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You and you and nothing but you.

Well I hope you’ve been reading along as we’ve been introducing the cast of our upcoming Messenger No. 4 (Or…. How to Survive a Greek Tragedy). If you haven’t been following along you really should check it out, they’re delightful.

I’ve been asking them about their favorite and least favorite moments on stage because at its heart Messenger No. 4 is about the lengths we go to to create the former and erase the latter (both on stage and in life). Whether those erasable forgettable moments happen because it’s truly bad play or because of cosmic confluence – they never quite leave us… nor do those good moments… whether transcendent performance moments or crises managed with casts you adore.

I want to hear your war stories.

What was your favorite moment on stage?
What moment do you wish you could simply erase forever?

Drop them in the comments here or write a post of your own and link it in the comments below.

and here, a portrait of the artist as a young man as an old man.

Messenger No. 4 – Dramatis Personae –Joey Melcher

Name: Joey Melcher

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Where are you from originally?
Houston, TX

How long have you been in Austin? 1 year

Who are some of the the folks you’re playing in Messenger No. 4?
Rogue Messenger, Orestes, Past Messenger No.4

What was the very first show you did ever in your entire life?
The Castaways. I played a homeless, singing child.

What is the single most fun thing you’ve ever gotten to do on stage?
While doing a children’s show in Houston, I accidentally picked a scab on my face. Classy, right? Well, the combo of sweat and blood streaming down my face and staining my clothes was pretty fun… What? Not the answer you’re looking for?

What moment on stage do you wish you could go back and erase from history?
While playing Cyrano in college, a crew member spilled spirit gum on my hands while reapplying to my prosthetic nose in between Acts. This made it extremely difficult to give Christian the letter Cyrano wrote to Roxanne.

What about Messenger No. 4 are you most excited to be sharing with an audience?
A dude who would never play Romeo playing Romeo.