Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Spotlight On...Mason O'Sullivan
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
Education: BA in Film and Video Studies, minor in Theater; George Mason University '12, George Mason Improv Association, Private Coaching; Stella Adler Studio (present)
Select Credits: This Is Our Youth (Warren, DC), Pun: A Play on Words (Floccy, DC Fringe Festival), Check Please (RAL Productions, NYC), "Cella" (Dan, short film by Hooligan & Co. NYC)
Why theater?: Well it always struck me as weird why it was such an oddity to all my friends when I was little that I liked to do voices, impressions, and make up these characters. Then somebody thankfully had the light bulb to ask me to try out for Drama Club in third grade; I remember my mom helped me learn a poem called, "The Sandman", about the feeling of sand lol. Well...crushed it. Was put in that years' play and never looked back; #hooked.
Who do you play in The Text of Sex?: Jason Redgear (or Jason motherf*#@ing Redgear as the cast and crew like to say)
Tell us about The Text of Sex: What I liked about the play when I first read it was how it presented such a modern day situation, which is actually completely relevant right now, in just such a real way through the relationships of the characters. It's about what happens when technology and the legal system collide with adolescent screw ups; i.e. two girls sexting a picture of a boob to a very excited teenage boy. What unravels because of that delves into the coming of age, experiencing your first love, and even the destruction/rebuilding of a marriage. I mean shit gets real ya'll there's something for everyone; comedy implied.
What is it like being a part of The Text of Sex?: Pretty Sexy
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I really dig those intense character roles, they just captivate me and inspire me to create new material, new characters myself; something completely original that only you can bring to life with that sense of fantasy. Basically what I'm saying is I really like to act and I'm kind of a nerd so I just have to say three things;
"Game of Thrones" call me, I'm really sad I never got to audition for "United States of Tara", and I can do my own stunts so "Star Wars Episode VII"...hey there.
What’s your favorite showtune?: This is always the hardest one on any questionnaire: In general I'd have to say classic would be "Feelin'" Good by Nina Simone, current would have to be "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap, and musical theater would be "There's a Fine Fine Line" from Avenue Q.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Oh I'm gonna just throw out this idea for a dream cast to work with: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Robin Williams, and Stacey Keach
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Joan Rivers in "I Told you So!"
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Mothers and Sons, Pump Boys and Dinettes that was being put up at New York City Center, and of course The Text of Sex.
What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: Not gonna lie, it's a toss up between "Adore You" and "Wrecking Ball"
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Spooning Nutella, Marshmellow Fluff, and Peanut Butter together and indulging.
What’s up next?: The Text of Sex, some really cool editorial shoots coming up, and in the meantime...I'm for hire!