Michael can often be seen assisting at the Wednesday Actor Workshops: laughing out loud, timing audition monologues and helping the other actors with their lines. This time, however, it is Michael's turn in the spotlight.
Michael is really having to dig deep into his acting chops for this role as he is "no writer" as he says.
A huge fan of the writer Frank Herbert (the Dune series), he is more interested in WHO he works with than he is WHAT he is working on. When asked what his Dream Project would be, Michael simply said "As long as I am working with the right people, it is a dream project." In another lifetime those dream projects might include time spent with the talented crazies in the orchestra pit.
Michael says he has only taken one workshop and it "was when I was working at a Futon store. There were five of us and we had to deal with a 'work guru' who would teach us how to work together." He says the problem was the owner. "He was a nice enough man," Michael says, "but a horrible manager. We wound up having to go through the workshop because our boss did not know how to manage us. We had to 'learn how to work together' when we employees got along just fine and worked well together." Sadly, the boss was so bad at being a manager, he was the one who needed to go to a workshop on how to get along with his employees, Michael continued.
People frequently stop him on the street thinking he is their father/brother/uncle/next door neighbor. It must the way he treats and greets everyone like they are a long lost friend.
Seminar opens tomorrow (July 11) and runs through August 3. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. ALL performances are Pay-What-You-Can-Afford.