Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Spotlight On...Cory Haynes

Name: Cory Haynes

Hometown: Blairstown, New Jersey

Education: Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre

Select Credits: New York Theatre Credits include: Dog Sees God at Theatre Row (Studio Theatre); The Shape Of Things at The New Theatre and Happy Journey at Rita Morgenthau Theatre

Why theater?: In the words of an important acting mentor of mine "I don't know"

Who do you play in Last Night at The Carmine?: Kenneth

Tell us about Last Night at The Carmine: It is a show about a long lived New York City building that is being closed down. The show takes you through some of the memories the building had on its journey.

What is it like being a part of Last Night at The Carmine?: Very cool. The format of the show gives you glimpses of the same setting over different periods of time which means I am only on stage with one fellow actor in a cast of twelve. It's a great experience in rehearsals, working and being informed by actors that I won't even being sharing the stage with.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love drama. I love being moved. In the words of John Patrick Shanley "the theatre is a safe place to do unsafe things" I want to see theatre with actors living out scenes that aren't talked about or watched by other people in real life. I love theatre that makes me feel like I'm a fly on the wall. I believe I was given a gift to be able to connect and move people. My inspiration doesn't necessarily come from other Artists but rather watching people who do what they love without worrying about the outcome. My Dad inspires me, hardworking, passionate people inspire me. If I work at what I love(acting) and forget about the outcomes, I will shine as an artist.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neil's Long Day's Journey Into Night, Danny in John Patrick Shanley's Danny And The Deep Blue Sea

What’s your favorite showtune?: "Money" from Cabaret

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I would have to say Mark Rylance, I'd probably more than double my knowledge as an actor.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: A young, early 20's, Caucasian with a wide emotional range. The movie should be called "Work in Progress"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: I missed Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. That haunts me pretty bad.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's You Can't Take it With You

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Ice cream

What’s up next?: Use this experience to learn, grow and prosper.

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