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MEET THE CAST: Joel Oramas

Q: Position/Role with the show?
A: Publius

Q: Brief background about yourself?
A: I graduated with my MFA from the University of Florida in 2014 (chomp chomp). After that, I decided to travel and perform for a couple of years and got to see Canada, London, and parts of the US that I wouldn't have imagined visiting before, but I'm glad I did. I decided to settle in New York this past June, joined AEA in August, and here we are!

Q: Any previous experience with NYSX?
A: First time!

Q: Favorite thing to do outside of theatre?
A: I practice American Sign Language every single day. If I'm on the subway, you'll most likely catch me spelling random words with my hands.

Q: Favorite Shakespeare play and why?
A: I have a few, but Taming of the Shrew is on top of there. I know, I know, misogyny! Yikes! But just as a performer having done that show twice, I have been lucky enough to meet some of the most beautiful and wonderful human beings that I still cherish today. So that show holds a dear place in my heart…but yes, misogyny, no bueno!

Q: Three words to describe the play?
A: Intense, playful, relevant.

Q: Why is Shakespeare (and adaptations of Shakespeare) still relevant and important?
A: The stories and the themes are timeless. A story containing love, deceit, murder, scandal, plot twists, politics, all in one? I'm down to see that!

Q: What about this production excites you?
A: I am working with a lot of talented artists and a director who wants to get to the truth of this subject. This is hard subject matter to get through, especially considering the debates that it brings up today, but we are all of the mindset that this needs to be told.

Q: What do you hope audiences take away from watching Lucrece?
A: With all the stories in the media about the acts of sexual assault and rape, I just hope they can see the parallels between Lucrece and other victims and continue to ignite this ongoing conversation. The conversations are often about the character and intentions of the aggressor rather than mindful that there was also a victim. What about what they are going through?