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Interview with our Don John, Sam Leichter

Role in the show?

Don John/Dogberry

Brief background?

Originally from Philadelphia, I graduated from Bates College with a BA in Theatre, and received my MFA from Rutgers. I live with my partner and dog, Pinter.

Favorite Shakespeare play and why?

Measure for Measure; I worked on the play in undergrad, it's so dark and twisted. Lots of fun.

Two words to describe Much Ado?

Hmmm.... Lies and love.

What kind of preparation did you do for the role?

Lots of text homework.

What makes this adaptation different from another Shakespeare play you’ve been in?

Ross has a vision and concept that is new and very much of this moment, but is not at odds with the text. Our adaptation illuminates what is already there in the play.

What is the most difficult aspect of your role or the play?

Playing two characters is always a fun challenge. And these two are so different. Don John is "not of many words," while Dogberry uses ALL of the words, including those that don't really exist. Finding the differences, and similarities, between these two characters will be such a great acting opportunity.

 

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