Starring in The Mystery of Irma Vep
Interviewed by Joel Markowitz
Brad Oscar and J. Fred Shiffman stepped away from rehearsing Arena Stage’s upcoming production The Mystery of Irma Vep, to tell us what it’s like to play the eight outlandish Charles Ludlam characters, and enduring those quick costume changes. The roles are so physically demanding that Brad is hoping that “muscle memory will take over soon” and J. Fred dryly suggests he is “experimenting with pills and liquor.”
Rebecca Bayla Teichman, whose work local theatregoers have seen at Woolly Mammoth (The Clean House) and The Shakespeare Theatre (The Taming of the Shrew) has an unusual approach to directing which they let us in on.
Before time is called, the two give us the funniest sendoff we have ever recorded. It guarantees a smile the next time you leave a show.