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Meet our Fool for Love team: Rod Gnapp

Adam Levonian
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Cast & Crew Bios
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Jan 24, 2017

Rod Gnapp's delightful and powerful presence has been a mainstay on Magic's stage for years - today, he talks with us about loving his (fictional, dysfunctional) family and farting onstage.

Annapurna, Sharr White (Magic 2011). Rod Gnapp (Ulysses). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.
Buried Child, Sam Shepard (Magic 2013). Rod Gnapp (Dodge). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.
If you could play another character in Fool who would you choose? Why?

I guess if I could play another character in Fool it would have to be May. I know I'm not pretty enough, but I'd like to explore my softer side a little.

 

What are you most looking forward to about this production?

Sitting in my rocking chair watching my kids kick some ass.

 

Se Llama Cristina, Octavio Solis (Magic 2013). Sarah Nina Hayon (Woman), Sean San José (Man), Karina Gutiérrez (Girl), and Rod Gnapp (Abel). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.

What has the rehearsal process been like for you?

Really good. Very relaxing. It's a family story.

Mauritius, Theresa Rebeck (Magic 2009). Zoë Winters (Jackie), James Wagner (Dennis), and Rod Gnapp (Sterling). Photo: David Allen.
What We’re Up Against, Theresa Rebeck (Magic 2011). Rod Gnapp (Ben) and James Wagner (Weber). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.

Every Five Minutes, Linda McLean (Magic 2014). Rod Gnapp (Mo). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.

Have you been in other Shepard plays? Which ones?

I've been in True West, Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, and this one.

Anything can happen with live performance, do you have a funny moment/embarrassing memory to share?

I farted once on stage, and went up on my lines really bad.

Goldfish, John Kolvenbach (Magic 2009). Rod Gnapp (Leo). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.
Mrs. Whitney, John Kolvenbach (Magic 2009). Rod Gnapp (Tom). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.
This Golden State, Luis Alfaro (Magic 2015). Sean San José (Elias) and Rod Gnapp (Abel). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.
(Header image: Julie Haber.)
Adam Levonian

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