Normally when you take part in a show, the characters tend to be different from who you are as a person, or have some rather unusual quirks about them that make them different than yourself, yet still relatable. I personally have portrayed several characters in my brief career in theater, but I have never found a character as closely related to me as I have in Lester Malizia’s version of Shakespeare’s Peter Quince.

Lester has brought out of me, a character that is, in some of the truest sense, me.

I dress in button-ups and jeans, Peter Quince dresses the same.

I like to think I am more knowledgeable than I am, Peter Quince thinks that way too.

Peter Quince laughs at his own jokes, and I, to my girlfriends torture, think I am the funniest guy out there.

I like to over-manage projects like Quince, and I respect my friend’s opinion like Quince.

Despite this being an extremely relatable, Peter Quince was difficult for me, because not only did I have to ask how would he react to the situation, I had to find differences as to how I would react. Lester has been giving me great direction, to bring out myself and his vision within this character.

I have found that playing yourself on stage is the easiest and most difficult task possible. It is easy because the movements and staging feel no different than daily life, but it is difficult because the situations tend to be inorganic or too organic to yourself, then you either overact, or in my case underact, which is always to a director’s dismay.

It’s hard because you are conditioned to react and act in a certain manner with characters of your temperament, so when I was told I am was boring to watch on stage, I had to do some self-realizations to figure out why.

In the end no matter what character you portray, go over the top with the acting and let the director reel you in on the over-the-top-ness.