Identity Crisis by Ian Graybill

It's a very unique experience to play half a man. Going into the role of Hannay, I'll admit, I was skeptical. I thought to myself, "how can two actors play one character within the span of the same show?" Everyone else got to play more characters, but here I was playing less. I was confused, and a little unhappy.


But it didn't take too long until I was able to see the upsides of the casting. For one thing, the style of the early 20th-century spy novel meant that Hannay was onstage for more or less the entire show. I'm willing to do a lot of acting, but that is a Lot of Acting. It also meant that I was able to work together with someone to make the character better, and frankly, the character is a lot more interesting as a result. But most importantly to me, I get a chance that I've never gotten before. I get to watch the show (technically only the second half, but the point remains). After like four scenes of running around, it's nice to get to watch this thing that we've put so much time and effort into and to see a character I've helped build be performed so well. It's quite cool, and although I don't think it'd be great in every show, with every actor, I really believe in the cast of this show, and my other Half-nay, to make something great out of this.




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