Thursday, November 16, 2017

Spotlight On...Drew Droege

photo by Russ Rowland
Name: Drew Droege

Hometown: Lincolnton, NC

Education: BA, Wake Forest University

Select Credits: The Chloe videos, “Drunk History,”  “Bob's Burgers,” “Transparent”

Why theater?: I got hooked when I played Naughty Victorian Child in a community production of The Nutcracker when I was three.

Tell us about Bright Colors And Bold Patterns: It takes place the night before a gay wedding in Palm Springs. Gerry arrives frazzled and chaotic. He's both the life of the party and the ruiner of it all. It's a comedy about friends and memories and booze and what we stand to lose in queer culture.

Who do you play in Bright Colors And Bold Patterns?: I'm Gerry, the wildest, sauciest, brightest, boldest MOST guy we've all met, maybe sometimes have been.

What is it like being a part of Bright Colors And Bold Patterns?: It's a party every night. And fascinatingly different for me each time I go up. I'm interacting with three other characters who the audience doesn't see, but I weirdly feel like I'm in a play with three other actors. I try to surprise myself a little every performance.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love character-driven pieces. Complicated people making difficult choices and/or misbehaving. I love watching people eat and drink. I love when there's a fine line between the outrageous and the real. This play is for sure inspired by Mart Crowley's Boys In The Band, Terrence McNally, Edward Albee, Tracy Letts. But I think above this, my friends inspired this play for me. I wanted to reflect how we talk and engage and fight and love.

What’s your favorite showtune?: There are so many, but I will never forget Lillias White singing "Brotherhood Of Man" in How To Succeed... I had no idea I could weep with joy like that.

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

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Ed Sheeran could play me in my biopic, "Slap On A Wig And Scream!"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: The original production of Carrie on Broadway.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: I LOVED A Doll's House Part 2, Oslo, and The Little Foxes this past season.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I love wasting hours of time with my adult coloring book.

What’s up next?: I'll be playing the drama director on the upcoming reboot of “Heathers" for the Paramount Network next Spring!

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