Meet Ty Hudson, who is performing as Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman. 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?
TH: I am originally from South Sioux City, Nebraska. There's more than just cornfields there I promise!
LA: Why did this particular play interest you?
TH: I studied Death of a Salesman in college and was enamored with the story as soon as I read it. I had the opportunity to be in All My Sons, another Arthur Miller play, and thought it was the most gratifying performance I have had in my theatrical career thus far...until this.
LA: For those unfamiliar with Death of a Salesman can you tell us about the show?
TH: It is the story of a family that is trying to rediscover itself. There is a lot of underlying pain in each member of the Loman family, and throughout the play they try to put the pieces back together again or die trying. It is a story of loss, pain, and attempted redemption.
LA: Talk about the character(s) that you play in Death of a Salesman How have you developed this character(s)?
TH: Biff is one of those roles that comes along once in a lifetime. I think every 20-30 year-old actor has it at or near the top of their dream role list. Biff is the son to Willy Loman, the show's protagonist. He is discovering himself still at the age of 34 and is trying to decide if he can still actively be a part of this family after his dad hurts him in an emotionally traumatic way. Developing the character has been a wonderful challenge that has been made so much easier with the help of Bob Neu's direction. The most challenging, yet rewarding, part of the experience has been the emotional journey that Biff goes on. Tackling that has been quite the process, but boy do I go home every night feeling like I discovered not only something new about the character but also about myself.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
TH: This cast is incredible. I have had the pleasure of working with some great talents in the Twin Cities in my short time here and have been extremely blessed to be a part of this crew as well. The support and complimentary attitude of everyone in the show is just amazing. You walk into rehearsal everyday knowing that not only are you in a safe environment to explore with these wonderful performers, but I am excited to have had the chance to know them as well and carry these relationships on with me after the show is done.
If I had to point out one particular person it would have to be Warren who plays Willy. I have followed his lead since day one when we stepped into the callback room and had the chance to work together. The way he plunges head first into the role is outstanding. I hope to be the kind of actor that he is someday.
LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Death of a Salesman?
TH: I think the entire cast and crew's cohesiveness has impressed me. They seem to work in such great unison that if there are hiccups behind the scenes, I have no idea. Everyone covers for each other and once again is so dang nice. The folks behind the scenes do a terrific job of letting everything run smoothly, and I feel confident in saying that as actors we are in great hands.
LA: Why should people come and take a chance and see Death of a Salesman?
TH: It is an American classic. It is beautifully directed by Bob Neu. It is a timeless tale that is still relevant today. It is a show that I think theatres are somewhat scared to do, and Lyric Arts is brave enough to tackle. This chance doesn't come around too often so you should give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.
LA: What was your first job you ever had?
TH: The first job I ever had was at a Mexican restaurant called "La Fiesta". I wasn't that great at speaking Spanish, but I scraped by. I would come home every night smelling of Mexican food and having salsa all over my white button up. It was a good time though.
LA: Sum up Death of a Salesman in 3 words?
TH: Family, Angst, Tragedy.
LA: What is your favorite thing about Lyric Arts?
TH: The people. Cast, crew, staff. Everyone that I have met has had a smile on their face, been so welcoming, and gives full support to Death of a Salesman. I would recommend this place to other actors in a heartbeat if they are looking for a theatre that handles itself in a professional manner while not depriving one of the freedom to explore and create something an actor can be proud of.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
TH:I just moved up to the Twin Cities in September, and I cannot say enough about this wonderful city. It has been a dream come true to finally get up here and pursue my dream of acting. I have a wonderful fiance' who's overwhelming support has been incredibly heartwarming. I am crazy about family and friends. This show sends me home thinking about my lovely father, mother, and brother every single night.