Quotidian’s PR assistant, Lauren Katz, chats with Zach Roberts, who plays the Pianist, Anna’s husband, and many other roles.
What was your first theatrical experience? My mom is an opera director, so my first experience was as a shepherd in a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors when I was about 3 years old!
How did you begin performing in DC? After moving back from London in 2010 I began studying at the Studio Theatre Conservatory. I think my first official paid acting job in DC was understudying Edgar and Annabel at Studio 2nd Stage.
What’s your dream role/project? So many! I’m an artist of big dreams! A role that’s always been on my mind is Mozart in Amadeus. I would love to bring my own idiosyncratic take to that role!
What appeals to you about the DC theatre community? The DC theatre community is made up of some of the most passionate people I have ever met in any field.
How did you get involved with The Lady with the Little Dog? My career aspirations have been moving more towards music design rather than just acting, and it was an exciting proposal to get to play the piano in a production. I played a little bit in Madwoman of Chaillot at WSC Avant Bard and had a blast. I was eager to do it again!
How has the process been so far? Interesting and challenging. It’s a play in which the subtext and mood are key. It’s easy to mess up but satisfying when everything clicks.
What’s different about this role/project for you? I have never been in a show in which my back faces the audience for 99% of the show before!
What is most exciting about this play? The music, of course!
What is most challenging? I think anytime you need to rapidly shift characters it’s particularly challenging. That happens a few times in this play.
Why should audiences come to see this play? To feel fully immersed in an entirely different world.