Ten Questions With…
Stage Director of
The Barber of Seville
1. Where were you born / raised?
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but spent most of my growing up in Northfield, Minnesota. I now live in Minneapolis with my family (wife and three daughters).
2. If you weren’t a director, what profession would you be in?
I would open a brewpub.
3. My favorite opera is…
The Turn of the Screw.
4. My favorite pre/post-show meal is…
Thai Drunken Noodles.
5. People would be surprised to know that…
I once loaned Bill Gates a million dollars (long story, but I’d be happy to tell it). Maybe better is that I once did singing telegrams.
6. What is your favorite song to belt out at the bar / in the car / for karaoke?
“Fly Me to the Moon.”
7. What is your pop culture guilty pleasure?
Game of Thrones.
8. A few of my favorite films are…
Cinema Paradiso, Moonrise Kingdom, Up.
9. If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?
Well, it would all be Barber of Seville right now. Bruce Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome album and a whole bunch of podcasts – Planet Money, Startup, Serial, Radiolab, Invisibility.
10. What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn?
Lyle the Crocodile. It was hot, and if I fell over, stagehands would have to set me back on my feet.
11. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer):
Q: Will you direct a production of Cymbeline for us?
Don’t miss the chance to see Doug’s production of The Barber of Seville, a classic operatic comedy! Performances are April 24 and 26 in Overture Hall. Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.