Bryce Pinkham stars in the title role of Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, for which yesterday he was nominated for a Tony. Like his costar Lauren Worsham, who was also nominated for her part in the show, Pinkham lives in Brooklyn.
How’d you find out you’d been nominated?
I was visiting my girlfriend in DC, where she’s doing a show. I was going to sleep in that morning, but then I sat up at 7:30 and said to myself that, no matter the results, I wanted to be awake to take in the moment. So I went for a walk down the street, which believe it or not, happened to take me to our nation’s Capitol. I suddenly felt like I was in an episode of House of Cards. I found an inconspicuous bench, there were the obligatory mysterious morning joggers, and there I was waiting for a phone call that I wasn’t sure would actually happen. Eventually, my phone started exploding with texts and calls, and I knew. I don’t remember who was first; it was all a blur. I hope I didn’t arouse any suspicions among the Secret Service with the weird karate-chop celebration that ensued steps away from Congress.
Will you write a speech?
I think being prepared is always a good idea. If pigs are going to fly on June 8th, I don’t want to be caught with no idea what to say. Actually, I think it will be a really good way to reflect on all the people who have helped me get to where I am, and to consider how to sum up this life-changing experience using my own words. At the very least, it will be a pleasing and informative exercise!
Which neighborhood do you live in?
I live in the liminal space between Park Slope and Windsor Terrace. Craigslist got me there. I love it. Who wouldn’t want Prospect Park as his backyard and a movie theater within walking distance?
Is there a theater community in Brooklyn?
Well, there certainly is a large number of actors who live in Brooklyn. Not a day goes by that I don’t see someone studying an audition on the F train. As far as a performance scene, I think BAM and Theater for a New Audience are the center of Brooklyn Theater. Both venues have seasons that offer both challenging and reliable productions. I would love to work at either of those places and get to ride my bike to work! Additionally, I have always wanted there to be Shakespeare in Prospect Park—similar to the way The Public Theater runs Shakespeare in Central Park—every summer. I think Brooklynites deserve some free summer Bard!
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