Interview Mark Price
Mark Price is a versatile and talented performer. He has been in shows ranging from Mary Poppins to the Revival of The Rocky Horror Show on stage and you’ve seen him in Law and Order and Arrested Development on your TV. He was gracious enough to give us an interview. Please enjoy and please visit Mark’s new website to find out the latest on all things Mark Price.
PIAR-Rocky Horror Show has a reputation for getting a bit wild; do you have any stories you can tell us?
One of my favorite stories was rehearsing the show in our underwear....not really sure how it got started, but one day during rehearsals, we were exhausted and pretty delirious. Not even sure how it was initiated, maybe we all took off our clothes to make Alice Ripley feel better during "Touch-a Touch Me," but before I knew it, we were all underwear clad doing a run through of the show.
PIAPIAR-There were a few cast changes through the duration of the production. Who did you find especially exciting to work with, and why?
I ADORED every single member of that original company....Dick Cavette was one of the smartest men I met (his intelligence is mind boggling), Joan Jett was one of the sweetest (and probably the one I was most nervous about because she's such a kick ass rock star), Lea Delaria made me laugh my ass off and I still have close friendships with Kevin Cahoon, Aiko Nakasone, and Deidre Goodwin. It was one of my favorite shows I ever performed in because I had so much fun and the company was pretty close. I left before the turnstile of "guest artists" came into play, but I am glad I got to preserve my memories with that original bunch. Even more relieved I wasn't there to witness one of those replacements for Riff Raff "fluff" himself nightly before his entrances.
PIAPIAR- As an actor did you find it hard to get used to dealing with an audience that screams and throws things?
The audience participation was like the scene partner you never got to rehearse with...it made it interesting, fun, and always kept you thinking on your toes. The only assholes we had were the occasional people who were so smashed, they shouldn't be in public, but they ended up looking like a jack-ass compared to everyone who was there to have a good time.
PIAPIAR-When I came to the show we were told that a lot of celebrities had been to see the show. Did you meet anyone especially interesting while working on Rocky?
Deborah Harry came to see us, who I was fond of...I certainly love her music and she had a great time.
PIAPIAR-You have a very diverse list of theatre credits. What is your all time favorite role? Do you have a dream role you’d like to play?
Riff Raff was definitely one of them, I was like a nun in a convent during the day....couldn't speak much because I had so much heavy singing to do at night, but it was worth it. I was grateful our director Chris Ashley gave me the opportunity to take over after Raul Esparza left.
PIAPIAR- What is your most embarrassing moment in theatre?
All my embarrassing moments involve falling on my ass or running into scenery....I'm pretty clumsy.
PIAPIAR- Many of the Phantoms were understudies as well. I know you’ve played Riff Raff, and was it also Eddie/Dr. Scott? Which did you enjoy most and why?
Riff Raff because it was hard as shit!...hard vocally and a pretty dark place to live in for the duration of the show. But I never get to be the villain, so I was psyched.
PIAPIAR- Though Rocky Horror has a cult following now, the original Broadway production in 1975 closed after only 45 performances. Did the cast feel any pressure going into the show to live up to the cult that Rocky has become?
We certainly had big shoes to fill for a current revival, and the challenges of making it fresh and worthy of reviving, but I wasn't worried once we began rehearsals seeing the UNBELIEVABLE amount of talent in that company, especially once Tom Hewitt sunk his teeth into that role. I have such a talent boner for him!!
PIAPIAR- What was it like to start as a Phantom in the show and then find yourself as one of the featured leads in the Tony Award’s performance?
Grateful and appreciative that our director and producers took a chance.
PIAR- Rocky has an audience that becomes extremely fanatical. Are there any shows that could become your favorite obsession?
I always wish I could go back in time and see original companies of shows that Bob Fosse and Michael Bennet did...I have a feeling I would be a crazy stalker fan of Gwen Verdon back in the day. As far as shows today? I love to see plays since most of my work is in musicals. I had a chance to see Cate Blanchett in Streetcar Named Desire at BAM last December and got to meet her afterwards, it was one of the few times I was speechless...if that was running, I would be a fanatic of that production!
PIAR-Thanks so much for answering our questions for the site. You are a talented performer and we look forward to seeing some very bright roles in your future!
Thanks again for asking me to participate!