Name: Sam De Roest
Where are you creating theatre? New York City
Tell us about your current project?
The Waterman revolves around a race of peaceful ocean-dwelling “Water People” who come into conflict with the so-called “Land Men” over their reckless pollution and illegal fishing practices. The two civilizations, both deeply suspicious of the other, are on the eve of a globally destructive war when a half-fish, half-man secret agent called The Waterman goes deep undercover as a human to save the day. The show is scored by a folk-rock palette, sometimes haunting, sometimes raucous, and always foot-stomping enjoyable. We grapple with questions about familial obligations, political war tactics, and what it means to love a half-human/half-fish.
What continues to inspire your art?
New audiences, The planet, making my friends laugh.
Any advice for your peers?
Make the show you’ve always wanted to see.
What’s next for you?
Writing a movie musical with The Barn, called Grapes of Rad
Sam De Roest is a Brooklyn based actor, improviser and playwright/composer. He is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory and the Curious Comedy Training Center in Portland, OR. In 2014, Sam and his writing partner Kyle Acheson (The Waterman) moved from Portland to New York City to pursue their interests in Musical Theatre.
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