Monday, July 13, 2015
Spotlight On...Jason Edward Cook
Hometown: Pittsfield, Maine
Education: Bachelors of Music: Musical Theatre from the University of Southern Maine
Select Credits: The Grinch (Young Max, The Old Globe), Big River (Huck, Playmakers Rep), The Underclassman (Clive, Off Bway), Drop Dead Perfect (Vivien, Off Bway), With Glee (Kip, Off Bway/Prospect Theatre Co)
Why theater?: Attention.
Who do you play in Pope! An Epic Musical?: Duncan. The outsider Cardinal with a love for all things geek.
Tell us about Pope! An Epic Musical: First of all, it's hilarious. Like uncomfortably hilarious. The first time I read the script I was like... Oh NYMF, you don't even know what's about to hit you! Secondly, the music is infectious - you know - the good kind. Good luck trying to get these tunes out of your dreams after you see this one!
What is it like being a part of Pope! An Epic Musical?: This team is ridiculous. Not only is everyone crazy talented and funny - they're also just CRAZY. The same KIND of crazy. It makes going to rehearsals the highlight of our days.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I've always been drawn to the dark side. I'm far more interested in the story behind the story.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: I'd love to get my hands on Toby in Sweeney Todd.
What’s your favorite showtune?: I'm gonna have to go with... Dun dun dunnnnn! "See I'm Smiling" from The Last Five Years. It's so vulnerable and true and crazy. I envy every Cathy, because that song is a GIFT. OH! ...and duh... "Meadowlark".
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I mean, isn't time that Bernadette and I share the stage!? ...but seriously.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Sydney Lucas in "It's SIR. Not Ma'am"
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Most definitely the original production of Into The Woods. I've worn out my DVD. I went to the cast reunion a few weeks ago and blew through a few hundred boxes of tissues.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: I was really moved by Curious Incident. They are telling a beautiful story in such an innovative way.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Anime. Yep, I said it. Anime.
What’s up next?: In August, I start rehearsals for a remount of an Off Broadway show I did last summer called "Drop Dead Perfect". I play a girl and I slide down a staircase. CAN'T WAIT.And My little dog Penelope has been in critical care at Blue Pearl for the past week. She's finally recovering after what we thought was the end and we've started a go fund me account for her outrageous vet bills. http://www.gofundme.com/pennies4pen
For more on Pope! An Epic Musical, visit popethemusical.com or nymf.org