Harsh J. Gagoomal (Valentine) is very excited and grateful to be making his Theatreworks debut. Some favorite acting experiences include performing in Guards at the Taj (Underground Railway Theater),-The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity- (Red Theater Chicago), and -Black & Privileged- (Netflix, 1555 Filmworks). He is also the director of The Homeless Monologues, which takes places annually at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Many thanks to everyone involved in making this production come to life and to YOU for being here! Et in Arcadia ego! More at hiimharsh.com.
HARSH GAGOOMAL: Manila, Philippines
TW: Home now?
HG: Chicago, Illinois
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
HG: Tami Monsod
TW: What would you be doing professionally if you were not an actor/designer?
HG: An architect/social worker.
TW: Bucket-list role (for actors) or bucket list show (for designers)?
HG: One that has yet to written.
TW: Which talent would you most like to have?
HG: It would be cool to be a better singer!
TW: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
HG: Learning to look where it's easy to look away. Learning to embrace conflict.
TW: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
HG: Happiness is impermanent.
TW: In your next life, you would come back as a...?
HG: Autumn leaf.
TW: Who are your heroes in real life?
HG: My parents. Nightwing.
TW: What is your most treasured possession?
HG: My soul.
TW: What is your motto?
HG: “Yo, I mean, nobody's perfect/That's why I always leave a little break in all my verses.” -Big Baby Gandhi
TW: Who are your favorite writers or playwrights?
HG: Rajiv Joseph, Samuel Beckett, August Wilson, Arundhati Roy, Thich Nhat Hanh.
TW: When and where were you happiest?
HG: In the womb.
TW: What are you listening to on Spotify (iTunes, Sirius, etc) or watching (Netflix, Hulu, Prime) etc?
HG: Maybe some BTS/Gorillaz and perhaps a show about tiny houses or pro-wrestling.
TW: What do you hope audiences get out of seeing Arcadia?
HG: I don't want them to get what I get, I want them to get what they get (and then we can talk about it!) :).
TW: Why does Arcadia matter now?
HG: Our lives are full of mystery and sometimes we don't wonder enough.
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
HG: Engage young artists and build bridges between different communities; produce work that is meaningful, dangerous, challenging, and unproven; and lower ticket prices.