Richard is very excited to be working with Marcus Yi for a third time. He has performed and did the artwork for Marcus's shows "The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams," "Pretty Little Mouth," and "The Procedure." He is an accomplished painter with an extensive background in the visual arts. He recently returned to New York City to attend the Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and to pursue his dream to act in film and theatre.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in New York City but grew up in Maryland. I studied theatre and film at Montgomery College and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. I studied Fashion and painting at Parsons School of Design and The Maryland Institute College of Art.
What is your job on this show?
My job is to portray the immigration officer, the lawyer, the flamboyant and gay creepy doctor, and a man advertising Freedom Link, the controversial procedure that is the subject of the play. I also created and painted the postcard advertisement and helped with web-related advertisement for the play.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are always changing. Sometimes my hero will be my cab driver.
What is your Zodiac sign?
I am on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre has brought about change for centuries. It is one of the key forms of art that reflects and actually tackles very important issues in society. It has inspired and allowed communities to collaborate and creatively express their personal views and experiences, which continue to influence the world.
Would you be willing to get a microchip implanted in your eye?
If the microchip would help change my life for the better, I might be persuaded.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
My show is the only one opening this spring where I get to play so many different characters. The wonderful experience about working with Marcus is that he always challenges me as an actor by having me portray so many different characters in one show.
A Living Room Theater production, written and directed by Sonia Nam and Marcus Yi, The Procedure will be performed on Friday 5/31/13 at 5:00pm, Tuesday 6/4/13 at 9:00pm, Saturday 6/8/13 at 12:30pm, Friday 6/14/13 at 9:00pm, Monday 6/17/13 at 4:30pm, and Thursday 6/20/13 at 5:00pm as part of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. The Festival will take place at the Gene Frankel Theater, at 24 Bond St New York 10012. Tickets can be bought here.