Meet the Cast: Nick Duckworth
Name: Nick Duckworth
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Role: Caleb Prosser
When you are not acting, what do you do?:
During the day, I'm a Project Manager. I also like to cook (mostly because I like to eat), hang out with friends, travel, and sleep.
What is your theatrical background?:
I studied acting in college, but then hung it up for a few years while I pursued other professional interests. When I landed in DC for work a few years ago, I realized there was a really robust and diverse theatre scene, so I jumped back in. I've been lucky enough to be involved in a few productions, readings, workshops, films, and TV shows in that time.
Why did you want to be part of At Sea, Staring Up?:
The show is beautifully written. It doesn't shy away from magical elements and poetic language and, in that way, it's sort of fantastical and ambitious; yet it also allows a lot of space for the characters to come through in a relatable, down-to-earth sense.
In what ways do you relate to your character?:
Caleb is someone who wants to see the best in everything, though beneath the surface he understands a lot more about reality than he's given credit for. I understand that need to believe that things are generally good or can at least be better.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?:
Other people don't see Caleb as a sophisticated person, when in fact there's much more to him than he lets on. The challenge is portraying his optimistic and ostensibly oblivious nature, but just as importantly his less obvious side, which is both more realistic and aware than people expect him to be.
What has been your favorite part about working with The Wheel?:
The entire process has been collaborative and open, and I feel like it has really given a lot room for everyone involved to be creative with their approach. It makes me feel like I have some ownership of the project--that I'm more than just a part of it.
The Wheel Theatre Blog is written by Artistic Director, Jack Read, and Managing Director, Elizabeth Floyd.