We are continuing our series, spotlighting the artists involved in The Actors’ Group production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which will be running from March 6-29th, 2015, at the Brad Powell Theatre.
Meet Alan Picard, who is appearing in his 8th TAG production in 8 years. His first was Shadowlands, at the Yellow Brick Theater in 2008, and his most recent was Glengarry Glen Ross in 2014. He enjoys being in the thought-provoking shows that The Actors’ Group produces on its intimate stage, and working with talented actors, directors, and stage crew. He has also been on stage at KCC, HPU, ACT and DHT. Among past favorite roles are Pastor Manders in Ghosts and Reverend Tooker in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at TAG; MItch in A Streetcar Named Desire and Dr. Dysart in Equus at KCC: Charlie in Aloha Rosie’s and Avram in Fiddler on the Roof at HPU.
Alan may be the only graduate of the school of UNH-UH. He began his college career at the University of New Hampshire and finished it at the University of Hawai’i. In between, he served 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. A United Airlines employee for over 32 years, he retired in 2003. He ran his first Honolulu Marathon in 1977, and has completed every one since.
Acting in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is important to Alan because he has seen most of the August Wilson plays at TAG and been fascinated by the depths of the characters and the complexity of their lives. Getting to be part of the 10th and final TAG installment of Wilson’s “Century Cycle” is both an honor and a huge challenge.
What is most compelling about the character of Ma’s manager, Irvin, is that he thinks he has control, and “handles” situations and people, when in reality he can barely control himself and is constantly juggling to keep his own world from falling apart.