Thursday, March 31, 2016
Spotlight On...Chip Bolcik
Hometown: I live in Thousand Oaks, CA
Education: University of Maryland
Favorite Credits: Strawberry One Act Festival, The Seven, Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry.
Why theater?: Everything else bores me.
Tell us about Ferry Limbo: My friend John Duvall died from a rare bone cancer 21 years ago, and I have always wanted to write a play to honor him. In the past, I have always included his name in my plays, but this play is a tribute to him. It is not about him specifically. It just honors his life.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Theater that makes you laugh and cry inspires me. As an artist, I am inspired by the audiences that come to see my work. It is just incredible to me that something that comes out of my brain is performed in the theater, and goes into their brains so we have a shared experience .
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper and George Clooney all come to mind.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Mine.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: George Clooney comes to mind. He's funny, smart. He's way more handsome than I am, but what the hell, you asked. The movie would be called, "Why is George Clooney Playing Chip Bolcik?"
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Peter Pan with Cyril Richard and Mary Martin. I saw the kinescope, but I would have loved to be in the audience and see it in person. Also, A Streetcar Named Desire with Marlin Brando.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Sugar.
If you weren’t working in theater, you would be ______?: I would be traveling the world on a sailboat, or living on an island far, far away. Somewhere cheap, and beautiful.
What’s up next?: Next, I go back to LA and keep writing. A writer writes and that's what I do.