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Bruce DuBose in An Iliad at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
Bruce DuBose in An Iliad at Undermain Theatre. Photo courtesy of Undermain Theatre
Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad in An Iliad at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
DuBose and Paul Semrad use a variety of ancient and contemporary instruments during An Iliad. Photo courtesy of Undermain Theatre
Bruce DuBose in An Iliad at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
DuBose's return engagement of An Iliad gives audiences another chance to catch his remarkable solo performance. Photo courtesy of Undermain Theatre
Dallas actor Bruce DuBose
Undermain Theatre and Dallas stage star Bruce DuBose. Courtesy of Undermain Theatre
Bruce DuBose in An Iliad at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad in An Iliad at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
Bruce DuBose in An Iliad at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
Dallas actor Bruce DuBose

As a founding member and executive producer of Undermain Theatre, Bruce DuBose has seen a lot of successes during the acclaimed theater company's 29 seasons. His work onstage, both at Undermain and around Dallas, has garnered rave reviews and made him a local stage celebrity.

In October of last year, DuBose embraced another acting challenge when he performed in Undermain's An Iliad with musician Paul Semrad. The one-man show was a whirlwind, calling on DuBose to embody Achilles and all the other players of the Trojan War while channeling the complex emotions and reactions through a blend of modern language and Homer's lyrical but difficult poetry.

Now, due to popular demand, Undermain is reviving An Iliad for an exclusive two-week engagement. Before DuBose once again steps into his role as the wandering poet, he took the time to fill out our survey of serious, fun and sometimes ridiculous questions. 

Full name: Bruce DuBose

Previous work in the DFW area: Blasted, Macbeth, Penelope, The Birthday Party, Endgame and several dozen others at Undermain. Arms and the Man, Alice: Tales of a Curious Girl, A Family Affair and Porcelain, all at Dallas Theater Center. Long Way Go Down at Kitchen Dog. Antony and Cleopatra at Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. Fool for Love at Stage West.

Hometown: Dallas

Where you currently reside: Lakewood

First theater role: Jonathan Harker in Dracula at Harry C. Withers elementary school

First stage show you ever saw: Aside from my sister Belinda’s appearance as an angel and the Ice Capades, it was most likely the Dallas Summer Musicals’ production of Fiddler on the Roof with Herschel Bernardi as Tevye.

Moment you decided to pursue a career in theater: I decided to pursue a career as an actor. The theater was inseparable from a desire to perform.

Most challenging role you’ve played: Ian in Sarah Kane’s Blasted

Special skills: Guitar player, harmonica, keyboard and composition as well as cat whistling and blue yodeling

Something you’re REALLY bad at: Golf

Current pop culture obsession: Post-steampunk

Last book you read: Napoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern

Favorite  movie(s): Last Tango in Paris, The Wages of Fear, The Bride of Frankenstein, to name a few

Favorite musician(s): Ravi Shankar, John Lee Hooker, Lenny Kravitz, Bob Dylan, Alabama Shakes

Favorite song: "Stand by Me"

Dream role(s): Marc Antony (again), James Tyrone, one that begins with "L" and ends with "EAR," and Danton in Danton’s Death

Favorite play(s): Antony and Cleopatra

Favorite musical(s): Once, Man of La Mancha, Greendale

Favorite actor(s): Daniel Day-Lewis, Alan Bates, Joaquin Phoenix, Ben Kingsley, Robert Mitchum, Julianne Moore, Ellen Burstyn, Claire Bloom. This could go on and on.

Favorite food: Linguine with clam sauce

Must-see TV show(s): Mad Men, The Wire

Place in the world you’d most like to visit: Tibet

Pre-show warm-up: Kundalini yoga, chi gong, and vocal and diction exercises

Favorite part about your current role: Reciting large sections of Homer

Most challenging part about your current role: Reciting large sections of Homer

Most embarrassing onstage mishap: Once tripped over a toga

Career you’d have if you weren’t a performer: Benefactor for any cause pursued by [Undermain artistic director] Katherine Owens

Favorite post-show spot: Sons of Hermann Hall’s downstairs saloon

Favorite thing about Dallas-Forth Worth: Great arts scene and great people

Most memorable theater moment: Performing Goose and Tomtom for playwright David Rabe at Undermain or touring the play Sarejevo in Macedonia

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An Iliad plays May 29-June 15 at Undermain Theatre.