Kevin Spirtas wants to make it clear that art is not imitating life for him in Loaded, Elliot Ramon Potts' new two-character play about gay men, now at the Lion Theatre. "This role is a very big undertaking for me," says Spirtas. "My character, Patrick, is torn and abused and so lost in his own anger that he thinks he's always going to stay broken, and I don't necessarily have those issues. And even though I don't agree with all the content in the play, I feel like there are individuals who have the kinds of attitudes and beliefs these characters share and that should come to the forefront."
Spirtas is also pleased to be sharing the stage with co-star Scott Kerns. "I'd never heard of him before or even seen him, and I'm very impressed," he says. "We auditioned separately and were each paired off with different people, but when they brought the two of us in together, it clicked. In fact, I instantly had the feeling that Scott was right for the show. He's a very talented young man."
The play is a theatrical change of pace for Spirtas, whose credits include such musicals as A Chorus Line and The Boy from Oz and who has performed his own one-man show around the country. "I don't do any singing -- other than a bad Barbra Streisand imitation for one second; I don't even hum or snap my fingers," he says. "I am inspired by not having to be supported by entrance music."
The actor also notes that Loaded is rather different from his work as Dr. Craig Wesley on NBC's Days of Our Lives. "When you deal with issues like sexuality or abuse on a soap opera, it tends to be in very broad terms. But here, the paintbrush is very fine," he says. "Still, being on a soap opera was great -- it gave me a platform for my next phase of creativity -- and I'd go back if they asked me."
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