Wes Martin

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He’s a Shakespeare fan, a one-time Bill Thompson impersonator (he played Wallace in a series of Ladmo-centric plays), and an actor/director who’s worked with practically every theater company in town. In his spare time, Wes Martin is the founder of brand-new Off Center Productions, for which he's currently directing Marat/Sade (see review); here, he ponders Homer Simpson, George Bush, and the perils of a lousy audition.

I knew I wanted to be in show businessbecause at every Christmas Eve celebration I would write and direct a skit, a puppet show, or a variety hour of some kind that my brother, cousins, and I would perform for my extended family.

The worst thing about being a stage director is getting the casting just right. It all hinges on casting. If you mess that up, it's hard to save the show.

Wes Martin
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My worst audition ever was over 25 years ago for Heartland Theatre in Kansas City. I got out about three words of my monologue and heard them say, "Thank you."

If I could be anyone other than myself it would be someone with a lot more money!

It’s not entirely true, but I sometimes tell people that the horrible audition they just gave won't affect them when I cast the show.

The fictional character I am most like is Homer Simpson.

I am utterly terrified of someone finding out I have no idea what I am doing.

I laugh uncontrollably at George Bush, whenever he opens his mouth.

The one thing I absolutely refuse to do on stage has yet to be discovered.

Something I have never admitted to anyone before is I actually can iron my own clothes (don't tell my wife!).

Currently, I am reading Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Like my mother used to say,"Who cares if Pela gave it a bad review, honey? I thought it was a good show!"

 
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