Meet Christopher Halladay: Producer/Star of 'Go Get the Axe'... and a Former Lobbyist?
A veteran of the theater, film, and television worlds, Christopher Halladay’s training and career as an actor have taken him all over the world, from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles to the British-American Drama Academy at Oxford University, to Mason Gross School of the Arts right here on the “right coast.”
If he looks familiar to you, it’s easy to understand why: Christopher has been featured in a several Off-Broadway plays, television shows (including an upcoming stint on Mr. Robot that we’re pretty darn excited about), films (he just wrapped a new feature film written and directed by Polly Draper), and national commercials. He is also a SFX make-up artist whose work will be featured in this production. When he’s not busy with all of that, Christopher can often be found teaching his craft at Rutgers University, Rider University, and The New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.
But we were anxious to get to know a little bit more about the man behind the resume, who is both producing Go Get the Axe and starring as Jim Drinkwine, so we asked him for some dirt. Here are five things you didn’t know about Christopher Halladay, in his own words.
1. IN MY PRIOR LIFE, I WAS A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
I also used to run a bar in Georgetown (to keep my sanity intact during that previous career).
2. I ONCE SERVED VODKA TO MIKHAIL GORBACHEV.
He drinks Stolichnaya. (Well, he did then.)
3. I CAN’T NOT FLUSH A TOILET BEFORE I’M DONE PEEING.
It’s become a kind of compulsion. For some reason, I like to make it a race—“Can I finish BEFORE the flush is complete?” You’d be surprised how it adds a fun element of excitement.
4. EVERY TIME I WALK PAST, OR AROUND, A DOG, I SAY, “HELLO!” TO IT IN A VOICE I IMAGINE TO BE THAT OF THE DOG’S.
I have amassed quite the arsenal of dog voices.
5. I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAMES MENZIES’ WRITING SEVERAL YEARS AGO, WHEN I FIRST SAW A SHORT PLAY OF HIS DURING AN EVENING OF SHOTZ!
Go Get the Axe is the culmination of all my efforts ever since to work with him.
Christopher’s fiancée, Sonia, chimed in on this one, too and forced her betrothed to admit the following: “I cry EVERY TIME I watch Gene Wilder’s performance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”