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POP QUIZ – Darren Eliker

DSC_7846rDarren Eliker is one of the most vivacious, powerful performers I’ve seen in recent years. In a cast of over a dozen men (1776), he stood out for his talent, voice, performance and a costume that had me coveting! His talent is undeniable, as his resume attests. Past PPT performances include ART (Serge), Metamorphoses (Midas), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Syracuse), with appearances in Oedipus the KingThe Tempest, and Broadway. Other local roles include Pittsburgh Irish & Classical’s Copenhagen(Heisenberg), Hamlet (Claudius), The Seagull (Aston), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Babbybobby),The Rivals (Jack Absolute), Translations (George), and leading roles in She Stoops to Conquerand The Picture of Dorian Gray, Macbeth, All My Sons, The Grapes of Wrath, and Death of a Salesman (Starlight Productions); The Underpants and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (City Theatre);The Lion in Winter (Unseam’d Shakespeare); and Take 2 Interactive’s Black Dahlia (VG-1998). He is a prolific voice-over artist with numerous awards for his work in radio advertising and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s drama program.

You can find out much more about the show Darren is currently starring in here. And now on with the POP QUIZ! Enjoy!


1. Which would you rather drink for the rest of your natural born life, pop or water?

As they say, you don’t marry the one you can live with but the one you can’t live without!  Pop’s fun to date, but water’s the one I’ll spend the rest of my life with.

2. Which television show could you watch over and over and never get bored?

The Walking Dead.

3. Team Marvel Comics or Team DC Comics?

I’m going with Team Marvel.  Iron Man has all those cool suits.

4. If you could have any super hero save you, who would it be and why?

Ok, Wonder Woman.  Because I want to see exactly what a golden lasso is capable of.

5. Which quote is the one you live by: “To thine own self be true”, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can.”, or “Draw me like one of your French girls.”

Do unto others before they do unto you.  Just kidding!  I’m partial to the first choice.

6. Which book best sums up your philosophies on life?

That one that’s inspired more artists, poets, and writers than any other in all of human history.  I’ll let you figure it out.

7. If you could bring any fictional person to life and ask him or her a question, who would it be and what would you ask?

Again, Wonder Woman.  Isn’t it counterproductive to have an invisible jet when you can’t actually BE invisible?

8. What is the most attractive quality in the opposite sex?


9. What is the least attractive quality in the opposite sex?


10. Which would you choose: being a billionaire at a job you hated or making $20,000 doing your life’s passion?

I’d actually like to make a billion doing my life’s passion.  Is that an option?

11. Define what the word “fear” means to you.

Fear is whatever you respect, for good or for ill.

12. Define what the word “happiness” means to you.

Being content with what you’ve been blessed with in life, not wanting what someone else has nor resenting them for having it.

13. Which is more fulfilling: the moment of creating art, or the moment of sharing it with the world?

Creating it.  It’s nice when others like it too, but that doesn’t always happen and it’s often fleeting when it does.

14. Which is more difficult: the first rejection from an industry insider or the first negative review from your audience?

I think audiences generally tend to be far more forgiving than critics.  That’s why I don’t read reviews.

15. Is there anyone in your life that you love but are afraid to tell how you feel?

There better not be or my wife will have something to say about it!

16. Who do you admire most in your professional life?

I have many I admire greatly, but not one I admire most.

17. Who do you admire most in your personal life?

My wife Jennifer, who for 16 years has seen all my faults and loves me anyway.

18. To be successful in your field, what traits do you think a person needs to have?

A lot of persistence, a short memory, a good work ethic, a hard head, a soft heart, a good sense of humor, a refusal to take things personally, and the ability to never speak badly of your peers.

19. What motivates you most?

My faith in Christ and my 6-year-old, Adam.

20. What will you be doing next?

I’ll tell you when it happens!

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