Alex Bagosy plays Mektalos Superior and Doctor Marlin Labat in EARBUD THEATER: INVASION.
Describe the characters you play.
I play two very different characters: Mektalos Superior, a colossal, super intelligent death engine, and Doctor Marlin Labat, an aging scientific genius. To elaborate: I play an automoton, rigidly programmed to obey the tenets of the society that created him, and a giant, world killing robot… See what I did there?
What similarities do you share with your characters?
Like Doctor Labat, I have dedicated a great deal of my life to science in the pursuit of truth and meaning. And much like the good doctor, I’ve come to see the good and the bad that result from that. On the other hand, I have occasionally felt the desire to destroy the world around me, so perhaps I’ve got something in common with Mektalos as well.
How are you different from your characters?
That’s an interesting question. Aside from not being multiple stories tall and encased in armor… I suppose I’m also not in my sixties, and not anywhere near retirement. That said, I would say that the fundamental difference between myself and Marlin is a matter of perspective. Marlin wants to do the right thing, but he has often chosen logic and cold reason over emotion, alienating his children. In the twilight of his life, he’s begun to question those choices; when I saw myself taking a step in that direction, I chose to take a step back. So perhaps, in a strange sort of way, Marlin is a version of myself if I had not decided to pursue a slightly different path in life.
What professional actor do you admire and why?
I’m not sure I have a favorite. So many. Currently I’d have to say that Peter Capaldi, in terms of acting, is pretty much my favorite “Everything.” Like me, he began acting, turned away from it to do something else, and eventually came around in pursuit of a very singular objective. He achieved it, and he did it by coming from virtually nowhere. I’ve got to say: that gives me hope. That Mr. Capaldi is a genuinely good person doesn’t hurt my admiration thereof. Closely followed by two other men who have played the role Mr. Capaldi currently plays – Chris Eccleston and Colin Baker – for very similar reasons. I honestly could name dozens more, multiple nationalities, multiple genders and gender identities. Just sort of hard to pick favorites, and those are, at the time of writing, most at the top of my brain.
If acting is not your day job, what is?
I’m hoping to -make- acting my day job – it’s something I did a lot before graduate school, but life got in the way, and… Anyway, it’s something I want to get back to. I am trained as an Archaeologist and Historian, but… eh… for reasons beyond the scope of this interview, that isn’t currently feasible (one needs a PhD, and getting a PhD in my field of expertise is near impossible at the moment, no matter how good your academics are.) I support myself as a board game designer and freelance writer, and I’ve got a couple of games coming close to publication. My first game was on the US Presidential Election of 1860… which you might not necessarily be surprised to know has… rather a lot of overly dramatic moments going for it. Almost melodramatic, in fact. Somewhat appropriate.
Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
Watching a movie with my lovely wife, spending time with my bulldog, or playing games (miniatures, role playing games, or board games, pick your poison) would all be high on the list. Maybe all in the same day.
Call out someone who MUST see your show!
I can’t think of anyone specific, but I will say this. While it has a modern appearance, this is, in all honesty (and I don’t give this praise lightly… I’m not much for brown nosing) one of the best recent takes on the Pulp Science-Fiction Radioplays that I’ve experienced in a long time. I was sort of a strange kid: I was a big fan of the Radio Plays of the 1930s and 1940s, something my dad introduced me to, and when I say that something is as good as a well written episode of, say, “The Shadow”, then it is really intended as high praise.
I’m a thirty nine year old, US born, happily married, Actor-Turned-Scientist-Turned Actor again, and I have lived in the United States and the United Kingdom. About a decade ago, I moved from Washington, D.C. to California as a result of a job transfer, and scrupulously avoided having anything to do with acting for a few years. My goal is to begin acting regularly again, perhaps make a career out of it, and see what the future holds in that direction. I’d like to pursue some work in Ireland and/or the UK, see where that leads. I have very fond connections to both places. But honestly, at this point, I’m just grateful for the opportunity, and that people still seem to want to see me do this. In the meanwhile, I pursue my day job, working as a freelance writer and game designer. I despise cucumbers, bananas, and bad movie remakes of my favorite books. I once claimed to have invented the “quotation mark;” sometimes I accuse chestnuts of being lazy… No, wait a moment. That last bit is someone else’s bio…
EARBUD THEATER: INVASION is a double feature of original scien ce fiction radio plays performed at the Studio Theater at Long Beach Playhouse.
Performances January 13th and 14th at 8pm.
Long Beach Playhouse: 5021 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804
General Admission – $15
Students/Seniors – $12
Tickets available at http://www.lbplayhouse.org/show/earbud-theater-live/
EARBUD THEATER: INVASION is a joint presentation of Earbud Theater and On The Edge Theatre Productions; produced by Aurora J. Culver and Nicholas Thurkettle, directed by Elizabeth Suzanne, with sound designed by Head Sound Doctor Darren Lodwick. Earbud Theater was created by Casey Wolfe.
Featuring the voice talents of:
Deva Marie Gregory
And the audio talents of: