Jude, who stars with Roy Ballard in The Woman in Black, is back with Star Bar after a six-year hiatus. His last role with us was as Scoop in 2007’s production of The Heidi Chronicles.
How long have you been doing theatre? 20+ years… yikes.
What was your first role? Peasant in Fiddler on the Roof; got to start somewhere.
What was your most difficult role? My last show, In a Dark, Dark House. The material was difficult and challenging, yet very rewarding as an actor.
What was your most rewarding role? Not sure… All experiences are rewarding through theatre. Every new play, I learn.
Worst onstage mishap? Ask me about that in person. Spoiler — I survived.
Most terrifying moment? Waiting on a specific tech element which doesn’t come and is crucial to the plot moving forward. Completely out of my control.
Funniest performance anecdote? Mark Hennessy loved to give opening night speeches, I figured out with a few shows with him. One play he was hyper focused on a box office issue and couldn’t give a speech, so he simply stuck his head in the dressing room and said, “Don’t Suck”. That is my mantra before shows now.
Theatrical high point? Playing Tom in The Glass Menagerie in Texas. Perfect cast, perfect production, perfect audience, and the perfect time in my life.
You as a performer in three words? All. Over. Map.
What do you want the audience to know about the current show? No ponies were harmed in the making of it. I think.
Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:
I take stairs two up and down at a time. If I go one at a time I will trip.
For some odd reason my right arm doesn’t swing as wide as my left when I walk.
I once joined a Buddhist monastery. Wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be.
What’s your Actor’s Nightmare? Being called from the audience to perform a part because I “once did it”.