Meet the ROBERT Creative Team: Jacob Kay

AS WE GET READY FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ROBERT AT THE 2018 TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL, WE'RE INTRODUCING THE TALENTED INDIVIDUALS OF OUR CREATIVE TEAM.

This is Jacob’s first (but hopefully not last) time working with Lark and Whimsy Theatre Collective. Jacob is assistant directing to Rob and Bri, which of course means he’s doing a little bit of everything on Robert. We’re so glad to have you on the team!

Name: Jacob Kay

What are you doing on Robert? I am assisting directing

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Special Skills: I can crack a large number of joints in my body

Do you have any siblings, if so how many? I have one older brother

Something you and your parents have in common? Blonde hair, blue eyes, and a crippling fear of being alone. Oh, and we all had braces.

Do you play any musical instruments? I used to play clarinet for eight years

How do you feel about bagpipes? When I was younger, I thought they were made out of dead Octopi. Does that answer the question?

Are you good at keeping secrets? Yes, unless this is my parents asking then … No, I’m an open book.

What kind of grand gesture would you want someone to do at your funeral? It would be amazing if someone got Frank Ocean to serenade my corpse. I think that would make me happy.

 Photo supplied by Jacob Kay

Photo supplied by Jacob Kay

What’s the best thing about working on Robert? The play is so personal, yet resonates with me and my experiences. Having spent some hours in a hospital waiting room a couple months ago when my grandmother was sick, I am able to recognize the level of honesty between the two sibling’s relationship, which is incredibly moving. It’s great to be working on a show in which you can connect to the characters so deeply, and yet makes you laugh and feel uplifted at the same time.

What’s your biggest challenge working on Robert? Keeping up with all the talented people working on this show. Everyone brings so much knowledge and heart to this production, which is incredible and an impossible task to follow.

Why should people come see Robert at the Toronto Fringe? Because it packs in so much laughter and compassion into a hour and is one of the best, well-written shows you will see this year. Period. AND it costs as much as a couple of drinks! AND bagpipes! How can you top that?

For more information on Robert, please visit www.larkandwhimsytheatre.com/robert. For ticket purchases, click here.