“One Man, Two Guvnors” Q&A with Anders Carlson & Josh Tillett
Welcome to the first?installment of our Q&A featuring the cast and crew of Redwood Curtain’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors, written by Richard Bean?and directed by Rae Robison. This week we feature Anders Carlson & Josh Tillett.
One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
July 2 to 25 (Gala opening will be Friday, July 3. No performance Saturday, July 4)
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm. Sunday matinee on July 19?at 2pm.
Brighton, England. 1963. Fired from a skiffle band, Francis Henshall finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a fee from his fiancee’s gangster father. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, herself in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother’s killer) who, in turn, becomes our hero’s other ‘guvnor’. Fighting a mounting sense of confusion and his own mammoth appetite, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. This hilarious comedy received 5-star reviews from every London newspaper and was the hit of the 2012 Broadway season.
“If you’re not having a good time at this show, you may be on the wrong medication.” –?Hollywood Reporter.
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When were you last on the RCT stage, or is this your first time?
Anders:?I’m new to the RCT stage, but have been in some 29 shows over the last decade in other local theaters. Mostly, I’ve been haunting North Coast Rep– I’ve been quite a regular in their comedies and musicals!
Josh:?This is my debut for the RCT stage, but I was in the ensemble in productions at Ferndale Reparatory Theatre and Gist Hall at HSU.
What character do you play? Tell us something about them.
Anders:I play Harry Dangle, of the law firm Dangle, Berry and Bush. The father of one member of the show’s pairs of lovers, Dangle’s pomp and bluster mostly serve to remind the audience that the educated can be just as ridiculous as the ignorant.?Dangle is the counterpart of Dr. Lombardi in the original Servant of Two Masters. Lombardi is, himself, just one example of the Commedia dell’arte stock character Il Dottore. A long tradition of pompous windbags!?On any given night, I may also be playing Alfie, which is a role revolving around getting hit in the face a lot.? Hooray, slapstick!
Josh:?I am playing Lloyd Boetang. He is a smart, sophisticated owner of a local pub that serves food!
What attracted you do doing his show?
Anders:?The script is a hoot, and I’ve been curious about doing a show with Redwood Curtain for a while, but it’s the cast and crew that really hooked me. I’ve worked with every member of the family unit at the heart of our production (Rae Robison, JM Wilkerson, and Megan and Calder Johnson) in a couple different capacities each, and am thrilled to work with them again. And Rae has found a talented crop of young actors to round out the cast, as well– I hope I’ll keep seeing them around other local stages! But the biggest hook of all was a chance to work with Dmitry Tokarsky in a real production– I’ve costarred with him in a handful of strange semi-improvisational murder mysteries, but have?always wanted a chance to work with him in something of a less randomly scattershot quality.? I thought I’d missed my chance when he moved out of the area, but he’s made a return trip just for this production!
Josh:?The script was hilarious, I really appreciate and respect the director and the cast was full of people I not only knew, but enjoyed working with.
What do you hope audiences come away with as the leave the theatre?
Josh:?I hope the audience leaves with a side ache from all the laughing they did!