STAGE VIEWS: Dying For It Star Patch Darragh On Bootycandy, Oliver! and Margaret Thatcher

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Patch Darragh
Patch Darragh

Here, via email, we hear from Patch Darragh, who is currently starring in the Atlantic Theater Company’s American premiere of Moira Buffini's comedy Dying For It.

What show recently impressed you? 
You Got Older from Page 73 was a total knock out. More than any play since Wit, it managed to address the issue of death in very original ways without ever turning saccharine. Anne Kauffman brought it stunningly to life with a marvelous cast led by the peerless Reed Birney. It was the kind of show that makes you run home and call your family to tell them how much you love them. I also went twice to see Bootycandy at Playwrights. I've never laughed harder at a play that also made me cry.

What production are you most excited to see?
I'm very excited to see Halley Feiffer's play [I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard] on Atlantic's Stage 2. She has such a unique voice. I can't wait to see what Trip [Cullman] does with it. I'm also looking forward to seeing The Audience because Judith Ivey is playing Margaret Thatcher. She gave me just one line of it the other night, and it was incredible.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I'd love to see Oliver! because I played Fagin in high school, and it's a really touching and timely story for New York City. I don't really do musicals though, so I would be happy to just go and watch. And though he'd probably never do it, I'd love to see Mark Morris choreograph a Broadway musical someday.

What are your current/upcoming projects? 
Right now I'm working with a truly phenomenal cast on a play called Dying For It that Neil Pepe is directing. I've always wanted to work for him. It's a wild play loosely adapted from a Russian satire that was banned under Stalin and has never been produced here in the States until now. And next year I can be seen on a new HBO series called "Crime" that Steven Zaillian directed.

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