Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out editor Matthew Wexler’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. This month we’re stimulating all of your senses with Marc delaCruz, who appears in Transport Group’s premiere of Three Days to See, based on the writings of Helen Keller. You can look, but don’t touch!
Name: Marc delaCruz
Hometown: Seattle, WA
You’re currently appearing in Three Days To See, which explores the world of Helen Keller as portrayed by a diverse ensemble of actors—what was the audition like?
This was an extremely rare (and probably will never happen again) occasion where I didn’t have to audition. I worked with the director, Jack Cummings, on a four-week workshop earlier this year and a couple of months later he asked if I would like to be a part of Three Days to See. I was honored since this is a brand new work that he conceived himself. With Jack directing and Transport Group producing I knew it would be a great, highly original show, and I jumped at another chance to work with them.
If you had to lose one of your senses, which would it be?
Any sense but touch. If I were to lose any of the other senses I think I’d be able to adapt but I couldn’t do without touch. As Helen Keller said, “Paradise is attained by touch; for in touch is all love and intelligence.”
If I wasn’t a performer, I would be:
A baker. I love pies.
Places, Intermission or Curtain Call?
Curtain Call. It is the moment when performers and audiences get to recognize each other and a great reminder of who it is all for.
The best post-show cocktail in New York City is at:
Room Service. Try the Zeed Zaad.
After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to:
Jeepney, a Filipino restaurant in the East Village, for Kamayan night. Every Wednesday and Thursday the food is served on banana leaves with no plates or silverware.
My workout “secret” is:
Swim trunks, speedo or skinny dipping?
Swim trunks! Growing up I spent a lot of time with family in Hawai’i where swim trunks are daily wear.
When I’m looking for a date, nothing attracts me more than:
Wit. I’m a sucker for a wise ass.
My favorite website to visit that you may not have heard of:
People would be surprised to learn that I. . .
can sleep up to ten hours straight.
When I was 10, I wanted to be just like:
My older sister. I always thought she was so cool—highly intelligent but down to earth and really good with people.
Helen Keller is quoted as saying, “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.” Is there a past ‘closed door’ that opened up an unexpected opportunity?
Five years ago I was booked for a show that was unexpectedly cancelled. With nothing lined up, I took some money I had saved up and enrolled in a yoga teacher-training program. At the time I had no idea how much I would enjoy teaching yoga. The experience brought me closer to the practice that is now an integral part of my life and introduced me to the caring, compassionate community at Yoga to the People.
Three Days to See
Transport Group Theatre Company
79 East Fourth Street, NYC
Through August 16
Curious about Transport Group’s production of Three Days to See? Take a peek at the trailer…
Matthew Wexler is the Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @roodeloo.