Monday, February 24, 2014
Spotlight On...Scott Raymond Johnson
Hometown: Hampden, Maine
Education: Emerson College
Favorite Credits: Quest for the West: Adventures on the Oregon Trail! (Ezekiel), Oklahoma! (Will Parker), Route 66 (Charlie, Depot Theater)
Why theater?: I gain the opportunity to lead so many different lives without having to commit to living one. Cowboys, factory workers, eye donor recipient; I may have spent more time being someone else than I have been myself.
Tell us about Eyes of Orbach?: Paul and Billy meet and fall in love at first sight, only to discover they are each the recipients of one of Jerry Orbach's donated eyes. The show was inspired by The Eye Bank of New York's posters in the subway which said that "Jerry Orbach gave his heart and soul to acting and the gift of sight to two New Yorkers."
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: As I've gotten older I'm finding myself drawn to all sorts of theater. Musical, Classic and immersive experiences all have opened me up to absorbing as much NYC theater as possible. I'm inspired by everyone I get the chance to work with because there is always something I can learn from a fellow artist regardless of how long any of us has been in the business.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I base all of my working with lists on whether they'd be fun to get a drink with after. That's a pretty wide open list.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: If you still haven't seen Once, shame on you and go right now. Best adaptation of a movie yet.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: “How to have it all with very little money”, starring Justin Timberlake. It'd be a travel buddy comedy about me and my husband, who would be played by Mo Rocca.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Competition based reality tv. "Amazing Race". "Survivor". 'The Mole". I can't get enough.
What’s the most played song on your iPod?: "Little Black Dress", Sara Bareilles. She's a goddess.
If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: and will be, an admission counselor at my old college. Once I feel I've left my Mark, I want to go back and help the next round do the same...whenever that day comes.
What’s up next?: it's audition season! After Orbach I have a pretty baller honeymoon to China coming up, and hopefully a stock gig to get to come home to this summer.