QTC board member/actor David Dubov has been very busy at QTC this season. Besides leading QTC’s PR/marketing team, David has played major roles in QTC’s A Lesson from Aloes, The Lady with the Little Dog, and now as “Doc” in The Night Alive. And yet, David still had time to respond to a few questions posed to him by QTC Co-founder Stephanie Mumford regarding his work on the role of Doc.
What do you think of the character of Doc and his role in “The Night Alive”?
“Doc is complex, despite his simple exterior. He is supposed to exist in a brain state “five to seven seconds” behind everyone else, but his mind is far beyond the time lapse he experiences in the life of the play. Each character has his or her profound moments, but Doc’s musings take in a much wider scope than you would expect of a low-life moocher stuck in the grit of Dublin. McPherson has created this person who might be based on real life guys he’s known, but his brilliant writing has taken the whole cloth of Doc and crafted a wonder – funny, interesting, and full of a deep appreciation of life despite its sometimes desperate circumstances.”
How does your role in “The Night Alive” compare to the one you played in McPherson’s “The Seafarer”?
“I played Nicky Giblin in QTC’s The Seafarer a few years ago, and Doc shares some characteristics with Nicky. They are both good men caught in situations beyond their control and beyond their mental capacity to understand what is happening to them. Nicky may be more straightforward in his narrative through-line during the play, but Doc is a deeper person. I’ve had fun with both, of course, but Doc makes me the happiest.”
Was there a certain aspect of Doc’s nature with which you connected or that fascinated you? Was there a key physical characteristic that helped you in developing his character?
“Despite the complexities and simplicities of Doc, his shining humanity and understated good-heartedness are what I latched on to, to create him on stage. His speech pattern is distinctive, too, giving me a handhold on which to hang the layers of the character, and that gives him a depth a more straightforward portrayal by a playwright less skilled than McPherson would have neglected. The coke-bottle-bottom glasses are a great touch, too!
“It’s such a pleasure playing this man with all of his frailties and strengths. A real challenge!”