Interviews with the Cast of McLean Community Players’ ‘Comic Potential’ Part 2: Scott Duvall

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In Part 2 in a series of interviews with the cast of McLean Community Players’ Comic Potential, meet Scott Duvall.

Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell us where our readers may have seen you perform on our local stages.

Scott Duvall
Scott Duvall.

Scott: My name is Scott Duvall. I’ve been in the Capital Fringe Festival the past couple of years in Girl with Two Belly Buttons and SpookyMsgPlsFwd! I’ve also performed in Dominion Stage’s The History Boys, as well as Sterling Playmakers’ To Kill A Mockingbird.

Who do you play in the show? Tell us about him.

I play Adam Trainsmith. He is the nephew of Lester Trainsmith, who owns a television studio which Adam visits. As soon as he gets there, he starts to challenge the status quo of its operations.

What is your favorite scene in the play? 

Without giving much away, my favorite scene happens when Adam finds himself in an awkward situation while trying to have a nice night out. I enjoy acting out how Adam handles the situation. I think it’s hilarious and I’m sure others will, too.

What is your favorite line that you say? What is your favorite line that somebody else says?

It’s hard to pick my favorite line of Adam’s. I can definitely say it’s any of the times that he gets really excited and his passion for television comes out in full bloom. He’s a very energetic and animated young man. My favorite line of another character would have to be when Chance (the studio’s director) goes into a story about his past.

Adam (Scott Duvall), a young writer, uses a Bible to teach android performer Jacie (Caity Brown), how to read. Photo by Irish Eyes Photography by Toby.
Adam (Scott Duvall), a young writer, uses a Bible to teach android performer Jacie (Caity Brown), how to read. Photo by Irish Eyes Photography by Toby.

What challenges have you had in preparing for your role?

Adam and I are very similar personality-wise. We’re both creative and determined dreamers, but his bank account has a couple more zeros at the end of it. So the hardest challenge is getting in the mindset of a rich person.  Adam’s family is incredibly wealthy. While we have some common interests and traits, we have very different obstacles or rules within society that we are bound by.

This is an area premiere of a not-so-well-known play. Why is it exciting when you are starring in a new production?

The fact that not a lot of people know about this play made me even more interested in it. When someone sees a play or a movie for the first time, the actor playing a certain character becomes ingrained in their minds as that character. They become the standard to which that viewer will compare to future performances they see of the same show. I find it very satisfying knowing that I, along with the rest of the cast, will be bringing this show to life for a lot of people for the very first time.

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Comic Potential plays from October 7-22, 2016 at McLean Community Players performing at The McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre –  1234 Ingleside Avenue, in McLean, VA. For tickets, call Ovations Tix at (866) 811-4111, or purchase them online. Here are directions to the Alden Theatre.

LINKS:
Interviews with the Cast of McLean Community Players’ ‘Comic Potential’ Part 1: Frank Gorrell by Joel Markowitz.

Interviews with the Cast of McLean Community Players’ ‘Comic Potential’ Part 2: Scott Duvall by Joel Markowitz.

Note: The play contains adult situations and language. It’s suitable for those 17 and older.

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Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.