Struts & Frets: Interviews with the Cast & Crew of Merchant of Venice: Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is a gem. A bright, green, shiny gem that you want to snuggle at night to keep you warm & safe, like...well, not like a gem then. Like a...teddy bear? That's right. He's a teddy bear! A fuzzy, sweet teddy bear that grows on trees in Georgia and-...wait, shoot, no. Now we're thinking of peaches.

In any case, Chris is great! He plays our Gratiano in Merchant of Venice, and you're gonna fall in love with him one way or the other, onstage or off. You keep reading, and we'll try to figure out how an analogy works...

He's only got eyes (meta)phor you.

HID: First thing’s first: What’s your favorite color, and the favorite color of your character? And why?

CB: I’d say Gratiano’s favorite color would have to be pink. He’s the flamboyant type and as such, likes to rock the bright colors. I’m a bit more grounded…I’d go with a solid forest green.

HID: Gratiano seems like a bit of a party animal. If he could party with anyone else from Shakespeare’s canon, who would it be?

CB: Well I’d say the obvious answer would be Mercutio but I think those two personality types might not clash well… too much energy for one pub to handle. Gratiano would have a damn good time with Merry Wives' Falstaff though. That would be something else.

HID: He’s also *super helpful* at pairing Lorenzo up with his lady. Have you ever hooked anyone up or played a wing-man in real life?

CB: Being a wing-man is one of my favorite things to do in the world. Given that I am a serial monogamist, I find pleasure in the chase for other people. The best is when you have two great friends who both are looking desperately. All you have to do is bring the booze. ;) Gratiano could learn a thing or two from me on that one.

HID: Where would you and Gratiano go for a drink, and what would you each have?

CB: This is an obvious one. We would have two Moscow mules at The Standard hotel. That being said, it would be tight to bring him to the ‘Nawlins French quarter district and see how he fares. It might be tough considering he’s an Italian from the 14th century and most probably an owner of slaves….oh well.

Want to party with Christopher Brown? You'll have to buy him a drink (or several) after the show! Be sure to catch Chris (and all the HIDiots) in Hamlet Isn't Dead's Merchant of Venice, opening this Wednesday!
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