Friday, July 11, 2014

Spotlight On...Jamie Bogyo

Name: Jamie Bogyo

Hometown: New York City!!

Education: Hunter College High School, Yale University

Select Credits: Jean in Miss Julie, Leading Player in Pippin, Gary Lejeune in Noises Off.

Why theater?: Playing make-believe was all the rage when I was 5 and I haven’t aged much.

Who do you play in The Travels?: Adonis Perfect. Adonis Perfect is basically the biggest rule abider in the land. Maybe not the brightest bulb in the shed, but happy in his ignorance and I think he’s a sweetheart even if he does get a little overexcited about whistle-blowing. Here’s looking at you Edward Snowden.

Tell us about The Travels: The Travels is at once hilariously funny and also intensely political. The basic premise is that in the future,  America has become a very North- Koreaish  US of A  where the government relocates those who don’t strictly follow the regime . Part of this regime includes watching  a TV channel called The Travels about why every country, that isn’t the US of A,  sucks. But Teeny Travel, the daughter of Mr Travel himself, might start to shake things up a little bit…

What is it like being a part of The Travels?: This is best show I’ve ever been part of professionally. It’s also the only show I’ve ever been part of professionally. That said, the cast is amazing and even though it was a little intimidating to be around all these pros initially, they’re all extremely supportive and I’m learning a lot. And Travis our director, Misha our choreographer, and Aaron our writer are some fun folks to hang with.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Anything that wraps me up in its story and takes me out of myself. That’s what I love about the theatre and why I can’t get enough.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Chris in All My Sons, Starbuck in 110 in the Shade, Warren or Dennis in This is Our Youth.

What’s your favorite showtune?: Oh man that’s like picking a favorite child. I have so many and they change all the time! ( That wasn’t part of the child metaphor). I’ll go with "New Music" from Ragtime. Or the "Carousel Waltz". I’m bad with decisions!

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Mark Rylance or Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Joseph Gordon Levitt (even though he looks nothing like me)  and it would be called “Singing In The Rain As Well As In Any Other Weather Conditions And Often Indoors As Well”. There’s a snappy title if ever I’ve heard one.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: I heard there’s this show called The Travels playing at NYMF July 14th-26th. I’ve been telling all my friends to check it out.

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime but One Direction is gaining traction.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Watching “Game of Thrones” and feeling superior because I’ve read the books. #sorrynotsorry

What’s up next?: I’m playing Wesley in the Fringe festival’s production of Dust Can’t Kill Me (only two weeks after NYMF ends oh boy!). I’m also taking next year off of school to travel around the world with the Whiffenpoofs of 2015 so that should be an adventure!