Q: What made you decide you wanted to direct "Sleuth?"
A: "What caught my attention is the play sets itself up as a gag that's played on the audience as much as a gag that the characters play on each other. I like things like that. I like things that jump out at me."
Q: It's your first time directing, but do you have other background in theater?
A:"I've done a few films. I was in 'The Men Who Built America" for the History Channel. I was an extra in 'Child of God,' which is going to be released later this year. I've done a few commercials.
'My first play was 30 years ago. I was in a production of 'Miracle on 34th Street.' More recently, I did 'Evil Dead: The Musical,' 'Our Lady of 121st Street' and 'A Doll's House.' I've been around a lot. I've done a lot of set building for Kanawha Players."
Q:Was it difficult to cast the show?
A:"The main thing is I focused a lot on the two leads. I needed someone who was older for the part of Andrew and someone younger for the part of Milo Tindle. That was really my only requisite when it came to casting. I pretty much went off what I saw in auditions."
Q: What would you say was the biggest challenge in doing this production?
A:"The special effects, actually. We had to make a face that blows up at one point. That was a challenge, plus work out a couple of gunshots and things that shatter."
Q: Is everything ready for opening night?
A:"Yes, my guys are very ready."
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