A senior from the University of Southern California making his first major appearance on an equity production is getting strong reviews, reports USC News.
Kapil Talwalkar appears in Animals Out of Paper which opened the East West Players 50th season in Los Angeles and runs through October 5.
Talwalkar plays an origami prodigy welcomed into the studio by a world renowned artist.
“We auditioned quite a few actors,” director Jennifer Chang said. “I knew Kapil as a very sweet, suburban California boy, but the character is urban, with a traumatic event in his past, a hip-hop guy with an attitude. Suresh [the character] also needed to show vulnerability.”
The Los Angeles Times called Talwalkar “an absolute find,” “a revelation.”
But the young actor said thinks didn’t really click for him in the production until he took the director’s advice and realized it was OK just to act natural.
“She said to risk being boring, which was something massive that I learned.”
Being a student while starring in a stage production and preparing a campus play he will be directing late next month has been a lesson in time management for the actor.
You can read about that in USC News.