Coffee and Music of the Night: 7 Questions with Timothy Wier

Over the next few months, we on the GPC board are going to share a little bit more about our likes, our obsessions, and the answers to important questions – such as which Broadway actor we would ask out to dinner.

First up in the hot seat is President Timothy Wier.

What is your number one obsession?

Coffee, definitely. I hand-grind my own beans every morning and have a variety of options for how to make it—french press, pour over, espresso, aeropress, and more. I drink at least three cups a day. Four or five if I have a ton of work to get done.

What was your favorite play to attend as an audience member?

Les Misérables on Broadway. One of the things I loved about it was that despite the large moving set pieces, the projected backdrop, and well-crafted lighting and sound, the story and the characters were not lost. The spectacle of the Broadway show amplified and illuminated the characters rather than detract from them. A close second was the production of Les Mis I saw at Shenandoah University a couple of years ago. They performed the entire musical with minimalist set and props, which was encouraging for someone involved in local, low-budget theater. Even the biggest stories can be told onstage in a way that’s accessible to smaller companies.

What was your favorite thing to do when you were a kid?

Going out into our back woods and making up sci-fi and fantasy stories. With a few toys and lots of sticks, I had all I need to come up with stories that would put many contemporary writers to shame.

If you could have dinner with one Broadway actor, who would it be?

That one’s tough, because there are so many I admire. Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Glee) probably is the one I would have the best time with and would have the most questions for, but Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights) and Ramin Karimloo (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) are right up there with them. Of course, I would only go if Keaghan went with me, because she loves those actors as much as I do.

What is your favorite place to eat in Loudoun?

Chick-fil-A, because I’ve been a poor college student since moving to Loudoun. Just kidding, Market Burger in downtown Purcellville is my absolute favorite.

What is your favorite book?

I’ll pick the book that has been the most impactful to me and my way of thinking. That would definitely have to be either The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne, or The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. For pure fascination and beauty, it would be The Divine Comedy by Dante.

Barring any acting or singing limitations, what would be your dream role?

The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. I actually only discovered that role two years ago, but have loved it ever since. He’s a fascinating character, and there are so many ways that an actor can nuance him, each of which completely changes the tone of the musical. Plus, “The Music of the Night” is the best song in that whole musical, and I would love to sing that onstage night after night. A close second would be either King George III in Hamilton or the Beast in Beauty and the Beast.


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