A moment with Tim Mooney of BREAKNECK JULIUS CAESAR
Why did you choose PortFringe this year?
I’ve been touring for about 16 years now (this is Fringe #59, I think!), and have heard more and more about PortFringe over the past few years. While I generally do a lot of business in the southeastern states, I don’t get up to the northeast very often, and thought this would be a good opportunity to get myself up into that corner of the world!
How was your show born?
This is actually Show #4 of my Solo Shakespeare shows. My first Shakespeare show, “Lot o’ Shakespeare,” featured one monologue from every Shakespeare play (determined entirely at random by the spin of a BINGO cage). The most powerful monologue of that play has always been “Friends, Romans, Countrymen,” and I finally decided it was time to see just how that amazing speech fit into the rest of the play. (It’s even more exciting when you get the full “ramp up” to the speech, through the assassination of Caesar and all that surrounds it.)
What about the world *right now* makes it feel important to be putting this show out into the world?
I think the play has something to say about tyranny, and the most effective manner of ridding one’s nation of a tyrannical leader. (I can’t think of why that might be on anyone’s mind at this point.)
How would you describe your show to your mom?
I’m in a play! It’s all about me!
I wear a toga.
If any famous person could see your show, who would you pick?
Well, I know that he’s not with us any more, but Isaac Asimov. He wrote “Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare” which inspired much of my interpretation. (He’s actually my go-to source for understanding Shakespeare.)
I’ve enjoyed getting to know Will Glenn on the Fringe circuit over the course of several years (he produced a great festival in Tampa!). 2201: A PORN ODYSSEY will probably be my first chance to see him perform live!
Write a haiku about your show!
At a neck-snapping fast rate.
Just one man. Some snark.