I met my wife acting. We’re both very passionate about theater, which is good, because if one of us wasn’t, we’d probably never see each other because the other one was always at rehearsal. We did about half a dozen shows together in the two years we were friends, and many more in the ten since we became a couple, including the last six seasons of Pick of the Vine:
Season 8: we played a couple in Outing the Badger, written by Tommy Trull, a play about a superhero who falls in love with one woman, while his secret identity is married to another.
Season 9: we tackled Daniel Heath’s two-hander, The True Story of How We Met, about a woman who tends to embellish on the truth, much to the embarrassment of her boyfriend.
Season 10: we kicked off the evening with Mark Harvey Levine’s The Rental, about a woman who receives the gift of the perfect man for one special date.
Season 11: Mark Harvey Levine returned with The Kiss, a story of a platonic relationship that turns romantic for one brief and wistful moment.
Season 12: Ruben Carbajal’s The Button Pushers painted us as well meaning but easily distracted spouses who are offered way more power than they know what to do with.
Season 13: this season, we show up in Anniversary, playing a couple who can’t let themselves be outdone by their partner when it comes to the simple act of gift giving, written by Sam Wallin.
It’s often pointed out that Holly and I are real life spouses. I suppose it’s interesting, though not unique in our circle of friends. We know lots of couples who met the same way, share the same passion, and have been together for many years longer than we have. But acting with each other is more than just something we do to spend time together.
Holly goes onstage each night with focus and energy. She gives each character she plays a different slant, and tells comedic and dramatic stories equally well. She holds her own with anyone I’ve ever seen her share the stage with. Her performances are believable, three dimensional, and endearing, which is why she’s become a perennial favorite at Little Fish. Onstage, she gives me so much to work with and react to, while backstage she keeps morale high and the mood light. She makes sure that we say our lines in the car on the way to theater so we’re ready to go when we arrive, and she adapts as quickly as anyone I’ve ever worked with when the unexpected happens. She challenges me, and sharing the stage with her makes me a better actor.
No, I don’t choose to work with Holly because she’s my wife. I choose to work with her because she’s really, really good.