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Arnie Burton is an award winning actor with impeccable comedic timing! He starred in “The 39 Steps” on Broadway and was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway hit “The Tempermentals” for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. His other New York credits include: “Mere Mortals” (Primary Stages, J. Houseman Theater), “The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Theater), “The Jew of Malta/The Merchant of Venice” (Theater for a New Audience), and “The Venetian Twins,”and “The Cherry Orchard” (Pearl Theater). Arnie delighted London audiences in “The Merchant of Venice” (Royal Shakespeare Company), while regional audiences have seen him in productions of “The Seagull” and “The Taming of the Shrew” (Old Globe), “All in the Timing” (Geffen Playhouse), and “I Am My Own Wife” (St. Louis Rep) where Arnie won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor. Film and television viewers will recognize Arnie from “Frasier,” “Hope & Faith,” “L&O,” “Caroline in the City,” “White Collar,” “Life on Mars,” “Six Degrees,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Invention of Lying,” “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” “Game 6,” and “Igby Goes Down.” Currently, Arnie can be seen dancing up a storm in the Off-Broadway show “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” at Theatre Row  (410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036) through September 5.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Mr. Magoo. When I saw Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol in which Magoo was a big Broadway star doing his hit version of A Christmas Carol. I was 4 and living in Idaho but from then on I wanted to go to Broadway.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Living: Vanessa Redgrave  Dead: Elia Kazan

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage experience? I forgot my lines during a speech in “The 39 Steps.” Went totally blank. I just kept me mouth moving, and started channeling dialogue from the movie of “39 Steps” that I didn’t even know I knew.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can put my fist in my mouth.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga, Gym, walking everywhere in NYC.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Easy, a burger at 5 Guys and sitting by the river.

8. Books or Magazines? Both, I always have to have a book going and I love my New Yorker and New York Magazine.

9. Favorite website? Cnn.com, Playbill.com, Dailybeast.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman (for reasons known only to him).


11. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I have to walk the stage. I hate going onstage without having trod the boards.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Find the thing you dislike about yourself and embrace it. That is the thing that makes you different.”

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David Caudle is a playwright on the rise…as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, he has developed several plays including “Likeness,” “Leg Man,” “South Beach Rapture,” “Damsel,” and “The Common Swallow.” Many of his shows are set in his hometown of Miami or premiere there. “In Development” and “Likeness” both premiered at New Theatre in Miami in October ’09 and September ’07 respectively. “The Sunken Living Room,” now published by Samuel French, also premiered at New Theatre as a co-production with Southern Rep in April ’06, followed by an acclaimed New Orleans production at Souther Rep in January ’07. David’s one-act, “Feet of Clay,” is also published in Samuel French’s 29th Edition of Festival Plays and was turned into a short film directed by “True Blood’s” Carrie Preston. David most recently wrote the screen adaption of “Major Conflict: One Gay Man’s Life in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Military” by US Army Major Jeffrey McGowan. Currently, David’s play “South Beach Rapture” can be seen in the NYC Fringe Festival. Showtimes are Sat. 8/21 at 11pm, Sun. 8/22 at 4:15pm, Mon. 8/23 at 3:45pm, Wed. 8/25 at 7:45pm. Next up for David will be a run of his show “The Sunken Living Room” in the HOWL! Festival at Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place in NYC) on September 14, 25, 26 at 8pm. This will be a benefit for a health and emergency fund for “Lower East Side Artists,” administered through the Actor’s Fund. For much more on David and his plays, be sure to visit: http://www.davidcaudle.org/

1. Who inspired you to become a playwright? I would have to say Tennessee Williams. He was a poet to the core, and his heart just pours from the mouths of his characters. I also relate to him in that I have southern roots and have been told I create complex female characters.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with Sam Shepard. I have a role he would be incredible for, in a play called In Development. Call me, Sam.

3. Who do you consider to be your hero? Primary Stages is my hero right now. They’ve been so supportive of my work, in the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. That’s where I developed my current FringeNYC play, SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE. Primary’s associate artistic director Michelle Bossy, who runs the writers group, is directing the play. It’s been a really great process, and the group has been a big help to me, in developing work, meeting other great writers, and feeling like I have a foothold somewhere in this big town.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Erik Satie to give my dreams a nice soundtrack, and Salvador Dali for the visuals.

5. What’s your proudest moment? My proudest moment so far was my seventh anniversary in June. My partner Mako and I make a great team. We’ve both grown so much personally and professionally with the support of the other. Our plants and our cat are still alive, too.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Whenever I look at a page in a book, my eye automatically links the spaces between words to create vertical white line drawings. Is that a talent, or should I start wearing my reading glasses more regularly?

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I hate the gym but I’m trying to get back. I live on the fifth floor so that helps. I bought a bike, rode it twice and sold it. I miss it, but reality set in.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. Boxers don’t quite come to the party, you know? They’re there, but they really don’t make an effort.

9. Favorite website? Google, Research. What did we ever do before?

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. She has her invisible plane. I imagine Superman must get bugs in his teeth.


11. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Winter Retreat. I grew up in Miami. Snow still fascinates me, especially in beautiful places. Last winter Mako and I went to the top of a volcano right near Obama, Japan, and it snowed. Gorgeous. Even in the city, I like snow, at least at the beginning of Winter. Then I start feeling like New York should just be seventy degrees because what’s the point of all those dirty piles on the corners?

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Listen. I tend to blabber on sometimes, and you don’t learn anything that way.

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