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Get a behind the scenes look at THE BOATWRIGHT.

Meet the cast, playwright, and more! 

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Meet Bo Wilson

Full Name: Bo Wilson
Role: Playwright
Education/Training: BA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech; Graduate, National Theatre Institute
Favorite food? Processed sugar. Or Pad Thai. I can’t decide.
Favorite color? Red, and its cousins
If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go? Either New Zealand or Tuscany.
Boat, plane, or train? I love the train. There might not be a train to either of those places….
How long do you think you could go without your cell phone? Forever. I’d miss it, casually, for a day or two, and then I’d feel ten pounds lighter.
What's one of the most interesting home videos you remember filming or starring in? The birth of my daughter, Nora.
Have you ever attempted something new that scared you? Oh, yes. :)
What inspired you to write THE BOATWRIGHT? A pal of mine named Jim Leonard (who’s an incredible writer) and I were trying to hammer out a TV treatment one January, then he had to get back to workk because pilot season was upon him…. we tried again the following January, and again we had to stop… and it occurred to me that we were like a couple of bachelor farmers someplace like Minnesota, filling our time each winter building something unlikely while we waited for the ground to thaw. I had the flicker of a thought “What might those two farmers be building?” and I was off to the races. Of course, in the final version they aren’t farmers, they aren’t peers, and they aren’t in Minnesota… but things never look very much like their initial inspirations.
Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: Escape isn’t easy.
Favorite show you’ve directed? A tie between ANGELS IN AMERICAN and GOD OF CARNAGE (both shows have heavenly beings in their titles, maybe that’s a pattern)
Who inspires you as a playwright? My never-ending fascination with why people do things.
What is your dream show to direct? I have a version of THE SEAGULL that I think might be hysterically funny.
Why should people come see the show? There are incredibly rich lives happening behind so many closed doors, including some of the doors you walk past each day. This play gives you a look behind one of those doors, and if you listen for a moment I think you’ll find yourselves falling in love with Ben and Jaime…and I think that by the end of the show, you’ll wish you could stay with them a great deal longer, because you’ll know them. That’s what Art is for-- helping us know the people behind the door.
Final thoughts: I hope it’s a long time before I have any thoughts that are final. :)

Meet David Bridgewater

Full Name: David Bridgewater

Role: Ben Calloway/The Boatwright

Education/Training: I received my BFA in Theatre from VCU in 1985.  I earned a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from VCU in 2011.

Favorite food? I'm a Southern boy.  Down home food.  Mama's rolls, meat loaf and pound cake.  Barbecue.  If you put barbecue sauce on spare tire I'd eat it.

Favorite color? Black.  Johnny Cash, Hamlet, Zorro, Batman...I mean, come on.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go? My dream vacation is to one day get a little cabin in Alaska and spend my time fishing for salmon.

Boat, plane, or train? I love trains.  My grandfather worked as a coal man on a train.  No better sound than a lonesome train whistle.

How long do you think you could go without your cell phone?  I'm not really a phone guy.  I hate talking on the phone.  I'd much rather meet you for a cup of coffee. 

What's one of the most interesting home videos you remember filming or starring in? Me and a couple of friends made a funny silent horror movie in high school that I have fond memories of.  We killed our Assistant Principal in the last scene with our actual Assistant Principal.

Have you ever attempted something new that scared you? I went back to Grad School in my late 40s and got a degree in Counseling.  I currently work as a Rehabilitation Teacher with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired.  Going from having been a full time professional actor for some 25 years to my current job has been scary, humbling and hard.

What line from the show best describe your character?  "I know it's me. Okay?  It's all my own.  All this...emptiness.  And the world leaks in.  I can either sail across it or drown in it."

Describe your character in 4 words: Wounded.  Resilient.  Wise.  Determined.

Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: Pursuing the horizon.

Favorite role you’ve ever performed? That's almost impossible to answer.  I've been very blessed in my career.  But if I had to answer it would literally be a three way tie: Hamlet, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Lennie in OF MICE AND MEN.

What is your dream role? Ooooh, I hesitate to answer for fear that someone in RVA will get to them before I do, but at the moment my two dream roles are Coleman in THE LONESOME WEST by Martin McDonagh or Ray in BLACKBIRD by David Harrower. 

Why should people come see the show? It's an inspiring story.  Beautifully written and brilliantly directed.  It is a play about hope which I think we all desperately need these days.  It's about overcoming loss, letting go, and moving forward with purpose.   

Meet Tyler Stevens

Full Name: Tyler Stevens

Character: Jaime

Education/Training: BFA Theatre performance from VCU

Favorite food? Italian

Favorite color? Blue

If you could travel anywhere in the world to escape where would you go? Fiji

Boat, plane, or train? Train! I think trains rides are romantic and I get sea sick on boats

How long do you think you could go without your cell phone? If I didn't need it for work, the rest of my life.

What's one of the most interesting home videos you remember filming or starring in? I made lots of terrible videos for school projects in high school, including the worst video interpretation of The Odyssey ever made.

Have you ever attempted something new that scared you? Dieting

What line from the show best describe your character?  Just because I don't know what to do with my life doesn't mean I'm lazy.

Describe your character in 4 words: headstrong, passionate, scared, lost

Without giving any spoilers describe the show in 3 words: relatable, important, unique

Favorite role you’ve ever performed? Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries

What is your dream role? The Tiger in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Why should people come see the show? It touches on topics we all feel but are often afraid to express

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