I didn't know Matthew at all before he walked into our audition room this past fall. He came in with a quiet assurance, which was really quite striking. Most actors when they "enter the room" have their most gorgeous smile, firm handshake, and a great, vivacious can-do attitude. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about! There was something else about this guy though ... maybe a little Mr. Darcy thing going on. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about!
And this guy could read! It's rare to see and hear such specificity of language in a cold reading. But when someone nails the image of "cowards whose hearts are all as false as stairs of sand", well, I just had to sit up and take extra special notice. Did you catch that image? Stairs.of.sand. It's powerful. Most people will fly right past it. Not Matthew. I suppose if you yourself are a writer, you are more attuned to such powerful imagery.
So you are in for a treat this February. I'm so pleased to welcome Matthew into the company for The Justice Project. We're all looking forward to getting to know this enigmatic gentleman!
(MERCHANT: Bassanio; MEASURE: Claudio, Justice, Officer)
ADK SHAKES debut
Matthew Castleman has featured in many off-off-broadway productions since graduating from Oberlin College in 2008 with a degree in theatre, playing such roles as Octavius in Man and Superman, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Lussurioso in The Revenger's Tragedy, and the title role in Baal. His study of historical European martial arts has also led him to choreograph fights in a number of plays. When not acting, he has been working on the middle grade adventure novel Popular Clone under the name M.E. Castle, which was released in late January.
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