Curtain Call

Phebe Wahl | March 26, 2018 | Feature Features National

This month, actor Joshua Jackson makes his Broadway debut in "Children of a Lesser God."

"There is something special about Broadway,” offers actor Joshua Jackson, who debuts on the Great White Way this month in Children of a Lesser God. “I’ve done off-Broadway and I’ve done the West End, but there definitely is a special feeling to be able to bring any show to Broadway—and to bring a revival back that was such a sensation when it first came out is a special pressure, but also a certain feeling of excited anticipation.”

Jackson got his start on the stage early. “My first [role] was playing Rumpelstiltskin in a school play,” he shares. Today, the seasoned actor boasts a busy season ahead both onstage and on the small screen, as he returns in the role of Cole Lockhart in The Affair. Despite being best known for his television roles on that famous creek, the theater provides the actor a venue to hone his craft more deeply. “You have a lot more rehearsal time, so you’re able to dive in,” Jackson says. “The major difference is that once we get through the process of rehearsal and we get it on stage at the end of each night, that’s our performance, and it goes away, and we do it again the next night. So there’s both incredible responsibility in that, obviously, [and] incredible freedom to it—a real joy as an actor to have it a self-contained performance every night.”

In Children of a Lesser God, Jackson offers a meditation on love. “I think love stories are always poignant, and in general, the ways in which we communicate or miscommunicate when we’re falling in love—when we’re trying to maintain being in love—I think that’s universal. I also think that we live in a moment when most of us are talking past each other, and not really trying to understand or empathize with the person that we are talking to, and I think it’s incredibly relevant... the ways in which we just don’t make space to see or have empathy for the other, and in that way never truly understand or [are] understood, frankly.”


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