Meet the Hamlet Cast: Taylor Cox & Paul Creekmur

July 11, 2014

Paul_Creekmur_1Paul Creekmur (Secret Service) is
an Indianapolis resident, husband to Elisa,
Daddy to the amazing Shih-Tzus Zelda and
Jax, and has previously been involved in
AUP’s “Twelfth Night” and “Night of the
Living Dead – Part 2″. In the evenings,
you might find him playing his alter-ego
DJ Dr. Sizzle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about the character you are portraying in Hamlet:

I am playing the role of a Secret Service Agent and I am charged with protecting King Claudius.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?

When I am not doing theatre, I am into music.  I dabble in DJing and love breaking new songs.

What would you tell someone who has never seen live Shakespeare about why they should come to this production?

I would simply tell them that this production is unlike any thing that they would expect from a Shakespeare play.  And that they will not be disappointed.

 


TaylorCoxTaylor Cox (Secret Service/Player Lucianus)
is relatively new to the theater scene in Indianapolis,
having only acted in one production, NoExit
Performance’s  “Venus”, prior to working with
Acting Up in “Hamlet”. A recent graduate of IUPUI,
Taylor began taking acting classes on a whim his
senior year, and hasn’t looked back since. Most
recently he ran tech for Defiance Comedy’s sci-fi
live sitcom “Spaceship to Nowhere” and will star
alongside “Hamlet” co-star Adam Tran in the
IndyFringe festival show
“Portraits Like American Gothic”.

 

 

 

Tell us about the character you are portraying in Hamlet:

I am, first and foremost, a Secret Service agent charged with the task of protecting the President at all costs. Also, and this may sound confusing, am playing the role of Player Lucianus, an actor, in the “play within a play” that takes place within the world of “Hamlet”

How is this character like you and how are they different?

Lucianus’ character is power-hungry, and his actions within the “play-within-a-play” serve as an allegory for what is actually happening in the world. I consider myself a nice, amiable person, so getting to play a villain character is always a treat. As for my role as a Secret Service agent, I am typically very high strung, so playing around with the different dynamics of being a chained attack-dog is intense, and makes it so much more fun whenever I get to spring into action.

What do you think will surprise people about AUP’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet”?

Like many, I have a difficult time understanding the language in a lot of the Bard’s stories, but the universe that is created here is seamless and incredibly user-friendly and approachable. Also, the depth of character and attention to every detail is outstanding. Seriously, nothing has been overlooked. As a Secret Service Agent, I had to go through a crash course on SWAT tactics and gun combat, it was intense.

Why did you want to be involved in this production?

As a newer actor in Indianapolis, I have heard a lot about the great work that Acting Up has done, and since hearing about them, and seeing the great talent they always pull-in, it made me eager to work with Brian and be a part of this special group. I have never done Shakespeare before this, and the entire cast and crew have been very professional, fun and encouraging, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

What makes a good scene partner?

The ability to always be “present” and in the moment with you. Whenever you share the stage with somebody, or whenever you have a conversation, there is a shared energy that passes from person to person, naturally. Like in a poor conversation, sometimes the energy stays in one place, or gets dropped every time it is passed to somebody. A good scene partner will always take the energy or stimulus and return it to you with something new and fresh.

Tell us about another cast or crew member and what you enjoy about working with them.

Everybody in this production is fantastic. Brian is clear, concise and professional (most of the time!) and is always enthusiastic, which is infectious. Lauren is just amazing to watch in the role of Hamlet, and Amy brings so much emotional depth to Gertrude it is palpable. Scott Russell is great as our stage combat trainer and choreographer. I feel like I am constantly learning how to push myself and become better with this entire cast and crew.

What was your very first stage production?

My very first stage production was this past February, I was in NoExit Performance’s production of “Venus” by Suzan-Lori Parks. If that gives you and indication of  just how “green” I am.

Who or what inspires you?

My friends, my family, the amazing acting/theater community in Indianapolis, and my pet pug, Henry.

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?

Smoking. And making fun of Adam Tran’s (Laertes) facial hair.

What would you tell someone who has never seen live Shakespeare about why they should come to this production?

If there was ever a perfect introduction to Shakespeare, this is it. The world created in this production is so cohesive, intense and inviting, and the performances are so believable and truthful that it truly feels like a modern play. There is so much action and human drama that you will be entertained for the entirety of the play, trust me.

 

The Tragedy of Hamlet will be presented Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., July 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 (Sunday rain dates 13, 20, 27) at the outdoor Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheater on the campus of Marian University, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased below or by calling the AUP box office at 317-207-2135 or online at http://2bornot2b.bpt.me/. Audience members will want to bring blankets or chairs. Candy, popcorn, soda and water will be provided for sale. The Tragedy of Hamlet is a summer production you won’t want to miss.