Get to know the man behind Dogeaters' Rainer Fassbinder, Father Jean Mallat and journalist Bob Stone (aka all the white men in the play)... today's interviewee is Lawrence Radecker.
If you could play another character in Dogeaters who would you choose? Why?
If I could play another character in Dogeaters it would be Perlita. Of course I would have to have Filipino parents but I can dream right? Perlita is a strong, funny, broad character who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. Plus there's a big dance number that I would have killed!!
What has it been like working with Jessica Hagedorn?
It is always an advantage to have the writer in the room but Jessica is more than just the writer. She knows these characters so well because they began for her when she wrote the novel. It's like having a director and a dramaturg wrapped up in a writer. She also brings her warmth and love to the room, which lends to a fantastic rehearsal process.
How did you get into acting?
My first experience with theater was in high school when I was cast as the rebel soldier in a Civil War play called Breaking Bread. I won the best actor award and I was hooked.
What drew you to participate in this production Dogeaters?
I read the novel in the early 90's when it was first published and I loved it! My wife Joy, who is Filipino, encouraged me to read it. I've been following the play's productions from a far for years and wanted to be a part of this epic show. I was asked to participate in the first workshop the Magic did a couple of years ago and then continued through to this production.
What are you most looking forward to about this production?
I'm looking forward to playing with this talented cast every night. I'm also looking forward to hearing the audience reaction, especially the Filipino community's reaction.