We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! We are so excited to welcome back Matthew Gall to our upcoming production, Misalliance!
1. What is your role in Misalliance?
I play Bentley Summerhays, the bright (but often very difficult) son of Lord Summerhays, engaged to Hypatia Tarleton.
2. What is your favorite thing about your character?
Bentley uses his petulance as a weapon instead of a weakness. He’s done very well for himself by refusing to grow up.
3. What’s your favorite thing about acting?
I’ve always relished the opportunity to learn more about myself and how to be a better person through the stories of other people. I become a smarter, more well-rounded person after dedicating time to a character in a story.
4. What are you most looking forward to in this production?
This will be my first time working with Barbara Zahora as a director, and I’m very eager to discover the new dynamic she’s bringing to ShawChicago.
5. If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
Silly; Layered; Absurd
6. What’s your favorite food/s?
I can’t resist an aromatic stir fry or a giant plate of scrambled eggs filled with all kinds of meat, cheese, and vegetables.
7. When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
I’m an avid hiker, biker, and runner. I love to take outdoor trips around the country for hiking and white-water rafting.
8. Who’s your biggest inspiration?
I continue to find myself drawn to the work and philosophies of Ethan Hawke, who, throughout all of his successes and failures, is constantly challenging himself and his audiences, and is always demanding improvement and growth in his body of work, both in his performance and in his writing.
9. What is your favourite play and why?
Speed-the-Plow is a gut-punch of raw energy, rage, passion, verbal gymnastics, and people being awful to each other. It’s got almost everything you go to the theatre for.
10. Anything you want to say to the audience?
Shaw’s plays are uniquely designed to dialogue directly with the audience. Shaw will ask you throughout how you feel and what you’re thinking. Thank you for coming to participate in his great philosophical debates with us!