Men on the Brink: Kevin Hauver & TJ Jenkins

THREE BITES OF THE APPLE:
A Rep of plays by Off-Off B’way leader, Robert Liebowitz
October 19 – 30; Tuesday – Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.; Sundays @ 3:00 p.m. American Theatre of Actors, 314 W 54th St, New York City. Email JMAE.Events@gmail.com for tickets and additional information.

Liebowitz’ plays each feature a man on the brink. Life has pushed them just so far.

Bus Ride Home (two Brooklynites explore their dysfunctional lives); Grande Grande (young lesbian medical student vs. angry old man); Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Liebowitz’s flagship play, celebrated with awards and a legit off-Broadway contract run in 1997, depicts the last few weeks in the life of degenerate gambler Allie Neiterman. A character based on his father. 

Kevin Hauver faces the future of the world in Grande Grande
Ken Coughlin looks death and life [in that order] in the face in Bus Ride Home
and TJ Jenkins stands at the edge of the cliff watching a tiger head straight for him in the classic, COULDA WOULDA SHOULDA. 

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We spoke with two of these three
(Ken is the technical director of the
American Theatre of Actors complex
and couldn’t get off the ladder):
 

 

 

We hear a lot about inspiration – or Muse – that drives an artist. What inspires you?

Hauver: I think my becoming an actor is directly related to listening to rock and roll records on vinyl when I was a kid. I think then the seed was planted that I wanted to be on stage in my life as well. So listening to those Kiss records on my stereo as a youngster influences me to this day. That and the immediate sense of approval, or disapproval, that comes with live theatre something I crave.

Jenkins: The inner voice  that inhabits my soul &   the inspiration of the written word”

Tell us about your play … 

Hauver: The character I play certainly speaks to me. The thought of existing in a world that was once mine, or so I thought, and having it slip away through my fingers is something I am certainly all too sensitive to. I suspect I am not the only one in that regard.

What do you want most in your chosen profession? It’s OK to say “fame” or “wealth.”

Hauver: Love, romance, human connection, life. And fame and wealth.

Jenkins: The embrace of an audience.

Sally Field and Paul Newman both said of their profession… “it’s all I can do.” Is this all you can do?

Hauver: I am actually the kind of person that can participate in a wide variety of things to some degree. This has been a great blessing, although it has contributed to my not being the most focused person on the planet.

Jenkins: Hell no-There a a myriad of things  to do, mostly concerning the advance of humanity.

Along those lines, if you couldn’t so this, what would you do?

Hauver: With regard to my having a large variety of interests, and I hope a few talents, perhaps I am in the perfect profession. Even if I can’t decide what I want to be when I grow up, as an actor get to be all these things at least for a little while.

Jenkins: Further help for the homeless particularly American Veterans

Last words? 

Hauver: If you are still playing the game, you are winning.

Jenkins: Love-Peace☮

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