Actor Interviews: Gregory Johnstone

Gregory Johnstone

is proud to be in his second Quantum show. His first was Richard II. He was last seen on the cover of City Paper’s Best of 2011 as The Artist. His work has been seen on stage, in indie films, and billboards. Notable roles include: “Skinny” in Mojo(REP Pittsburgh Playhouse), “Man” in Chicks with Dicks (Bricoalge), “Eddie Lawrence” in Shear Madness (CLO Cabaret), “Murk” in Savage in Limbo (Caravan Productions), and “Rosenthal” in The Grey Zone (barebones productions). He is quite pleased to be a member of Equity and the newly formed SAG-AFTRA unions. Love and gratitude go out to his parents and friends. Thank you for supporting the arts. Enjoy the show.

Q – You’ve worked in Pittsburgh quite a bit. Any favorites among your local productions?

Johnstone – Some of my favorite roles…hmmm…a few that come to mind are “Krogstad” in A Doll’s House with Dog and Pony Productions, “Rosenthal” in The Grey Zone with Barebones Productions, and “Skinny Luke” in Mojo with the REP.

Q – You get to do a fair amount of “gender-bending” in this show. How is that going?

Johnstone – Playing two women and an Asian man has been an interesting challenge. We’ve obviously done movement exercises, not specifically for those characters, but it gives me a place to work from and find how these people might carry themselves.

Q – Any interesting stories from rehearsals so far? Anyone fall in the lake?

Johnstone – We have been sweating and sweating. Remember the heat advisory when the weather folks said, “Don’t go outside if you don’t have to”? We were out there. Thankfully we have lots of water and Gatorade. Kids in the park are very curious and like to walk right onto the stage while we’re rehearsing, so we’ve put up caution tape and flyers they can take which has helped a great deal.  The DJ sets in the nearby pavilions have provided an interesting soundtrack. No one has fallen into the lake.

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