Actor. Director. Board Member. In a very short amount of time, Scott Hoffman has made an indelible mark on the HITW canvas. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, he moved to CT in 2011 for work. He wanted to get involved in Community Theater, and one year later, auditioned for HITW’s Death of a Salesman. He was cast, and the rest is history.
Scott is ready to take on asylum inmate, Dale Harding, in HITW’s upcoming production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He calls Harding’s stay there “self-imposed” due to his personal and marital problems. “He is stuck trying to cure himself of his own faults,” said Scott. “He doesn’t suffer from any mania or mental illness as we understand it today.”
Prior to McMurphy’s (Ryan Wantroba) arrival, Harding was the leader of the group. “There is initial conflict; however, a respect and friendship develops once Harding sees how McMurphy deals with authority figures,” said Scott.
As with his co-stars, Scott has found the rehearsal process experimental, collaborative and rewarding. He also articulated one common bond that permeates through the cast. “Almost all of us have a love of theater,” he said. “It is a chance for us to play and socialize with people who have similar interests. We all have the desire to do good work and put on a show that the audience can enjoy.”
HITW holds a special place in Scott’s heart. He credits their ability to do a nice mix or original, contemporary, classic and quirky pieces. “I love the diversity of the work and the dedication of the people. Anytime HITW is doing something interesting, I want to be a part of it.”
You can catch Scott as Dale Harding in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, playing on October 31, November 1, 6, 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2014 at 8:00p.m.