During the rehearsals and run of Dogeaters we will be posting brief interviews with the cast to help you get to know the actors behind this production. Our first guest is Jed Parsario who plays Romeo Rosales.
If you could play another character in Dogeaters who would you choose? Why?
I would love to play Joey Sands because of the challenges that come with playing that role. He was the character that left the deepest impression when I first read the play years ago.
What drew you to participate in this production Dogeaters?
Being a first generation Filipino-American I felt like I had to be part of this production. It’s my people’s story, it’s my family’s story, it’s my story. My parents and their family lived through the Japanese occupation and the Marcos regime. Also, it’s just a damn good script.
What has the rehearsal process been like for you?
This has been a process. It’s been the shortest rehearsal time I’ve ever been part of for a full production. And there’s 15 of us! Somehow I don’t feel rushed though and that probably has lots to do with Loretta. I love, LOVE how Loretta works. She’s detailed but trusts us enough to make our own discoveries. For me, I feel like she’s allowed me to make Romeo Rosales my Romeo Rosales, with blessings of course from Jessica herself. I think for those audience members who’ve read the novel, they’ll meet a different Romeo in this production.
Anything can happen with live performance, do you have a funny moment/embarrassing memory to share?
Outdoors. 250 people watching. Last Saturday performance of Don Quixote. Act 2, Scene 1. Just right after intermission. It’s hot and my sweat is streaming down my forehead and is stinging my eyes under my commedia mask. The two actors and I are on it. We’re a well oiled commedia machine. Tick tock tick tock tick tock. Then... I forget my line. Beat. Silence. Beat. I turn around and look at my cast mates who look right back as a shake my head. They give me my cue again. Still nothing. I look back and shake my head again as if to say “Nope. I don’t have it. Let’s move on.” That line was never spoken for that performance. Oh, mask work. It really does raise the permission levels for the sorry souls underneath.
What is your favorite line in Dogeaters (it doesn’t have to be yours).
“Naku! She’s going to have a bunch of pissed off ghosts haunting her stupid film festival."