..... and presenting ..... TMK!!!!!
... And finally the man of the moment speaks out !!!!! An exclusive interview with TMK... a.k.a. George Schneider....
TMK had some really interesting insights into his character i.e. of George Scheider, the protagonist of the play, Neil Simon as a playwright, theatre in Chennai etc etc.
On being asked what all he did to prepare himself to play the character of George Schneider, he said that they all as a team visited a psychiatrist just to get an idea of what a man who has lost a spouse would go through!! He said that the doctor did a runthrough of the different stages that a person would undergo. Apparently the doctor was able to predict the story line of the play when the character of George, and the situation he was in was described to him. There would have certainly been an added sensitivity to the character of George as he is a writer. A lot of nuances in George and Jennie's characters fell into place after this meeting, says TMK!
TMK also says that a lot of what the character experiences in the play is contrary to what he has experienced in his personal life - much of the 'getting-into-the-character's-shoes' has come from keen observation!!!He had done the same role seven years ago when masquerade performed "chapter two" ... but he sheepishly reminisces that at that time his perception of both the role and life in general were very different and so was his interpretation of the play!He admits that he is able to relate much more to the character owing to the simple fact of having aged a bit more ... "the play just seems much more real this time .... last time it was more of freaking out with the guys... it means a lot more to me this time",he says!
"Each of us are a George Schneider... in Neil Simon's plays, you would always see what he believes in ... its not for just sheer entertainment.. the entertainment comes from the fact that it is so wittily written!! My only words to the audience is that they would definitely see something of themselves in the play..."
Finally, a comment on his co-actors- I have known all my co-actors for so long now and I have worked with them on productions prior to this ... and we are so comfortable with each other that it is both fun and easy to work together!!"