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Meet Michael Bigley, the actor playing Hanschen Rilow in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.

a href=”http://blog.dominionstage.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/MichaelB.jpg”>MichaelB 239x300 Meet Michael Bigley, the actor playing Hanschen Rilow in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.A former band geek, Michael never had the courage to jump on stage until his freshman year of college. That year, he was cast in his first play (Romeo and Juliet, as Benvolio) and his first experience singing in public, with Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik). This trial by fire allowed Michael to delve deeper into what is now a huge passion of his.

Now cast in Dominion Stage’s production of Spring Awakening, Michael is pleasantly surprised he can still play such young characters.

“This is my second show in a row playing a teenager, having just come off of playing the lovable stoner, Henry, in Next to Normal. Both Henry and Hanschen are roles that I’ve always wanted to play but wasn’t sure if I could get cast. Having just turned 33, I’ll ride this wave as long as I can!”

michaelB1 300x297 Meet Michael Bigley, the actor playing Hanschen Rilow in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.
Playing Hanschen gives Michael a chance to flex his domineering muscles, as the character’s strong determination lets “the system” work for him.

“After a schoolmate utters ‘Oh god’ once they kiss, Hanschen responds with ‘I know…’. He’s totally full of himself, or at least wants to give that impression to his new lover. In some ways, I can relate to Hanschen’s motive. When I met my current partner, my walls were up and I wanted to emote a certain level of confidence so, when he said ‘We should do this again,’ I responded with, ‘Oh, really?!?’”

Michael is excited to portray all of Hanschen’s… let’s say, more revealing… moments on stage.
MichaelB1 239x300 Meet Michael Bigley, the actor playing Hanschen Rilow in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.<



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