The Cast and Crew of Paper City Phoenix! #3


We recently spoke with our Props designer and another actor in Paper City Phoenix. Read on to learn a bit about them and why you should see this fantastic show! SOWHITETympanic: Who are you and what drew you to become a props designer?

Robert: Robert Shoemaker and Props is one of the hardest jobs in theatre, largely because it receives less attention than it should for the amount of time put into a show. No complaints, though- I've had tons of fun as a props designer, both for Tympanic (BLUEBERRY TOAST and PAPER CITY PHOENIX) and other companies like New American Folk Theatre and Redtwist. I initially started as a way to get involved in the storefront scene, and stayed for the joys of making really weird things, like prop dead dogs and prop fingers...

Tympanic: What inspiration did you draw from for the design in Paper City Phoenix?

Robert: PAPER. I needed to collect tons of paper, and present it in different ways. For instance, Paul's binder is actually full of the actor's information from the internet- IMDB, LinkedIn, Facebook- to maintain some authenticity and to reinforce the power the internet has over us today.

Tympanic: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

Robert: Omnipresence- because one can never be in too many places at once!

Tympanic: How would you communicate with others if social media didn't exist?

Robert: I try to limit my usage of the social media black hole, but if it didn't exist, I'd love to go back to letter-writing and snail mail. Doesn't everyone love getting letters- and postcards?

Tympanic: Why should people see Paper City Phoenix?

Robert: If there were one thing I would say about PCP and why to see it, I would say that the use of design in the space is UNREAL. The combination of multiple tech elements needs to be seen to be believed, and it's all only a few feet away from the audience. #strobestrobestrobe


Tom_Carr-228-Edit_Web_No_BordersTympanic: What’s your name and who are you in Paper City Phoenix?

Tom: Tom Dacey Carr, and I play Sal, the leader of the New Luddite Order.

Tympanic: What drew you to the script?

Tom: The script's central theme is about communication and how we as humans do that in the modern world. It's about where we succeed but also how we fail even as we use more and more sophisticated tools to reach out to others. As an actor all we try to do is connect. That core theme is extremely powerful to play at and then the sci-fi shenanigans are just plain fun.

Tympanic: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

Tom: Selfishly it would have to be to fly. I think flying is one of the most amazing things we get to do in the modern world. I should have been an astronaut or a pilot.

Tympanic: How would you communicate with others if social media didn't exist?

Tom: Talk. I'm old enough to remember how that was done.

Tympanic: Why should people see Paper City Phoenix?

Tom: It's two hours of solid entertainment that makes you go "huh" (after all the giggles are said and done).


Paper City Phoenix by Walt McGough directed by Rebecca Willingham

April 15tthrough May 8th Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m.
The Alley Stage (4147 N. Broadway St.)

Get your tickets here!