Name:
Charles Askenaizer

Role:
Shah, George's Dad, Officer (A**holes 1,2, and 3)

Where are you from?
Born in Los Angeles. Raised in New Hampshire.

What brings you to Chicago?
Acting. 

What is the first stage production you remember seeing?
My parents brought me to a production of A Chorus Line when I was really young. Tits and Ass....


Tell us a little about your character.
You'll have to see the show.

What draws you/drew you to this production? What about the show resonates with you?
The danger, the pain, the love, the loneliness, the search for family and community.

How do you feel the show is relevant to current events in Chicago and the US?
I would hope that it would speak to anyone affected by or around gang culture here in Chicago and the US.

As the audience leaves the show, what do you want them to take away from it?
Stay in school, stay away from gangs, love and be grateful for the family you have (and they don't necessarily have to be by blood either), love and respect yourself and others.

What is your favorite role you've ever played?
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

 

Favorite quote/piece of advice? 
It's more of a story...
The Buddha sat under a tree. He said I am going to sit here until I find enlightenment. A demon came and tempted The Buddha. The demon said "Who are you to seek enlightenment? Who are you to deserve this?" The Buddha put his hand on the ground and said "The Earth is my witness. I have a right to enlightenment. I have a right to be a human being." With that, he did find enlightenment.

When you're not on stage, what are you doing?
Preparing to be on stage. Doing lots of yoga. Working at a vegan cafe. 

Who has helped shape your life most? Who do you most admire?
As far as shaping my life, I have had many wonderful guides, my Shakespeare teachers, my therapist, my meisner teachers, my yoga teachers, but ultimately the decisions that made me were my own. 

Favorite actor/musician/artist?
Bryan Cranston at the moment. Marlon Brando. James Dean. Paul Newman. 

We had to leave Charles's post with a happy photo since we made him play - as he says - all three of our A**holes. Sorry, Charles!

We had to leave Charles's post with a happy photo since we made him play - as he says - all three of our A**holes. Sorry, Charles!

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