Question: when do sewer rats in suburbia acquire intelligence and cunning? Answer: when they begin calling each other names. For Duff and Tuff, newly arrived on Conner’s lawn after being ejected from a drain culvert during a flood, their I.Q. soon begins to rise while Conner’s falls. Conner, you see, is obsessed with TV. Now the plan is to keep this bachelor from going through with his vow to change his life (and their situation) by pretending to be his supposedly deceased ex wife. Can Duff and Tuff keep Conner providing the junk food they crave (while steering him through the wrong turns of his man-maze), or will an unforeseen event spell doom to their economic survival plans? Inspired by “Who Moved My Cheese?” WHO MOVED MY TV is a short fable has but one lesson: imagination is linked to reading, not watching television.
TOWER REVIEW: Has acting always come naturally to you, and if so, to what do you attribute that–a sensitive nature, curiosity, imagination?
ANTHONY HEALD: I’ve always loved to act, and I guess it’s come instinctively to me. I attribute that to a number of factors: I have a vivid imagination, I’m insatiably curious, I’m an empathetic person. But mostly, I think, the support and encouragement I always got from my family was a major factor in my attraction to the theater and acting, and the decision to try to make a living as an actor.
Q: You’ve done a wide range of acting in your career. What’s most and least gratifying, artistically speaking?
A: For me, the most gratifying kind of work I can do as an actor is in live theater. I love to rehearse – to explore, over a period of weeks, the imaginative life of a character; to find organic behavior for that character that helps to illustrate who he is and what he wants. I love to connect with my scene partners, and to have the opportunity to go through a project over and over again from beginning to end.
Q: If you could have any role to perform, and any book to narrate, what would they be, and why?
A: At this stage in my life Lear is beginning to look more realistic! And I’d love a chance to do Falstaff. As far as audio recording goes, I’ve recorded about half of Chekhov’s short stories – I’d love to finish that.
Q: You have SF and particularly Star Wars productions in common with narrator Jon Davis, although I’ve only heard you in SF titles like Eifelheim by Michael Flynn and Ubik by Philip K. Dick. Were yours full cast and sound, or solo narration, and how did they come about?
A: The Star Wars audiobooks I did—many of them—were all solo narration, with music and sound effects added later on.
Q: We love Black Mask Audio Magazine. Have you done any other full cast productions or radio dramas, and was it particularly fun for you, working with Blackstone Audio?
A: Black Mask was the only full cast radio drama I’ve done. We’ve recorded full cast audio recordings of the Shakespeare productions done at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in October. Our first was “King Henry VIII”, since no one can predict how many decades will go by before we do that play again!
Q: Ashland, Oregon has turned into like this mecca, or Los Angeles North, for audiobook narrators, now that Grover is head of production at Blackstone there. Are you and Tom Weiner and the gang still doing productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, too? And does the place merit a tourist visit?
A: I’m in my 6th season at OSF, and will be returning next season as Shylock. Ashland and the Festival are definitely worth a week-long visit.
Q: What’s next up for you? More classics too, I hope. You did a wonderful job with The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, and Crime and Punishment.
A: I hope I get to do more classics – “Crime and Punishment” was great fun to do. Let people know you think I should do more!