Friday, August 1, 2014

Spotlight On...Derrick Peterson

Name: Derrick Wilfred Peterson

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Education: BA International Economics, UNC-Chapel Hill, BFA Theatre, Florida Atlantic University, Ongoing Scene Study with Michael Howard

Select Credits:
Mark in Fringe2012's Decompression by Maggie Cino, What-Not in Sing-A-Long With The Muppet Movie (International); Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, Louis in Angels in America, Mercutio in Romeo And Juliet (Regional).

Why theater?: Adrenaline. Knowing something could go completely wrong in front of a live audience scares the hell out of me and I love the challenge of getting back on track.

Who do you play in Warm Enough for Swimming?: Alex. He wants to know more about you than he wants you to know of him.

Tell us about Warm Enough for Swimming: It's an intimate show about distant siblings moving on from a mysterious death in the company of their new loved ones in a family beach house in New Jersey. It's warm enough for swimming...as long as no one drowns.

What is it like being a part of Warm Enough for Swimming?: Wonderfully terrifying.  It's always excellent to explore new territory with supportive, talented colleagues.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Off-kilter. I like experimental shows that present the world from an unexpected angle. I like to be surprised in some way. Survivors. Strivers.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Isaac in Beautiful Child by Nicky Silver. Do you think someone would let me play Birdie in Little Foxes?

What’s your favorite showtune?:
"I'm Just a Little Girl From Little Rock" sung by Carol Channing

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Richard Foreman, Fiona Shaw, Charles Busch, Will Eno...

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: It'll be called "3 Missing Digits". Can we get Bradley Cooper?

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Most recently, I'm Pretty F***ed Up by Ariel Stess presented by Clubbed Thumb at The Wild Project, Open House by Will Eno at The Signature, and at EST last year, Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath. Unfortunately they're all closed now, but maybe they'll come back.

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?:
" I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer" - The Cardigans

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Its a tie between Ke$ha and mayonnaise.

What’s up next?: more auditions, more jobs. Actually, the morning after Fringe2014 closes, I leave for Roatan, Honduras to complete my scuba certification and spend some time underwater. I assume it will be Warm Enough for it...

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