In the Wings: A Conversation with Great Expectations Star Josh Carpenter
My name is … Josh Carpenter and I am playing Pip in Great Expectations.
On opening night … I will eat far too many hors d’oeuvres.
My favorite part of Great Expectations is … watching the Mr. Wopsle players perform Hamlet.
To get into character for Great Expectations I … try to remember what it’s like to be a kid.
My favorite Dickens character is … impossible for me to pick right now, but I am in awe of the breadth and generosity of Dickens’ view of humanity.
If I lived in 1850’s London, I would be … dead now.
My first stage kiss … was in eighth grade, and I had very little experience with real kissing, so I’m sure I was extremely awkward.
The first play I was in was … was Bye, Bye, Birdie; I played Albert Peterson.
My dream role is … King Lear, many, many years from now.
The most famous person I’ve ever met … was Pope John Paul II. Though “met” is a bit generous; more accurate would be, “was within a few feet of.”
The last thing I binge-watched … was the Brideshead Revisited mini-series with Jeremy Irons.
To stay in shape I… walk a lot and do simple body-weight exercises almost every day. I also eat ice cream almost every day. I’m pretty sure that helps.
The last time I dined out in Philadelphia, I ate … pho in Chinatown.
The best show I saw in Philly recently … was A Number by Caryl Churchill, as part of the A Play, A Pie, and A Pint series, and the repertory of As You Like It and Richard II at Quintessence Theatre Group.
The best thing about Philadelphia’s theater scene is … there is a great variety of companies, so there is always something exciting going on.