Much Ado About Patrick Waller

Patrick Waller

Patrick Waller as Benedick.

We’ve already shared with you that Patrick Waller, our Benedick, bears an uncanny resemblance to Gene Kelly. And if you’ve seen our production, or any other featuring Patrick, you know about his wonderfully expressive face, but we thought you’d like to know a bit more about him. He’s a frequent player with the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival and the Nashville Children’s Theatre. Much Ado About Nothing is his second Shakespeare in the Park production with us, the first being 2008’s production of Coriolanus where he played the role of the Titus Lartius.

Interview conducted by Marketing and Development Intern Blythe Cate.

Patrick’s Role in Much Ado: Benedick

What does it take to be a great actor?
An empathetic heart.

Where do you find inspiration?
In the world around me.

Who would you like to engage in conversation (living or dead)?
Abraham Lincoln

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Which Shakespeare character would you most like to play?
Mark Anthony [Julius Caesar]

Benedick (Patrick Waller) and Beatrice (Evelyn O'Neal Brush). Photo by Jeff Frazier

Benedick (Patrick Waller) and Beatrice (Evelyn O’Neal Brush). Photo by Jeff Frazier

And which do you most identify with?
Benedick [Much Ado About Nothing]

What is your favorite line in Much Ado About Nothing?
“For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.”

What would surprise me to know about you?
Friends say I have a bit of OCD but I have no idea what they are talking about.

And most importantly: What is your favorite picnic food?

Just for fun, here’s Gene Kelly performing the title song in Singing in the Rain which Patrick pays homage too in the song and and dance routine for “Horribly in Love” in our Much Ado production!

Much Ado About Nothing runs through September 16th at Centennial Park. For more info, visit our website!

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