Monday, April 21, 2014

The Gospel According to...Alex J. Gould

Name: Alex J. Gould

Hometown: Brockton, MA

Education: American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)

Who do you play in The Mysteries?:
First Person (a very historically accurate character in the Noah story), Isaac, and Matthew

Tell us about The Mysteries: Wow. Who knew two words could mean so much? A radical retelling of the Bible from 48 playwrights, 54 actors, and a creative dream team. It's an event that started back in Nov. Beginning in a loft in Midtown and is now coming to life in a 70 seat theater. It is passion beyond compare.

Describe The Mysteries in three words: Joyous, Emotional, Marathon

What's the wildest costume you wear in The Mysteries?: Before previews I would have told you I I don't have a wild costume. However, with previews come new ideas. For The Last Supper written by Jeff Whitty, the director felt something was missing. That something was a man in a dress. I didn't tell the cast about the change, so there was a genuine reaction in front of an audience. Can't beat live theater folks.

If you could be anyone from The Bible, who would you be?:
GOD. No actually I'm too exhausted to even try that. However, he created all. So I would create another day of rest to rejuvenate and be God. And I would appear to people as Morgan Freeman.

Which company member is most likely to actually have lived during Biblical times?: I will go with Karston Otto. He's wise and I like that in a biblical figure.

Which company member is most likely to be the Messiah?: Matthew Jeffers.

Most likely to become an angel?: Tyler Gardella. He knows more about angels than anyone. Ask him anything. Esp about the spear of fire.

Most likely to hear voices in their head?: Peter Sansbury. Too dangerous to explain.

Who's the most spiritual?:
Kyle Hines.

On the 8th day god said ____?:
Souths? (For those who don't know, this is bar around the corner from the theater, a common hang out for cast and anyone who wants to join after the show. I wasn't saying that God was asking to go down South. That would be interesting, but not what I was going for.)

Are you going to heaven or hell?: Where there is a Chipotle.

Which of the Seven Deadly Sins are you?: Look at my previous two responses.

What's the biggest inside joke at The Mysteries?: Ed tends to give very interestingly worded notes. Some stuff that would make you laugh, cry, and also ask yourself "Where am I?"

What's your favorite moment from The Mysteries?: There have been so many, but I think any moment we perform scene 43 (Pentecost). Seeing pure joy in the audience's faces makes every hour spent on this show completely worth it.

What is the most rewarding part about being a member of The Mysteries?: Working with this cast. The hardest working people in NYC right now!

Why should we come see The Mysteries?: You will walk away from this show having been touched with some form of great feeling and have an experience that you can't get anywhere else. It is crazy what we have done. Come join the crazy!!

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