Topher Rasmussen on ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA

Topher Rasmussen as Adam

Topher Rasmussen as Adam

Some thoughts from Topher Rasmussen, who plays Adam in Plan-B’s ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA at FringeNYC August 9-15.  Director Jerry Rapier answered these questions for and was curious what Topher’s responses would be.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that…?
My show is the only one in FringeNYC with tigers so gentle you can ride them around.

Tell us about the character or characters that you portray in this show.
Adam is an easily swayed but growing Mormon boy who is forced to make decisions before he is able to figure out which decision is the right one.

What moment or section in this show do you really love to perform? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why do you love it?
I love Adam’s reaction when Steve comes out as gay. After the shock fades, his backtracking and evasive explanations remind me of so many Mormons I know.

Which school or system of acting has been most useful to you in your career, and why?
Typically I use a minimalized version of Stanislavski’s method for the groundwork, and then Michael Chekhov image work to enrich my experience and performance.

What’s your favorite pastime when you’re not working on a play?
I love writing and listening to music and exploring musical genres that I don’t understand yet.

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