This week, IMPRINT’s President of the Board, Shane Beeson, sat down to answer our survey questions. Check it out!
How did you come on board of IMPRINT Theatreworks?
Ashley and Joe texted me the following exchange:
Ashley: Shane! Joe and I would like to chat with you about a business opportunity with Imprint.
Joe: This is not a Timeshare presentation… Unless you’re into that kind of thing.
Shane: …What is Imprint?
And there you have it.
They pitched me over drinks on the back patio at the Katy Trail Outpost in Plano, and the rest is history.
What is your artistic background?
I was in my first show at my church, Preston Hollow Presbyterian, when I was 8. I did some children’s theatre, but took a break for the most part in high school. My love of acting was re-ignited when I spent my senior year in high school touring with an educational outreach company sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Greater Dallas called Teenage Communication Theatre (T.A.C.T.). I also had quite a bit of intense training at Rhodes College in Memphis under the great Cookie Ewing and the late, great Tony Lee Garner.
Pretty much right out of college I toured with the professional Shakespeare company based at Theatre Memphis called ShoWagon. I performed Hamlet, Macbeth (is it bad luck to type it? It probably is… awesome.), Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar in rep at age 23. Not a bad experience!
These days, even though I have an awesome day job, it’s really flexible so I still perform quite a bit here in DFW. The show I just closed (oddly enough, the Scottish play again, my first Shakespeare since those ShoWagon days of 23 years ago), was my 82nd play. I’m only like 400 behind B.J. Cleveland!
What is a favorite role you’ve played?
Come on, now, too hard to limit to one. Give me 3. Howie in Rabbit Hole (performed it twice already and hope for more shots at it…such a complex and rich play, that one). Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. And the Pilot in Jeff Swearingen’s adaptation of The Little Prince, Laughter in the Stars, opposite my son, Jaxon.
What is one of your favorite experiences as an audience member?
I can limit it to 3 again. (3 is the magic number.) In 2004, seeing Brian Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Sean Leonard and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman in a Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. In 2008, seeing the original Steppenwolf/Broadway company of August: Osage County. I saw a Saturday matinee of this three hour plus show and if there would have been tickets available I absolutely would have watched it again that night and again the followin
g day. And finally, sitting in the Richard Rogers Theatre on a Saturday night in March of 2016 with Katrin andJaxon and seeing every single member of the
original Broadway company perform the greatness that is Hamilton. Absolutely life changing. It was 16 months ago, and I still have visceral, emotional reactions thinking about what I saw and heard on that stage that night.
What excites you most about IMPRINT?
I just think the theatre has a clear vision and a great mission statement. I work really well with both Ashley and Joe. We think along the same lines when it comes to powerful, ensemble-based performance that is grounded in truth. From the early reaction of friends and colleagues, I think we’re onto something.
What is one of your favorite lines or lyrics from a show?
This one took me a while. I have to go back to Hamilton, a line from the song “Hurricane.” Whenever I need a real shot in the arm, a dose of inspiration, it never fails to do it for me.
I wrote my way out of hell.
I wrote my way to revolution.
I was louder than the crack in the bell.
I wrote about the Constitution and defended it well.
And in the face of ignorance and resistance,
I wrote financial systems into existence.
And when my prayers to God were met with indifference,
I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.
Who, living or dead, would you love to get to work with?
One of my theatre professors, Tony Lee Garner, was mostly a musical and choral guy, but I saw him perform in plays a couple of times and he was mesmerizing on stage. I would, quite simply, love for him to direct a play I was in. As far as those still with us, I’ll give Joe’s hometown some love and go with Jeff Perry, a Chicago actor. Yes, he’s great as Cyrus on Scandal but as mentioned above I saw him in the original Broadway company of August: Osage County. Just a ferocious actor…be it in a somewhat cheesy, prime time soap opera, or a Pulitzer prize winning, heart wrenching play.
Share a random fact about yourself.
Again, the magic number is 3. I’m a 9/11 survivor. I’ve been in a show with Jessica Simpson, playing her ex-boyfriend. I have a fear of most homemade baked goods.
Which SATC Character are you?
I honestly didn’t watch the show. My apologies. I’ll guess Sarah Jessica Parker’s character. *googles* Carrie. Yep, that’s it.
What is the last show you binge-watched?
13 Reasons Why. Bad, bad idea as the parent of a sixteen year old.
Stay tuned for more posts and exciting news! Have you checked out our Gofundme campaign, yet? That’s the first way to show your support as we embark on this new adventure! http://www.gofundme.com/imprinttheatreworks2017