A chat with Anton Lipovetsky

True Love Lies starts its second week tonight and I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about some of our cast members. True Love Lies marks the professional acting debut of Anton Lipovetsky, so I asked him to tell us a little bit about his experience putting up the show.
Joel: Tell everyone a bit about yourself.
Anton: I’m an emerging actor, writer and composer from here in Vancouver. In April I graduated from Vancouver’s Studio 58 Acting Training Program where I acted in a bunch of shows, Comedy of Errors, Andy Thompson’s stage adaptation of 1984 among others, and also very fortunately got the chance to co-write and co-musical direct THE PARK, a musical, which saw two productions at Studio 58 and won an Ovation Award for Outstanding New Work. Since graduating I’ve toured an original one-man show to the Edmonton Fringe Festival called “FLOP! a one-man musical,” and this October I’m headed to the Chemainus Theatre Festival to perform in “Countryside Christmas.” It’s been a busy and exciting year!
J: How did you get involved with True Love Lies
A: Having worked with Katrina (director of True Love Lies and Artistic Director of Touchstone) as a student in her monologue class, and on the In Tune Conference (Touchstone Theatre’s new-musical workshop) she asked me to audition for True Love Lies, and I jumped at the opportunity. Touchstone is one of my favourite theatre companies in Canada…they’re always doing exciting and local plays. Creating and performing in new works is exactly what I wanted to do right out of school, and I feel so lucky to be doing it.
J: What has been the most exciting part of this show?
A: Staging and memorizing Brad Fraser’s 50 scene play in 10 days has been a bit insane. When we did our first run through that was certainly the most exciting part of rehearsals. The scenes are so short and so fast-paced and so immediately following one another, it’s sort of like being on a roller coaster–an unstoppable ride, and hopefully the audience will feel that way too.
J: Is there a difference between working on this show and working on shows for school or your own touring show?
A: The biggest difference I’ve noticed is a shift in responsibility… It’s not just a controlled educational exercise anymore, the stakes are higher, and more is expected at a quicker pace. I guess I expected this to be stressful but the added pressure has been exciting and helpful and even motivational. But I constantly remind myself how lucky I am to be working on a project with people so dedicated to the material: Brad Fraser’s play has really inspired this wonderful, talented and hard-working team that has assembled to bring it to life. I’m really just trying to suck in as much experience as I can, observing the more experienced actors and trying to learn as much as possible from them. As for the difference between this and a self-written show… I definitely feel less control, I have to give over a lot of trust to the writer and the director and the designers, but I believe in the show, and want to do anything I can to support it. And since the script is written and unchangeable it becomes this constant investigation, and I have to keep rereading a script like this to find out more and more about the person that I’m portraying.
J:What’s your favorite thing about your character? Least favorite thing?
A:I play the teenage son of the family, Royce, who is a troubled loner in his last year of high school. Royce has an amazing biting wit, and there are some really mean remarks he spits at his family, which are terribly fun to play. But Brad Fraser’s characters are diverse and multi-dimensional, and I think Royce has flaws, particularly that he doesn’t quite know how to “let people into his world,” and social and emotional norms are beyond him. Though maybe that’s what will make him an endearing character…
J:What is your favorite line in the show? Why?
A:It’s very rude and very funny and I laugh each time I hear it: “*** is the new ******” You’ll have to see the show to find out what the stars mean!
Anton is doing a fantastic job in the show with Peter Birnie from the Vancouver Sun calling his performance a “well-balanced portrayal of the poor kid’s deeply screwed-up psyche”
True Love Lies is running until Saturday October 1st.
See you at the theatre.
Joel
Operations Manager

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