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Cheo Bourne Answers the Proust Questionnaire


Cheo Bourne

Cheo Bourne

Cheo Bourne (Nanki-Poo in New Rep’s production of Hot Mikado) appeared last season at New Rep as Kit Kat Boy in Cabaret, and as Crooks/Slim in Of Mice and Men and Boxer in Animal Farm for New Rep On Tour. Other recent credits include Tom in Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theater), Ugly in HONK! (Wheelock Family Theater), Elvis Wasowski in Jerry Springer The Opera (SpeakEasy Stage), and Doctor Pinch in The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). He has studied acting at Connecticut College and the British American Drama Academy in London.

What is your definition of misery?
All the gummy candy in the world vanishing…

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my family and friends simultaneously…

What was your first “real” job working in theatre?
In high school I work at New Rep as an administrative intern and production spotlight operator for Scapin and Into the Woods. Out of college, I auditioned for New Rep as an actor and they cast me in my first “real” play, I played a Kit Kat Boy in New Rep’s production of Cabaret.

Are you a good at waiting tables?
Usually, but it depends on how tired I am.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Steven Urkel

Who are your favorite heroes of theatre?
August Wilson and Paul Robeson

Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
My father, Wendell Bourne Jr., and my high school teacher and director, John A. Minigan.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
SILENCE! It’s OK to be opinionated and to speak your mind.

What do you consider the most underrated virtue?
Respect.

Your favorite painter?
George Seurat

Your favorite musician?
Chinua Hawk, India Arie, Adam Guettel and Stephen Sondheim

Your favorite playwright?
August Wilson and William Shakespeare, because I am constantly captivated by Wilson’s spirituality and Shakespeare’s poetics.

When and Where were you happiest?
Walking through the rose garden of Regent Park everyday in London, with my two best friends on our way to study theater.

What do you most value in colleagues?
A sense of humor and fearlessness of vulnerability.

Is there a class in which you wish you had paid more attention?
math…oops.

If you didn’t work in theatre, what would you do?
I’d cry a bit, then I’d go audition for something.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
While I was doing a production of HONK! I tripped and fell on stage, but I turned it into a dance move. No one knew except for my cast; of course, they all thought it was hilarious!

What you’d like to be the world’s best at?
Singing… I’m talking Whitney Houston circa The Bodyguard, a man can dream.

What book would you read more than once?
Fences. Yes, it’s a play; but, who cares! It’s wonderful!

Who would play you in a movie of your life? Why?
Jaleel Ahmad White, why? Google him.

What sports teams do you follow?
Does the show Glee count? Because the William McKinley Glee Club does of bit of dancing and it is a sport of sorts.

Where would you like to spend a vacation?
Aruba…I’m not picky

What car would you like to be seen driving around in?
A limousine… I don’t mind driving, but truth be told I’d rather be driven.

What book is currently on your nightstand?
The Alchemist

If you could see a great production of a classic play, what would it be?
Romeo and Juliet or Faust

If you could travel back in time to visit or live in any time in history, when would it be?
The 70′s…easy.

What actor will you see in any project they do?
I wish I could list stage actors here, but it’s near impossible to catch my favorite actors on stage wherever they may be. So, I’ll say Kate Blanchett, Will Smith, and Emma Thompson.

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