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"half penny playhouse" Discussed on Life is Short with Justin Long
"I imagine you know Martin Short that you guys together must be just incredibly entertaining How often do you see him? Are you close with him? Everyone wants to be closed About Ob. When I was in La, I was in la for seven months making a penny dreadful city of angels. So my husband and I had a wonderful dinner with him and and you know we talk on the phone from time to time but he's know he's also been very busy with he Steve Martin. Right? They've been touring literally touring up to the last minute before the shut said the in in Ireland England doing their their show which is. Hilarious. Is this your first season on penny dreadful? Yes. This is the first season. It's a new iteration under the any dreadful title the ones that Josh Hartnett had previously starred in that's and that's a whole new cast. Yourself included you can't wait to talk about it. Just to go back really quick. When you did then Nathan decide to pursue theater acting Did you move directly to New York was that was that the path that see most obvious I received a drama scholarship to. This place Saint Joseph's College in Philadelphia. I remember auditioning for it and getting this promise dollar should we had no money for college and so I was getting a government loan student loans in this scholarship and then I went. To the first day I, had my bags were put in the room and I went in and they told me that owed them more money. I was going to have to take out another loan to help hey, for college and I guess I found this very upsetting this is a long time ago and my brother Dan was with me and he could see how upset I wasn't. He said well, listen you know there's no law that says you have to go to college right now you could take some time off, get a job in work and make some money. So you're not concerned about all these student loans and I said okay. Let's go I bags, I, went home, and then someone some sinister family connection. Got Me a job as a bail interviewer at the seventh precinct in Jersey city bail interviewer. Bail interviewer in which I would do the paperwork with the court clerk and at see if the person being arrested could be released on their own recognizance. And I would have to fill out the paperwork. So people who are being arrested. One to me. Why would have to ask them if they owned any real estate? All my guy talking about character study and I did this for about a month and then I had previously worked for a little Non Equity Theater Company at the half Penny playhouse that was in residence at Uppsala. College. In East Orange New Jersey and they put together a little musical review. For. The upcoming bicentennial. About the history of New Jersey Cold Years Jr.. And and so that was sort of my first job out of ALMO- it's like waiting for government. It's a little like waiting. and. We toured all over the state doing a doing this little musical chand every day playing the children and. But Professional I mean, technically you're making money doing was making money and then and then eventually I got my equity card because they also put together a musical revue about the metric system. Applause they. There was some talk of perhaps America was going to go metric. Course. Never do that. We could net unless the show is ahead won't stay inside little learn the metric system. But nowadays time musical revue gold one for good measure and. That's how I got my actors Equity Card, and by then I had moved from Roth afraid to Manhattan I read when that happened there was a Joseph. Lane right. There was already a Joseph Louis. There was already a Joseph Lane and actors equity and they said you you're GONNA have to change your name and I said and they you. You can take some time just about him vice did know just give me a minute. I went and I sat on a bench in limb and I had done. At that point I done summer stock non-equity Stock I. Worked at a place called the What was it? The Mac Hayden Theater in Chatham upstate new. York Chatham New York and. They did musicals eight musicals in eight weeks in August. It's near the Red Barn is at the Red Barn. Maybe now I don't know whether it's still exists or what had. It's So I did I had worked there and I've done a lot of shows and and and I had also done a non-equity production of guys and dolls where I played Nathan Detroit and I think I was twenty one at the time. And So I, I had always loved this character of point and the name, and so I I said, okay I'll be native way. It's got a great ring to it. And then how thrilling Nathan was it to play that part on Broadway years later? Yeah unbelievable. Agreed come true that that happened is I I really I so love that show. I just think it's one of the greatest musical ever written. And it was Yeah. I. I Yeah. It's an amazing thing that happened who does call you Joseph or Joe I my brothers call Dan. Yeah Usually they'll say Nathan. It must be weird for them. You know there's like Oh tation mark surrounded when they ha-. Maybe. When they think you're being like too much of an actor diva your Nathan Nate. Yeah. But now they still call me Joe how quickly once you're in New York do things start happening and are you nervous I mean I know you have your equity card and all that and you've done summer stock you've you've been making money doing accurate I imagine you you know not that quickly. I can remember of starving sharing an apartment with a woman I worked with in summer stock. You know sleeping in the living room and and. You know I can remember coming home. They would have like a market of fruit market you know A. And like stealing a A great group. I was hungry. A BLUEBERRY What? Just to. Ask I. Had done. You know I was doing on jobs like. Telegrams and. All you did singing telegram selling things by phone in Oh TV guide. Little. It was a thing called a bowl worker. The ISOMETRIC. Say you've Uniprix your your chest your Maytham is naming i. have to tell everyone this this move. Now I'm doing it so about it was a plastic thing you. Sell that I? Imagine you'd be good at. Phone. I had to use a Harris surveys. So I I I did things a little off Broadway. But A it. took a long time and what happened was At a certain point done a little off off Broadway review and I worked with.
"half penny playhouse" Discussed on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast
"It or depressed attempted suicide or this is a great way to start. This interview is better than ending it. This way. No way speaking he can give suicide. Yeah so like how did she live long enough to get level with the medicine or what. Yes that's really. Yeah she we we were. My brother Danny moved us to Rutherford is after I finished high school here thinking change of scenery might help there and she was In a really bad place and would come and she caused She went to the local church. Yeah and caused the scene. In what way well she she was a hold of. This is a really podcasts. She she had thing halfway podcast. It was it was a priest here at one time in her life and she imagined that he he was around and that he was on the altar and she you know. showed up at a nightgown in a raincoat and lit up a cigarette. Walk down the aisle during like a high mass or something. Oh yelling winging priests on the altar thinking he was this priesthood at one time been in her life. And I think this is gonNA sound Out like Fatty Hurst's novel but when my father was away during World War Two yes She had A. I don't know whether it was a full out affair. But she fell in love with his young priest guy who was studying for the priesthood. This happens I think his name was Lloyd. lacomb it's you know the name. Yeah 'cause because she used to talk about him Oh wow so she made does yes and so she thought he was Lloyd the Communist screaming at him and then this made the local paper and then they took her to this hospital. There was a manic break. Kind of deal. Yeah I mean it was just I mean an episode. Yes yes and she was very mannequin. And finally she It was diagnosed as manic depression and they put her on lithium and then that kind of knocked it down. Well it it you know. She received leveled it leveled off. So they were things than better with you guys Yes yes yes it was. It was better. I mean she was always How long did she difficult person to make happy? Yeah well that's it sounds familiar. Yeah Yeah but but not as dramatic. I found that my parents my dad was a bit on the bipolar side. My mom was pretty self absorbed orb was it was never making them happy. I just knew that it wasn't quite enough. It wasn't like that. Actually that's true with my my father. My mother used to say to me like why would you go upstairs and make them laugh. You the only one who can long. Oh that's pressure and that pressure to sure very moving but it's horrible and then I ended up in comedy. Of course yes. Moore's I ended up in making people laugh and resenting them for laughing laughing come on. That's that sort of you know the people don't you love the audience. I ever I definitely I have a love. Hate relationship with audiences always have so. When did she was she able to see your success? How would you pass I I? She was eighty four so she had seen a few things. Yes and that's great. Yes absolutely no is. It was wonderful all that she got to see that. And that that you think you were good then she would always say she you know she would say things like it. Would it would be some big Broadway. Opening night would say it was very cold in the theater. Ah She would say she always used to say to me. I'm not saying this because I'm your mother on saying it because it's true you were the best. What's what's the best one you would the best one That's nice so your parents. Your brothers are like a decade eight older. You're you're you're next oldest brother like that much older. Yes Oh yeah yeah so they. It was the mistake that they were. But you were able to at least see we some way of getting older through them. You know what I mean like they. They were grown. When you were young like I mean but when you were fifteen brothers This twenty-five yes. Yeah they were. You know. I think my brother Danny in particular he was the oldest I think he he felt a responsibility in some way to be the father. Fear and to look out for me and but which is I think partly why he for for summary. You might have been this I whenever I was about ten or eleven had guests and they took me out to throw a football around. I think there are many things at play on this day. And so they're throwing me the football and I'm tr- you know and I'm catching it and you know it's it's but it's is not going well and then finally a pound my brother Bobby always tells me this story he always brings it up. Yeah says and you call us over and you very seriously salie handed us the football season. Listen I'm not a sportsman Nossa Salad Ted. Who says says sportsman less? You're like in Victorian Times. Anyway that's what I said. That was so. That's what you said when you came out I am not as uh-huh yeah I know and it still wasn't enough. How how do I have to be? They were all upset. That I I. Yeah I was interviewed once and I said the by a bastion of Integrity AAs magazine. If I was gay I said at the time I said I'm forty single and I work a lot in the musical theater. You do the math. What are you need flash cards and of? It still wasn't enough. They they wanted a word. So Yes my brother was my brother. Danny who really sort of who took me to theater in New York and when when you were younger though we're were you interested in it or were you like doing it in high school or uncomfortable. I I just uncomfortable No I I was veracious reader and I Because of this being being exposed to theater I joined a play of the month club called the fireside theater. These descend me plays and Remember the first play I got was the odd couple by Neil Simon when you were in high school Yeah so even younger. The actual wasn't even before high school I was reading. Plays blaze bike from French. Is the actual play scripts now with this. Was The you know the sort of published. Okay wasn't the sort of that yet. The Samuel French stuff. Yeah until that came later but one of the first ones you remember reading was the odd couple the odd couple and Eugene O'Neill so you know the iceman cometh and so this is stuff you read when you were a kid and you end up being in year. There's a prophesy yeah really Simon Gray Simon. I'm in great play Butley. Yeah a lot of these things. He took me Dan. My brother Daddy took me to see Alan Bates in Butler on Broadway and it was good. It was it was a classic Simon Grade play and it was very funny. I don't know enough about theater. Yeah he's a British wonderfully I think under appreciated gated British writer. Play quarter means terms which was a big success and I did a play of his eventually called the common pursuit off Broadway like British comedy in general too. I like British comedy in general. I like a all kinds of comedy. I really like British comedy. Yeah because because there's right well there's this specific tone like you know like if you do the producers you do the odd couple you do The forum report classically Jewish written stuff. There's a role sure. Yes doesn't that have their. I mean you've done you've done two things that I think Eczema Stelle started yes. That's right. Isn't that right sure. Yeah but But like there's a piece to it that there's a and you can do it like you know you can do it as is good as a Jew I that is high praise indeed. Well I think it must be the Jersey thing or I don't know what yeah. Yeah now I know. It's I played many Jewish character and people because I changed my name to Nathan. They they thought they just assume they assume that I'm Jewish. So he had to deal with that your entire theatrical careers old Jewish women coming up to you. You're very good. You're a real Manche. We are something you WanNa be my daughter Rachel. Oh sure I do remember a woman. Say that after guys and dolls dolls saying you were very good and And as you know and I could tell she was so thinking about her I just said Oh. Yeah I as she said An. I saw Sam levied and I said Oh I wasn't better than Sam Levine. And she said no come on. That was Samm Levine. Very Good Sabal. Don't get don't get ahead of yourself. That's right I'll get too so big the bridges so you're going to theater when your kid 'cause you brothers Takin. He gave her to apparently yeah. Or was he just trying China. You somehow say this kid's going to be an actor. He's got something. Nobody was friends of his. Were putting on a play in in college and he volunteered. My services was the first time I acted because they were they. Were doing this play where they needed a a a kid to show up in the second act and do words words of short scene and so he said My my brother will do it and he came home and told me that I would be doing this so I was in I was in. This is play was a frank. Gilroy play cold who'll save the plow boy and you were the plow boy no But I had to. I was brought on and it was in Jersey a Jersey a Jersey City state college and I heard you do you came on. Well I I got some laughs. Yeah and then I was drunk with power and then and I just remember. They had an opening night party but I was they. I was too young to go. I was sent home a mere. I was really upset about that then. I could go the opening night party because I was a part of the cat. How old are you? I was very indignant. I duNno nine ten. Why can't I I have no idea about already with the adult? That's right But so do you think that's where you got the bug to do it. Sure really yeah. And also reading about you know I was fascinated by The Algonquin roundtable. You know waiting alcoholics and yet in New York just across the river seem so exotic. That's known wild to be in in Jersey City. No that was just over there so close and yet so far right yeah. Do you ever think about that. Like you only made it across the river and then when I would go to New York to see plays in New York as a kid I would. I would think I could never live here. It's terrify so you leave Jersey easy city where you where do you. How do you start acting plays in high school and then I was going to go to Saint Joseph's College in Philadelphia I had I had for college? We had no money so I got a drama scholarship and my brother Daddy drove me there and I was you know I had a government loan student loan and And then they told me that I owed them more money and I was going to have to take out another loan or something and this was very upsetting to me and my brother said well look you know if you're that upset you said you could take a year and and work and make money and you'll have have to go to college right now and I don't think he was expected to be to say okay. I said okay. I'm not going to go. We went back could gut the bags out of the room and I went back to Jersey City and again whoever somebody somewhere someone got me a job as A. Ah a bail interviewer Anyone who was arrested in Jersey City was brought to me and I would have to fill out the paperwork for the court clerk to see if he would determine whether they be released on their own recognizance really. Yes that was it. I did this for about three weeks job. There was John. It was a Bale Bale interviewer at the seventh precinct. And Jerseys they remember your dad or something. I don't know but it it was I. I don't even remember how this this came about but yes people will be brought in screen making company Blood D- Own any real estate was was terrible. Must have been scary barrels scary. Yeah three weeks you lasted lasted. I lasted three weeks. I had worked with a theater company. Cold the half penny playhouse. Where's that it was it was in?.