Q & A with Gavin Lawrence from “Master Harold”…and the boys

Before you go see the show this weekend, check out this Q & A with Gavin Lawrence, who plays Sam in Athol Fugard’s masterpiece, “Master Harold”…and the boys. Don’t forget there’s still time to get tickets to see this remarkable show!


Full given name: Gavin Dillon Lawrence

Zodiac sign: Taurus

If you could go back in time and catch any dance performance, what would it be? Any performance by the Nicholas Brothers.

Where were you born?/Raised?/Consider your old neighborhood? Born in the Caribbean country of Guyana. Raised in DC. Old neighborhood is the Cleveland Park neighborhood in Washington, DC.

Where do you live now? Does your family still live here?/Have a business? I live between Minneapolis, Chicago, and Washington, DC. My kids are in Minneapolis, mother and other family in DC area.

Where did you attend college?/Complete your training? Howard University, BFA in Theatre.

Performer you would drop everything to go see: Prince.

Favorite pre-show meal: Don’t eat before shows. After show, however, I can eat Italian food every night.

Worst onstage mishap: Lost big toenail while being beaten to death with real watermelons onstage. (Dream on Monkey Mountain at the Guthrie Theatre, directed by Bill T. Jones).

Worst costume ever: White Rabbit in Santa In Wonderland while in college. (Broke out in rash all over).

Who influenced you the most to get into this business? The actor, Glynn Turman. His performance in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of Ceremonies In Dark Old Men.

Most played song on your iPod? “Now I Know,” by Stephen Marley

Last book you read? Notes on a Native Son, by James Baldwin.

Must-see TV show? Don’t really watch TV much (except football) but maybe The Walking Dead.

Last good movie you saw? Birdman.

Favorite board game/Favorite card game? Trivial Pursuit/Spoons.

Pop culture guilty pleasure? Facebook and Yoga.

Cats or dogs? Dogs.

Favorite cereal? Rice Krispies.

Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream – favorite flavor? Black Raspberry Cheesecake.

Cook at home, or eat out? Eat out.

Favorite mode of transportation? Train.

Favorite karaoke song? “Fly Me To The Moon” (Tony Bennett)

Have you been here before (with a show or even passing through)? No, it will be my first time in East Lansing.

For more information about the show, and to buy tickets, you can check out the show page, call us at 1-800-WHARTON, and stop by the Ticket Office! Also, students don’t forget student tickets are only $15!

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