MEET THE CAST: MATTHEW McGEE
After an extended pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS is set to make its world premiere at American Stage.
Returning to the stage, as a part of the cast, is long-time Tampa Bay area actor and performer Matthew McGee.
McGee’s appeared in numerous shows at American Stage since 2006. Get to know him better with these fun questions he answered for us.
- Hometown: I grew up in a small Southern town called Washington, Georgia. It’s about an hour away from Athens, Georgia and Augusta, Georgia.
- Training: I have a BFA in Theatre Performance from Valdosta State University.
- Website: thematthewmcgee.com
- Social media: IG & Twitter: @thematthewmcgee
- Favorite song? Tough one! It changes frequently. Right now it’s Barbra Streisand and Kermit the Frog singing “Rainbow Connection” from her new album, “Release Me 2”. Gets me every time.
- What was your first role? I played Templeton the rat in a school play of Charlotte’s Web in elementary school. Eat your heart out, Paul Lynde!
- What was the role that changed your life? I played AUNTIE MAME at freeFall Theatre in 2015. A boyhood dream came true when I got to play everyone’s favorite madcap aunt.
- Why are you an actor? I love to tell stories. I’m a character actor and I take great joy in disappearing into my work.
- What would you be doing if you weren’t an actor: Something with animals.
- Ideal scene partner: An actor that is giving and always in the moment. Much like Sara Oliva in The People Downstairs.
- Why does THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS matter? THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS is a play about human connection and isolation. I think the pandemic has only made the piece more relevant and prescient.
- What do you hope the audience gets out of seeing it? I hope they laugh! We could all use one right about now.
- It’s a regular Friday night, what are you doing? If I’m not onstage, I’m at home with my partner and two dogs. I was a homebody even before isolating was the thing to do. I love to make dinner and watch horror movies.
- Finish this sentence: All I want is for people to be kinder to one another regardless of their differences.
Info about THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS
- Wednesday Preview, September 15, “Pay What You Can” at the door or $20 in advance
- Thursday Preview, September 16, $30
- Wednesday and Thursday Evenings & Saturday and Sunday Matinees, $44
- Friday/Saturday Evenings, $50/54
- Opening Night, September 17, $70*
- * “The People Downstairs” Opening Night will include a pre-show mingle starting at 7 p.m. along with two complimentary drink tickets for each Opening Night ticket buyer.