Scott Caan has written a very witty and smart script in his world premiere of The Trouble We Come From. Playwright Charlie not only has visions of, but actual stalkings by past girlfriends on his play’s opening night while his now pregnant lover’s out of town in Detroit. Charlie, oh-so-comfortably inhabited by Michael Weston, has invited his leading man and best friend Vince home for some mano-to-mano advice to help him out of his relationship dilemma. Caan’s Vince’s perfectly charismatic and charming as the all-bravado-on-the-outside, but sensitive- on-the-inside hunky leading man. Both Caan and Weston master their intricate, verbose dialogue. [More at Source]
What made you decide to go into acting?
I never wanted to be an actor when I was younger. I was into music in high school and one of my aunts was a talent manager. A director (Mitch Marcus) saw my band [rap duo “The Whooliganz”]while on the [1993 Soul Assassins Tour] with Cypress Hill, got in touch with her and asked if I was interested in auditioning for his movie. At first I wasn’t but then I read the script and thought this could be interesting; first script I ever read. I was 17 and wound up getting the part. When I got on the set I immediately knew this is what I wanted to do. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a writer, director, grip or an actor; I just knew I was in the right company, a group of people who didn’t want to go to school yet collectively make something awesome.
Why study at Playhouse West?
I was always taught as a kid: if you want to do something be the best at it, don’t just show up. It was also instilled in me from playing sports growing up and my old man always told me there is no reason to do something unless you are going to be really good at it. My mother was a member of the Playhouse West, so at that time, as far as studying, that was my only option. I am still a member over there. [More at Source]
Not that it’s autobiographical, but Scott Caan’s new play, The Trouble We Come From, focuses on a guy at a crossroads when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Never mind that Caan himself received the news from girlfriend Kacy Byxbee some time in late 2013, and was blessed with baby Josie James last July. Lest you confuse him with the play’s protagonist, Charlie, who can’t decide between committing to parenthood or playing the field, the Hawaii Five-O star was overjoyed to learn he was going to be a father.
“It’s one thing to have a girlfriend, it’s one thing to be married, it’s another thing to say ‘Let’s have this child together,’” Caan tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It no longer is about your feelings. We’re going to commit to each other. I don’t even think I’ll ever be married. But having a kid with this woman I’m with is stronger than any piece of paper or ring I can get.”
At Burbank’s Falcon Theatre through July 12, The Trouble We Come From began as a play with 11 interwoven characters, including actors playing past selves in flashback. Caan presented the play to the Falcon’s Kathleen Marshall LaGambina (Garry Marshall’s daughter), who showed it to Broadway director Matt August (Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas), who suggested paring it down to three characters.
“I said: ‘You’re completely out of your mind,’” laughs Caan. “I did a workshop with this guy and he really kind of showed me where the play was.” Not that Caan needed the guidance. This is his second play for the Falcon, and he’s written another half dozen or more for Playhouse West. [More at Source]
I’ve uploaded 5 photos of Scott during the performance of his new play The Trouble We Come From, you can check them out by clicking on the preview below:
The Falcon Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of The Trouble We Come From written by Scott Caan and directed by Matt August. In this romantic comedy Charlie (Michael Weston) finds himself at a crossroads in his life, with the news that his girlfriend is expecting. Charlie confides in his best friend, Vince (Scott Caan), that he has recently crossed paths with other women in his life, including previous girlfriends, and in this tangled web of relationships, is unsure about commitment. [More info & tickets]