Artists in their own words: Bryan Batt

Who: Bryan Batt
What: Actor
Where: In New Orleans and ready to put on An Act of God 
Q: In this 90-minute play, God answers questions that have plagued humanity. What question didn’t make the cut, but you feel like should have?

BB: We hysterically touch on a lot of biblical stories and the liberties taken there in An Act of God, but not so much on the after life, and that is something I think we all want to know about. I guess we’ll just have to wait an find out, but I wouldn’t say I’m in a hurry to find out that information. 

Q: If this play was also to include a meal with God, what would be on the menu and who would be serving the food?  

BB: Well, like in nearly every religion, we would have lots of bread and wine. And since we are here in NOLA , French bread, red beans and rice, and/or gumbo would definitely be on the bill of fare
Like at the last supper, the perky staff of the upper room  would serve, and this time they wouldn’t get stiffed with the bill when a certain someone bolts and puts a damper on the whole night. 
Q: What is your go-to outfit when you are in a hurry and how do you feel about that outfit? 
BB: I often find I gravitate toward a smart blazer over a button down Oxford or v-neck t-shirt. I usually wear white or dark denim jeans and comfy slip on sneakers–those make me feel grown up yet comfortable.
Q: When do you remember being blissfully happy as a child? 
BB: I think I was blessed with a pretty wonderful childhood, but my most blissful was when playing at Pontchartrain Beach in the off season and decorating our place for Christmas. 
Q: How do you envision a world where no one works? 
BB: I really don’t envision a world where no one works. I actually enjoy work. I love entertaining and creating and designing.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like playing too, but I believe a good balance is key, and I hope that people see the playing in the show. I hope people come to our show and laugh because we always need a good laugh!

 Bryan Batt will perform in An Act of God, which opens Friday, May 11 at Le Petit Theater. This play is ritten by David Javerbaum (winner of 13 Emmys, 2 Peabody Awards, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and a Grammy for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart). Tickets range from $15-$50, and you can buy them here


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