In the Easy Chair with Brian Olsen

In the Easy Chair with Brian Olsen



AGE: 51.

OCCUPATION: Actor, director, writer.

RESIDENCE:  Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Warwick.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Directing “Dial M for Murder,” on stage now at the Granite Theatre.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, hanging out at coffee shops.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Earning an M.F.A. in acting.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My sense of humor.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Going back to London.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Keys, wallet, phone.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An actor.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Peter Wright. He was my acting teacher at Roger Williams College.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: J.D. Salinger.

ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Collusion,” by Luke Harding, “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond, and a copy of The New Yorker magazine.        

I AM LISTENING TO: Peter Gabriel.

FAVORITE MOVIES: “Birdie” (1984), “American Beauty,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Lincoln.” 

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “NCIS.”

FAVORITE SONGS: “Bad,” by U2, “Warehouse,” by Dave Mathews

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Buffalo wings and pizza.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook for my sins.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.

PET PEEVE: Tardiness.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Stammering is the native eloquence of us fog people.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The Granite Theatre.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Theater.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m an awesome body surfer.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED:  Was from my dad, Arthur “Zeke” Olsen, in regards to leaving my youth behind: “Just keep your head down and keep your pencil moving.”

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: “Do it, now.”

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Provide.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Run away to Mexico with my girls friend, Anna Convery.

I DRIVE A: Blue 2013 Toyota Corolla.

I WISH I DROVE A: Jeep Wrangler.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:Feta cheese and olives.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Constantin Stanislavsky, August Steinberg, Carl Jung, Jane Meyer, Julia Louis Dreyfuss.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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