Saturday, July 14, 2012
Spotlight On...Ravi Roth
Hometown: Dalton, PA
Education: BFA Boston Conservatory
Select Credits: Altar Boyz (Abe; Closing Cast); Moments with Ravi: Tales of a Misfit (Solo Show); Regional Credits: St. Louis Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Tour of Seussical
Why theater?: I have been in plays since I was 5 years old. I love being able to transform into different characters and bring my perspective and reality to it. I am also obsessed with musicals and have sung show tunes since I was in the womb :)
Tell us about A Letter to Harvey Milk: This is an amazing, creative, bold, and beautiful story about a bond that two different people (a retired old butcher and a young lesbian writer) share with Harvey Milk. It isn't just about Harvey Milk, but more so what he stood for: Universal truth. It is FUNNY, emotional, and zany with a cast of 7 people!
What is it like being a part of A Letter to Harvey Milk?: This is my second NYMF show. I was a part of My Mothers Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding back in 2010. I am once again with a top notch cast that I am floored with daily. This cast is a small group of individuals who soar. There is no weak link and we are brought together by a stellar creative team. I get inspired daily (which is why we do this anyway)!
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love original works. Contemporary musical theatre attracts me the most. I love an off-beat inventive story with kick ass music and lyrics. I love being challenged by a vocal score and delving into characters making them rich and universal. I am inspired by people who are fearless. Artists who beat to their own drum inspire me the most! John Tartaglia is definitely a rock star!
Any roles you’re dying to play?: I am dying to play Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q, Mark in Rent, Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, and Zanna in Zanna Don't (to name a few)
What’s your favorite show tune?: Changes daily but today I would say “Who's Got Extra Love” from Zanna Don't!
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: SUTTON FOSTER
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Jake Gyllenhaal (obvi and let's hope he sings) and it would be called “Critter: The Musical”
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Honestly- check out Bring it On! It just started previews and those kids are GIVING IT! It is like In The Heights: The Remix. Also check out Memphis before is closes.
What’s the best advice you can give someone trying to make it in theater?: There is no such thing as talent. EVERYONE is talented. It is all about the work you put in. Have a drive to do this and work your ass off! Don't let anyone ever tell you you can't do this or to change. Own who you are- there is no one else who can play you better.
What’s up next?: Playing Yussl in A Letter to Harvey Milk- get your tickets!!!
For more on Ravi, visit http://www.raviroth.com/ and follow him on twitter @RavRoth. For more on A Letter to Harvey Milk, visit http://www.nymf.org/module-ShowManager-display-sid-1888.html