Of Mice and Men and Expanding an Acting School with James Franco

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By Richard Horgan Comment

Gotham magazine online editor April Walloga has a zippy Q&A with Jim Parrack, a Texas-born actor who can currently be seen alongside James Franco in the Broadway revival Of Mice and Men (in previews).

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Parrack was previously based in LA, but he recently relocated to Fort Greene, Brooklyn not just for Broadway purposes but also to watch over a separate new “Brooklyn Lab” endeavor with his Broadway co-star Franco:

“James [Franco] and I both studied at a place called Playhouse West, and the founder of the school asked me to start teaching about four years ago. One of the reasons I wanted to move out here was to extend the school out here [from Los Angeles] and start the Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab.”

“Originally that wasn’t the thought, and then James started the Studio 4, and now, I think you’re the first person either of us are telling this, but we’re going to have his Studio 4 and my Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab combine and be one acting school out here on the east coast. It’s going to be, like, a repertory theater, a place for people to try out their own plays, because with [Franco’s] school there’s going to be writing labs, filmmaking workshops, theater directing classes, acting classes.”

Parrack, who is looking for space in Brooklyn for the school, is also getting ready to direct his first feature film. He tells Walloga that his best friend since age 10, Scott Haze, will be starring in an upcoming play directed by Franco. Full Q&A here.

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