Struts & Frets: Interviews with the Cast and Crew of Henry VI - Travis Johnson

In a world where one man stands between questions and their answers....

From the people who brought you "70 Ways to Eat a Pickle"....

And "All's Well That Ends Well Unless You're Dead"....

Travis Johnson is...


Coming Soon to a Bedroom Near You

D: Hi, Travis. How are you? How’s your day been so far?

TJ: Uhh, well, at the time I’m writing this I’m pretty good. Studying lines and whatnot, so I may be struggling, but I’m pretty good. It’s been a pretty typical day…just work and rehearsal as usual, that’s all for the day I’m writing this. I have started the arduous process of looking for a new 3 bedroom apartment, so…that’s…fun. Whenever it actually goes up, who’s to say. I could be in a horrible, or much better way. Who knows?

D: So one of the characters you play in part one is the Bishop. If you were the head of your own religion, first of all, what would it be called, and what would some of its major tenets be?

You know…I really don’t know. I’ve never been much for religion, so…I don’t know. Though, maybe something similar to LeVayan Satanism? That sounds extreme, but it’s actually a philosophy based on individualism, epicureanism, secularism, egoism, and self-deification, and propagates a worldview ofnaturalism, Social Darwinism, and Lex Talionis (eye for an eye punishment). There’s also this weird, magic belief thing in there too. I would take those ideas, remove the magic, social Darwinism, and Lex Talionis, and start with that. Obviously, it’s a good thing that I’m not the head of my own religion, but if I were, I would start there and try to make that into something workable. 

D: In the play, there’s a lot of war and a lot of historical figures. If you could choose any historical figure to fight alongside you during the War of the Roses, who would it be and why?

Easy: Jack Churchill (also known as Mad Jack). He was a lieutenant colonel in the British Army during World War II. He’s famous for having carried a basket-hilted claymore and a longbow into battle. He often played the bagpipes in the middle of combat, and lead charges with them. Healso carried out the last recorded bow and arrow killing in action in 1940. He was captured in 1944, taken to a concentration camp, escaped, was captured again, and then as he and a group of prisoners were being transferred to a different camp, they were released and abandoned, and he walked 93 miles to meet up with the allied forces. He was a beast. Look him up, you won’t be disappointed. Him or Rasputin...or Ghengis Kahn...I don't know, it's a toss up.

D: Okay, same question, but with any fictional character. Take your time.

TJ: That, too, is easy: Iorek Byrnison, from ‘The Golden Compass’. He’s a panserbjørn (an armored bear), not to mention (spoilers) King of the armored bears. He’s pretty much the greatest ally to have on your side in that situation. He’s ferocious, clever, immensely strong, and his armor is made of “sky iron”, (i.e. a freaking meteorite). Joan can have her old iron sword, because he’s got sky iron armor that he made himself.

D: Great. Anything else we should know about you or the show?

TJ: Uhh…no? No, I don’t think so. 

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