Will Le Vasseur, Actor
by Lisa A. Fraser
Aug 10, 2011 | 3855 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It's a well-known fact that up-and-coming actors usually have more than one job. So it's no surprise that Will Le Vasseur, the artistic director of the Astoria-based Redd Tale Theatre Company, is also a massage therapist.

For many actors, the side job or the stable job, whichever they prefer to call it, is a complete entity of its own. It never meets the actor; it stays in its own corner. But for Le Vasseur, the two could not be more in sync.

In fact, the two are so in sync that actor and massage therapist will share the stage together at Nicu's Spoon Theatre on West 38th Street in Manhattan this August. Le Vasseur will be on stage giving a massage to one randomly called audience member in a show entitled "The Science of Massage."

The cost is only $5 to enter and each $5 purchases a ticket, which Le Vasseur will then pick out to choose an audience member to join him on stage as he explains the steps a massage therapist takes when dealing with clients.

"I kept getting people asking me questions about the body," he said. "So I said why don't I take what I know and make it accessible to an audience?"

Now, his goal for each Tuesday at 8 p.m. throughout August will be to impart some knowledge of what a 90-minute massage will do to the body.

"It's a matter of education, you'll see someone get a massage on stage and understand the way we use our craft," he said.

Le Vasseur knows the show will be a challenge, but it's one that his acting skills have been preparing him for. Transplanted from Seattle and now settled in Astoria, Le Vasseur received his BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. The parting project before leaving the school involved coming up with a theatre company of sorts, complete with productions. It was there that Redd Tale got its start.

The theatre puts on original productions, such as “Frankenstein with Mary Shelley” and “Gabriel.” All shows possess a sci-fi theatrical experience - a genre Le Vasseur says is often hard to adapt on stage.

But for five seasons, he has successfully pulled it off. The two aforementioned shows are running through the month of August and they aim to connect the audience to the characters. It’s one way to effectively convey the sci-fi tone.

“We want to show people that they don’t have to be afraid of science fiction on stage,” he said. "We want people to leave the theatre thinking."

For more information on the Redd Tale theatre visit www.reddtale.org.

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