Measure for Measure closes in just one week, after an exciting month of outdoor performances. Luckily, we aren't done yet. You can still get your tickets for one of our final performances and come see how Shakespeare's zany cast of crooked constables, fake friars, and noble nuns speak to today's world.
Sammie Joe Kinnett
Sammie Joe is a frequent collaborator on the Theatreworks stage, and a long time favorite in the Pikes Peak Region. A UCCS grad, he has been working for years all over the state, in everything from farce, to musicals, to, you guessed it, lots of Shakespeare. We're delighted to have Sammie Joe back with us after his turn in last summer's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. Keep reading to find out what he has to say about Measure for Measure, problematic casting, and the joys of fatherhood.
Sammie Joe: Lakeland, Florida
TW: Home now?
SJ: Colorado Springs, CO
TW: Who are your theatrical idols?
SJ: Murray Ross and Geoff Kent, because they saw my worth way before I did.
TW: What's your favorite role that you've ever played?
SJ: Berowne, from Love's Labour's lost. To start, when I auditioned for the role I weighed around 340lbs and Murray told me he wanted to cast me, but Berowne needed to be smaller. He asked me to lose 50lbs for the role. I lost 80 by the first rehearsal. Second, it was the first time I'd been showcased as something more than an obese comedic stereotype. Finally, Berowne has some of Shakespeare's finest language on love. Berowne has an answer for every situation, but is incapacitated when he falls in love. He gives up everything for the hope of loving a mind that exercises his own.
TW: Have you ever been totally miscast for a role?
SJ: I absolutely should not have been cast as an Afghani soldier and told to put dirt all over my face. That is wrong, but I'm happy to see theatres like Theaterworks and Fine Art Center successfully hiring diverse casts and designers.
TW: What do you hope audiences will take away from Measure for Measure?
SJ: I hope the audience walks away having seen a reflection of their own experiences in some aspect of this play, I hope they see the beauty and flaws that each character possesses and consider the consequence of rigid, dogmatic judgement.
TW: Where does the Provost fit in the world of Measure for Measure? What does he bring to the story?
SJ: Provost is the bridge that crosses the moat of disconnect between the nobility that decides the law and the common wealth that it affects. They make decisions and sign the orders, however, his hands lock the shackles, his heart hears their suffering and his words bring the ax to the block.
TW: Which word or phase do you overuse?
SJ: "I'm for it" "that's awesome" "mirror neurons"
TW: When and where are you happiest?
SJ: When I'm picking up my kiddo from school and he runs towards me, that moment he slams into me with a hug, I live everyday for that.