Full given name: Paul Bohdan Proczko
Song: "We Beseech Thee"
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago.
Special skills: I have been playing piano for 14 years, and I grew up speaking Ukrainian fluently.
Something you're REALLY bad at: I'm really bad at the game Risk. So bad, that when I was younger I thought I was really good. Then, when I'd lose a dice role, I would fold the game board to ruin the game for everyone else. So bad, that after teaching someone how to play, I would lose our first game. Bad. I know now. And I enjoy playing, even though my defeat is certain.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? My friend Connie Ford, who directed most of my high school shows, was the first person to tell me i should be an actor. Well, she actually YELLED, swearing, that i should be an actor. She was like that. She died my senior year of college, but she's with me every time I perform.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: Go see my friend Michael Kingston in 33 Variations at Timeline Theatre, playing at Stage 773. It's about Beethoven music, and it's beautiful. I laughed. I wept. Hard.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: Andersonville
Favorite show tunes of all time: "The Light in the Piazza"
Favorite musical: The Light in the Piazza
Favorite play: Doubt
Your personal acting idols: I'm inspired by Luciano Pavarotti. His voice conveyed great subtly and emotion. I am also inspired by Steve Carell; he can do no wrong. Hilarious AND touching.
MAC or PC? Mac
Most played song on your iPod: Alternating "The Light in the Piazza", "Lux Aurumque" by Eric Whitacre, "The River Cam" by Eric Whitacre, and "Silent Noon" by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Must-see TV show(s): Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Archer, and Parks and Recreation
Last good movie you saw: Date Night
Some films you consider classics: Moonstruck, Young Frankenstein, Star Wars (4-6), The Lion King
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Pavarotti, if he were alive :(
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Robyn and The Scissor Sisters
Three favorite cities: Chicago, Louisville, Toronto
First stage kiss: Guys and Dolls in 7th grade. I was Sky Masterson.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Singing in a Sondheim showcase with a few professional singers in 7th grade. A love for beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics was born.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I always warm up my whole voice. No matter if I'm singing bass, or not singing at all.
Worst costume ever: I sang a diet version of "I Hear Bells" in a production of Starting Here Starting Now which ended in a gay kiss. Either because the costumer hated everything or because she wanted the gay men in the show to seem as harmless as possible, we were clad in high-waisted pleated cadet blue pants and poop colored cardigans. We looked awful.
Most challenging role you have played onstage: I understudied ALL ELEVEN of Joseph's brothers in Joseph... and I was external, so I only went on in emergencies. I had to go on only once, and even after learning every dance move and watching the majority of performances I was flying by the seat of my pants.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: George in Sunday in the Park with George
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Margaret in The Light in the Piazza
Three things you can't live without: Coffee. Music. Pizza.
"I'll never understand why…": Anyone wants to go sky diving. That's terrifying.
See Pavi (@PaviProczko) in The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
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