THUR. SEPT 8, 8PM | “Becoming ‘Satchmo’” Discussion with Actor Craig Wallace, moderated by Artistic
Craig Wallace is a prolific actor and director, known as one of the best actors in DC. His D.C. credits include Roundhouse Theatre: Permanent Collection, Tabletop, The Little Prince; Folger Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Othello in Othello, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and Measure for Measure; The Shakespeare Theatre Company: Numerous productions includingThe Marlowe, Roman Reps, and Romeo and Juliet; Ford’s Theatre: Jitney and Sabrina Fair; Arena Stage:K2, All My Sons, The Great White Hope, and HotnThrobbing; Signature Theatre: Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2 (Helen Hayes Award nomination for Part 2); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Last Orbit of Billy Mars, Tommy J & Sally, Our Lady of 121st Street, and Starving; Everyman Theatre: Cherry Orchard, The Soul Collector (world premiere). Craig has worked at several theaters across the country, including Shakepeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He received training from Howard University, B.F.A.; The Pennsylvania State University, M.F.A.; and Royal National Theatre, London.
Actor and star of "Satchmo at the Waldorf" Craig Wallace joins Mosaic Theater artistic director Ari Roth and actor Jeremy Keith Hunter after the performance.
Craig talked about the reasons for taking the parts of Louis Armstrong, Joe Glaser, and Miles Davis, and the challenge of playing three seamless characters in a one monologue piece. Craig also talked about what it was like for him to learn about Armstrong, an icon his parents knew much more than he ever knew.
Craig also talked about the challenge of artists in general to balance pleasing the audience and presenting the art they want to create, how do you not get ahead of your fans while pushing the envelope.