|Joel Mapes plays his alter ego, Brian, |
and pleads his case to Christmas Eve (Katie Evitts)
In the Farmington Players’ upcoming production of Avenue Q, Joel Mapes plays Brian, a 32-year-old unemployed comedian, who is married to Christmas Eve. Brian is one of the three human (non-puppet) characters in the show. Joel can easily relate to Brian: “I enjoy the fact that Brian and I are quite similar. We are both in our 30s, fat, laid-back, friendly, and wear Converse All-Stars. Brian thinks he's very funny... but no one else does. Brian is a good friend, though. He cares about his fellow friends on Avenue Q.”
Although Joel only recently became aware of Avenue Q, “I wanted to do a show and get involved with the Farmington Players. The timing was right, and I felt I would 'fit in' to this show just fine. … There is a lot of talent in the cast, and the Farmington Players is clearly a top-notch, well put together organization. I'm very happy to be a part of this show, and a member here.”
Joel says, “There’s nothing I like better than performing for others!” Some of his previous show highlights include: Horace Vandergelder - Hello Dolly! (Franklin High School); Fakir - Secret Garden (Players Guild of Dearborn); Moonface Martin - Anything Goes (Wing and a Prayer Players of Birmingham); The Snake - The Apple Tree (Wing and a Prayer Players); and Flint - Something's Afoot (Wing and a Prayer Players). Professionally, he’s sung in the AGMA chorus in eight different productions with the Michigan Opera Theatre between 1997-2001, and as the tenor soloist at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Birmingham, from 2005-2010.
When not on stage, Joel works inside sales at Material Sales in Redford (a carbide tool distributor). He enjoys many types of music, but mostly old-school rock and classical. He says, “I also like karaoke, movies, keeping in touch with friends on Facebook, and most of all, riding my Suzuki chopper.”
Avenue Q opens Friday August 10 and runs through Saturday August 25. Get your tickets at www.farmingtonplayers.org or by calling the Farmington Players box office at 248-553-2955. Find us on Facebook under “Farmington Players.”