David Towne is a Chicago based actor, originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is pleased to be returning for his second show with Cuckoo’s. His favorite theatre credits include STOP KISS (George) (TCTP), COLUMBINUS (Prep) (Loyola University Chicago), and THE LION IN WINTER (Richard) (Skokie Theatre). He thanks his friends (imaginary and real), his parents, and teachers at Acting Studio Chicago.
Get to know David! :
TCTP: In the play, Megan learns about Japanese Mizuko shrines. What is one of your favorite myth/story/belief from another culture or religion?
DT: The druids of what is now Great Britain and Ireland believed in “thin places”where the distances between different planes of existence (dimensions, spirit worlds, afterlife, etc.) are shortest. This allows for one to feel the energy of other souls around them. I don’t consider myself religious, but in traveling, I have enjoyed these places and the peace they bring.
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?
DT: Yes, going from the heavily structured, collegiate environment to the working actor world. I’d feel most at home when I had projects to work on, but when they finished or I was ahead of schedule and had free time I would feel guilty and stress myself out about not working, only to end up over-extending myself later on.
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?
DT: Friends often come to me asking for fitness advice, and I find myself asking others for life and career advice. I don’t claim to be an expert, but nutrition is very important to me and I want to help more people be aware of it. When I ask others for advice I’m a sponge, so I listen to everyone and try out different things to see what works.
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?
DT: I do not find myself betrayed frequently, but when friends and loved ones fail to follow through on promises or plans I give them the benefit of the doubt and try not to take it personally.
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?
DT: Working retail at (insert name of beach-themed young person clothing brand) through high school and college breaks. The music was deafening, the store reeked of cologne, and it was so dark we communicated via sonar.
Come see David 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
Get Tickets Here: http://waterchildren2017.brownpapertickets.com/