In anticipation of Live from AFD! Dynamic Duos! we will be highlighting our talented actors. We had the opportunity to catch up with Judson Pierce who plays Felix (Odd Couple) and learn more about her connection with AFD.
What attracted you to Live from AFD! Dynamic Duos! and Felix? I have wanted to play the part of Felix for a long time. I love this show and hope that the audience finds it still as funny as ever. The desire to get back on stage and act is stronger than ever as we have been shut down from that for over a year. So this comes at a great time for people who want to get back into AFD and entertain!
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed your perception on the importance of live theatre? Theatre is more important than ever before. As a society, we are undergoing a lot of change and corresponding insecurity. Live theatre has always been a constant in our lives. We breathe easier when we are in the company of others experiencing the same things at the same time. This pandemic is something that we must defeat and come out stronger than before. To do that, we must get back to the basics of what makes us all human. Live theater allows us to do just that.
When and how did you first become involved with AFD? Acting in the 2003 production of “The Laramie Project”. I had just moved to Arlington and wanted to be a part of this most amazing group of people. Since then I’ve acted in Wit(2005) and Moonlight and Magnolias(2009). I’ve also written a book called “Greater Boston Community Theater” (2006) which highlights AFD as one of the oldest continuing community groups in the nation. I’ve also assisted in producing “She Loves Me” (2010).
When not performing, what other activities do you participate in? Local politics working on campaigns and running myself! I served as an elected member of the Arlington School Committee from 2010-2016 and presently serve as an elected town meeting member. By day, I work as a lawyer in a law firm in Salem MA representing injured workers.
What do you hope audiences take away from Live from AFD! Dynamic Duos! The pleasure of seeing live theater even if it cannot be in person. Also, the realization that these duo dynamics are as relevant today as when they were first written regardless of the century!