Friday, June 5, 2015
Spotlight On...Conor Romero
Hometown: Riverdale, New York
Education: Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy
Select Credits: "The Michael J. Fox Show", "The Following", "Orange Is The New Black"
Why theater?: You never know what you are going to get when you are on the stage. There are no cuts, or takes where you get to start over. Once you start, there is no going back.
Who do you play in Matt & Ben?: Matt Damon
Tell us about Matt & Ben: Matt & Ben is essentially a spoof off of how Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote "Good Will Hunting".
What is it like being a part of Matt & Ben?: I'm really fortunate to be able to put up this play with my theatre company On The Road Repertory, and get to perform across from a really good friend of mine Ryan Willard, who plays Ben. Chemistry is one of those things you can't teach, either it's there or it isn't, and that isn't an issue with us.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I really enjoy Off-Broadway shows and some of the even smaller venues that are all around the city. It's great to see shows for a good price and see what other artist are doing around the city. I'm inspired by a lot of my peers that I go to class with and am able to watch them perform on a weekly basis. It's one thing to look up to someone in the limelight but to be able to know another actor on a personal level and watch their process is what gets me moving.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: Several. I was watching a 'reality' show called "Money Talks" a while back where the main guy is this sports betting guru. I remember watching him thinking, 'that would be a fun character to play'.
What’s your favorite showtune?: I'm not a big musical theatre person but "The Circle of Life" has a special place in my heart.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I would probably want to work with the person who inspired me to act to begin with and that would be Dustin Hoffman.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: If someone decided to make a movie about my boring life tomorrow I'm probably at the age where I would just play myself. No one can play you better than you. That also might be the name of the movie. "No one can play you better than you".
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: This is a no-brainer for me. I would go see Brando in Streetcar Named Desire. I think I would like to see the performance where Brando breaks his nose boxing a stage hand offstage in between his scenes.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I love to play ping pong!
What’s up next?: Good question. I would love to do another play after this one.
For tickets, visit http://www.nytimes.com/theater/show/364836/Matt-and-Ben/overview