Day Off Diary: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG’s Jesse Aaronson

Day Off Diary

Jesse Aaronson | Photo: Rebecca J Michelson/Theatrely

Dan Meyer
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June 1, 2022 3:00 PM

For many performers, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Jesse Aaronson from The Play That Goes Wrong to spend an afternoon with him. Get to know a bit more about Jesse in his #DayOffDiary:

Hometown? Denver, Colorado

Where might we find you on your day off? Reading on a bench in Central Park, digging through crates at the record store, or cooking in my kitchen.

If you weren’t a performer, what would you be doing? Ranching in Montana (despite having zero ranch skills to speak of…) or living in the mountains of Colorado

If you could describe your experience with The Play That Goes Wrong in just one word, what would it be? Chaos.

Who are you jamming to on Spotify right now? “Bones” by Soccer Mommy, “State Bird” by Christian Lee Hutson, “Zaza Tree” by IDK, and Steely Dan on any day that ends in ‘y’. 

What are you binging on TV right now? We Own This City and Barry

Read any good books lately?Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

One Instagram account (besides your own, duh), that we need to be following? @arnold_daniel - my favorite photographer!

Favorite coffee joint in Midtown? What’s your order? St. Kilda. Iced Americano and the tahini chocolate chunk cookie!

Pickles on your burgers? Sure!

Pineapple on your pizza? I’m not opposed.

What flavor of cream cheese on your bagel? Tofu Scallion always.

What is one show you are dying to see on Broadway right now? A Strange Loop

What is your favorite memory working on The Play That Goes WrongOur “reopening” night after coming back from the pandemic hiatus. That feeling of being back with the company was euphoric in a way that can’t be described. When the lights dimmed and Matt Harrington (who plays Chris Bean) began his curtain speech, the audience roared and I had chills like never before. It was one of the most joyful and overwhelming nights I can remember having in a long time.

You can catch Jesse in The Play That Goes Wrong, which is now playing Off-Broadway on Stage 4 at New World Stages. For tickets and more information, click here. For more photos, visit Theatrely on Instagram. All photos by Rebecca J Michelson/Theatrely. 

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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