Shannon will be playing Balder, the Norse god of peace. Unlike his previous, ebullient incarnation in a Lindsay Harris-Friel play, this archetype is much closer to Shannon’s natural personality. Balder embodies all the goodness of light and purity. It was foretold that his death would presage Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse. As a result, his mother convinced all life forms in the Nine Worlds not to harm Balder, and she succeeded, with one exception. But, that’s another story. Considering that Balder is a god of purity, light and peace, but not justice, this makes Balder a very interesting character, beneath his brightly polished surface.
Shannon Troy Jones is very excited to working with Lindsay Harris-Friel and Theatre Pro Rata on Jarnsaxa Rising. He previously had the pleasure of performing in Lindsay’s stage play, Traveling Light for Theare Pro Rata. He’s been working as an actor, writer, and artist in the Twin Cities since 2003. Some of his favorite shows have included Mrs. Charles (Freshwater Theatre), The Birth of Venus (20% Theatre), Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with Fablulous Prizes) (Black Market Doctor), and The Good Woman of Setzuan, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, The Spanish Tragedy, and of course Traveling Light (Theatre Pro Rata).
What made you decide that you wanted to do this project?
I have been lucky enough to work with both Lindsay and Theatre Pro Rata before. And the script is bonkers!
Who is your favorite character from Norse Mythology?
My knowledge of Norse mythology is based almost entirely on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Marvel Comics. I was going to say Hrimhari, whom I just learned is an Asgardian character that was invented by Marvel, so I fail. So I’m going to say Hela (or Hel), daughter of Loki and ruler of the realm of Niflheim, because she looks badass in the comic books and has been involved in some of my favorite stories!
What are you reading these days?
Scripts, scripts, scripts! Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic books. I have also been trying to read Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow for the past year. Someday I will actually commit to tackling that beast!
What’s your favorite pre-performance ritual?
I don’t have any consistent rituals that I follow, but I really like Crazy Eights for getting energized.
What’s under your bed right now?
Wrapping paper, that one sock I can never find, and the monster that took it.