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The Equines of ‘Equus’

A chat with Daniel Radcliffe’s six onstage companions.

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LORENZO PISONI
Role: Lead horse Nugget
Background: Raised on the road, performing in his parents’ Pickle Family Circus.
On Meeting His Onstage Love: “Daniel said, ‘Listen, I’m going to have to climb on you.’ I was like, ‘I’ve had a lot of people climb on me in my life. It’s okay.’ ”

ADESOLA OSAKALUMI
Role: Nugget’s understudy
New Discovery: “I didn’t know they like to rest with one hoof up! I found that out from a mounted policeman, who gave me a strange look.”

TYRONE JACKSON
Role: Horse
Animal-Playing Background: Giraffe and hyena on tour with The Lion King. “As a giraffe, I walked on stilts. You had to put your acting chops on, I guess.”
What Kind of Horse He Would Be: “A black stallion. Because of my chocolate skin!”

COLLIN BAJA
Role: Horse
On Character Development: “As far as I know, I’m the biggest horse. I assume I’ll end up being very tense and a little bit abrasive.”

SPENCER LIFF
Roles: Horse; dance captain and assistant to the choreographer
Animal-Playing Background: “Other than the billions of Tarzan calls we all went to?! I have so many friends who are only in Disney shows. They never play people.”
On the Zen of Horses: “If you ever look into their eyes, there’s so much going on in there.”

MARC SPAULDING
Role: Horse
Research: Watched the movie version of Equus; did some Googling. Now knows equus means “horse” in Latin.

Equus
By Peter Shaffer.
Broadhurst Theatre; in previews September 5 for a September 25 opening.


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