Edward O’Ryan plays “Stickpin Padowski” in our production of WHILE WE WERE BOWLING, and here he shares some thoughts about the show!
I never thought I’d be good at bowling. Turns out, I was right.
One day for rehearsal, John took us all out to Marvelanes in Okemos to work on our characters’ bowling forms over a few games. Form I could do; content, not so much. I think my highest score was an 80? I’m not sure, since as a general rule, I try to repress all bad memories.
All jokes aside (okay, I can’t promise that), this has been a great rehearsal process. I’ve had such a good time working with the undergrads from Michigan State, with Joey and Suzi, and with John and the crew (thanks for making this a fun process!). This role has been a good challenge for me, as I am not used to playing characters who are so composed and who march to the beat of their own drum. I usually play the neurotic goofy sidekick—which isn’t too far from my real-life personality.
I have had almost as much fun offstage as I have had onstage over the past month, from daily rounds of tapeball (I don’t think I’ll be turning pro anytime soon) to eating pounds of trail mix in between scenes, and to listening to Joey discover the magic of Ce-Lo Green.
Onstage, I’ve enjoyed getting to discover the nuances of Stickpin. He’s not just a reformed gang member/pinboy—he’s got a lot of love to give, and he just wants to be a part of something bigger than himself. He wants the American Dream that has so far been denied him. Is it his time? You’ll just have to find out!Share