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We asked Jarrod a few questions about the show, his character, and, well, Jarrod.

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What sort of person is going to love this show?

If you have a pulse, you’re going to love this show. It’s got comedy, it’s got tragedy, it’s got intelligence, it’s got action, it’s got romance, it’s got drama, it’s got suspense, it’s got men dressing up as women, it’s got men dressing up as other men, it’s got something every audience member will love.

Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?

With these two other outstanding gentlemen and our fabulous director, I have performed this show twice, as well as another show titled The Complete History of America: Abridged. Any opportunity I can to spend time with these people and act along side them, I plan to take full advantage of.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?

The other two times we have performed this show, we have done it in a middle school auditorium. Therefore, doing it outside in the park will present a new exciting challenge. In addition, I feel like every time you reprise a show, you add something different to it, whether it be you understand a line better or you change up a scene to make it even funnier. I don’t know what will be different this time around, but I look forward to finding out.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?

Before doing this show the first time, I will honestly say that Shakespeare never came that easily to me. However, now that I’m on my third time doing this, I will say I now read Shakespeare for fun occasionally. I feel that this show presents it in an enjoyable and easy to understand fashion. Therefore, I feel like some people will come away from this surprised that they want to read more Shakespeare.

How is this character like you? Different?

I feel like the character of Jarrod is exactly like me. I am comfortable donning female wigs and skirts. I am a selfish cry baby and want my way all the time. I enjoy making a fool of myself and want no one to experience dry, boring, vomitless Shakespeare.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?

My favorite line of dialogue is Gesundheit.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?

If I could play any other character in this show, I’d have to say it would be Jeff Haut because I think I would look really good in tweed.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

My career goal at the moment is to go into brewing beer. I am currently attending UCSD to accomplish this goal and plan on working in the industry for some time before opening up my own brewery.

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?

I am a constant student of the craft, so I would probably be reviewing lines, reviewing blocking, and reviewing notes. If not that, my bladder is extremely small, so I would probably be in the restroom, taking care of business.

Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?

I’d probably have to say Charles. I feel like his brain is on a different wavelength, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the show this time.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?

Right now, my outside theatre activities involve work, gym, and time with my Snorkles.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage/the curtain goes up?

I say a quick prayer, I take a quick sip of water, I quickly high five the other actors, and I quickly buckle my seatbelt to best enjoy the ride.

On the Edge Theatre Productions in cooperation with the Laguna Hills Community Center presents SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS 2015. This year we will be running two shows over a period of 3 weeks. Both shows are directed by Aurora J. Culver

Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM will play July 24, 25, 26, 31 and August 7. On opposite nights, Reduced Shakespeare’s THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED – a comedy where 3 actors perform all of Shakespeare’s plays in just 90 minutes! This show will run on August 1, 2, and 8.

The shows will start at 6:30 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.