|Rainn Wilson and Lee Mark Nelson in|
Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Rainn had great things to say about his time at the old Guthrie and the new facility, and commended Joe Dowling's leadership in bringing it to life (even if he did compare him to the Lucky Charms Leprechaun). He also joked about the annoyance of the thrust stage and having to include the people on the sides. There were a few people sitting there, and he directed them to other open seats so that he wouldn't have to worry about them. He's very funny and quick-witted (despite never having done improv or stand-up) and would go off on tangents or get distracted by things or people in the audience. He gamely answered many questions from the audience, everything from audition tips to "do you hang out with your co-stars." Rainn ended the afternoon by encouraging everyone to support the Guthrie and local theater, a sentiment with which I heartily agree!
I saw several Guthrie actors in attendance at this event. Local actor supercouple Kris Nelson (Arsenic and Old Lace, Ten Thousand Thing's Doubt) and Tracey Maloney (God of Carnage) walked in just in front of me. Later I saw Kris' brother Lee Mark Nelson (still bald after playing Daddy Warbucks in Annie at the Children's Theatre, he also starred in Master Butchers Singing Club last fall) talking to Hugh Kennedy (Arsenic and Old Lace). Last but not least, Captain of the Pinafore and The 39 Steps' Richard Hannay, aka Robert Berdahl, was also in the audience.