Our interview series continues with Adam Horvath, our locquacious lead:
1) How would you describe this play to someone who hasn't seen it?
It’s a play about love, depression, and madness. It’s a story about a broken man who tries to begin his life anew by retracing his steps back to where everything went wrong. With the help of his love-lost best friend, the broken man hopes to be made whole by reuniting with his villainous ex-wife. However, as we soon find, the last thing anyone thinks should happen is the reconciliation of this tragic couple.
As each character is affected by this misadventure, we discover many different perspectives on love, companionship, and our roles in life. We are reminded of life’s pitfalls and tragedies, but also of its silver linings. We are asked, above all, whether we humans are destined to forever be sick with loneliness and need, or if there really is such a cure called “love”.
2) What is your role / function? How did you come to be involved?
I am one of the actors, and I play the back seat narrator of the story. I am a character who tries to help his best friend by preventing, what he feels, would be the biggest mistake his friend could make.
As to how I became involved, the simple answer is that I auditioned for a theater I never before knew existed, and was soon surprised to find myself offered a part.
The longer answer is that I grew up as a shy person who loved to entertain his friends and family by acting out of character. When, in high school, I was literally pulled into an improvisation club by a friend, I found that such a desire could be embodied in an activity called acting.
So, when improvisation games grew tiresome in college, I took an Acting 101 class and found myself invested, dedicated, and challenged in a way that was more exhilarating than any of my academic classes. Thanks to that class, and a teacher who never tolerated anything less than our best, I was able to overcome my usual shy attitude and trust myself enough to try and take a stab at trying out for a real role. A small theater in Ridgefield had an open call, I arrived and they saw fit to include me. I may lack the experience to sense my own abilities, and I often doubt them, but in the end I’m still that shy boy trying to entertain others and make people happy. If my audience feels that I've done that for them, I will consider all of my efforts worthwhile.
3) What's been your favorite part of the production process so far?
Aside from meeting a wonderful group of interesting and dedicated people, it would have to be the daily attempt to search out and express the very heart and soul of this play. My focus is always on giving the best performance possible, and as repetitive and tiresome as it may have gotten, I’ve never felt more driven to work for something then when I was trying to understand this play better so that my audience might enjoy our production that much more. For me, there was nothing more enjoyable than working on bettering my part in the play, and nothing more satisfying than seeing how that work helped in creating a play that is entirely unique and a treasured possession for all of us that had a hand in making it a reality.
4) Were there any surprises?
There were certainly surprises, big and small. I had a few surprises when learning about the acting profession, and even more when I was working with actors who expressed their characters in ways I never imagined. However, I would say that a big surprise was in realizing that I had to give up a lot of the conscious control I was used to in order to do my part well.
What I mean by this is, I've only ever worked in small roles and improvisation groups. In these cases, what makes you entertaining, and more often funny, is being able to hit the right spot at the right time. A good improviser is one who is completely in control, and able to think up and fire a good quip at the perfect moment. I was surprised to find however, that to be a good actor, you couldn't have that much control. In fact, thinking so much about what I was going to say or do was nothing short of detrimental.
To do my part well, I was surprised to find that I had to be completely in the present. I had to make what I said my own thoughts, and the emotions I was expressing my very own. There was no room for that self-conscious eye that was preparing for what would be said or done next. Everything had to become natural, nothing could be forethought.
I often thought plays had so many rehearsals so people could learn their lines and places. I know now that it’s much more about making an act natural. So that, when the play opens, the actors are no longer moving across the stage because they need to, but because that is exactly what they would do.
5) Why should people come to see this play?
People should come to see this play to be reminded of the similarities that unite us all. Every character, just like each of us, wants love, and has very different ideas about what that love entails. The characters in this play deal with loneliness and tragedy by trying to understand love, and what they need that love to be in order to be happy.
There is comedy, some excitement, and plenty of entertainment to be had, but overall, what makes this play stand out is the fact that it asks what it means to be human, and tries to answer that question as best it can. If you've ever wondered why you ache for love, have fallen out of love, or how love might save us all in the end, you have a reason to see this play. The play might not answer all of your questions, but it’s certainly one hell of a ride as a motley collection of characters try to find those answers for themselves.
The show will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm November 16th through December 8th, with Sunday matinees November 25th and December 2nd at 2pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students/seniors (62). Cabaret seating, doors open one hour prior to curtain. For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org