Eric Miinch plays the sinister Roat in our upcoming production of Wait Until Dark.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you do when you’re not rehearsing for Wait Until Dark?
I am a professional improviser and sketch comedian. I can be seen with my comedy troupe, Fratwurst.
I am writing my first one man show. It’s about being too good at lying.
I am training myself to lucid dream.
I read everything.
I brew beer and am pursuing a side career as a brewmeister.
2. How did you hear about the show? What made you want to get involved?
Justin Haigh of Soupcan Theatre informed me of the show. He is a beautiful man.
I always love playing a villain. Roat is a fascinating character with onion like layers. Robert Duvall played him in a very distinct way, but the ambiguity in the character description and the odd demeanour allows an actor to play Roat in a million different ways. And that is bloody fun.
3. What has been your favourite moment in rehearsal so far?
Fight rehearsal and choreography was great. Specifically when I practiced punching with Abby. Being fake punched by a 14 year old girl and fake punching her back is a great way to spend an evening.
4. How do you prepare for playing a role like Roat?
I think my sketch and improv background help me to make quick choices and to play Roat. He appears briefly several times throughout the script and it’s important to make an impression immediately! I also draw inspiration from an uncle of mine who also stole dolls and murdered people.
5. Why should everyone come see the show?
Damn good cast and director. Great production team. It’s thriller and it’s a lot of fun! It will be an intimate space which will serve to heighten the text.
6. Anything else you want to add?
I want to thank Daria, Rudolph, Evan and Josh for all their support and patience during rehearsals! Couldn’t do it without you!
I am writing and directing my first play which will premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July. It is a modern telling of the epic poem, Dante’s Inferno.
More info at http://www.fratwurst.com.
See Eric’s sinister side on stage April 14-16th, tickets on sale now.