Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spotlight On...Bejamin Bauman

Name: Benjamin Bauman

Hometown: Jenkintown, PA

Education: SUNY Purchase

Select Credits: Senator Claudius (Elsinore County), "Elliot Loves" (film), "Law and Order" (tv), Antonio (Twelfth Night)

Why theater?: So much attention I get!

Who do you play in Pretty Babies?: Martin

Tell us about Pretty Babies: Sex, Drugs and Violence!  From my character’s point of view, it’s a nightmare and he’ll, hopefully, never encounter this kind of shit again!

What is it like being a part of Pretty Babies?: Tony is an remarkable director.  He, somehow, has the ability to direct his own plays as if he didn’t write them.  There are times when – out of the blue - he comes up with something during rehearsal and it blows my mind because I think, “Did he not think of this when he wrote it?” This is what I love about Pretty Babies and, really, any show in which I’ve played with the EC crowd.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love Tennessee Williams plays the best.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: As per the previous question: Shannon in The Night of the Iguana

What’s your favorite showtune?: "I Won’t Grow Up"  (I think that may be my theme song)

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Paul Newman

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: "The Jew Who Could"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: That’s easy!  Waiting for Godot directed by Mike Nichols and starring – get this! – Robin Williams, BILL IRWIN, Steve Martin and F. Murray Abraham.  Dreamy.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Pretty Babies, by Antony Raymond...of course.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?:  I don’t feel guilty about pleasure.  I’m an only child.

What’s up next?:  Something big!  I wish I could tell you what that something big is but I don’t know myself quite yet.