Abner Genece (Captain Speedy, Ensemble) celebrates his Theatreworks return, Measure For Measure. Local: Sin Street Social Club, The Diary of Anne Frank, All My Sons, The Electric Baby, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center; Water By The Spoonful (Curious Theatre); Arabian Nights (Aurora Fox Arts Center); Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale (Theatricum Botanicum); Othello, The Meeting (Stella Adler Theater); For The Love of Freedom (Greenway Arts Alliance); The Bluest Eye (MOXIE Theatre); NY: Othello, Hamlet, Tartuffe, Waiting For Godot (Jean Cocteau Repertory); Film & TV: Unrest, Harry’s Law, Zeke and Luther, Law and Order: Los Angeles ; In February, he Assistant-Directs The Scottsboro Boys at VintageTheatre.net. Representation: Radical Artists Agency; AbnerGenece.net. Member of Actors’ Equity Association.
ABNER GENECE (Photo is from The Diary of Anne Frank at The Arvada Center for the Arts)
ABNER GENECE: Sudbury, Massachusetts; but I’ve called Cincinnati, Miami, New York and Los Angeles my hometowns as well.
TW: Home now?
TW: Who/what inspired you to get involved in theatre?
AG: As a child, I had an encounter with Master Drummer Leon Mobley, who was, at that time, a star of a public children’s program in Boston called ZOOM! Later, I saw Broadway productions of Les Miserables and Othello. That pretty much sealed the deal.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
AG: Paul Robeson, James Earl Jones, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers.
AG: Develop, produce and celebrate stories from diverse backgrounds.
TW: Favorite place you’ve performed?
AG: There have been many. Jean Cocteau Repertory, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and Theatreworks among them; but Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has a special place, particularly because of the time in my life when our paths crossed.
TW: Bucket-list role?
AG: Falstaff, anything August Wilson, Haitian historical figures.
TW: How do you eat an Oreo?
AG: All in. Dunked. The whole nine at once.
TW: Why does Around the World in 80 Days matter now?
AG: The world is getting smaller. Different points of view are becoming more and more vital and should be embraced in love, not divided in hate.
TW: What’s on your playlist these days?
AG: Richard Bona.