Many actors who perform on our Playhouse stage commute to Westport from New York City. Before the show, every actor has a different routine and way of settling into their character. For this installment of a Day in the Life of an Actor, we follow Gabriel Brown, who plays Walker "Scott" Williams, as he gets ready for a 2pm matinee performance of Love & Money by A.R. Gurney.
Gabe lives in New York City, so he takes Metro North out to Connecticut. Our Company Manager, Bruce Miller, or members of the company management team meet Gabe at the station in our van, nicknamed Moby, to take him to the Playhouse.
Now that Gabe has arrived at the Playhouse, he goes to his dressing room to get settled. There he finds a note from Stage Management about signing Love & Money posters which will become mementos of the show.
After Gabe gets settled in, he goes to the theater's balcony to warm up physically. His physical warm-up consists of stretches and breathing exercises to prepare his body for the performance. Once he finishes his physical stretches on the floor, he goes onstage to do some vocal warm ups to prepare his voice.
Getting in to Costume
Now that Gabe has finished his warm-up he is ready to head back down to the dressing room to get some water and get into costume.
The stage manager has called places, which means all actors must go to their starting positions before the top of the show. Gabe does his quick breathing ritual and then gets into place. Let the show begin!