Live in Theater Actors Series: Evan Bass
Here at Live in Theater, we have the most amazing actors for immersive theater NYC. Because of their talent in our NYC murder mystery interactive shows, we wish to showcase our talent and introduce them to you! So we introduce to you Evan Bass.
Q: How did you become a part of the Live in Theater cast?
A: I became part of the Live in Theater Cast when I acted in a directing scene through a teaching school in the city and one of the directors connected Carlo and me. I went in to audition of the company, I seemed to have impressed enough to pass the test, and then the magic happened from there.
Q: What is it like to work with Carlo D'Amore?
A: Mr. Carlo D’AMore is a passionate passionate individual. It is great to work with an artist with such a fire in his belly for the material that he creates. The collaborative work is empowering, and the grammar must always be proofread!
Q: What are the differences between interactive theater and traditional theater?
A: Interactive theater is what happens if traditional theater and improv had a love child - you get the bounds of scripted material, but with leeway, and the joy in being able to create unique experiences for audience by crossing the boundaries they expect from theater and involving them in the performance itself.
Q: What is your favorite element of interactive work?
A: Whether it is the actual recovering junkie who stopped his bike to try and get my character in “J&K 1965” to take methadone, or the strangers who stopped to tell the audience detectives in “The Ryan case 1873” to leave me alone because they were clearly making me nervous, and that same group of strangers coming back to continue to help because they did not believe the audience members’ explanation that it was all part of a show.
Q: What is your experience with acting on the streets of New York?
A: On the streets you have to let go of what people think and dive right in. The time between audience interactions is still part of the show and it is a form of character work that keeps you on your toes and focused on your craft.
Q: Who would be one historical figure in history you would like to play?
A: I’m not sure about historical figures to play, it is not something I’ve ever really concerned. I, unfortunately, don’t look like many historical figures.
Q: What do you love about the character(s) you play?
A: The characters are always hot messes in one way or another. Throwing either an adjustment (physical, linguistic, etc.) challenge my way or a damaged or layered personality that is fascinating to dig in to, or often times, both at once.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge about taking on your character(s)?
A: Keeping the focus when something hilarious happens in an interaction but my character cannot laugh, appropriately, in the situation.
Q: What’s the last thing you do before an experience begins?
A: The last thing I do before an experience begins is re-focus and center on who the person I am playing is, what his perspective is, and delve my psyche into the circumstances that I will be living for the next hour and a half.
Q: What did you add to the persona of the character during the interactive experience? ( a trait, a habit, a bio fact)
A: All that genius stuff you see, that is clearly all me. Clearly. Lol. I bring the quirkiness and groundness that I try to bring to all the characters I play. I cannot say exactly what, but i bring me.
Q: What do you do when you’re not doing theater?
A: I work on a few other entrepreneurial projects. My production company, Electronic Bass Entertainment focuses on works that aim to be positive influences on the world. I am amidst launching a company that aims to provide aid to copyright holders in protection of their works in the online environment. And, additionally, I volunteer with SAG-AFTRA to help the union to provide the best support for its members that it can.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
A: If I had a magic wand, depending on its powers, I’d probably be distracted by other things than using it to be in a next show. I’d see if it was a Harry Potter-esque wand, and only did spells related to that series; I’d test to see if it granted wishes (which would be more like an enchanted artifact, really); oh the possibilities here. I’d have a lot of fun but likely forget to figure out a next show. Im writing the next shows already without the need of any magic.
You can find out more about Evan here! And don't forget to leave a comment if you have any other questions you would like to ask him!
Also be sure to check out our other blog posts in this series that feature more of LIT's actors.