Friday, April 23, 2010

The Doctor is in The House: Lovin' Eric Sheffer-Stevens

Acting wasn't always in Eric Sheffer Stevens's future. Born in Sacramento, he moved cross-country with his family to Chicago, Delaware and then Connecticut, where he went to high school. As the only actor in his family, it wasn't until Sheffer Stevens attended Wheaton College in Illinois, where he was a literature major, that he struck up a more serious interest in theater arts. After graduation (and with his family's support), he went to the prestigious Alabama Shakespeare Festival to complete his graduate work and hone his stage acting skills. He then moved to New York to pursue his career. Most of Sheffer Stevens's background is in classical theater. He's performed alongside Christopher Plummer on Broadway in King Lear and with Billy Crudup and Ethan Hawke in Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia. He's also landed several bit parts in feature films, including 2009's Julie & Julia.
When he auditioned for the role of As The World Turn's sarcastic, gay neurosurgeon Dr. Reid Oliver, he knew he had the part in the bag. "This is very different from most things I do!" he says. "I really get that guy and as soon as I read it and before I auditioned for it, I knew exactly where he was coming from and what the tone was and loved it." Eric will be on hand to meet and greet the fans who are loving it for the fundraiser that keeps getting better and better.

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