AI: TONY MAGAÑA JR// LOVE TRAIN PLAY
It was the evening of Friday the 13th and I’m not superstitious however we thought it would be a thrill to step out on the town and press our luck. So we decided to do a very traditional date on a day that is ‘simply taboo’, we went to the theater. My wife chose ‘Love Train Play’ written and directed by Adam Hutchinson, starring Amy Mayes, Andrew Davies and Tony Magaña Jr. As the play commenced we sat on the very last row of the armory theater, whilst sipping pinot we entered a love story that would push boundaries and spark self discovery. After the show I was able to catch up with Tony Magaña Jr (casted as Daniel, one of the leading roles) and chat about the play, his future roles, likes and dislikes and lest we forget fashion.
HOMETOWN: Sunnyside, WA
STATUS: Server by day, performing artist by night.
ATTRIBUTES: Artistically I sing, act and dance. I’d describe my personality as energetic and happy-go-lucky. Great listener and a true friend, always keeping an optimistic outlook on life.
FAVORITE SNACK/DRINK: I can eat skittles that come in the green and blue bags, all day! Sometimes, I’ll drink chocolate milk until my stomach hurts…
CURRENT RESIDENCE: I live on beacon hill here in Seattle,Wa.
SHOUT-OUT: To all the local artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently.
WHAT LEAD YOU TO AUDITION FOR A ROLE IN THE CAST OF ‘LOVE TRAIN PLAY’ ?
‘Love Train’ is a play about three roommates and best friends, who go on a trip together for nine days in Vancouver. We join the friends coming back on the train, revealing stories about the vacation that may have slightly altered their friendship, and trying to figure out where they go from there. Aside from touching the subject of polyamory, the meaning of love, and self- identity; the play also talks about art, coming out as part of the LGBT+ community, poverty, and homelessness in Seattle,WA. The shorter summary of this show had me interested and after I auditioned and read for the director, the topics in the script had me hooked. I loved how this contemporary play held nothing back and brought a few topics that aren’t talked about often on stage for the audience to go home, think about, and let it resonate.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SCENE FROM THE ACTORS POV AND WHY?
My favorite scene was discussing communication and how technology is changing the way we communicate, I agree with Daniel’s point of view. I believe texting is such a big part of the way we talk to each other and the use emoji changes the way we interpret a text. The use of symbols isn’t new in the times we are living in and this allows us to communicate in many different forms. For instance; I am a big fan of the use of emoji and use it in everyday conversation, if not for interpretation, for a good laugh.
WHAT IS YOUR PRE-PERFORMANCE RITUAL?
… I try to fit in as many Kelly Clarkson songs as I can while commuting or between shows. Don’t ask why.
IN WHAT PRODUCTIONS WILL WE BE SEEING YOU NEXT? ARE YOU ABLE TO GIVE US A SNIPPET OF WHAT IT IS?
There are a couple projects you will be seeing me in soon, and a few I’m waiting on feedback for, but I’m a bit superstitious about revealing the status of shows before they are released! I’m also waiting for the finished product on a short film I am in and I’m working with local representation for getting the ball rolling further in 2017.
WHAT DO YOU TO KEEP YOUR STYLE ‘FRESH’ (ON AND OFF THE STAGE)?
Well, old spice pure sport deodorant is a must, gotta be smelling fresh first! I’m a big fan of accessories, they really add to an outfit; as well as color, I like standing out every now and again.
MUST HAVE WARDROBE ITEM?
Baseball caps. Ooooh! Denim, lots of denim.
IF YOU WERE TO INSURE ONE OF YOUR BODY PARTS WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?
My eyes! I already have terrible vision, so if they go…. I want to get new ones, requirements are 20/20 and hazel. This is assuming we’ve created technology that can actually do that, hopefully in the future.
TO ‘THE CITIZEN LIFE’ READERS: Thanks for taking the time to read this article and thank you to ‘THE CITIZEN LIFE’ for taking interest in this play! The show is now unfortunately closed, but I have a feeling it won’t be the last time performed.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Tony Magaña singing for a musical theater audition
Sneak peek of the show
WRITTEN BY CLAUDIA H BRADY
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