Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Spotlight On...Isaac Harold

Name: Isaac Harold

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Education: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (New York); University of Toronto

Select Credits: Beauty and the Beast, Crazy for You, Hairspray, Footloose

Why theater?: Words. I love em. Mix that with vulnerability, truth and play; how can you resist?

Who do you play in Fatty Fatty No Friends?: I play Feast, one of the voices in Tommy's head.

Tell us about Fatty Fatty No Friends: It's a dark, spoken word musical about a boy who gets bullied for being overweight. Also it's kind of brilliant.

What is it like being a part of Fatty Fatty No Friends?: An actors dream. I have never felt so trusted and cared for by a creative team in the entire time I've worked as an actor. The cast is so genuine and empty of any ego; We're all coming together just to create with one another. It's a really, really special environment conducive to working creatively. It's what I can only hope to continue having on other projects.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I think there's a lot of specific subject matter that speaks to me individually, but on a whole anything that comes from a place of play and curiosity. I like things that challenge the way we think and see the world; I think that's really important work. I'm also just a wuss, so anything sentimental and romantic gives me the feelings. I'm inspired by artists who aren't afraid to fail, or who are afraid but do so anyway. Recently I'm really interested in the collaboration of artists across different mediums. I think that theatre is such a community based art, magical things happen when we broaden that community.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Caroline in Caroline, or Change but I don't know if that's going to happen anytime soon. George in Sunday in the Park with George when I'm old enough. Right now I'm interested in creating roles from scratch. There's a really delicious freedom in exploring something completely new. 

What’s your favorite showtune?: "How Glory Goes" from Floyd Collins. But ask me again tomorrow and it'll be different.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: John Tiffany (putting it out there!).

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Zachary Quinto because I'd like to be remembered with those eyebrows. The title would probably be something cheesy and inspirational because I'm one of those people.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Cabaret on Broadway! It may quite possibly be a perfect show.

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: Gavin Creel's "Quiet" album. It's what I listen to in the bath. Apparently I take a lot of baths.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Video games. I know they're supposed to be kryptonite for the productive human being, but they help turn my brain off which is a really nice feeling sometimes.

What’s up next?: Finishing a play I'm writing. It doesn't have a title yet, but it'll probably have something to do with fish.