Meet the team of THE WATER CHILDREN - Joe Liolos (Randall)

Joe is very grateful to be a part of this wonderful production, working with some very great people. Originally from snowy Buffalo, NY, Joe came to Chicago a little over two years ago to study comedy, and expand his acting opportunities. Chicago credits include LANGUAGE OF ANGELS (Billy) (TCTP); FLANAGANS WAKE (Mickey) (Chicago Theater Works); TRUE WEST (Austin U/S) and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (Purdy U/S) (Shattered Globe Theatre). Some other favorite roles include THE LIAR (Alcippe), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Bernard), and a bunch of Irish plays. Joe is also a member of Spuds and Stouts (like them on Facebook!) a three man Irish improv troupe complete with insults and dark humor, all done in an Irish brogue. A big thank you goes out to Marc and Denise for this opportunity, and to all of the lovely people in his life who support him in this crazy career.

Get to know Joe! :

TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?

JL: My favorite myth from another culture is really anything from Greek Mythology. But, if I had to pick just one, it would be the origin of Achilles. The mere fact that Thetis couldn’t just grab his other leg and dip his heel into the Styx just baffles me. But, at the same time, what are the odds? Who the hell gets shot in the HEEL with an arrow?

TCTP: There are multiple times in The Water Children when Megan is at a loss with what to or where to go. Have you ever felt lost or adrift?

JL: I have felt lost several times in my life. It is pretty common in this line of work when things don’t go the way you would like them to go for a long enough period of time

TCTP: Every character in this play shares their opinion and gives advice, whether it's asked for or not. Do people often come to you for advice? Or are you the one who seeks advice?

JL: People tend to come to me for advice more than me asking for it. I am pretty stubborn and don’t ask for help a lot cause I like to think I can handle things myself, but I find that I am much better at helping other people than helping myself

TCTP: Forgiveness is a major theme of The Water Children. When is a time you had to forgive, whether it was another person or yourself?

JL: I had to forgive my little sister for throwing away my Special Edition Pikachu Gameboy Color with Pokemon Yellow when she was 6. I couldn’t find it for awhile, and finally she told me she threw it in the garbage a couple weeks prior. That one stung for a while.

TCTP: The play kicks off with Megan taking an acting gig that she is not exactly thrilled about. What’s a terrible job you had to take, theatre related or otherwise?

JL: The worst job that I have had would have to be working as a cashier at a wholesale club. My boss was a very bitter person, and standing in one spot for six hours is all kinds of awful for me. Having said that, I didn’t HAVE to take it, and it only lasted a few months.

Come see Joe and the rest of the cast of The Water Children, running June 10 - July 8 at The Vault at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building

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