Dick Phillips is easily one of the most dedicated and hardest working people in Seattle. He has been involved in Copious Love from almost the beginning, both opening and closing our first season with stellar performances. As ‘Steve’ in The Way I See It he was a fan favorite, bringing heart to the otherwise angst ridden play, and even reprised his monologue during the 2012 Stranger/Shunpike Satellite party at the Space Needle. As ‘Mouse/Buzz/Cook/Club’ in Alice’s Anthem he tackled the task of bringing four separate characters to life, learned how to sing harmony and grew as a performer by leaps and bounds. Working with him and watching him settle into his craft is inspiring; this man has no fear. Because of this, I welcomed the chance to sit down and chat about where he came from, what got him started and where he would like to go from here.
Who was your biggest influence in getting involved in a theatre production?
“Me, myself and I! I didn’t belong to the Drama Club and I wasn’t in the class. I just ran out of other things to try. I was good at performing so I went with that. It has been so fulfilling being involved in this company; I have a great deal of pride in my friends both old and new. There is an awesome sense of belonging when we perform together.”
When and how did you begin performing?
“Middle school, I was the Sherriff in Tom Sawyer. I was chose by size alone. Ultimately, I wanted to be noticed for something other than my size, but at that point I was only there because of my size…it was awkward.”
What is your biggest goal within Copious Love?
“I will continue performing, obviously. I will be as involved as I can be with every production. I know that Copious Love will become a serious presence in our local Seattle theatre scene. If I had a goal it would be to contribute to that.”
If you could perform in one theatre production, right now, what would it be?
(Without hesitation) “Fathers by John Paul Sharp! I love this concept of a production so much! I can’t wait to read it and work with him on something that he has created, regardless if I’m performing in it or not. It’s going to be really amazing. The man is a genius.”
If you could be mentored by one performer who would it be and why?
“It’s probably too late but, George Carlin. He is my patron saint of performance. One time I heard a voice mail he left on another comedian’s answering machine, it was great, he said; “You’re funny but you don’t write shit down! If you’re going to be funny, you gotta write shit down!” It’s great advice for any artist. Writing shit down is key.”
Interviewed and written by Chelsea Madsen