Theater MadCap, started by Eric and Annie Reid this year, was formed with the goal of producing, “Deliberately diverse theater,” to address the frequent problem in the American Theater (especially the American Cannon), of racial parity on stage. And the company’s production of True West follows that directive by casting two men of color in the lead roles.
Montoya, who grew up in Sacramento, describes cutting his teeth as an actor of color in the Nine-One-Sickness (as Ray calls it), and the fact that as a 41-year-old, life-long actor who also lived and worked in LA, he’s only played a Mexican twice. And Fontaine makes the great point that Theater falls into the same trap of most modern culture, and frequently sees life through a pretty white-washed lens that doesn’t reflect the awesome diversity of this country. Madcap’s production of True West is stunning for any company, especially for a small company’s first offering, and if you have the opportunity, go fucking see it.
The second half of our talk gets into Gabe’s career as a sports writer who covers boxing, and specifically, his knack for exposing the use of performance enhancing drugs. Naturally, we all try to figure out which drugs are performance enhancers in theater. The crew argues over whether certain drugs are more conducive to certain performance genres and Robin and Gabe relate their story of the show’s drunk rehearsal. The two also present the show with a shard of an Idaho plate destroyed nightly in their show.
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