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INTERVIEW WITH DAVID ADKINS
September 11, 2012, 9:00 am
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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE CAST OF HOMESTEAD CROSSING: INTERVIEW WITH DAVID ADKINS

Homestead Crossing premiered at MRT on Sunday, and David Adkins, the actor playing the character Noel, gave some insights about his role in the show.

Tell us about your character in Homestead Crossing

Noel is successful man in middle age who has stopped asking “what’s next in life…” He has become comfortable, even sedentary, and is surprised to find he was waiting for something to make him feel alive again.

How do you relate or connect with your character?

I’ve encountered times in my life where I’ve stopped asking “what’s the next challenge?” There is a saying: “do something that scares you” I think it’s important to shake things up once in a while… in a good way…

Lesley Shires and David Adkins in Homestead Crossing. Photo by Meghan Moore.

What attracted you to audition for this role, and what was the process like?

I didn’t audition. I worked with the director Kyle Fable and the writer Bill Donnelly on his last play “No Wake” and jumped at the chance to work with them again. The process proved to be just as exhilarating as the last time. Being in a room with talented people you like to work with is a blessing. And I especially wanted to work with my partner of many years, Corinna May.

Why do you think audiences will enjoy and connect with Homestead Crossing?

Well, first of all it’s funny… and two, any one who has been in a relationship will see parts of themselves in Noel and Annie, and in Claudia and Tobin…and have a good chuckle… at their own expense.

You have performed in past MRT productions. What are you looking forward to in returning to Lowell?

It’s simple. I really like the MRT organization. They make doing theatre fun, and do challenging, exciting plays. Charles Towers has brought together first rate people and Lowell is a great town. The architecture, the rivers, and the people all mix for a great theatre community and theatre experience for the out of town actor.

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