Mike Fox (Jerry Goss) is delighted to be making his Dominion Stage debut. Past favorite roles include Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Laertes in Hamlet and as Prince Hal in Henry IV Part One and Prince Hal/Henry V in Henry IV Part Two. Mike can next be seen as Torch in Beirut by Alan Bowne and as Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in The Clare de Lune by Terrance McNally. Stafford, I know you’re looking down and smiling.
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How long have you been involved in theatre and what made you get into it?
One day after lacrosse practice back when I was a freshman in college, I was walking back to my dorm and I saw this extremely good looking girl sitting on a bench talking to herself. I asked her if she was okay. She giggled and told me she was getting ready for an audition for a school production of Othello. I had read the play in high school, I understood Iambic pentameter as well as scansion and started talking about it because I wanted to impress her. We hit it off and she convinced me to audition for the play. I figured it would be another good way to impress her and she was really hot so I went. There I was in lacrosse shorts and practice jersey at an audition fumbling over lines from sides. They kept having me read over and over and I wound up getting cast as Iago. I had a lot of fun doing the show although I never did hook up or date the girl but we became friends. That is how I found out I would enjoy acting.
Throughout my adult life I’ve done shows whenever there was time permitting which was few and far between but theatre has always been a constant in my adult life and has been my friend through so much. It’s kind of like Motley Crüe and Iron Maiden in that it helped mark certain milestones in my existence and like going to concerts it is a form of escape for me.
How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on? or, What’s something you’ve done in this show that you’ve never done before in any other show?
The show is blocked first. I’ve never done a show that was blocked before lines. It’s interesting.
I have gained some weight since i retired from US Army back in 2011 and this is the first show I’ve done as a heavy person. Considering I will be doing Beirut in summer 2015 for a friend of mine out in San Francisco, this will be the last show I do heavy because I have to lose 60-70 pounds for Beirut. Which is a good thing because I need to start running regularly again and get back on the bike.
What creeps you out the most?
I hope this doesn’t offend anyone but what creeps me out most is midgets or “little people.” I was stuck in an elevator for 40 minutes with a female primordial dwarf when I was 17 years old. She kept hitting on me and making sexual innuendos. The “escape hatch” was actually bolted shut or I would’ve climbed out.
What do you want the audience to experience/take away from this show?
The same that I want from every show. I want the audience to experience a slice of life and to forget about the outside world for the time they are with us.
What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
Jump in with both feet and don’t let anyone else limit you. If you want to do a role then go and get it and if there is no one putting that show up, then there is nothing stopping you from putting up the show yourself.
What have you learned about yourself in doing this show?
I don’t know if I’ve actually learned anything new about myself doing this show but I have met wonderful people and I am very much enjoying myself.
When a scene calls for you to display hatred, what do you think about?
My cleaning list.