Struts & Frets: Interviews with the Cast & Crew of King John - Dave Hentz


And in this corner, standing at six foot two and weighing in at (a gentlemen never tells) pounds, it's Daaaaaaave Hentz! Dave is our mighty Hubert, and the außergewöhnlich Duke of Austria, and you're going to love him, hate him, then love him again in Hamlet Isn't Dead's King John. So read up on Dave in his very first Struts & Frets.

If you're not blinded by that steely gaze first.

HID: Okay, first things first, what's your favorite color and what are your characters' favorite colors?

DH: My favorite color is blue, specifically either cobalt or a nice shade of cerulean. I think Hubert's favorite would have to be green and I'm pretty sure Austria's would be silver/chrome to go along with his swords. 

HID: Austria is somewhat of a renown warrior. Who do you think would win in an arm-wrestle between Austria and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Would they share a beer unt schnitzel after?

DH: Oh, Austria definitely thinks he's a BAMF on the battlefield, which probably doesn't help his ego all the much. However, I think if we learned anything from that awesome "muscle-off"/"air arm-wrestle" that Scwarzenegger had with Carl Weathers at the beginning of Predator, it's that the Arnold would probably take the win without breaking a German sweat. But you totally know that he and Austria are having a blast afterwards, slinging back Schlofferhofer, schnitzel and singing "Danke Schoen" (because they both love Ferris Bueller's Day Off). #80sPride

HID: Hubert seems like kind of a bashful guy just looking for the right lady. What are some of his first date moves?

DH: Hubert's got game, he's just got his own way of playing it. He shows off his sensitive side while demonstrating his manly prowess in a patented system called "The H.U.B.E.R.T. Method", as shown below:

Hold her hand (only if she wants).
Unsheathe your sword (only if she asks to see it).
Brag about how good you are with kids.
Exclude that one time you almost killed Arthur, though...
Rave about how brave you were in French prison.
Take her out for her favorite food (and hope it's not French...).

HID: If Hubert were to pick a Disney movie to watch with Arthur what would it be?

DH: The Jungle Book, hands down, all the way. Arthur totally knows all of the words to "Bare Necessities" and makes Hubert sing along as Baloo. 

HID: What is the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened to you onstage?

DH: A couple of years back, I did this experimental show called The Short Attention Span Theatre, which was my university's homage to a renowned Chicago show that does 30 short plays in 60 minutes, and the audience gets to pick the order. During one particular show, I had to eat a whole Twinkie in about 4 seconds before the next scene, but I couldn't get it down, and the next scene they called was literally just me doing a one-man piece. I literally choked in astonishment, while holding back laughter and tears as I was trying to get this damn Twinkie down my throat. The audience loved it. Funny enough, we still beat the clock that evening...who'd-a-thunk?

Dave's onstage and ready to please (but only if you want him to [but, trust us, you want him to]) in Hamlet Isn't Dead's King John. Don't miss this once-in-a-Davetime opportunity!
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