Interviews with the Cast of McLean Community Players’ ‘Comic Potential’ Part 3: Mike Scott

In Part 3 in a series of interviews with the cast of McLean Community Players’ Comic Potential, meet Mike Scott.

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

Mike Scott.

Mike Scott.

Mike: I’m a retired lawyer and corporation executive who appeared 2-3 decades ago in several productions for the Great Falls Players. I’m a past president of the McLean Community Players, and have produced or directed a number of shows for them. This is my first onstage performance at the Alden.

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

I play Lester Trainsmaith, a wealthy and somewhat eccentric octogenarian who owns the TV production company for which all the other players, human and android, work. In a way, he brings order out of the chaos that exists as the first curtain rises. Since he never leaves his wheelchair, speaks mostly though a proxy, and speaks only a few lines himself, this is quite a feat.

What is your favorite scene in the play? 

My favorite scene is the last one, in which I actually speak a few lines. My favorite thing I get to do in the scene is wearing a WWII bomber pilot’s helmet and goggles.

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

My favorite line: “I think it’s time we gave artificial intelligence a trial canter, don’t you?” Favorite other person’s line (Jaycie): “Action!”

Far Left: Lester Trainsmith (Mike Scott), the network owner, talks with the actoids and production staff and tries to talk Jacie into becoming Regional Director. Photo by Irish Eyes Photography by Toby.

Far Left: Lester Trainsmith (Mike Scott), the network owner, talks with the actoids and production staff and tries to talk Jacie into becoming Regional Director. Photo by Irish Eyes Photography by Toby.

What challenges have you had in preparing for your role?

Since I’m an octogenarian playing one, remembering the few lines that I have.

This is an area premiere of a not-so-well-known play. Why will audiences enjoy it?

I was a member of the reading group that first reviewed this play as a production possibility, and we could hardly get through the reading without breaking into raucous giggles, to the point of tears, about every two minutes.

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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.

Interviews with the Cast of McLean Community Players’ ‘Comic Potential’ Part 3: Mike Scott by Joel Markowitz.

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

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