Meet Adeoye of 'Lookingglass Alice'

by John Moore | Sep 21, 2015

AdeoyeAt the Theatre Company: Debut. Lookingglass credits: Lookingglass Alice, The Little Prince, Peter Pan, Icarus and Black Diamond. Chicago credits: The Unmentionables (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Lost Boys of Sudan (Victory Gardens Theater). Regional credits: A Raisin in the Sun (Guthrie Theatre/Penumbra Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Clarence Brown Theatre). Television credits: “DETROIT 1-8-7,” LEVERAGE,” “Prison Break.” Film credits: #Vengeance is Mine, Chicago Overcoat. He earned his MFA at The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre and The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Love and gratitude to his family.

Adeoye


MEET ADEOYE
Cheshire Cat and others in Lookingglass Alice
  • Hometown: Chicago ... and now I’m moving to Denver!
  • Training: MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University
  • What was the role that changed your life? Joseph Asagai in A Raisin in the Sun at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  This was my first full-time, professional production, during which I earned my Actor’s Equity Card, and it was also my first out of town show.  It was an amazing introduction to the world of professional theatre, with an excellent director, Lou Bellamy of Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., a phenomenal ensemble cast and outstanding production values. (Bellamy directed August Wilson's Fences for the DCPA Theatre Company.) Three years later, we had the fortune of remounting this experience in a six-month, three-theatre co-production at The Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, and The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. This was literally the role that changed my life and set me on the road to becoming the artist I am today. 
  • Why are you an actor? There are many things that I cannot be in real life: A lawyer, a doctor, the king of France, the Minotaur, a clothes dryer or a cat. Yet I can portray these roles as an actor, and immerse myself in possible expressions of these human and non-human experiences. Being an actor affords me the opportunity to investigate infinitely diverse worlds, ideas, and emotions, and to learn more about myself and about the human condition. Further, as human beings are natural storytellers, I consider it a gift, a privilege, and an immense responsibility to spend my life in service of our stories –  to embody the role of Gladiator and Guardian of the Arts.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I would operate an out-of-this-world bed and breakfast, because I love hospitality and good eats. Much like with acting, I thrive on cultivating an experience for others, and I delight in meeting a wide array of folks and learning their stories. Just as I appreciate being comfortable, I enjoy facilitating comfort for those around me.
  • Poitier, SidneyIdeal scene partner: I would love to work a scene with Sidney Poitier. The acting would be mind-blowing, as I find him insightful, detailed, specific and nuanced.  I would also relish asking him to tell stories of his experiences both in art and in his life. He is a groundbreaking artist who opened the door for many to follow, myself included, and I wish to emulate him in my quest for inclusion in classical acting. I would love to play a scene from Shakespeare with Mr. Poitier.
  • Why does this play matter? Lookingglass Alice teaches us to cherish every stage of life, to value every square on the chessboard we find ourselves in, or into which we thrust ourselves.  It highlights the importance of establishing a functional balance between rules, responsibility, structure, and work versus laughter, whimsy, impossible things, and play.  Above all, this play matters because it reinforces the truth that to find success in anything, whether work or play, we must learn to practice.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of Lookingglass Alice? I wish the audience joy, laughter, childlike amazement and a desire to read or to re-read the source texts, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. I hope that after partaking in this play, each audience member leaves the theatre inspired and with a lightness of hear.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " for the fulfillment of my dreams to co-exist and interweave peacefully with the fulfillment of the dreams of everyone else in the world. This generates and sustains peace on the planet.

Adeoye in 'Lookingglass Alice'
Adeoye in 'Lookingglass Alice.'

More 'Meet the Cast' profiles:
Molly Brennan, the Red Queen in Lookingglass Alice
Maurice Jones, Orlando in As You Like It
Geoffrey Kent, Actor, Assistant Director and Fight Director in As You Like It
Samuel Taylor, the White Knight in Lookingglass Alice

Lookingglass Alice:
Ticket information
Performances through Oct 11
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ASL interpreted & Audio described performance: 1:30 p.m. Oct 3
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Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the only authorized online ticket provider for the Denver engagement of 'Lookingglass Alice.'

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Lookingglass Alice:
Lookingglass Alice: A tumble through time, childhood in tow
Perspectives: 5 things we learned about Lookingglass Alice
Casting announced for Theatre Company's fall shows
DCPA Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
Win the Cadillac Treatment on Opening Night of Lookingglass Alice
Official show page

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  1. Adeoye omotola | Jan 03, 2017
    nice one
  2. Janet Brown | Sep 22, 2015
    I took my 5 yr old granddaughter to see Alice Sunday afternoon, her first play. She was taken with The Cheshire Cat....  after the show she said she loved the cat, she was fascinated with him....in her words, she loved his big muscle arms! I talked with her this evening and she is still talking about the cat!! Thank you for a wonderful play, I think this is a start of Mackenzie's love of the theater...  thanks Adeoye !!

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