An Interview with Torrey Wigfield by Jordan Rosin
Sure. My name is Torrey Wigfield and I play Orestes.
What has been the biggest challenge for you so far during the rehearsal process?
I don't know so much about the rehearsal process as the audition... [the audition] was just like boot camp 101. It was really difficult and I actually ended up bleeding all over the audition room floor and I left thinking, "There's no way they're gonna let the bleeding kid become a part of this cast. Sure enough, I got the call. It's been hell ever since. - I'm just kidding. The hardest part? The abs. The core. The burn... but that's a good thing as I've been told today.
That's great. What are you most excited for?
I think I'm most excited to see how the actor's shape the... performance itself. I think the production staff can do certain things to nudge a show in the right direction, but I'm really interested to see what this talented, creative cast has to come up with to keep this show a little bit different every night, not crazy-different, but... interesting... fresh.
All right. What attracted you to the project in the first place?
Oh, I mean... I've always been an actor who likes different layers and who likes to balance not only just the acting, but - then - with music and (now) with combat and also with dialect work, which is gonna be a part of this show as well... but then to throw aikido and butoh on top of this thing? I just think... how could you not be attracted to something like this? I think to really be a contender anymore, it's not just about being a triple-threat. You gotta be a quadruple threat and you gotta got beyond that. So the more you can offer and the more you can bring to a production... the more value that you become and fortunately you've assembled quite a fantastic group here.
Cool. And... last question... what is butoh?
Hard work and dedication.
So... for those of you who may be wondering why Torrey was bleeding all over the audition room... ask him. I know he didn't get stabbed with a sword or anything like that, but the true origin of his injury is still unknown to me. If I find out, I'll let you know. In the meantime, feel free to post your own theories in the comments.
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