ARMANDO SAVES THE DAY!
OSF dramaturg, Lydia Garcia, was scheduled to talk with Mountain Meadows residents at the Friday Forum on January 29. On Wednesday, Bob Griffin found out that she was unavailable and was sending her substitute, Vilma Silva. Friday morning, he was informed that due to crushing schedules, neither of them were available and that actor, Armando McClain was coming to save the day. Armando was thrown into the breach with little time to prepare, but he did a beautiful job answering our questions about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and sharing his passion for his chosen career.
Hesitant at first, he spoke about the theatre and the plays to be presented this coming season. He will be playing a lead role in the production of “River Bride”, a play set on the Amazon River and he described how the river would be created on the stage. As time went on, both he and the residents got warmed up. Questions ranged from an inquiry as to how OSF and Mountain Meadow might be better connected, to specific queries about his own career as an actor.
His love for theater lit up the room. He told us about his experience as an shy, awkward junior high school student. His first choice elective was canceled and he was placed in the drama class. The instructor seemed strict and demanding. He wanted to drop the class, but the teacher...