Actors train to get into character, but how do they get out of it? What happens at the end of a night’s intense performance, or at the conclusion of a run?
Watch the videos below for answers from Broadway newcomers Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), Ben Whishaw (The Crucible), Austin P. McKenzie and Daniel Durant (Spring Awakening) – all of them 2016 Theatre World Award winners for making the season’s most notably powerful New York stage debuts.
“You should ask my wife about this,” says Phillip Boykin, whose fierce rendition of the menacing Crown in Porgy and Bess earned him a 2012 Tony Award nomination. “She will remind me quickly that I’m not that character anymore. It’s hard to let go….”
In the videos below, he joins fellow Tony Award nominees Emily Skeggs (Fun Home), and Bobby Steggert (Ragtime) – all of them past Theatre World Award winners, who attended the latest ceremony as presenters.
Their answers may surprise you.