Meet the cast: Andrew Pastides of 'Tribes'

Andrew Pastides at the first rehearsal of 'Tribes.'  Photo by John Moore. Andrew Pastides at the first rehearsal of ‘Tribes.’  Photo by John Moore.

MEET ANDREW PASTIDES
Andrew Pastides  At the Theatre Company: Debut. Regional Credits: Half N’ Half N’ Half (Merrimack Rep), Goldfish (Magic Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Two River Theatre Co.), The Chosen (Cleveland Play House), Molly’s Delicious (Arizona Theatre Co.), Tartuffe (Two River), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Theatre Alliance). New York credits include Love Song (59E59), Makeout Session (Barrow Group). TV/Film credits include: “Blue Bloods,” “Suits,” “Law and Order,” “MA,” Hank and Asha, Shadows and Lies, Perfectly Normal. Best Actor Award for Hank and Asha at The Nappa Vally Film Festival and the Wild Rose Film Festival. Training: SCGSAH, UNCSA.

  • Role: Daniel in Tribes
  • Hometown: Amherst, Mass.
  • Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • What was the role that changed your life? I had been reading the plays of John Kolvenbach in high school. When I graduated college I had the opportunity to work with him on his play Goldfish. It was the perfect confluence of material and role. It was a situated where I felt truly valued for the first time. I found my voice through this play and it will be dear to me forever.
  • Why are you an actor? I don’t know why I’m an actor in the bigger sense but I do know that the ones I look up to recognize the innate political purpose of the theatre. They are the most empathetic, the most gracious, and the hardest working. They understand that theatre has the ability to incite action, and provoke change. They are the antithesis to the “business” of acting. They represent the integrity of the craft. They also make people laugh. I’d like to be like them. I’m also just a curious person.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? Maybe something in public health. Or carpentry. 
  • Denis LavantIdeal scene partner: There’s a guy called Denis Lavant who is a French clown. He has this crazy ability to live physically and spiritually in his roles. We’d do something really acrobatic but dangerous and based completely in truth. Like two monkey fighting to the death. I think that would be fun.
  • Why does this play matter? Because it shocks the senses awake, through humor, to the pain of loneliness and longing, the importance of family and love, and the guilt that we all feel about excluding those who are the same as us because we feel they are different.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of Tribes? A couple of laughs and a conversation afterwards.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is … “A lady, and a house with a porch.

Andrew Pastides

More 2015-16 ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles:
Adeoye, the Cheshire Cat in Lookingglass Alice
J. Paul Boehmer, the Dukes in As You Like It
Molly Brennan, the Red Queen in Lookingglass Alice
Kevin Douglas, the White Rabbit in Lookingglass Alice
Micah Figueroa, understudy in Lookingglass Alice
Drew Horwitz, William and others, As You Like It
Maurice Jones, Orlando in As You Like It
Geoffrey Kent, Actor, Assistant Director and Fight Director in As You Like It
Emily Kron, Phoebe in As You Like It
Nick LaMedica, Sylvius in As You Like It
Samuel Taylor, the White Knight in Lookingglass Alice
Matt Zambrano, Touchstone in As You Like It
Lindsey Noel Whiting, Alice in Lookingglass Alice

Tribes: Ticket information
Performances Oct. 9 through Nov. 15
Ricketson Theatre
Performance schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. (No Saturday matinees during preview performances)
ASL interpreted & Audio described performance: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7
Call 303-893-4100 or
BUY ONLINE
TTY: 303-893-9582
Groups of 15 or more: 303-446-4829
Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at Denvercenter.org.

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 ‘Tribes.’

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Tribes:
Go to the official Tribes show page
Tribes and the tyranny of language and listening
Tribes: Anytime there is an ‘us,’ there is a ‘them’
Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
Casting announced for Theatre Company’s fall shows
Theatre Company introduces bold new artwork for 2015-16 season

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