Struts & Frets - Interview with the Cast & Crew of A Midsummer Night's Dream: Rhys McClelland

Ladies and gentlemen, it is our great pleasure to introduce Rhys McClelland! And it's Rhys' great pleasure to introduce our Struts & Frets series for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Rhys has the great honor of playing Puck and Egeus in our production, and we have the great honor of playing with him. And you have the greatest honor of all: reading all about this wonderful, wonderful man! Enjoy!

We wonder what the wonderful wonder wonders.

HID: First thing's first: What's your favorite color, and what's your character's favorite color?

RM: My favorite colour would probably be red. Until recently I wouldn't have said that and would have replied 'green' or 'tan' or something equally neutral...but I'm evolving!

Puck's favorite colour would depend on who is asking I think...and then when you bought him a lovely new hat in that colour he'd pretend he said something else!


HID: Puck as a penchant for the odd rhyming couplet. Who's your favorite poet and why?

RM: Definitely Rudyard Kipling purely for 'If' and 'My Boy Jack'

That said, although not strictly a poet William Babington Macauly's 'Horatius at the Bridge' is thrilling and has some memorable lines...


HID: If Egeus were to plan Hermia's wedding to Demetrius, what would the theme be? What kind of cake would they have?

RM: The theme would be chastity! There would be no cake, well not for Hermia! In fact Egeus would probably have all the women go home right after the ceremony to sew and to try to resist forming any opinions, while he and Demetrius smoked cigars and ate a Victoria sponge cake so as to not get over excited...

HID: If you could have any of Puck's powers, what would you choose? Would you use your powers for good or evil?

RM: Probably putting a girdle about the earth in 40 minutes because I'd save a fortune on flights home to the UK! And it wouldn't take all night...

Although...being invisible would be awesome! (Actually invisible though, not just the kind of invisible you experience on the subway and on 5th avenue on a Saturday)...I would love to say I'd use it for good, but I have to be honest and say I'm not sure I would...I'd see a lot of free ball games, many free shows and would play all kinds of tricks on people, so much like puck really.


He may be a trickster, but Rhys is clearly very visible, and you should come see him (and the rest of the Midsummer cast!) at A Midsummer Night's Dream, opening June 29th!
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