Meet Ryan James Coble, who is performing as Joe Foster in Becky’s New Car. Read on to learn about the rehearsal process, how he's developing his character, and why you should take a chance on this show! LA: Where are you originally from?
RJC: I was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Ramsey. I graduated from Anoka High School.
LA: Why did this particular play interest you?
RJC: Becky's New Car intrigued me because it was a play I had never of. When I saw auditions for it, I did some research. I like that the play is a comedy, at moments reminding me of a sitcom but has dark and often touching moments as well. It's also fun to do something contemporary and get to wear normal clothes as opposed to the often times 'toga and tunic garb.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Becky's New Car can you tell us about the show?
RJC: This is a fast-paced, funny and touching play about a middle-aged womans journey. For whatever reason the central character is not entirely happy with her life. Basically through her inaction she finds herself in a serious of predicaments that affect her and her loved ones in ways that will have you laughing and thinking a bunch, and probably shedding a tear.
LA: Talk about the character you play in Becky's New Car and how have you developed this character?
RJC: I play Becky's husband Joe Foster, a fun-loving, hardworking roofer. He loves his wife and son tremendously and would do anything for them. Through a turn of events he is presented with a difficult situation and makes some interesting choices to deal with it. Playing Joe has been a wonderfully-fun, and often terrifying learning experience. I guess I've had to think about those moments when those you love the most hurt you and how you keep going on with your life.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
RJC: This is a diverse and talented cast. Each actor brings extremely interesting and unique choices that enhance the story and brighten it in a number of ways. Our director, Bob Neu, allows the actors to bring their ideas to the stage and gives us amazing things to "think about," never a line-read but something we can go home with, attempt to work out and then bring to rehearsal, he's great!
LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Becky's New Car?
RJC: I love the moments where there is a bit of audience interaction, something different from a lot of plays.
LA: Why should people come and take a chance and see Becky's New Car?
RJC: This is a play that has a wonderful blend of comedy and drama. It is an intriguing and heartfelt story that you've probably never heard of but will talk about after.
LA: What is your New Year Resolution?
RJC: To be honest I avoid making resolutions at the first of the year. The past few months though I have been making a conscious effort to make choices that will better myself and benefit my life.
LA: Sum up Becky's New Car in 3 words?
RJC: Surprising, funny, and thoughtful!
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
RJC: I hope to eventually move out of state but am living locally for now. During the day I wait tables to pay the bills! I have an awesome mom and dad name Cheryl and Wayne who still live in Ramsey, a younger sister named Shauna (Shoo-Shoo), and a beautiful four-year old niece named Kyla who never fails to make me laugh!