PBTS's Marching into Madness comedic series is about to begin! To launch into the mania that will ensue, Communications Intern Sadie La Manna had a chat with Derek Coghlan, the writer and performer of I'll Give You a Day, to get a little background and information about the show. Check it out!
1. When and where did your acting career begin?
It began in Niceville on the Florida Panhandle in the mid- 1990’s. I started doing improv comedy at a club and it took off from there. Then when I moved back to St. Augustine in 1997 I tried out for the inaugural Atlantic Shakespeare Festival (before the Amphitheater was re-modeled) and it sort of took off from there.
2.Tell us a little about I’ll Give You a Day?
The concept revolves around a late night conversation I had a few years ago about the most significant moments in a person’s life. During the conversation I realized that most of the big decisions and big events in my life happened on days that were ordinary and were not planned. I went to get a beer on a Saturday with some friends, struck up a conversation with a girl and several years later she became my wife. The idea is that it is the seemingly random moments on seemingly random days that are the key moments in a person’s life.
3. Doing a one-man show cannot be easy. What challenges have you faced during the process and how have you overcome them?
I have two small children. I am a teacher. My wife is a teacher at a university and she is currently working on her PhD. My challenge is time. Finding time to write and work the material is the only real challenge. Time.
4. What has been the most rewarding part of this process?
Finding the time!!! No the reward is always the performance. Everything else is just prologue. I love the buzz of being on stage and telling my stories.
5. Beyond this show, are there any other one man shows that you’re preparing for the future?
I have some ideas I am rolling around in my brain. I want to build a show around Sunday afternoons in St. Augustine. What people with kids do on a regular/semi-regular basis. One of the stories will be about Alligator Farm drinking.
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