Ian Gonzalez-Muentener is a Chicago based actor from Florida. Some of his favorite credits include THE HEIDI CHRONICLES (Scoop) (Cuckoos's Theater Project), THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Aegeon/Courtesan) (Stone Soup Shakespeare), and LOVES LABOURS LOST (Berowne) (St. Petersburg Shakes Co.). He would like to thank Marc for this opportunity, and to his mother and friends who support him when he doesn't know how to support himself.
Get to know Ian!
TCTP: Jesse gets in trouble a lot at school. Were you a troublemaker as a kid?
IGM: I got into my fair share of trouble. I graduated grade school with a 3.7 but the length of my disciplinary record made A Song of Ice and Fire look like Goodnight Moon. I may or may not have had a problem with authority.
TCTP: This is a show where characters (and the actors themselves) break the fourth wall. How do you feel about breaking the fourth wall, when you're working on a show? How about as an audience member?
IGM: I often enjoy breaking the fourth wall when it is used appropriately. It is a useful tool to be used comedically or even to make the audience think. That being said you damn well better have a good reason to do so lest it become tacky.
TCTP: What distracts you?
IGM: Oh that's an easy one: everything.
TCTP: In the play Mama has a big decision to make about Jesse’s future. what kind of decision maker are you? You do research? Make a pro-con list? Trust your gut? Something entirely different?
IGM: A lot of my decisions are based off of my gut. When I comes to big things I try to do as much research as I can, but I have never been organized enough to make a pros-cons list.
TCTP: Jesse loves rap. His parents don't love that he loves rap. What kind of music did you listen to as a kid?
IGM: I was not super musically inclined as a child. One of my earliest "albums" I remember owning was the Space Jam soundtrack. After that my next big listening binge was probably the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. I didn't actually start listening to any particular band until middle school when my ma got me a Fountains of Wayne CD. Then I slowly progressed to listening to a lot of ska with Less Than Jake and Streetlight Manifesto being some of my favorites. By high school I was all over the place from movie scores to Radiohead to my burgeoning love for rap. My mother approved of some of these; she was much more of a blues and blue grass gal, and she plays three instruments so she was probably happy that I had finally started listening to music in the first place.
Come see Ian's work in DISTRACTED, running September 8 - October 7 at Prop Thtr.
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