My Production of “Equus”
Excuse me while I shamelessly self-promote.
My name is David McGuff, and I’m an actor.
It may surprise some of you to know that I’m actually a real life person with an approximation of a life. Outside of this blog I have a job in which I get paid to teach theater to youth and direct family shows. Also on the side I head up a small independent theater company that produces mature and provocative plays for the community. Yellow Lab Productions (my production company) next show will be Peter Shaffer’s Equus.
The show will be April 24-26, 7:30 PM, at the VK Garage Theater in Kerrville, TX. For more info you can check out the Kickstarter page here (or keep reading the article) where you can also help be a part of the show.
I’m producing this show, but I am an actor first, and so of course I snag myself a juicy role in every show.
Audiences poured in to watch me be tortured for two hours. And as a method actor I had my foot cut off each night. Problem was it ran for three nights. Night three contained lots of improvisation.
This play was fun because I got to do a lot of drugs on stage. Powdered milk makes the best cocaine substitute. Baking soda burns.
Come for the Tarantino-esque dialogue. Stay to watch me get my brains blown out. And also to see a child crucified on stage.
This play was fun because I kill everyone I love, or they kill themselves because of me. Hooray.
No people were killed in this production.
This is one of the few times I’ve gotten to be a romantic lead. And also funny. I have a habit of only picking very serious shows where I play terrible people. Needless to say, I didn’t pick the above show.
I didn’t pick this one. But I still played an asshole. I have a gift.
My next juicy role will be as Alan in Peter Shaffer’s Equus. I get to be mentally disturbed and murder six innocent horses on stage. I picked this one.
If Equus sounds familiar, that’s because Daniel Radcliffe brought it to Broadway 7 years ago, and many people lined up to see his other magic wand… Or because it was once upon a time a movie starring Richard Burton and Peter Firth.
It wasn’t very good. Equus is made for the theater, and when you remove the representational and surreal aspects of it to ground it in realism, it loses the power and spirit of the show.
Our show, however, will be very good. I’m extremely excited about this production and think that it could be the best thing we’ve ever done. Which brings me to my (two) real point(s) of this blog: you’re invited if you want to come.
And here’s my first role ever on stage:
A little slideshow of some of my roles, because shameless…