“Jim and I have such a compatibility onstage. I just sort of intuitively know we were meant to work together,” says Plum, who cast him as Macduff when she directed “Macbeth” last fall for Actors’ Shakespeare Project.
“He’s kind of a force of nature,” she says. “He’s one of those really masculine men who plays those heroic roles really well.”
The two performers say they are alike in a strange way. As Plum puts it, “What’s weird about actors is that the most extroverted actors are really profound introverts . . . we’re hyper-vulnerable and sensitive on the inside.”
Andreassi notes that he and Plum have each been married for 32 years. His wife is Margaret Andreassi, managing director of Elm Shakespeare, and Plum’s husband is actor Richard Snee. “We both recognize that safety as fundamental to our work,” says Andreassi, who also played Sir Toby in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s “Twelfth Night” last season.
Lyric Stage artistic director Spiro Veloudos remembers reading a review of “Antony and Cleopatra.” Otherwise, he says, he knew nothing about Andreassi until the actor appeared at a series of showcase auditions organized by StageSource last spring.
“His hair was about as long as it is now, and I went, ‘Wow, you look like Beethoven,’” Veloudos says. “And then it was, wow, I just hope he can act. And he gave a great audition.”
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