Monday, July 28, 2014

Spotlight On...Ben Durham

Name: Ben Durham

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California

Education: Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre from California State University, Long Beach

Select Credits: Tuck Whitney in Me Love Me, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Sam-I-Am in Dr. Seuss on the Loose

Why theater?: My 5th grade teacher got me hooked on the drug that is an audience when she cast me as Sam-I-Am in a Dr. Seuss show she wrote. I've tried being away from theater a number of times, but I'm always drawn back to it's immediacy, and it's ability to challenge its audience in ways no other art form can.

Who do you play in NO HOMO?: I play Luke, the beautiful and misunderstood computer programmer who has a soft spot in his heart for his best friend Ash.

Tell us about NO HOMO: NO HOMO is a hilarious exploration of relationships. What happens when two straight men who are best friends delve deeper into what it means to love each other, how deep can they delve, and can they climb back out without destroying everything?

What is it like being a part of NO HOMO?: Hilari-freakin-ous! Every moment of the process with this show has been an amazing experience. I'm surrounded by hilarious and incredibly talented people, who keep me entertained always.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I am all about the type of theater that can walk the line between being funny and touching all in the same moment. Especially when you feel a little guilty about laughing. Jim Carrey. Yes, he inspires my desire to perform. Alllllrighty then!

Any roles you’re dying to play?: I've always wanted to play Chris in All My Sons, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years

What’s your favorite showtune?: "Confrontation" from Jekyll and Hyde. Easily.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Sir Patrick Stewart.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Joseph Gordon Levitt would star in the movie, "Ego: The story of the humblest man in the world"

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Nikolodeon's "Avatar: The Last Airbender". That is one well made show.

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?
: I've been obsessed with Fun's 'Carry On' for the last few months.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Playing dungeons and dragons with some of my closest friends from college

What’s up next?:
I'll be jumping behind the scenes to travel with 24th Street Theater's show Walking the Tightrope.