Meet Vancouver-based actor and co-founder of Vancouver’s Sticks and Stones Theatre, Carlen Escarraga.
Carlen next appears in the Sticks and Stones Theatre production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. Albee’s first play, it is the story of upper-middle-class Peter who is interrupted by a transient while reading in Central Park. Despite Peter’s apparent reluctance to chat, Jerry strikes up a conversation.
The Zoo Story plays the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive January 10-13. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
Meet Carlen Escarraga
Carlen Escarraga was born in Vancouver and grew up in Whalley and North Delta and received his training at Douglas College Theatre, Langara Film Arts, and Studio 58. He is now represented by Jen Johnston at Red Management. When he is not acting and needs his food he works industrial roofing and dresses up as superheroes for kids birthday parties. Carlen was last seen on stage in Taboo: Sex, Drugs, and Age (Ruby Slippers), This Is Our Youth (Sticks and Stones) and Vincent River (Osimous). On television, he has a 20-second scene with Supergirl.
20 Questions with Carlen Escarraga
1. Your first job.
Using the baseball bat to hit the ceiling when the upstairs neighbours were too loud.
2. The job you always wanted as a child.
Be the one who gets to push the button to cross the street
3. Your pet peeve.
When a driver doesn’t give “the wave”.
4. Your hero.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
A full bag of chips in a single serve meal.
6. One thing no one knows about you.
I am the only Escarraga in Vancouver.
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
My limbs, sanity, and curiosity.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9. If you were not pursuing a career in theatre, what would you be doing right now?
Grabbing my Bonnie and hitting up a bank.
10. Hero or villain?
Disney hero, comic book villain.
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
We all don’t know what’s next, but we all do it.
12. Your favourite playwright.
John Patrick Shanley.
13. The last book you read.
Johnathan Levingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
14. If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be, and why?
Ryder from Paw Patrol.
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
Again, she rolled her eyes at him.
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
My late lola, Carol. I never met her but she seemed to have hugely impacted those that knew her as if she was an angel.
17. Your idea of happiness.
Giving back to the world more than I take.
18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?
You know that feeling you have that you can do it? Trust it.
19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
The people I surround myself with make me want to be the best me.
20. To be or not to be?
If music be the food of love, play on.