Micah Stock ’11
When the curtains rose on the revival of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on October 9, 2015, the marquee read “Introducing Micah Stock.”
Stock ’11 (acting) made his Broadway debut alongside the legendary actors Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, and F. Murray Abraham, a performance that earned him a Tony nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play—the only Tony nomination the play received.
“It does feel pretty surreal to see myself on a poster alongside those names—actors to whom I’ve looked up for years,” he says. “When I thought about what my career might look like three years out of Purchase…I just wanted to be WORKING. That’s gift enough in this profession.”
Stock earned his Equity card when his professional career began six months after he graduated, under esteemed director Kip Fagan. “I gave a good audition, but I do think part of the reason I got the job was the working relationship Kip and I had built at Purchase,” Stock says.
Fagan had been a lecturer in dramatic writing and directed Stock and his student company in an evening of new plays by seniors in the dramatic writing program. The proximity of Purchase to New York City affords the students the opportunity to work with faculty who are leading professionals in their disciplines. Fagan is a fixture on the downtown theatre scene.
“Our faculty by and large in School of the Arts are active in their fields in New York or they come to Purchase because they want to have a practice in New York. It’s a huge draw,” says Ravi Rajan, dean of the School of the Arts.
Stock was recently tapped to perform in the acclaimed solo play, White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour last December. The play, running at the Westside Theatre, features a different actor each Monday, who is handed a script and performs without a director, rehearsals, or a set.
He’s also appearing in the revival of the classic 1928 Hecht/MacArthur comedy, The Front Page, which opened last October. Once again he’s playing alongside Nathan Lane, and other acting legends including John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, and Robert Morse.
A version of this story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of PURCHASE magazine.