For those who have been long time audience members or actors at Black Swan, Erik Scott will be remembered for his variety of roles in the seven years and 15 plays at Black Swan. From Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast) to Malvolio (Twelfth Night), John Darling (Peter Pan) to Romeo (Romeo & Juliet) and Roger (Noises Off!) to Bottom ( A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Erik has always found the comedic moments.
His love of stage combat and talent for physical comedy are stand out traits of Erik’s acting style and suprisingly have led to no broken bones on stage. Slight concussions are another matter. In Black Swan’s 2010 Princess Bride while playing Inigo Montoya he says he favorite memory was “when I was knocked out on stage by a sword hilt . It was intended to be a lovely fake whack to the head, which on one particular night proved to be a real whack to the head… I somehow rolled off and woke up under the stage during the fire swamp scene.”
Erik will be acting and directing scenes in Black Swan’s Refugee Benefit and is the creator for this refugee benefit as it’s a cause that is personal to him. Erik adds, ” I recently returned from two year LDS mission in Sweden and while there the European refugee crisis was in it’s peak years of 2015-2016. The crisis wasn’t merely a topic I read in the newspaper and discussed about in my cozy community cafe. I was in the midst of it. Nearly every single day in Sweden consisted of some form of service for refugees. We taught, worked alongside, visited, listened to, laughed with, cried with, ate with, played with and became friends with refugees. Their stories became a part of me, and I cannot simply live life passively as they, and countless others, struggle in desperate need of help. Any act I can do, no matter how small, is worth it.”
Erik and his soon to be wife, Courtney, will be heading to London, England this fall where Erik will be studying Writing for Performance and Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Erik thinks “making the medium of fundraising for theatre seems perfect-. For theatre, when done right, is the art of “holding the mirror up to nature” so as to inspire humanity….so we are not only collecting money to benefit refugee camps in Greece, but hopefully giving the audience increased inspiration and a touched soul in return.”
Don’t miss Erik and the whole cast in this last last Black Swan performance, Its 7pm, June 2nd at the World Trade Center in Portland.