“Hole in the Wall (HITW) is my favorite theater I have ever worked with,” said Of Mice and Men’s Robb Ecker. “They are very experimental, passionate and dedicated.” A veteran performer of big musicals, he jumped at the chance to work on pieces that took him back to his experimental theater-college days.
Robb started performing in his kindergarten puppet shows. By fourth grade, he was writing his own plays and performing them with friends. He started at the University of Colorado as a theater major, but eventually graduated with a degree in Biochemistry.
After college, he was married, had two kids and went to medical school. At this time, he became very active in the Tennessee musical theater scene. He performed in productions of Oklahoma and Oliver! He took a hiatus from theater until he arrived in CT in 2013. He was introduced to the HITW by Jill Ann Dvorsky (OMAM’s Director). Since arriving at HITW, he appeared in four productions including Reckless and The Crucible.
Now, he is taking on the role of Slim “He is the mule skinner – the jerk line skinner,” he said. “Mules were notoriously difficult to manage. He could control twelve mules with one line. Slim is seen as the de-facto mayor of the bunkhouse. He sees to the day-to-day routine and ensures everything goes well. He is part den mother, part counselor to the men there.”
“Working with Jill as a director is great,” said Robb. “I have been trying to convince her to grab the reigns and do this. She is so good at character development. She is great at seeing into people. She is a true actor’s director.”
Come see Robb in HITW’s first production of the 2015-2016 season, Of Mice & Men. Performances run Fridays & Saturdays from September 25th through October 17th with one Sunday matinee on October 11th. Of Mice & Men is under the direction of Jill Ann Dvorsky. Tickets are $20.00 (general admission) and $15.00 (students and seniors). They can be purchased at the door and online at www.hitw.org. The October 2nd performance will be our Pay-What-You-Can performance where you name the price of your ticket.