Meet the Cast of WHEN SHE HAD WINGS: Johnson Flucker

Can you tell me your name and where you’re from?
My name is Johnson Flucker. My wife and I are empty nesters living in Trumbull, Connecticut. I’m from Pittsburgh originally.

Can you tell me a little bit about the characters that you’re playing in the show?
I play three characters, all of whom interact with the young girl B. The first character I play is her father. He’s a fellow trying to figure out how he can help his daughter transition from age nine to age ten. The second character I play is called “Attendant.”He is a fellow who shows up in the middle of the play looking for a runaway from a facility that takes care of people who have “wandered” inbody and mind.And the last character I play is called “Man.”He is an otherworldly type, perhaps not human, but more of a presence, that acts as a moral force and helps people reflect on realizing their true nature.

What do you like about this show?
Well, I like it on two levels. The easy one to answer is that it’s extremely rewarding to play three contrasting characters. The reason I enjoy being involved in the play generally is because the playwright is exploring a very strong and important storyline with a lot of significance for the principal- my friend Olivia who’s playing the part of B. She’s playing the part of the young girl who’s trying to figure out what’s going on in life. You know many people say that around age nine, they kind of woke up and realized that everything was not just popcorn and Saturday morning cartoons, but relationships are important. And one’s first relationship is with one’s self. I think it’s a very important message for everyone, not just young people. Theatre’s job is to alert the audience with an eye for possible self-examination and transformation.

Is this your first time performing for young audiences?
Yes. I’ve done a lot of plays, most of them have been dramas, musicals, and a solo showfor adults. I do have a long music career that I was involved in before I acted and a lot of that actually involved young singers. I was a choir master for choirs of grades four through eight. So I’ve had a lot of experience training young voices. I did that for over 20 years.

What has been your favorite part of the rehearsal process so far?
Getting it on its feet- that old theatre expression- after everyone has discussed various things with the director and the other actors- getting it on its feet and beginning to see how it’s shaping up physically. The process of theatre is fascinating.There is the intellectual process that you go through to make decisions about what could make your character convincing and then you try it out. And sometimes what you thought doesn’t work. Sometimes it works better than you think. And sometimes something that never occurred to you emerges in the process and you can incorporate that into the work. And that makes it very much a living organism.

Is there anything you want to say to kids coming to see the show?
Well first of all, enjoy the show! Know that live theater is a very differentexperience than watching television or film or interacting with games. We are literally going to move our bodies and air in and out of our lungs. This is what makes theater such a wonderful, powerful, and transformative art form.  Have a great time! Enjoy the show.

 

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