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June 25, 2012

Straight Shootin’ with the cast of The Bad and the Better: Clyde Baldo

by Jesse North

bad and the better amoralists derek ahonen clyde baldoThe streets are filled with shady politicians and rebel-rousing anarchists in Derek Ahonen’s new play, The Bad and the Better, which plays at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater through July 21.  In honor of the new detective noir, Stage Rush asked some of the fearless cast members about rolling with The Amoralists, admiring rebels, and shooting firearms. Here’s what they had to say!

Actor: Clyde Baldo

Has the nature of the Amoralists’ work allowed you to take more risks on stage? Moreso than your experiences with other theater companies?
I was very drawn to the reputation of the Amoralists and their gritty, risk-taking spirit. I take risks on stage in different ways. My role as Richard Zorn really doesn’t allow me to be risky. But I hope in future Amoralists productions, I get more of a chance to be out there.

How do the founding principles of The Amoralists connect with your own inclinations as an actor?
I feel like I am drawn to grittier, irreverent material— stuff that deals with messy, real humanity. I write monologues that touch on this. It feels more like real life than a Hallmark card version of it. The founding principles resonate with me. I am drawn to the very sexual, erotic stuff—material that is raw and impolite, allowing the animal to come out!

What stories of famously corrupt politicians or infamous rebels have you admired or been intrigued by, and why?
Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather and Cool Hand Luke all interest me a bit.

What’s the most shocking thing you’ve ever seen done on stage?
I saw a murderous death scene in which a person was shot in the eye and blood was pouring out from their socket.

Which of the following best describes your relationship with firearms:
A) Bullseye!
B) On occasion, when I need to blow off some steam.
C) I bought a Groupon for an hour session at a shooting range once.
D) Never touched one before in my life.
E) I won’t even sleep in a house with a gun in it.

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