Dylan Adams: Asking Questions

Dylan Adams Interview by Jen Bush

Bullet Points is a new work by Larry Daggett. 

A staged presentation of this powerful new musical will take place on:
June 10 @ 7:00 p.m. & June 11 @ 2:00 p.m

Theatre Row Theatre
as part of the New York New Works Festival
410 West 42nd Street, N

Bullet Points tells the story of one woman’s attempt to navigate her thoughts and feelings on both sides of the gun control issue – with the hope that this subject will resonate long enough in the American consciousness that both sides of the debate might begin to find a path toward ending gun violence in schools.  This dark comedy focuses on Sarah, a Florida high school teacher who returns to work on the same day as a school shooting which sends her life spinning in wildly unpredictable directions – both tragic and comic.  “The theme of the show concerns the “us versus them” mentality that cuts our country in half,” says acclaimed composer Larry Daggett, “It’s about learning to listen to people on the opposite side of an issue even if they disagree with

your point of view.”

Dylan Adams is an actor/producer grateful to be performing again. During the pandemic Dylan worked as a covid safety manager with A Beautiful Noise, Pipeline Theater Company, and The Entertainment Community Fund. Acting Credits: Rumpelstiltskin (National Tour), Once Begun, and Stupid Cupid. Producing credits: The Flame-A Podcast Musical (Webbie Nomination), Why I’ll Never Make It, and Jack & Melissa. Many thanks to Larry, Sammi, Vangelis, Emily, and family for supporting me as an artist and human. @adamsdpa

Dylan Adams had a song in his heart from a very early age.  This self-proclaimed black sheep is now leading the flock and living out his artistic dreams.  Considering he acted out scenes from Cinderella, he’s achieved his fairy tale ending.  “Art has always been in my life since I was little. I was singing before I could talk, and the arts really was the only space I was ever accepted in throughout my childhood. Long story short, I was the black sheep in a small country town. When I was little, I always reenacted the scenes from the movies I would watch on repeat like BedKnobs and Broomsticks, Grease, Pocahontas, Cinderella (The Whitney/Brandy Version of course) etc… These movie musicals gave me an entryway to go after my dreams. Artists and art that inspire me are: Austin Stern’s Monster glass series, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier animal conservation work and her photograph “The Lady with the Goose”, Stephen Sondhiem, Andre De Shields, Angela Lansbury, Dan Levy, Mark Rylance, Julia Crockett, and Steven Hoggett.”

Mr. Adams was drawn to this project for some very compelling reasons.  “Two things drew me to this project. One is this project is creating a space for a very tough conversation to be had. I believe that theater has the great gift of allowing important conversations to be had like this one. Two, Eric’s arc in this musical has some complex challenges and being able to live through an experience like that felt like an interesting challenge to take on.”

Mr. Adams invokes Sherlock Holmes during his creative process.  “When I start working on a new project, I become a detective and start asking questions so I can start exploring the world of the play and the person I am playing. By asking questions and finding answers it allows a gateway for me to shape a human off the page. By doing this it allows me to daydream and create compelling moments that are captivating behavior for the audience to take in.”

Given the subject matter of this show, every actor weighed in on gun control and had some very sound insights.  “I believe there needs to be reform on how an individual can purchase a gun. I believe there should be a course that one must take and pass before being able to qualify to purchase a gun. If we are requiring people to have to take a course and test for a license for activities such as Boating, ATV, and Driving, I don’t see it being any different with a gun. It is a privilege and responsibility to keep yourself and others safe when you engage in any of these activities.”

This is a show with some heavy subject matter.  The audience will be emotionally impacted by what they see. “To listen and be more empathetic” is what Mr. Adams is hoping they come away with. We are thrilled that Mr. Adams is a fortunate artist with more projects in the works.  “I am working on multiple producing projects in NYC soon to be announced.”

Mr. Adams has some parting words.   “I am an artist on the autistic spectrum.”  He is in good company with Darryl Hannah, Anthony Hopkins and Jerry Seinfeld, among many others. 

There’s no point in waiting!  Get your tickets to see: Bullet Points by Larry Daggett. 
June 10 @ 7:00 p.m. & June 11 @ 2:00 p.m
. Theatre Row Theatre as part of the Create Theater New Works Festival, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC

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