I was recently cast on Discovery Channel's show Pandora's Box: Unleashing Evil Season 2 Episode 4. I'll be on set filming both tonight and tomorrow morning so check back in the upcoming weeks when I will announce what time and when the episode will air.
The dashing man with the winning smile around the cape's beaches nowadays is Anthony Simone, who plays John, a former slave, in Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man.
Both beaches and his character, John, are familiar to Simone, who grew up not far from southern California's sunny coast and who is bringing John to life for the second time - having played him once before, at the Sacramento Theatre Co. "I was born in Covina, California," says Simone, who did theatre in church and in high school, but then went off to San Diego State University to major in pre-med. "And then one day, in my second year, I ran into this woman who forever changed my life, named Margaret Larlham. We were chatting outside the choir room, and we had an hour conversation. And she said, 'I'm directing a show in the drama department. I want you in my show.'" Together with her husband, Peter, a Shakespearian scholar, she hooked Simone on the arts for good. "I was going to be an oncologist, but in hindsight I am very grateful that I'm not," he says, adding, "My parents eventually came around."
He began performing across California during the summers, at local theatres and Shakespeare festivals, summer stock shows and a children's camp. After graduating, with a degree in psychology in tow, Simone moved to Minneapolis, joining a theatre company and also working with autistic children, and then returned to California, where he secured a master of fine arts degree at the University of California, Irvine. "It was an eight-person program, four boys and four girls, and it was a three-year program," he says. "We got a lot of individual attention." For the past two years, he's been in and out of New York, and among his credits are Amadeus, Angels in America, The Fantasticks, and several of Shakespeare's plays. Both Gregg Daniel, who directed The Whipping Man at Cape May Stage, and Roy Steinberg, the producing artistic director, were impressed enough by Simone's facility with the character, John, to cast him immediately. "I love, love, love this character," says Simone. "He gets to do all the things in society that are taboo. He gets to fight for what he wants by all means necessary."
And did you know that Marcus Crowder, who reviewed The Whipping Man in 2015 for the Sacramento Bee, wrote: "Simone's dynamic, unpredictable John has a welcome edge, [and] his response to the suddenly unlimited existence in front of him gives the play its life"? See for yourself, through June 24, at Cape May Stage.
Excited to be apart of the 2015 season at USF!
I will be moving back to Cedar City to be apart of Utah Shakespeare Festivals summer for my 2nd summer. I'm extremely excited to be asked to return and honored to be playing Venticelli in Amadeus (directed by J.R. Sullivan), Gower & others in Henry IV, part 2 (directed by Brian Vaughn), and Male Chorus in South Pacific (directed by Brad Carroll).
Season runs from June 25th - Sept 5th.
I am excited to be opening the Sacramento Premier of Matthew Lopez's play The Whipping Man as I make my debut at the Sacramento Theatre Company. In our production, directed by Buddy Buttler, I have the great honor of playing JOHN, alongside Michael J. Asberry (SIMON) and Sean Patrick Nill (Caleb).
Show runs from March 25 - May 3rd.
I just accepted an offer from Utah Shakespeare Festival for their upcoming season! USF Debut here I come!
April 7th & 8th
UC Irvine Acting MFA Showcase -- Matrix Theatre
March 31st & April 1st
UC Irvine Acting MFA Showcase --- Playwrights Horizon
I turn another year older & hopefully a little bit wiser too!
I will be appearing in the U.S. Premier of The Trail of Dedan Kimathi at University of California Irvine. I've had the pleasure of working with the two playwrights, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o & Micere Mugo, and look forward to opening this show.
This will be my last mainstage show with the University as I am graduating and will be relocating to either L.A. or N.Y.C.
More information on tickets can be found here