JONAH SIMON is a Senior at Valparaiso High School. The Less Than Human Club marks his first performance ever.
What character are you playing?
I play Clinton, a black over achiever and self-appointed group comedian.
What aspects of your character do you find most interesting?
Clinton jokes even about terrible things that are happening. Also, he's one of the characters who urges Davis to be honest about who he is and his somewhat selfish secondary motivation.
What do you find most interesting about the play?
Probably the one-sided romantic relationship between Davis and Harley. Gareth and Anthony portray it so well and it evolves so believably and naturally.
What has been most challenging for you as you have prepared for this play?
My character does some impressions of authority figures. I had not really attempted an honest impression before, so that was a bit challenging.
What has been the most rewarding?
The way Lisa gets us to analyze our characters. I'm now able to appreciate the work of authors and actors on a fascinating new level.
What can audiences expect when they come to see this show?
They will probably be able to relate to the characters. The greatest things about the play are the realness and honesty. Most people have seen some of what our characters see and have felt what they feel.
What are your thoughts on Chicago Street Theatre and the opportunities it provides for teen actors?
It's so great. A school would never pick a play like this--which is a shame--but they just can't get away with it.