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jarrod and marge

SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS 2016 opens July 29  with TWELFTH NIGHT followed by the opening of MACBETH on August 5.

Today we have interviews from Jarrod Davis who plays Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT and Marge Packman who plays a variety of roles in MACBETH.

We begin with Jarrod Davis. 

Describe the character(s) you play in 3 sentences or less.
I’ll do it in three words: Entitled, Delusional, Pretentious.

What similarities do you share with your character(s)?
I’ll do it in three words: Entitled, Delusional, Pretentious.

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I enjoy performing Shakespeare for the same reason that I feel Shakespeare’s plays are relevant today. I enjoy the education that arises from studying and rehearsing and performing Shakespeare. I enjoy the exercise of trying to decipher his message and the amusement at discovering his word play and cleverness. It is definitely a stimulating experience.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
Acting is definitely my night job. For my day job, I currently work as an assistant brewer and bartender at a small craft brewery in San Diego. I’m going to school at UCSD to be a brewer and hope to open my own brewery in the nearish future.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
Perfect Sunday afternoon = me, my wife, and my daughter and whatever we decide to do.

Performance Bio for Jarrod Davis

Jarrod Davis has had the honor to have performed in several past OTE shows, such as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged (as himself), The Complete History of America: Abridged (as himself), and Little Women (Professor Bhaer, Mr. Laurence). He has also been a part of several other productions outside of OTE, including Jesus Christ Superstar (King Herod) and Oliver! (Bill Sykes). He enjoys furthering his brewing career and spending time with his wife and daughter whenever possible. Enjoy the show!

Our next interview is of Marge Packman making her stage debut with MACBETH

Describe the character(s) you play in 3 sentences or less.
I play a messenger, a banquet guest, the apparition of a bloody child, and a Captain
in the English army. They are small but, I think, important parts.

What similarities do you share with your character(s)?
I’m constantly out of breath, so the messenger and I have that in common. I do like
to eat and drink, so I have that in common with the banquet guest. And I took
fencing classes in college, so I have that in common with the Captain. I sincerely
hope I have nothing in common with the bloody ghost of a child.

How are you different from your character(s)?
I am older than all of them, still alive, and have never fought in an actual battle.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Human nature has changed very little since Shakespeare’s day–people are still
greedy, jealous, lustful, ambitious, and arrogant, and they still crave power,
riches, and sex. You only have to look at this year’s presidential candidates for

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was an English major, so I love the
characters, language, and stories. I’m also a ham and I like dressing in costumes
and pretending to be other people, especially in front of an audience.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I love Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, and Lily Tomlin. They are all equally brilliant
whether they are doing comedy, drama, or tragedy.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
I am substitute teacher and substitute food service worker for one of the local
school districts. Back in the day I was a technical writer, and I still write
monthly online articles and blog post. In my spare time I coach middle-school

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
Just chilling, watching football, baseball, or any other sport on TV with a giant
bowl of chips and some homemade guacamole.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
This is my stage debut, so I want ALL of my family and friends to come check it out!

Performance Bio for Marge Packman
This is my stage debut, so I have no previous stage credits, but I did play the
bored teacher in my nephew Simon’s award-winning student film, “Squeaky Feet”, and
the bored housewife in the Heinz ketchup commercial contest entry, “It Eats”, both
of which are still available on Vimeo.

Shakespeare in the Hills 2016

TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty and MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard

Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT will play July 29, 30, 31, and August 7. In rep will be Shakespeare’s MACBETH performing August 5, 6, 12, and 13.

The shows will start at 7 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.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).
On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

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