vanya, Richard the Second, Hamlet, George in Sunday in the Park.  I could do Beckett all the time, I love it so much.   I also really want to do more new work and work more with playwrights.

What’s your favorite showtune?:
I think its a tie between "Move On" and "Rose's Turn"

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Isabelle Huppert.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I would want to pull some "Palindromes"/"I'm Not There" shit and have a ton of people play me.  Like all my friends.  It would be called something like "Accumulated Mistakes" or "Accident Prone: or something.  I dunno.   Lynne Ramsey would direct it and we'd shoot all over Europe and South America. Just 'cause. 

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: "Dance Moms Miami"

What show have you recommended to your friends?:
"Dance Moms Miami"

What’s the best advice you can give someone trying to make it in theater?:
Do it.  Jump on every opportunity.  Make your own work.  Don't have an ego about it.  Know what you love.

What’s up next?: I don't think people should ask actors that because we usually don't know and are forced to make something up that makes us seem glamourous and successful.   So for me I guess megastardom and something that pays my BILLZ.  I also want to work abroad.  And get back on TV.  And keep working with Jenn Harris.


  1. Randy needs to do some theater-work in London!

  2. Yes he does, and he said he would love to.. England would adore him!

  3. Looking forward to seeing Randy in Silence! the Musical this weekend. He's such a great actor. It would be cool to see him on TV.

  4. Great interview! Looking forward to seeing more of Randy on TV.

  5. I've seen Randy on stage a few times and he's always been brilliant. I would love to see him in Hamlet or Richard II, and in new plays too.

  6. I unfortunately never had the chance to see him live. only on TV or on youtube, but I immediately fell in love on his way of acting. randy: if you ever come to Belgium or in the neighborhood, let me know! otherwise I must take a trip to america.
    (I know my englisch isn't very good, sorry)

    1. yay! another fan from Belgium! you should 've gone with me to Cologne last June.

    2. that would have been nice, from which province are you?

  7. He's an extremely talented actor, hope we can enjoy his gorgeousness in Europe someday.

  8. Randy do you know you have tons of international fans and it's a good news you're want to get back on tv. again
    hope to see you on tv.soon

  9. I would also love to see him return to television. He's an amazing actor -- emotionally rich with a remarkable ability to evoke complexity and authenticity in any character he plays. I wonder what kind of television roles/shows interest him. Hopefully, he'll end up on a show that's worthy of his talent and one that is as unique and quirky as him. I just can't picture him on any "cookie cutter" show playing a stereotype. Hope he keeps up with theatre as well though -- I'm a novice playwright and would love to have an actor like Randy perform in one of my shows! Best of luck to him! :)

  10. Wooooow I really wish to see him on theater it would be a dream coming true. And on tv again of course he is such an amazing person. :) Mosi says " wish u Randy all the happiness "