By Andrew Gans
31 May 2014
|Photo by Christopher Mueller|
Here, via email, we hear from singing actor Mitchell Jarvis, who co-stars with Natascia Diaz in the Signature Theatre production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, which continues through June 1 in Arlington, VA.
What show recently impressed you?
I try and see as much as I can. The last show to blow me out of my seat was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. I love parody. I love satire. I love Durang. The act two speech from David Hyde Pierce was a clinic... And I was thrilled that I got to see that production.
What production are you most excited to see?
I want to see Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig... I missed it in the 90s, and it's a role I've wanted to play since I saw the film. I'm glad it's finally getting a Broadway run. I'm also dying to see any play that Mark Rylance is headlining. I've never seen one. His growing legend and his award speeches have left me very curious.
I have no less than 30 I'd love to re-invent. I've always wanted to play the title role in Floyd Collins.... But seeing as it's never had a Broadway run, I suppose that wouldn't qualify as a revival. In which case, it's about damn time someone mans up and produces City of Angels, and casts me as Stine.
What are your current/upcoming projects?
As of now, I am playing Macheath in Signature Theatre production of The Threepenny Opera. A wonderful modern take using the Robert MacDonald and Jeremy Sams translation, and directed by the excessively talented Matthew Gardiner (keep an eye out for his meteoric rise... He's a good one.) I am also currently in the process of finishing production on a second season of "it could be worse," a web series turned television show that I have co-created with my writing partner Wesley Taylor. And, in the near future, you can catch me in a couple indie films set to release in 2014. One is a drama on sadomasochism called "Happy Baby." The second… a bombastic take on William Shakespeare in the quirky comedy "Opening Night."
Up next for me? Who knows... Stay tuned. I hope it's something good.