• Kevin Broccoli

The Epic Exit Interview: Alvaro Beltran

It's only been one week since our production of "Suddenly Last Summer" closed, but we're only seven days away from opening "Agnes of God." In the words of Ferris Bueller, "Epic, if you don't slow down, this entire place is going to collapse into a pile of chicken costumes." Be that as it may, we still have to do our requisite Exit Interview from "Suddenly Last Summer" and that's why we sat down (sort of, we emailed) Alvaro Beltran, who played Dr. Sugar in the show, to ask him all about his time in the world of Tennessee Williams.

Let's see what he has to say:

1. What's your favorite line from the show?

“I won’t collapse! She’ll collapse! I mean her lies will collapse—not my truth—not the truth...” - Mrs. Venable

2. What other character in the show would you like to play?

Mrs. Venable. Her character is so opposite to who I am as a person; it would be so much fun to play someone not as nice.

3. What did you (suddenly) do last summer?

I was in this little play called The Secret Garden, produced by this pretty awesome theatre and some pretty awesome people. You may have seen it.

4. Do you know how to make a daiquiri?

I sure do. I have a Bartending license after all (although it may have expired by now...).

5. What other Tennessee Williams plays would you like to act in?

I’d love to act in either Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, or A Streetcar Named Desire. Although, if I never get the chance to be in any of those, I feel perfectly fulfilled having played Dr. Sugar.

6. Your co-star Tiny Betsy Rinaldi is going right from this show into "Carrie" at the Academy Players in association with Epic. Did you ever see her try to move stuff with her mind backstage?

I have been sworn to secrecy so no comment.

7. How's your Southern accent?

Not nearly as good as my co-stars, though that would have been a fun challenge. Good thing Dr. Sugar was from Florida.

8. Who are you going to miss the most from the show?

This question is hard to answer because everyone was so awesome! But okay. I’d say Betsy but we’re not getting rid of each other any time soon #chipotledates. So I’m gonna go with Paula because she always had a fun story to share and she is hilarious!

9. What did you learn from working on the show?

That listening and reacting to monologue after monologue on stage is not as easy as it sounds. I’m grateful to have polished this skill thanks to this role and the help from my co-stars and Geoff.

10. Describe the experience in one word.


Photo by Dave Cantelli

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