Monday, April 28, 2014
The Mysteries According to...A.J. Ditty
Hometown: Escondido, California: Home of the San Diego Zoo Safari Adventure and crippling depression.
Education: BFA NYU
Who do you play in The Mysteries?: The Doctor and Thomas
Tell us about The Mysteries: Had you pitched the concept of The Mysteries to me a year ago, I would have called you crazy. Had you pitched to me in the 1600s, I would have called you a witch and thrown leeches at you. Had you had pitched it to me in the 1300s, I would have pointed out that there's already such a festival happening in York and you should totally check it out because what the blacksmiths are doing with the Nativity is simply MIND-BLOWING. Also, do you have any penicillin? The next 700 years are gonna go a LOT easier if you have some penicillin.
Describe The Mysteries in three words: Beautifully orchestrated chaos.
What's the wildest costume you wear in The Mysteries?: I'm particularly fond of my striped scarf for Thomas. My whole idea is that Thomas believes in times of great chaos he can use it as active camouflage. Unfortunately for Thomas, it is terrible camouflage.
If you could be anyone from The Bible, who would you be?: Probably Jonah. I feel like I'd be the kind of guy to run away from his problems and get eaten by a whale.
Which company member is most likely to actually have lived during Biblical times?: Jon Huggins, hands down. Man knows how to DO stuff.
Which company member is most likely to be the Messiah?: Well, let me put it this way: there is no evidence that Matthew Jeffers isn't God. I mean, the guy helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl. HOW MANY FOOTBALL TEAMS HAVE YOU WIZARDED INTO WINNING THE SUPER BOWL?!
Most likely to become an angel?: Whoever's been leaving feathers all over the dressing room. Either that, or someone is slowly turning into a giant, sentient pigeon. IS IT YOU, MATTHEW BOVEE?! DON'T YOU TRICK ME WITH YOUR PIGEON MAGIC!
Most likely to hear voices in their head?: Gollum. Dude's got issues.
Who's the most spiritual?: I think we all enjoy our fair share of spirits.
On the 8th day god said_____: I FORGOT THE GIANT SENTIENT PIGEONS.
Are you going to heaven or hell?: I am going to Bouncy Castle Heaven, where literally every surface has the elasticity and bouncibility of a bouncy castle. It will be just like when I was eight except I won't throw up and people will like me.
Which of the Seven Deadly Sins are you?: THERE ARE SEVEN?!
What's the biggest inside joke at The Mysteries?: Most of the jokes we tell are inside jokes. Except when we're outside. Then they're outside jokes.
What's your favorite moment from The Mysteries?: I'm particularly fond of the Act II finale. I weep like an uncontrollable child. I'm also terribly enamored with the Doubting Thomas episode. I'm not sure why. It's probably the scarf. I REALLY like that scarf.
What is the most rewarding part about being a member of The Mysteries?: Having the chance to work with the best actors, writers, and directors in New York City; getting to put up fifty brand new plays that show such variety and poetry that it's amazing that they all flow together and complement each other so beautifully; being pushed to be the absolute best actor I can be night after night because I am surrounded by such extreme talent that if I'm not at my best I will be devoured by their awesomeness; and getting to wear my striped scarf. SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS THIS SCARF IS AMAZING.
Why should we come see The Mysteries?: BECAUSE OH MY GOD ARE YOU KIDDING ME WE DO THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN SIX HOURS AND WE FEED YOU DELICIOUS THINGS AND CHAT WITH YOU LIKE HUMANS AND WILL CHANGE THE ENTIRE TRAJECTORY OF YOUR LIFE.
Also, we have baklava.
And you can't spell baklava without lava.