Alan Brooks - Company Member of Parson's Nose Theater
Alan is a long-time friend of Parson's Nose and has been a company member since 2002. In addition to being seen in countless PNT productions, he's also been around the country, performing at South Coast Rep., The Old Globe, Furious Theatre Co., Asolo State Theater, The Alley Theater, Walnut Street Theater, A Noise Within, Interact Theatre Co., The Theater at Boston Court, GeVa Theater, and The Odyssey Theater. In addition to extensive theater credits, Alan also has well-known television credits including Star Trek:Voyager, The Huntress, High Tide, Legend, General Hospital, and a recurring role on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Q: Where are you from? What was your family like? A: I am a native Californian - raised and educated (through College) in Southern California. I am the first Thespian in my family's history. My younger sister, Linda, did plays in High School and went on to teach Creative Dramatics to young people.
Q: When did you begin acting and how did you get into it? What was your first role? A: I began acting due to a charismatic Theater teacher in High School. My first role was as a dancing tailor in Moliere's The Would-Be Gentleman.
Q: What are your favorite roles you've had a pleasure of playing and why? A: The ongoing work with Parson's Nose remains a highlight for me. Not only is it always a treat to work with such an affable collection of uninhibited, fun-loving professionals - but, the lasting impression that we are able to make on the next generation of Theater-goers, through Lance Davis' clever and artfully-rendered adaptations of the classics gives a redemptive aspect to our efforts that is unparalleled in other areas of the "Acting arena". As regards to specific roles - A favorite was "John Proctor" (opposite wife Dorothy Brooks as "Elizabeth Proctor") in a 40-city tour of West Germany in The Crucible. A great play, a wonderful cast, in the gorgeous large and small cities of Bavaria and the Black Forest in the late Fall. Another terrific experience was the role of "John Barrymore" in the play Barrymore at PCPA TheaterFest. A fascinating study of the great icon of the American Stage and Screen.
Q: When you're not performing, how do you like to spend your time? If you weren't an actor, what other profession would you have liked to explore? A: I teach Acting and direct at America's largest Community College: Mt. San Antonio College. When I was weighing the pursuit of Acting in college, I was also a Scuba diver and seriously considered diving into Oceanography...
Q: Share a story about "the joys of live theater". Either something ridiculous that happened during a show you were in, something you saw in another production, or any other anecdote about things that can only happen in live theater. A: In my experience - there is just something about the combination of children, the holiday, and Charles Dickens that causes things to "happen" during productions of A Christmas Carol. I was in a big production in Milwaukee, and we were supposed to freeze at the end of our scene and the giant revolve in the floor would wheel our set offstage and the next setting (complete with "frozen" actors ready to begin the next scene) into the audience view. Well, of course, one matinee there was a terrible grinding noise and screech of stripping gears and the whole thing shuddered to a halt - halfway revolved. So, after an uncomfortable pause, all the actors "unfroze", lifted skirts, capes, etc. and climbed over the furniture and into the next set or offstage. The audience moved from giggles to applause...
Q: What's the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you personally during a performance? A: Again - A Christmas Carol - I was "Bob Cratchit" and the Christmas Pudding is brought in on fire, to be extinguished by the huffs and puffs of the Cratchit children. However, no one informed us that the prop plaster pudding had been dropped and glued back together (glue is an excellent conductor of flames). We could NOT blow the pudding out and "Mrs. Cratchit" tried to extinguish it with a dish cloth - which burst into flames and threatened to become an inferno, shortly. So, I improvised a line about it being "...a very DEVIL of a pudding!" and whisked it offstage to a fire extinguisher-equipped crew member.
Q: What have you been working on lately? Where can we see you now? A: I was on an episode of the ABC drama series SCANDAL this past season, and will be directing the Fall mainstage production of Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone at Mt. San Antonio College. Also, I recently just shot a summer commercial for Samsung's 'Galaxy S4' phone. You'll be able to see me in it a LOT...hopefully!