Know Theatre is especially proud of the rockstar cast we’ve assembled for our latest MainStage production, Harry & The Thief. Even more than that, we’re proud that this unique and surprising play has allowed us to bring some major talent back to Cincinnati from parts elsewhere!
Today’s featured artist, Rico Reid (Jeremy), was born & raised in Cincinnati and attended Walnut Hills. He served in the U.S. Army after graduating and upon completing his contract, worked odd-jobs and did youth ministry. His unplanned career on the stage began with rap (Fresh Digress), which somehow led to playing piano, singing, acting and dance. After receiving his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic University, he performed in Southern Florida until returning to Cincy during the 2013/2014 season at the Playhouse in the Park as a member of their Intern Acting Company. Most recently, you may have seen Rico during the smash-hit 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival production of Blogging Behind Bars.
In Harry & The Thief, Rico plays the arguably mad (and certainly genius) scientist Jeremy, responsible for sending his thieving cousin back in time to find Harriet Tubman and start a revolution.
We sat down with Rico to ask him a little more about Jeremy and what it’s like to be a part of this adventure at Know:
1. What do you love most about playing your character, Jeremy?
The freedom to make big bold choices.
2. What would your character’s action-movie theme song be?
3. Why should audiences root for Jeremy?
Because he’s passionate and means well.
4. Say someone sent you back in time to change the course of history: Who would you go to find and what would you do?
I (Rico) would decline such a task, I don’t trust myself. Or, I’d find the find the forefathers who penned the Constitution/Bill of Rights and tell them to add some unmistakable clarity to some of the points because there will be people in the future misinterpreting things and screwing up the country . . .
5. In 50 words or less, why should Cincinnati come out to see Harry & The Thief?
Because it’s everything you’re not expecting in a play about Harriet Tubman, and it’s going to be hilarious.