Kristington Plotkin makes their debut with SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS as “Dromio of Ephesus” in The Comedy of Errors opening this Friday, August 3 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life? There’s a lot of violence and it’s 2018.
Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS? I really wanted to work with Aurora as a director after experiencing her as a cast member in Twelfth Night as part of bS theatre. She was a joy to work with then and is one now too.
How is this production bringing something new to this story? I think the camp sensibilities of this cast are a little more wacko than most interpretations. There’s also a lot more equality of violence than was intended, I think.
What’s going to surprise people about this show? If they can tell any of the twins apart.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production? My mom, but I feel like that’s cheating. Andy Mallett, but I feel like that’s also cheating.
How is this character like you? Dromio and I both know how to take a lot of crap.
Different? All my abuse has only been emotional.
What do you love about this character? He’s so pitiable and it’s so fun to play.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role? Finding moments to mirror the other Dromio.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character? Danny Kaye, but I’d like to see him in everything.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue? The “I am not Adriana” speech is so much fun. I love it when characters are trying to make it less obvious how much they want something.
If you could play any other Shakespeare character, who would it be? “Viola” in Twelfth Night, “Beatriz” in Much Ado, and “Bottom in Midsummer are roles I plan on fulfilling one day. One day.
When did you first perform? I don’t have memories of this, just footage, but I think I was fire in the Temple Torah plays as a preschooler. My first actual memory of being in a show was the 13 Colonies in 5th grade as Sybil Ludington (too bad her name doesn’t rhyme like Revere).
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show? Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812. It completely changed how I think about theatre.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)? Rachel Chavkin is my favorite director now. I drove from here to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to see a new show she’s working on. She pushes to include what I feel like is the missing piece in a lot of theatre I see – involving the audience and keeping them engaged and active. Acting lately is harder for me to pin down. I got a lot of people I admire. As a general entertainer I think Danny Kaye is the bees knees.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like? A full day at the ren faire where I don’t have to leave in the middle for work.
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life? I don’t know the rest of the cast that well yet but Cromer always makes me laugh.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Desperately attempt to fill the hole in my heart through other creative mediums.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. I’m obsessed, I tells ya. Plus I’m super salty about how short it’s Broadway run was.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage? Try to remember what happens to my character before I step on stage.
ACTOR’S BIO: Kristington Plotkin- “Dromio of Ephesus”
Kristington is a perpetual dabbler – probably the result of being told they could do anything from a young age. Their playwriting career started in high school, which paved the way for the need to act and direct. Since then, Kristington has produced several audio dramas, been artistic director for 3 theatre groups, and performed in various mediums over the past ten years. Favorite roles include “Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere” from the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, “the Witch” in Into the Woods, and their yearly commitment to the Washerwomen Guild at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. If you’re a fan of profound onology and seeing a scattered array of talents, visit Kristington.com.
This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for Shakespeare’s zany comedy of adventure, mayhem, and mistaken identity! The Comedy of Errors tells the tale of two sets of twins split apart by a tragic shipwreck at a young age. Years later, unbeknownst to them, they have all ended up in the same town, unaware that they are being mistaken for each other.
With vaudeville performance, slapstick humor, immersive staging, and Shakespeare’s comedic writing, this production for all ages is not to be missed!
Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS‘ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions. All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Call (949) 707-2680 for more information.
Performances @ 7 pm, August 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. Call 949-707-2680 for more information.
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