Spend a Two-Show Day with Danny Gavigan at The Great American Rep
Get a unique look backstage at The Great American Rep at Everyman Theatre. Danny Gavigan, who plays Stanley in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and Happy in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman takes you through his day.
9:30AM: It’s a rainy Sunday morning in Baltimore at the start of a two-show day during The Great American Rep at Everyman Theatre. Danny Gavigan, who plays Stanley in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and Happy in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, looks out at Charm city from his ninth floor apartment. It's 10:00 AM now; follow what it looks like to perform two of the most iconic roles in American Theatre in one day!
Exercise has become a major part of Danny’s life since he found out he would be playing Stanley Kowalski. Always tall and lanky, when he was cast he committed to bulking up. Each day begins with a series of stretches to wake up his body followed by a trip to the gym in the basement of the building.
All his hard work paid off! He put on 15lbs of muscle to play the role of Stanley through a combination of diet and exercise over four months.
After sweating it out in the gym, Danny comes back upstairs and usually makes a protein shake. Preferably chocolate.
12:00PM: After a shower, it’s off to the theatre for fight call. Streetcar is a very physical show and everyone has to make sure that it not only looks good but that it’s safe as well!
Danny and fellow Resident Company Member Megan Anderson, who plays Stella, have to be completely in-tune with each other so that nobody gets hurt.
After fight call, it’s off to the dressing room to get in costume and warm up. In Danny’s case that means more push ups. He’s got a 2:00PM curtain today.
Danny has nine costume changes throughout Streetcar. Nearly every time he walks on stage, he takes his shirt off and puts a different one on.
During a pivotal scene, Stanley is rushed into the bathroom to get a “cold shower.” In reality, he runs off stage into the scenic shop and a team of stagehands dowse him with cold water from a hose (Danny picked out the shark print kiddie pool himself.) When he comes back onstage soaking wet it's time for the iconic “STELLA!” scene. The whole change takes roughly 16 seconds.
Now it's time to get dirty! Stanley has been tinkering under the hood of a car so Danny uses a Ben Nye Make-up to smudge up his hands, arms, and face. That’s a clean shirt made to look dirty!