Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Gospel According to...Alex Haynes

Name: Alex Haynes

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: B.A. Theater at University of Kansas, Improvisation at Upright Citizens Brigade

Who do you play in The Mysteries?: Justin one of the shepherds, and Andrew one of the apostles

Tell us about The Mysteries: It is an epic play about the bible that isn't about any particular religion but the interpersonal relationships between people. Those relationships are examined on stage and throughout the entire play as we try to connect to the audience before, during, and after the show on a human level.

Describe The Mysteries in three words: Epic human connection.

What's the wildest costume you wear in The Mysteries?: Probably a ski mask. I have some fairly tame costumes.

If you could be anyone from The Bible, who would you be?:
God, not for the power, but to be able to see everything happen and know the answers to people's questions.

Which company member is most likely to actually have lived during Biblical times?: Rory Kulz. His depth of knowledge about the world suggests he's lived a long life.

Which company member is most likely to be the Messiah?: Steve Stout. He leads by example.

Most likely to become an angel?: Dominique Brillion

Most likely to hear voices in their head?:
A.J. Ditty

Who's the most spiritual?: Alessandra Nahodil

On the 8th day god said_____: I'm hungry.

Are you going to heaven or hell?: Heaven? Or maybe the section of hell for people who meant really well.

Which of the Seven Deadly Sins are you?: Sloth.

What's the biggest inside joke at The Mysteries?:
I don't know if we have one big one, but there is a line in the shepherds scene that is written, "this is love happening here". And Elijah Trichon has taken to saying that line in the most unintelligible way possible at random times backstage. It makes me laugh every time.

What's your favorite moment from The Mysteries?: The many moments during the rehearsal process when all the people in the room were moved to tears by one of the songs in the show, and we knew we had something worth sharing with an audience.

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of The Mysteries?:
Seeing the effort I put into this show being matched by the other actors, the creative team, and The Flea staff. Each and every one of us have poured ourselves into this show because we believe in what we've created.

Why should we come see The Mysteries?: Because we have been working hard to create a meaningful, unique shared experience for you from the moment you enter the theater to the moment you leave. And I think we have succeeded.