Much Ado About Jeff Boyet

Jeff Boyet in Much Ado

Jeff Boyet as Don Pedro with Martha Wilkinson (Leonata) and Steven Fiske (Claudio) — Photo by Rick Malkin

Jeff Boyet is a familiar face at Shakespeare in the Park. Previously seen as Friar Laurence in 2011’s production of Romeo & Juliet and as Boyet in 2010’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, this year marks the third summer in a row he’s been on our stage (he must like us a lot). Jeff has previously (and will in the future) entertained us on stage with other groups around town including the Nashville Children’s Theatre, Chaffin’s Barn, with the Tennessee Repetory Theatre and Studio Tenn.

Interview conducted by Marketing and Development Intern Blythe Cate.

Jeff’s role in Much Ado: Don Pedro

What would surprise me to know about you?
I am an honorary Kentucky Colonel and performing Shakespeare sometimes terrifies me.

What does it take to be a great actor?
You’ll have to ask a great actor.

Where do you find inspiration?
My Children.

What talent would you most like to have?
Slam dunk a basketball or to play the piano beautifully.

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

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?
Othello

Jeff Boyet as Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet (2011). Photo by Rick Malkin.

Which Shakespeare character would you most like to play?
Iago.

And which do you most identify with?
Romeo because I am a fool for love

What is your most marked characteristic?
Sense of humor

What is your favorite line in Much Ado About Nothing?
Oh day untowardly turned!!

This production of Much Ado is set in the 1940’s. What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about this time period during rehearsals?
How independent many women became when the men were away at war.

How were you introduced to Shakespeare in the Park?
Actors cannot hide from Shakespeare.

What is your favorite picnic food?
Watermelon

Much Ado About Nothing runs through September 16 at Centennial Park. More info here.

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One Response to Much Ado About Jeff Boyet

  1. denice says:

    Jeff Boyet IS a great actor and a great man. Watch him play Don Pedro, and you’ll see what I mean!

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