Friday, August 2, 2013
Spotlight On...Remy Germinario
Hometown: Tampa, FL (Or as I like to say...Trampa. Gotta love it!)
Education: BFA in Theatre from NYU TIsch School of the Arts (CAP21/Strasberg Studios)
Select Credits: Bradley Cole (Fringe NYC); Bunnicula (Toby, TheatreworksUSA), Two Gentlemen of Verona the Musical (Speed, NYU), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour, NYU), The Who's Tommy (Mr Simpson/Local Lad, NYU), Hairspray (IQ, Greater Ocean City Theatre Co), "The Feast of Stephen" (Stephen, A film directed by James Franco)
Why theater?: Because I'd be a terrible doctor or businessman! But in all seriousness, I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my life. I think that's why most actors have the drive to do this despite it being the highest rejection rate of any job. We work hard because this is IT. The thought of doing something besides performing is actually terrifying. It's a part of us. Theatre has been the central part of my life since i started acting at age 5. I love entertaining; whether I'm making people laugh or cry, I enjoy changing an audience. I hope to work in both theatre and Film/TV, but there is no greater high than performing live. You get to leave your reality behind for 2 hours and get to PLAY. It's a shame people who aren't actors don't get to experience the adrenaline rush of putting your creative self before an audience. I'm the luckiest guy alive to have this privilege!
What is it like being a part of Bradley Cole?: Bradley Cole has been one of my favorite projects to work on. I did a workshop of the show last summer at NYU, and was fortunate enough to get the offer to do it all over again! The show is about Ian Maxwell (yours truly), who is a socially awkward computer geek. Ian has created this false online persona via a blog named Bradley Cole. This fake glamorous life that Ian has created through Bradley get's national acclaim. But his life unravels as people begin to find out who he really is. I think this is such an important story for our day and age: the age of social media. The show raises the question of "Is your online self really you?" and truly explores the extreme impact of social media as well as the themes of a crumbling friendship, betrayal, devotion, sexual orientation and the idea of celebrity. And of course there is a little bit of a love story thrown in there as well (But I won't give too much away!) This relevant show is absolutely hilarious with a lot of heart. It features an amazing book/lyrics by Jason Young and score by Bomi Lee. Directed by Geoffrey Goldberg and produced by Nickey Frankel/Preview of the Arts. I truly love playing this role because I can relate to Ian a lot. So as I'm discovering things about Ian, I'm also discovering things about myself as a person.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: A show that has no boundaries or censors that turns a mundane aspect of every day life into a masterpiece. And it doesn't hurt if a show makes me laugh at something inappropriate. Collaboration. Optimism. Spontaneity.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: For now I'd love to play Alan Strang in Equus, Boq in Wicked, Mark in Rent or give Seymour in Little Shop another try. Even though I'm 23, I mostly play teenagers (not complaining!) but, when I look older I'd love to play Louis in Angels in America, Pippin in Pippin, and Robert in Company (I played this role in high school, but I'd like to play this 35 year old again when I’m not 16)
What’s your favorite showtune?: Without a doubt, it is "Cabaret" from Cabaret. Secret: My ACTUAL dream role that will probably never happen (but one can always hope) is to do the male version of Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Sal Bowles, if you will. It would be different but I'd have such a good time. I'm obsessed with her journey through that show.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I always have day dreams of doing a sitcom where Lisa Kudrow plays my mom. I have a deep love for sitcoms and it all started with watching Lisa on "Friends" when I was a kid. She is definitely my comic inspiration, and if I ever got the chance to work with her, I'd be a happy fella.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Daniel Radcliffe and it would be called “I'm Not Harry Potter: The Remy Germinario Story”.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: My two favorite shows this season have been Pippin and Vanya and Sasha and Masha and Spike.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Donuts. I have a crazy appetite and have been known to eat quite a few donuts in one sitting. NO SHAME.
What’s up next?: After Bradley Cole is finished, I'll be back at the audition scene of course. I also work as a NYC Tour Guide, so I'll be doing that a lot (Best survival job EVER). Finally, I'm writing a web series with my dear friend, Anthony Ritosa, called "Just Two Bros", which follows the story of two gay best friends dealing with life immediately after college and the scary year that follows graduation.
For more on Remy, follow him on twitter @RemyGerminario and visit www.remygerminario.weebly.com. For more on Bradley Cole, visit www.bradleycolethemusical.com and follow them on twitter @BColeMusical.