Q&A: Dallon D. Thorup, Chris in “Straight”

Describe your role in “Straight.”

Performing the role of Chris is quite an experience. He’s a very fun and often sarcastic guy, but he has a lot of emotions that don’t really show on the surface until they’re forced out of him. Chris is very similar to me at that age in so many ways. It’s almost bizarre how identical we are compared to that age in life.

I think the most enjoyable part of this role is being able to really immerse myself in a character while telling a story that, I believe, is an important one to have, given the conversations it will spark. I’ve lived through what Chris experiences, and being able to portray it these experiences the way the authors, Scott and Drew, wrote is an experience I honestly can’t put fully into words. It’s a trip!

Why is it important for audiences to see “Straight”?

So many people would benefit from seeing this show. It deals with a lot of important and uncomfortable issues that everyone in any community can relate to. We may be telling one story as a whole, but there are three very distinct stories here. No, one person is going to leave with the same experience seeing this show and that’s why I love this. I think with the world we live in now, and ideas of monogamy, sexuality, free expression, so many things are just viewed in so many different way by so many people and this will open up many dialogues in that regard.

Why do you believe there is a lingering bias against gay Americans?

Because people are ignorant. People will continue to be ignorant if we continue to shine the spotlight on those types of people. I was lucky enough to grow up with a family who don’t put the fear of what “others” will think ahead of the happiness of their children. They’ve always been supportive. They’ve never had an issue with me being gay.

I wish more people could just embrace that love is love and hate has no place in this world.

How have friends and family responded to the character you will be playing?

This show is important to me for a reason. There is a big part of this show that connects with me that I can’t get into, but I’ve had some intense therapy sessions with my friends and family—including an absolute breakdown with my mother.

But I couldn’t have asked for a better cast to tell this story with. John and Andrea are two amazing humans, and having them in my life is something I will treasure forever. I don’t know if I could do this show with any others if I had to.

What elements of your life have helped you understand the storyline in “Straight”?

Without getting into it, when I was Chris’ age, I had this same relationship that Chris has. It’s therapeutic and painful at the same time.

Name your three favorite roles you’ve played and your three dream roles.

My three favorite roles have to be Rosencrantz in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” Beadle Bamford in “Sweeney Todd” and Benvolio in “Romeo & Juliet.”

The three dream roles are Jimmy Harper in “Reefer Madness,” Jack in “Into the Woods” and Roger in “Rent.”