Actor Bradford Lund is thinking about how hard it is to let go. A lead in Benjamin Brownson’s Beautiful Broken, Lund has thought a lot about the dramady’s themes--the messiness of relationships, peoples’ darker selves. “We hold onto people, things, ideals, disappointments.” Lund says. “There is no formula that can tell you how to move on.” Lund spoke with Our Town about relationships, rehearsal and Chicago theatre.
OT Beautiful Broken is set in the Chicago theatre scene. Why will non actors find the show interesting?
BL We can't help but be caught up in other people's business. Our need to change or inspire change in others is universal, whether our not you're involved in theatre. I also think humans enjoy watching each other being broken down and then built back up.
OT Brownson says the show grew out of a fascination with the messiness of relationships. How does that come through in the text?
BL The text definitely reflects a lot of diagnosing and/or misdiagnosing of relationship issues. It is fascinating to me that communication can be so hard won between couples whose foundation is built upon openness.
OT What aspects of your character do you particularly connect with?
BL I connect with Paul's need to improve the well being of the people around him. He sees the potential for opportunity and change in the lives of his best friend and girlfriend. There have been times in my life that I have chose to avoid dealing with my own problems, and instead project them onto others. Oops.
OT What’s the rehearsal process been like?
BL Playful, safe, and emotionally challenging. Thomas Murray is a very nurturing director. I also consider it a blessing to work so closely with the playwright.
OT What’s the best part of doing theater in Chicago?
BL The wide range of work being produced. There is incredibly brave work being done in some of the city's smallest storefronts. I love Chicago theatre because the vast majority are collaborating for the love of storytelling.
OT Who is your dream audience member?
BL Someone who is listening and being attentive. Someone who is respectful of the actors and other audience members around them.
OT Tips for actors just starting out?
BL Get involved. See shows. Take a class. Be patient. Be humble.
"Beautiful Broken" runs March 29 through April 21. Purchase tickets here.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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