When every person reaches their late teenage years, they have to make a choice. Do they take the safe path for a career with security and a path forward? Or do they follow their dreams in the hopes of succeeding?
For Brian Murphy, he took a chance and decided to become an actor. He did not do this for fame or fortune, but because he loves the work.
“I have fallen in love with the process. Being in a room working on a great script, collaborating with others, searching through the text like a detective to put the puzzle together,” Murphy said. “The opportunity to take a piece of my heart and give it to the world seems like a worthy pursuit.”
Murphy, having recently moved to Sunnyside from Brooklyn, is an up-and-comer who has started to break into a few notable roles in the last couple of years. He just wrapped up his appearance in the film “A Good Marriage,” will soon be shooting on the movie “Back In The Day” and is starring in the Off-Broadway play, “The Clearing.”
“A Good Marriage,” based on the novella by Stephen King, gave Murphy the chance to work with Tony Award-winning actress Joan Allen and the star of “Without a Trace,” Anthony LaPaglia.
“Each had worked on some of my favorite plays so it was exciting to talk to them about what those processes were like,” Murphy said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.”
For “Back in the Day,” Murphy was cast as a boxer, a role that fits him perfectly as he is a two-time Golden Gloves boxing tournament competitor, having taken part in 2012 and 2011.
“They asked me if I could box, I told them about my experience and shadow boxed in the audition. I got the call by week’s end and was in a gym in the Bronx rehearsing the fight choreography the next week,” he said.
While the original shoot dates have been pushed back, Murphy said he is looking forward to the role. The other project he said he is excited about is his starring role in “The Clearing.” He said he was drawn in by the characters of Jake Jeppson’s play and thinks the audience will be moved by this tale of two brothers who witnessed a tragic accident that kept it a secret.
“This secret keeps them stuck. The beauty of the play is how they struggle to move forward. I think audiences will leave the theater and be moved to reach out to their parents, siblings or someone in their life that they love or lost,” he said
“The Clearing” will run until Feb. 9 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, located at 423 West 46th St.
After that show closes, Murphy will be taking an acting workshop with Larry Moss, as well as shooting a short film he wrote about a man who loses the love of his life to addiction. He also hopes to put together an evening of short plays with his friends, called “Shorts: A Happening.”