Coming soon..."The Zoo Story", our entry in the 2011 AACTFest competition. "The Zoo Story" is a one-act play written by Edward Albee. The show opens on a park bench in Manhattan's Central Park, with "Peter" reading a book and "Jerry" walking to upper Manhattan after a trip to the zoo. What happens next? We find out on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th at 8 PM.
Robert Schumacher plays the role of "Peter". Robert has previously appeared in "All My Sons", "The Curious Savage", and "Company of Wayward Saints" at the Playhouse.
How did you get involved in theater?
I auditioned for "Company of Wayward Saints" after reading about it in my company's newsletter. You could say from there I was hooked.
After getting a part, what is your process in creating a role?
I try to learn who the person is. I create a history, even to things that don't directly relate to what is seen on stage, and I basically try to learn how to "be" that person.
You've performed in comedies, and last summer you stepped into the world of dramas. Of the two genres, which do you find more challenging and which do you prefer to do?
I initially found comedy very difficult, as I never considered myself "funny". I had wanted to attempt drama initially, and once I had the opportunity I realized that, personally, drama was significantly more difficult. I prefer drama, mainly because I see it more often relating real life issues and situations you don't often find in comedies.
What would you say has been the most challenging role you have played thus far?
"Joe Keller" in "All My Sons". It was my first drama, and was the first role I had to learn in that amount of depth. It was also the character that, thus far, was the most different from who I am.
What has been the most challenging aspect of "The Zoo Story" for you?
I'd have to point out two. First, "Peter" is far more different from me than even "Joe Keller" was, and has been far harder to learn. The second would be the physical limitations brought on by the character.
How do you feel about being in a competition show?
Honestly...intimidated. Nervous. Excited, but more nervous than stepping on stage in any show thus far. But I am honored to be representing the Playhouse and Hobbs in competition.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Yes...come see the show, you owe it to yourself to see what will represent you in competition.
Please come out and support "Team Zoo Story". Proceeds from the show will support our team for their trip to Artesia.