Full given name: Justin Harner
Where you were born/where you were raised? Effingham, Illinois
Your role within the Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls family: Martin
How would you describe your character? Martin is like Pinocchio gone wrong. What happens when a dog enters the human world? He's excited and fascinated and has this new body and voice. He can interact with the world, but he can't interact with people. His greatest wish has left him with one foot in the human world and one paw in the dog world. I went there, and I won't take that back.
In 5 words, how do you describe Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls: You'll think about it later.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Faking conversations about sports. "Yeah, I saw the White Sox play at Soldier Field once. It was great." Yes, that was said, by my mouth.
Special hidden talent: I can burp on command.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: Big Love by Charles Mee at Strawdog
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: Uptown
Favorite play: Thom Pain (a play based on nothing) by Will Eno
Your personal idols: David Bowie, Marina Abramović, Tom Waits, Sam Rockwell
Most played song on your iPod: "Next Year, Baby" by Jamie Cullum
Who would play you in the Lifetime movie about your life: [insert current Disney wunderkind child], when he decides to snag a 'legitimate' role after his latest arrest, not realizing the role demanded that he mostly stare pensively out of windows and avoid eye contact with attractive people on the El.
Must-see TV show(s): American Horror Story, season two (you don't have to watch the first one!). It's everything you want out of Ryan Murphy: completely inconsistent conventions, angels, Satan, and an occasional musical number. Unpredictability at its finest.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I CANNOT get enough Steely Dan.
Three things you can't live without: Piano, running shoes, and an expensive-looking watch.
"I'll never understand why…": ...anyone would ever wait in a line. Go make your own fun.
Brown Paper Blog
Making theatre. Writing about it. Maybe some hilarious Youtube cat videos in between.