Domhnall Gleeson feels the air crackling

Tell me about you and Enda Walsh’s plays. What’s wrong with them?

I really did not fully understand, I do not think, or got the full dose of him before I saw “The Walworth Farce.” As I saw in a small room in Galway. It blew my head off in a way that was brand new. I was completely shocked by it.

It is a father and two sons and he forces them to put this farce on every day. And what we see is a day when the farce breaks down. They’ve been doing it for 15 years, 20 years, this farce, and this other person arrives at their center, and things just go off track. I walked like, shook, really shook. I had laughed so much, but I had also never cried completely – like just cried, twice.

In a theater you had never cried completely before?

No. I had been moved to tears, maybe, but not like this. Do not mouth agog and tears just go as you were still engaged. And I thought, I do not know what this is. Even makes me react in a way that I do not understand, and I just love that about him.

When people ask what “medicine” is about, what do you tell them then?

It is partly about how we treat those we describe as mentally ill. And the role of empathy in it and the role of medicine, for better or worse, in it, and the importance of care, you know, and love. I think that’s the core it’s all about. But it certainly does not let you know in advance.

I mean, the lobster costume is a distraction.

[Laughs] Yes I know.

Your character, John, dreams of being invisible. Are you able to go out and be an ordinary person around here, anonymous on the street?

There are days when you feel much more anonymous, in a nice way. I live close to the theater, so just seeing the skyline and feeling New York and everything else, it’s amazing. To be able to walk around and feel like you’re just disappearing into the fabric of it is flot. I love to. It makes me feel very young and reminds me of when I was back here when I was 22. I just love soaking up that energy and I love the cold air. And then other days you feel a little bit like “Oh no,” aware that people might have recognized you.

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