New Interview (TheaterMania)

TheaterMania has a new interview with Garret. You can read it here.

How did Conviction get onto your radar?
Sarah Paulson and I share an agent, so when she was cast in the play it came to my attention. I haven’t done a play in about three years, and I had been sort of keeping my eye out for something that would pique my interest. I read it and it really stuck with me. I liked the dialogue a lot, and I liked how natural it felt. Plus, I wanted to work with Sarah in an actual scene together! And I’ve heard nothing but great things about Bay Street and the Sag Harbor community.

What is the biggest challenge in playing Tom Hodges, someone who may or may not be a pretty awful person?
It’s tricky ground because [the play is] about someone who preys on children. Probably the hardest part of playing Tom is to not make any judgments about him while I play him. I have to see his point of view. I’m trying to maintain some level of affection for someone who might do something like this. But the play shows how you’re one mistake away from ruining anything. — More at TheaterMania.com

Conviction opens tonight

You can find some production shots at Baystreet.org.

Bay Street Theatre presents the World Premiere of CONVICTION (Today, May 27-June 15) by Carey Crim and directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street’s new Artistic Director. The production is co-produced by Bay Street Theatre, Rubicon Theatre in California, Dead Posh Productions, London and Canada’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

CONVICTION tells the story of the family of Tom Hodges, a charismatic, confident and caring teacher that students adore and parents admire. The smart, wise-cracking colleague with all the answers. The neighbor who takes care of the neighborhood. The perfect husband and father. But when a student accuses Tom of crossing a line, everything changes. This delicately balanced, beautifully nuanced new family drama digs deep beneath the surface of a happy suburban existence to explore the damage done when seeds of mistrust are planted. It asks the question — How can we live with conviction when some questions cannot be answered?

The cast includes Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Tom; Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story,” “12 Years a Slave”) as his wife Leigh; Elizabeth Reaser (“Twilight” films, Second Stage’s revival of “How I Learned to Drive”) as their friend Jayne; Brian Hutchison (“Man and Boy,” “Looped”) as her husband Bruce; and Daniel Burns (“Twelfth Night”, “Shipwrecked!”) as Tom and Leigh’s son Nicholas. – Broadway World

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