Jeffrey Adams (Drew) received his BA in Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University and is currently working on his MFA at The New School for Drama. Recent attributes include: NSD's Venus in Fur (Thomas) and the many works of the Great American Playwright, Sam Byron...Box Colony Theatre's Women and Wallace (Wallace), Pear Avenue Theatre's Death of a Salesman (Happy), The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Chip), Diablo Theatre Co's White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Twelfth Night (Feste), Lyric Theatre's Cinderella (Prince), Playboy of the Western World (Christy), Erik Ehn's The Saint Plays (Genesius), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), and the world premiere of Over the Mountain at Brava Theatre in San Francisco. Adams is so happy to be working with Wide Eyed and such a talented team on Animals, and is grateful for the opportunity and privilege of participating in this year's Fringe Festival. Thank you always for the love and support of faculty, family, and friends.
- You’ll be performing in our upcoming production of Sam Byron's Animals for the New York International Fringe Festival. Can you tell us some of your initial thoughts about the piece and your character? How are rehearsals going?
Rehearsals are going well. You rarely get to work with such incredibly talented people that you also happen to respect and consider close friends, and I am fortunate enough to say, that has been my experience with this project. The nature of the play requires us to be a tight knit group, and we became very close early on. The beauty of working with the dynamic duo of Sam and Kristin (Hoffmann) is that they allow creativity and are open to new ideas in the rehearsal room, which gives actors freedom to play, which is what we love.
- When did you know that you wanted to be an actor? How did you get started?
- Who or what do you consider to have been your biggest creative influences to date? Why?
- What is your favorite part of the creative process before you perform for an audience? Do you have a particular pre-show ritual that you engage in before curtain? If so, can you share it with us?
Before I go onstage for a show, I pretty much go through the same checklist as a person about to embark on a two hour road trip. I use the restroom, get my fill of snacks, make sure everything I need with me is accounted for, swig some water and I’m off. Then right before I walk on stage, I dedicate the show to someone in my head...just as a reminder of the people that have helped me get there.
- I believe this is your first time working with Wide Eyed. We’d like to get to know you a little better. Could you tell us a little bit about your last project? Is there something cool that you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to stay relatively low key. I love going to concerts, occasionally exploring the city, or even staying in with my girlfriend and ordering food and watching movies and television as a sort of character study, or homework. Watching talented actors apply their methods and techniques helps me complete the flipside to Huxley’s thought, so the more I see, the more I know.
- Are you working on any additional projects at the moment? Care to share with us?