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Jerry Prager

               The character of Bob Cridon is somewhat a mirror image of myself--we’re both great admirers of the theater and it’s vast potential for human understanding and awareness. Bob Cridon’s great dream is to change the world by interpreting Dostoyevsky’s novel to the present time and staging it as a play. A lot of us in theater start out with a messianic streak, and we think the great magic of the theater and our own wonderful talent will rub off on the world and make it a better place. Somewhere down the line we temper our ambitions and bring it in line with reality. People like Bob Cridon never give up wanting to change the world, and the theater (or more likely the cinema nowadays) is their powerful tool in which to attempt it.

I started my acting career on the stage almost thirty years ago in New York. I studied with some of the best acting coaches of the time. Theater was a religion to me in those days. I spent my time absorbing the wisdom and advice of coaches and seasoned actors, then put it all to practice as I landed small roles in off-Broadway shows.  I lived for the theater, making just enough money as a cab driver to pay my rent and groceries. What I wanted most, besides fame and fortune, was to  reach for a higher truth in life. The protagonist of  Dostoyevsky’s ‘Notes From the Underground,’ wants that, too. He desperately wants to cut through the hypocrisy he sees around him, and unmask the disguises people hide behind in order to expose the phony games they play. He wants to cut through the human bullshit that clouds our own vision of ourselves. I can relate to the protagonist and his goals, having been a scrutinizer of human behavior over much of my life. However, I have found that it’s not a good way to make friends, so I keep my judgments mostly to myself these days.