Daniel Jose Molina brilliantly played Hal in both parts of Henry IV and the title role of Henry V At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2017 & 2018. Now quarantining in the Chicago area with his wife Alejandra Escalante (who fiercely played Hotspur opposite him in Henry IV Part 1), Daniel discusses how the roles came to him, and shares how Hal’s fear of becoming king matches the actor’s fear of playing him; the importance of knowing that Hal belongs in Eastcheap and isn’t just a tourist; how to best fight imposter syndrome; passing the baton to your fellow actors; the challenge of translating Shakespeare back into English; having multiple versions of the same conversation; the value of discovering new dream roles; devising the elevator pitch of Hal’s journey; and the flattering presence of the Reduced Shakespeare Company in his actor origin story. (Length 28:56)

  1. I was hoping the Dallas shows would be closer to sold out than they were. I am glad to hear that it sounds like you guys were happy with the crowds that did attend. I know my wife was vocal at the Saturday night performance during the rugby/football scene. Reed did his best to put her in her place, but I’ve been dealing with the woman for 20 years and haven’t had any such luck.

    Hope you guys make a return trip sometime soon.

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