Evil Dead the Musical Actor (and Assistant Director) Profile: David Lipschutz! (playing Fake Shemp)

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  1. Where you were born/where were you raised? Flossmoor, IL
  2. Zodiac sign: Aquarius
  3. What are/were the careers of your parents? Both are retired. Dad was a teacher, and mom worked in the family business.
  4. Do you have any Siblings? Yes. Three. I’m the third of four, but I’m also the baby of the family…
  5. Where were you trained? No formal training; just been performing in theatre for nearly thirty years. I did, however, minor in theatre at The George Washington University.
  6. Current favorite audition song or monologue to use: “A Marriage Proposal” from Falsettos. It’s never actually gotten me cast, but I sure do love singing it.
  7. Why did you want to be a part of Evil Dead? Oh where do I begin? It’s my favorite film series. I’ve been obsessed with the movies ever since I saw Army of Darkness when I was eight (8) years old. Since then, I’ve watched that film at least 100 times. I’ve seen nearly all of Bruce Campbell’s movies, and I mean, he’s made some really REALLY bad ones (coughAlienApocalypsecough). I’ve met Bruce Campbell, each of the ladies from Evil Dead, and the artist who designed the Necronomicon, and I have several signed posters, books, photo-stills, and a very special shot glass. I even own each of the video games associated with the films!

  8. Favorite horror movie? Army of Darkness. A close second is Cabin in the Woods.

  9. Most played song in your music collection: “Judy and the Dream of Horses” by Belle & Sebastian

  10. Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Pip in Great Expectations

  11. Worst onstage mishap: I forgot the words to my song and just started word-vomiting extraneous noises. Fortunately, it was a goofy scene where the chorus supported me by visibly laughing at my pain. Unfortunately, it was a duet.

  12. Worst costume ever: I honestly can’t think of one. I guess anything with tights before I discovered dance belts.

  13. Worst job you ever had: I’m embarrassed to say, but being a supervisor in the 2010 Census. I was awaiting bar exam results, so I couldn’t practice law yet. I worked with the Census for about five weeks. It was such a haphazard mess with awful management. When I finally got licensed, I was excited to quit that job in order to start the second worst job I’ve ever had: Mechanic’s Lien Litigation Attorney.

  14. Craziest audition story: According to my mom, I was almost cast as the little boy in Lorenzo’s Oil. Allegedly (again, according to my mom, as I have no recollection of it), I went to numerous callbacks, and the casting team made it clear that, if I could roll from my back to my stomach without using my hands or arms, I would be cast (the character has an illness that makes him very sick and unable to use his arms, I guess). I couldn’t do it. They tried for over an hour at my last callback to get me to do it, but it was to no avail. Sadly, I was not cast.

  15. Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: Mendel in Falsettos (see above, re audition song) Fagin in Oliver

  16. What were you afraid of as a child? The illustrations from the book, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.