Saturday, November 23, 2013
Spotlight On...Max Reinhardsen
Hometown: Nyack, NY
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design
Select Credits: 24 Hour Plays: The Nationals 2013; Romance, Dead Fish, Two Slatterns and a King (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Love's Labours Lost (Taffety Punk), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus, Wallenstein (Shakespeare Theatre Company)
Why theater?: Participating in live theatre is unlike any other feeling. Having an immediate, visceral response to your work is a terrifyingly beautiful thing. And my parents both used to be actors, so it's their damn fault.
Tell us about Obedient Steel: The show is an examination of the nuclear area in America, following a group of young, brilliant minds as they create and testing an immensely powerful weapon, until something goes wrong and they are each sent into a consequential next chapter sans lab coats.
What is it like being a part of Obedient Steel?: Incredibly fun and inspiring. The group of artists are so talented and lovely, and I could not have been happier being a part of the process. It's my first show in NYC, and it's also a character type I have not had the pleasure of playing yet, which is very exciting.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I really respond to new work, which is all over this city, and it's super invigorating. I am also a very big fan of Mr. Shakespeare. Groups like this one inspire me: young, smart, focused, passionate people coming together to make art.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: Lear's Fool and Hamlet. Others that I can't think of right now. All the parts!
What’s your favorite showtune?: "The Proposal" from Titanic: the Musical.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: There are far too many to pick, there are so many talented folks working in all areas of entertainment that I would die to work with. Working with one of my comedy idols like Steve Martin or Bill Murray would be pretty sweet.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: I haven't seen many shows recently in New York, but I saw a play in DC called An Iliad, which was incredible. Also pretty much anything at the Flea in NYC.
What’s up next?: I don't have any shows coming up YET, but once we close I'm going to focus on getting my stand up comedy material on its feet.