Saturday, August 11, 2012

Spotlight On...Bill Coyne

Name: Bill Coyne

Wall, NJ

New York University, Columbia University

Select Credits:
Li'l Abner (Li'l Abner, Lion Theater); Superhero Celebrity Rehab (The Supernova, Teatro Gala/DC Capital Fringe); Madame X (Cliff Henderson, NYMF)

Why theater?: Because it’s only happening right now.

Tell us about Scarlett Fever:
Scarlett Fever is a new play by Josh Duboff. Josh is a blogger for New York Magazine and Yahoo, and he has come up with a play with some interesting, adorable, fallible characters with heart.

What is it like being a part of Scarlett Fever?:
It's been an absolute pleasure so far. We have a wonderful ensemble of actors. Our director Ashley Rodbro really encourages a sense of "play" in the room. Our lead, Alex Trow is beyond charming.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I think what attracts me to a show is when I see something alive, where I feel that the actors are really putting themselves at risk. The last show I saw that REALLY blew me away was Kneehigh's production of Brief Encounter that Roundabout brought over and did at Studio 54. It was a complete mashup of styles; musical, fast paced comedy, and heightened romance. I felt that the actors really went as far as they could in each direction and the payoff was incredible. I was really touched by the piece.

Any roles you’re dying to play?:
I would do a lot of things to have a shot at playing Hamlet.

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

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: If my daily existence was interesting enough to be captured on film. The 1993 Tom Cruise from “The Firm”. The movie would definitely be called "Pursuit".

What show have you recommended to your friends?:
I am seeing Gore Vidal's The Best Man. I have heard wonderful things, and any time you have a chance to see a true craftsman like James Earl Jones, you run to.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I love listening to George Michael.

What’s up next?: I'm shooting a web series about Superheroes called "Subheroes", and I am planning a one man show called Come Back to Me that will be an evening discussing the pursuit of love and all of the crazy, wonderful, world-shattering experiences that follow.