Leaving Lannahassee opened this past weekend to raves. We wanted to grab one of the lead actors for a quick chat about the arts before they began their second weekend.
A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, John T. Lewis worked numerous plays, obligatory TV projects, and independent films. Among his favorites are Cahoots at Primary Stages, The Service Project with the Drilling Company and Straight Man at Virginia’s Mill Mt. Theater … and of course, his current success.
We hear a lot about inspiration – or Muse – that drives an artist. What inspires you?
“I’ve always been drawn to projects and stories that provoke thought, make you feel uncomfortable. Not in a twisted, depraved way. But, one that inspires, rouses emotion and elevates the human condition.”
What do you want most in your chosen profession?
“I’ve always seen myself as both an actor and writer. To me they are one in the same, viable outlets of expression. I continue to be inspired by the likes of Jason Miller, Tracy Letts and Danai Gurira – all successful actors and writers.
“Make sure you leave a little piece of you up on stage.”